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  • "Includes two series of correspondence of the Gray Herbarium. The first series, ca. 1790-1900, includes the personal correspondence of Asa Gray and Sereno Watson, official correspondence of other Herbarium staff, and a small amount of correspondence of noted botanists who were not affiliated with Harvard. Gray correspondence contains letters from several of the most distinguished European and American scientists of the 19th century, including George Bentham, Charles Darwin, Joseph Henry, Joseph Dalton Hooker, William Jackson Hooker, and John Torrey. Letters include important biographical information and also document the early history of botany in the United States. The Darwin correspondence contains a letter to Gray establishing Darwin's precedence in developing a theory of natural selection. The second series comprises official correspondence, ca. 1890-1955, of the Herbarium and is primarily of Benjamin Lincoln Robinson. Correspondents include amateur and professional botanists, collectors, prospective students, and other Harvard offices and committees. Topics include discussion about botanical nomenclature, identification of specimens, biopolitics, and routine office matters."

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  • "Semi-Historic letters, 1890-1955"
  • "Administrative correspondence of the Gray Herbarium,"
  • "Historic letters, 1790-1900"