William Wallace Denslow Botanical Manuscripts Collection
1864-1868
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 64

Abstract

A druggist who became interested in botany as a means of outdoor exercise to combat tuberculosis and collected a herbarium of 11,000-15,000 U.S. and European species. Collection consists of a single volume of manuscripts, chiefly letters, collected from significant botanists and other individuals, including William Henry Brewer, Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, Asa Gray, Isaac Hollister Hall, Thomas P. James, Horace Mann, Edward Sylvester Morse, Charles Horton Peck, George Edward Post, Frederick Ward Putnam, George Thurber, and John Torrey.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
William Wallace Denslow Botanical Manuscripts Collection
1864-1868
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 64
Contents of Collection

The William Wallace Denslow Botanical Manuscripts Collection consists of a single volume of manuscripts, chiefly letters, collected from significant botanists and other individuals, including William Henry Brewer, Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, Asa Gray, Isaac Hollister Hall, Thomas P. James, Horace Mann, Edward Sylvester Morse, Charles Horton Peck, George Edward Post, Frederick Ward Putnam, George Thurber, and John Torrey. They were collected by William Wallace Denslow (1826-1868), a druggist who became interested in botany as a means of outdoor exercise to combat tuberculosis. He collected a herbarium of 11,000-15,000 U.S. and European species that Massachusetts Agricultural College purchased in 1870 with a gift of $2000 from William Knowlton.

Collection inventory
Abbott, Theophilus C. (President, Mich. Agr. College)
1826-1892

p.1
Allen, Timothy Field. (Surgeon)
1837-1902

p.2
Austin, Coe Finch. (American botanist)
1831-1880

p.3-8
Bedford, P.W.


p.9
Bigelow, John Milton. (Physician)
1804-1876

p.10
Bower, William.


p.11-12
Bradley, Frank H. (Geologist)
1828-1910

p.14
Brewer, William Henry. (Chemist)
1828-1910

p.14
Brewster, J.


p.15
Brocas, Frederic Y. (Botanist)


p.16-19
Browne, Robert H. (Recording Sec. Lyceum of Natural History)
1810-1879

p.20-21
Brunet, Louis Ovide. (American physician and writer)
1826-1876

p.22
Bumstead, Freeman Josiah.
1826-1879

p.23
Canby, William M.
1831-1904

p.24-30
Chapman, Alvan Wentworth. (American botanist)
1809-1899

p.31
Clinton, George W. (American botanist)
1807-1885

p.32
Cooke, Mordecai Cubitt. (English botanist and horticulturist)
1825-1914

p.33-34
Curtis, Moses Ashley. (American botanist)
1808-1872

p.35
Daggett, Alfred.


p.36
Davidson, William I.


p.37-38
Day, David Fisher.
1829-1900

p.39-49
Denslow, E.H. (Member of N.Y. Stock Exchange)


p.50
Denslow, Herbert McKenzie. (Nephew to W.W.D.)
1852-

p.51
Denslow, William Wallace.
1826-1868

p.52
Dewey, Chester. (American educationist and botanist)
1784-1867

p.53
Ditchburn, Robert F.


p.54
Eaton, Daniel Cady. (Botanist)
1834-1895

p.55-56
Filley, M.W.


p.57
Foote, Lewis.


p.58
Fowler, James.
1829-

p.59
Frost, Charles Christopher.
1806-1880

p.60
Gilbert, Benjamin Davis.
1835-1907

p.61-62
Gillman, Henry. (Scientist, author, and diplomatist)
1833-1915

p.63
Gray, Asa. (American botanist)
18l0-1888

p.64
Green, Traill. (Educator)
1813-1897

p.65-66
Hall, Elihu.
1822-1882

p.67-70
Hall, Isaac Hollister. (American Orientalist)
1837-1896

p.71-72
Haynes, Mrs. C.H.


p.73
Hobkirk, Charles Codrington.
1837-1902

p.74
Hunt, George Edward.
1841-1873

p.75-76
Hyatt, James.
1817-1904

p.77
Ironside.


p.78
James, Thomas P. (American botanist)
1803-1882

p.79
Kinghorn, John.


p.80-81
Lapham, Increase Allen.
1811-1875

p.82
Leggett, William Henry. (American botanist)
1816-1882

p.83-84
LeRoy, Peter Vincent.
-1890

p.85-86
McKenzie, Helen R.


p.87
Macoun, John.
1831-1920

p.88-90
Mann, Horace.
1844-1868

p.91-92
Marshall, Charles D. (Cor. Sec., Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences)


p.93
Mitchell, J.W.


