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Jane Colden (1724-1766) and Her Botanic Manuscript

Beatrice Scheer Smith
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 75, No. 7 (Jul., 1988), pp. 1090-1096
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2443778
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

Jane Colden's original manuscript, containing descriptions and drawings made about 1753 to 1758 of over 300 New York State plants, is housed in The British Museum (Natural History), London. Colden's detailed and careful descriptions in the new Linnaean system were evidently taken from living specimens growing on the 3,000-acre Colden estate near Newburgh, New York. Letters reveal that her contributions to botany were recognized by the prominent botanists of her day, including John Bartram, Collinson, Garden, Ellis, and Linnaeus, but over a century and a half passed before a more intimate acquaintance with her manuscript established Jane Colden as America's first woman botanist.

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