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Russell, John Lewis, 1808-1873. John Lewis Russell drawings, 1852-1859: A Guide.

Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: gra00047
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Russell, John Lewis, 1808-1873
Title: John Lewis Russell drawings
Date(s): 1852-1859
Quantity: 1 collection (1 folder in shared box AJ)
Language of materials: English


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John Lewis Russell drawings, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.


John Lewis Russell was born on December 2, 1808, in Salem, Massachusetts. He was educated in Salem, Newburyport, and Amesbury and earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1828. He later studied at Harvard Divinity School and was ordained as a Unitarian minister in 1831. From 1831-1853 he served as minister in various places in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Massachusetts. Russell married Hannah Buckminster Ripley in 1853 and returned to Salem, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Russell was interested in botany and natural history for most of his life. His botanical interest was in cryptogams, particularly lichens. He joined the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1831 and was professor of botany and horticultural physiology there from 1833 until his death. He was appointed librarian and cabinet keeper of the Essex County Natural History Society when it was formed in 1833 and was elected president in 1845. When the Society merged with the Essex Historical Society to form the Essex Institute in 1848, Russell was elected vice president. He held this position until 1861.
Wilson EB. 1874. Memoir of John Lewis Russell. Essex Inst. Hist. Coll. 12(3):163-178.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of loose drawings and notes pertaining to natural history. Materials are grouped by subject: Scenery, Botany, Entomology, and Conchology. Some drawings are copies of published illustrations, some are microscopic views.

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