p.94
Morse, Edward Sylvester. (American zoologist)
1838-

p.95
Paine, John Alsop, Jr. (Archaeologist)
1840-1912

p.96
Parsons, Charles. (Financier)


p.97
Peabody, George H.


p.98
Peck, Charles Horton. (N.Y. State Botanist)
1833-1917

p.99-101
Peter, Robert. (American chemist and physician)
1805-1894

p.102
Pierce, Temple. (Lyceum of Natural History)


p.103
Pollard, Frank A.


p.104
Porter, Thomas Conrad. (Educator)
1822-1901

p.105-106
Post, George Edward. (Physician and clergyman)
1838-1909

p.107-108
Putnam, Frederick Ward. (American zoologist and anthropologist)
1839-1915

p.109-110
Ravenel Henry William. (American botanist)
1814-1887

p.111-113
Robbins, James Watson. (Doctor)
1801-1879

p.114
Sartwell, Henry Parker. (American botanist)
1792-1867

p.115-116
Schultz, A.A. (Asst. Assessor, U.S. Internal Revenue)


p.117
Schuyler, Eugene. (Author and diplomat)
1840-1890

p.118
Seymour, J.O. and Co. (Stationers)


p.119
Smith, John. (Curator of Royal Botanic Garden)
1798-1888

p.120
Straznicky, Edward R. (Austrian librarian in America)
1820-1876

p.121
Thurber, George. (Editor, American Agriculturist)
1821-1890

p.122-124
Torrey, John. (American botanist)
1796-1873

p.125-126
Tracy, Cyrus Mason. (Botanist)
1824-1891

p.127
Treat, Mary.
1830-

p.128-132
Tyler, D.A. (Doctor)


p.133
Veitch, Robert.


p.134
Verion Brothers and Company. (Paper warehouse)


p.135
Verrill, Addison Emory. (Marine farmer)
1830-

p.136
Watt, David Allan Poe.
1830-

p.137
Wheatland, Henry. (American naturalist)
1812-1893

p.138-139
White, A.L.


p.140
Whittington, M.E.


p.141
Wood, Alphonso. (American botanist)
1810-1881

p.142
Wood, I.M.


p.143
Wright, Samuel Hart.
1825-1905

p.144-149
Wright, Charles. (American botanist)
1811-1886

p.150
Miscellaneous notes: 1. Robert Gin, 2. Unsigned (New Haven, Conn.) July 6, 1865, 3. Unsigned (Directions to Hudson Park, N.Y.)


p.151
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired as a gift, 1922. Purchased in 1870 by Massachusetts Agricultural College with a gift of $2000 from William Knowlton.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1985.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: William Wallace Denslow Botanical Collection (MS 64). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Botanists--Correspondence.
  • Botany--History--19th century--Sources.
Names
  • Brewer, William Henry, 1828-1910.
  • Brewer, William Henry, 1828-1910--Correspondence.
  • Cooke, M. C. (Mordecai Cubitt), b. 1825.
  • Cooke, M. C. (Mordecai Cubitt), b. 1825--Correspondence.
  • Denslow, William Wallace, 1826-1868.
  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888.
  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888--Correspondence.
  • Hall, Isaac H. (Isaac Hollister), 1837-1896.
  • Hall, Isaac H. (Isaac Hollister), 1837-1896--Correspondence.
  • James, Thomas Potts, 1803-1882.
  • James, Thomas Potts, 1803-1882--Correspondence.
  • Mann, Horace, 1844-1868.
  • Mann, Horace, 1844-1868--Correspondence.
  • Morse, Edward Sylvester, 1838-1925.
  • Morse, Edward Sylvester, 1838-1925--Correspondence.
  • Peck, Charles H. (Charles Horton), 1833-1917.
  • Peck, Charles H. (Charles Horton), 1833-1917--Correspondence.
  • Post, George E. (George Edward), 1838-1909.
  • Post, George E. (George Edward), 1838-1909--Correspondence.
  • Putnam, F. W. (Frederic Ward), 1839-1915.
  • Putnam, F. W. (Frederic Ward), 1839-1915--Correspondence.
  • Thurber, George, 1821-1890.
  • Thurber, George, 1821-1890--Correspondence.
  • Torrey, John, 1796-1873.
  • Torrey, John, 1796-1873--Correspondence.
Genre terms
  • Letters (Correspondence).
  • Manuscripts.