THE JOHN TORREY PAPERS
The John Torrey Papers is the largest and most important collection of documents in the United States of pioneering American botanist John Torrey’s (1796-1873) correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations. The physical collection resides in the Archives of the New York Botanical Garden.
John Torrey is considered one of the most important taxonomic botanists in the early development of scientific botany, horticulture, and agriculture in nineteenth century America. He corresponded with botanists and natural historians throughout America and Europe. His wide network of botanists and natural historians enabled Torrey to collect, describe, and classify plant specimens from around the world. While the correspondence contains important information on Torrey’s botanical work, the documents are also a valuable resource to scholars, students, and members of the public studying American history, including North American expeditions, westward expansion, and the evolution of American science in the nineteenth century.
More information about John Torrey can be found here.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library and Archives of the New York Botanical Garden has embarked on a project to make the John Torrey Papers available online through the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The project will preserve, digitize, and transcribe 3.5 linear feet of the collection, which consists primarily of correspondence received by John Torrey.
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GRANT FUNDINGThe preservation, digitization, and transcription of the John Torrey Papers is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, as a part of the Common Good initiative to make historical documents publicly available to promote the role the humanities and sciences have played in the history of the United States.
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Carnegie Corporation of New York
Drawing of John Torrey by Sir Daniel MacNee. From the collection of Sir William Hooker, The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England.
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The 1918 diary was originally transcribed and published by Neil Brumfield in 1993. It covers daily farm life, a neighbor's draft to fight the First World War, and the death of Julia's son Charles in the influenza epidemic. Capitalization and punctuation has been modernized throughout, while spelling has been retained
The 1919 and 1921 diaries were transcribed by volunteers using FromThePage. The majority of the transcription was performed by Linda Tucker, while editing and annotation was performed by Ben Brumfield. The subject matter and transcription conventions are similar to those of the 1918 diary.