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Gray, Alice A., 1850-1930. Alice A. Gray collection of Asa Gray papers and artifacts, 1885-1927: 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.: gra00060
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Gray, Alice A., 1850-1930
Title: Alice A. Gray collection of Asa Gray papers and artifacts
Date(s): 1862-1927
Quantity: 1 collection (1 scrapbook box, materials in shared box AV, and artifacts )
Language of materials: English

Provenance:

Alice Gray gave several of Asa Gray's belongings to the Gray Herbarium in 1913. The gift included a silver pen, gold watch, magnifying glass, ink bottle, and pocket Bible.
Clippings were given to the Gray Herbarium in June 1922.
A third gift in 1927 included a plate of the John Bartram house, a scrapbook, and a silk waistcoat.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Preferred Citation:

Alice A. Gray collection of Asa Gray papers and artifacts, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Gold watch purchased by Asa Gray in 1844 with money earned from the Lowell Lectures and presented to Alice 40 years later was transferred to the Collection of Historic Scientific Instruments, Harvard.

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria:

Biography

Alice A. Gray was born in January, 1850, to Moses Miller Gray and Emily Townsend Gray in Oneida County, New York. She spent much of her life in Sauquoit, New York, and later lived in Utica. She was close to her uncle and aunt, Asa and Jane Loring Gray, and was familiar with their home at the Harvard Botanic Garden.
Gray started her career at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts around 1874 where she was curator of the Department of Textiles. She became the custodian of the John Whipple House in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1898. Gray died on April 5, 1930.
Sources
Museum of Fine Arts. 1899. Report of the Executive Committee. Annual Report of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 23:5-10.
Ware WR, editor. 1900. "The Georgian Period", being measured drawings of colonial work, 7. New York: The American Architect.
Waters TF. 1915. The John Whipple House in Ipswich, Mass. and the people who have owned and lived in it. Ipswich (MA): Ipswich Historical Society.

Series Description

This collection is arranged in three series:

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Asa Gray scrapbooks and clippings compiled by Alice Gray. The collection also contains artifacts that belonged to Asa Gray.

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