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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
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (2 scrapbook boxes, 5 folders in shared box 3, and artifacts )
Language of materials: English
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:
- 10 letters from Gray to Mary Anna Day and Benjamin Lincoln Robinson, 1 carbon copy of a reply from Robinson, 1911-1927; content pertains to Gray's gifts. Located in Administrative correspondence of the Gray Herbarium and Harvard University Herbaria, 1890-1965.
- Gray, Jane Loring -- 2 letters from Gray to her aunt, 1885 and 1891; content pertains to portrait reliefs of Asa Gray. Located in the Asa Gray correspondence files, 1832-1892.
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.SourcesMuseum 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.
This collection is arranged in three series:
- Series I: Scrapbooks. Two scrapbooks that Alice Gray compiled about Asa Gray
- Series II: Clippings. Collection of magazine and newspaper clippings on botanical subjects
- Series III: Asa Gray Artifacts
The collection consists of Asa Gray scrapbooks and clippings compiled by Alice Gray. The collection also contains artifacts that belonged to Asa Gray.