Denslow, William Wallace, 1826-1868

William Wallace Denslow Botanical Manuscripts Collection, 1864-1868.

1 box (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 064

A druggist by training, William Denslow became interested in botany as a means of combating tuberculosis through outdoor exercise. As his interests developed, Denslow amassed an herbarium that included between 11,000 and 15,000 specimens, including both American and European species.

The Denslow 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.

Scope and Contents of the 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.


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The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: William Wallace Denslow Botanical Collection (MS 64). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

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.


Additional Information

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Language
English.


Contents List
Abbott, Theophilus C. (President, Mich. Agr. College)
1826-1892
Box 1
Allen, Timothy Field. (Surgeon)
1837-1902
Box 2
Austin, Coe Finch. (American botanist)
1831-1880
Box 3-8
Bedford, P.W.
Box 9
Bigelow, John Milton. (Physician)
1804-1876
Box 10
Bower, William.
Box 11-12
Bradley, Frank H. (Geologist)
1828-1910
Box 14
Brewer, William Henry. (Chemist)
1828-1910
Box 14
Brewster, J.
Box 15
Brocas, Frederic Y. (Botanist)
Box 16-19
Browne, Robert H. (Recording Sec. Lyceum of Natural History)
1810-1879
Box 20-21
Brunet, Louis Ovide. (American physician and writer)
1826-1876
Box 22
Bumstead, Freeman Josiah.
1826-1879
Box 23
Canby, William M.
1831-1904
Box 24-30
Chapman, Alvan Wentworth. (American botanist)
1809-1899
Box 31
Clinton, George W. (American botanist)
1807-1885
Box 32
Cooke, Mordecai Cubitt. (English botanist and horticulturist)
1825-1914
Box 33-34
Curtis, Moses Ashley. (American botanist)
1808-1872
Box 35
Daggett, Alfred.
Box 36
Davidson, William I.
Box 37-38
Day, David Fisher.
1829-1900
Box 39-49
Denslow, E.H. (Member of N.Y. Stock Exchange)
Box 50
Denslow, Herbert McKenzie. (Nephew to W.W.D.)
1852-
Box 51
Denslow, William Wallace.
1826-1868
Box 52
Dewey, Chester. (American educationist and botanist)
1784-1867
Box 53
Ditchburn, Robert F.
Box 54
Eaton, Daniel Cady. (Botanist)
1834-1895
Box 55-56
Filley, M.W.
Box 57
Foote, Lewis.
Box 58
Fowler, James.
1829-
Box 59
Frost, Charles Christopher.
1806-1880
Box 60
Gilbert, Benjamin Davis.
1835-1907
Box 61-62
Gillman, Henry. (Scientist, author, and diplomatist)
1833-1915
Box 63
Gray, Asa. (American botanist)
18l0-1888
Box 64
Green, Traill. (Educator)
1813-1897
Box 65-66
Hall, Elihu.
1822-1882
Box 67-70
Hall, Isaac Hollister. (American Orientalist)
1837-1896
Box 71-72
Haynes, Mrs. C.H.
Box 73
Hobkirk, Charles Codrington.
1837-1902
Box 74
Hunt, George Edward.
1841-1873
Box 75-76
Hyatt, James.
1817-1904
Box 77
Ironside.
Box 78
James, Thomas P. (American botanist)
1803-1882
Box 79
Kinghorn, John.
Box 80-81
Lapham, Increase Allen.
1811-1875
Box 82
Leggett, William Henry. (American botanist)
1816-1882
Box 83-84
LeRoy, Peter Vincent.
-1890
Box 85-86
McKenzie, Helen R.
Box 87
Macoun, John.
1831-1920
Box 88-90
Mann, Horace.
1844-1868
Box 91-92
Marshall, Charles D. (Cor. Sec., Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences)
Box 93
Mitchell, J.W.
Box 94
Morse, Edward Sylvester. (American zoologist)
1838-
Box 95
Paine, John Alsop, Jr. (Archaeologist)
1840-1912
Box 96
Parsons, Charles. (Financier)
Box 97
Peabody, George H.
Box 98
Peck, Charles Horton. (N.Y. State Botanist)
1833-1917
Box 99-101
Peter, Robert. (American chemist and physician)
1805-1894
Box 102
Pierce, Temple. (Lyceum of Natural History)
Box 103
Pollard, Frank A.
Box 104
Porter, Thomas Conrad. (Educator)

1822-1901
Box 105-106
Post, George Edward. (Physician and clergyman)
1838-1909
Box 107-108
Putnam, Frederick Ward. (American zoologist and anthropologist)
1839-1915
Box 109-110
Ravenel Henry William. (American botanist)
1814-1887
Box 111-113
Robbins, James Watson. (Doctor)
1801-1879
Box 114
Sartwell, Henry Parker. (American botanist)
1792-1867
Box 115-116
Schultz, A.A. (Asst. Assessor, U.S. Internal Revenue)
Box 117
Schuyler, Eugene. (Author and diplomat)
1840-1890
Box 118
Seymour, J.O. and Co. (Stationers)
Box 119
Smith, John. (Curator of Royal Botanic Garden)
1798-1888
Box 120
Straznicky, Edward R. (Austrian librarian in America)
1820-1876
Box 121
Thurber, George. (Editor, American Agriculturist)
1821-1890
Box 122-124
Torrey, John. (American botanist)
1796-1873
Box 125-126
Tracy, Cyrus Mason. (Botanist)
1824-1891
Box 127
Treat, Mary.
1830-
Box 128-132
Tyler, D.A. (Doctor)
Box 133
Veitch, Robert.
Box 134
Verion Brothers and Company. (Paper warehouse)
Box 135
Verrill, Addison Emory. (Marine farmer)
1830-
Box 136
Watt, David Allan Poe.
1830-
Box 137
Wheatland, Henry. (American naturalist)
1812-1893
Box 138-139
White, A.L.
Box 140
Whittington, M.E.
Box 141
Wood, Alphonso. (American botanist)
1810-1881
Box 142
Wood, I.M.
Box 143
Wright, Samuel Hart.
1825-1905
Box 144-149
Wright, Charles. (American botanist)
1811-1886
Box 150
Miscellaneous notes: 1. Robert Gin, 2. Unsigned (New Haven, Conn.) July 6, 1865, 3. Unsigned (Directions to Hudson Park, N.Y.)
Box 151

Subjects

  • Botanists--Correspondence
  • Botany--History--19th century--Sources

Contributors

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

Types of material

  • Letters (Correspondence)
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