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George Edward Davenport papers, 1872-1907, GD 1.1-1.6.

Davenport, Geo. E. (George Edward), 1833-1907, creator
The Davenport papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, herbarium sheets, photographs, etchings, a family tree, and paper ephemera. The bulk of the Davenport papers consists of correspondence dated 1872-1907, primarily pertaining to Davenport’s botanical interests.
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Barnes, Kate L
Brandegee, Townshend Stith
Britton, Elizabeth G
Cleveland, Daniel
Davenport, Elizabeth Braxton
Davenport, Geo. E. (George Edward)
Dodge, Raynal
Dukes, W. C
Eaton, Daniel Cady
Edwards, William
Gerard, William Ruggles
Gilbert, Benjamin Davis
Horton, Frances Belle
Hosmer, Eliza
Leggett, William Henry
Lown, Clarence
Maxon, William R. (William Ralph)
Myers, Frances J
Parish, Samuel Bonsall
Pelton, Emily O
Piper, S. M
Pringle, Cyrus G. (Cyrus Guernsey)
Redfield, John Howard
Robinson, John
Rose, J. N. (Joseph Nelson)
Roy, Jessie D
Rust, Mary Olivia
Rusby, Henry Hurd
Slossen, Margaret
Smith, John Donnell
Stout, Anna A
Stout, William
Terry, Emily Hitchcock
Underwood, Lucien Marcus
Waters, Campbell Easter
Wendte, William
Williamson, John
Wright, William Greenwood
Botany--United States
Women in science--United States
Ferns--United States
The collection is divided into three series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, and Photographs.
George Edward Davenport papers, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.
George Edward Davenport was born in Boston on August 3, 1833, to William and Deborah Skidmore Davenport. He attended public school in Boston and was interested in botany from an early age. Davenport married Mary Frances Cronin in 1854; they had ten children, eight of whom survived to adulthood. From the time of their marriage until 1875, they lived in South Boston. In 1875, the family moved to Medford, where Davenport spent the rest of his life. Davenport joined the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1872 and his focus on ferns developed after a collecting trip with Ebenezer Herring Hitchings in 1873. In 1875 he gave the Society his herbarium of North American ferns which he continued to add to for the rest of his life. Around this time he began to publish his botanical writings. His early articles appeared in the "Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club" and the "Botanical Gazette." His later articles were primarily published in "Rhodora" and the "Fern Bulletin." Davenport also maintained a personal herbarium of fern specimens from around the world. In addition to his work on ferns, Davenport wrote about forestry and horticulture, publishing over 100 articles and several monographs. It was reported in the 1901 "Fern Bulletin" that he was working on a manual of the ferns of North America. He continued to work on the manual for several years, but it was not completed at the time of his death. In 1878 Davenport helped found the Middlesex Scientific Field Club, later the Middlesex Institute, which was active in promoting the conservation of the Middlesex Fells. He was a founding member of the New England Botanical Club, a corresponding member of the Torrey Botanical Club, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also active in the Linnaean Fern Chapter, later the American Fern Society, serving as president for one term. He carried on extensive correspondence with both professional and amateur
Electronic finding aid available https://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FMUS.GRA:gra00067
Open Collections Program at Harvard University
Gray Herbarium Library, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
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