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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Persons, Collections and Topics

Smith, John Donnell, 1829–1928

HI Archives collection no. 41
Correspondence, 1892–1911
.25 linear feet (1 folder)

HI Archives collection no. 42
Papers, 1880–1909
.25 linear feet (1 folder)

HI Archives collection no. 92
Papers, 1888–1898
.25 linear feet (1 folder)

Biographical Note

Taxonomist John Donnell Smith (1829–1928) of Baltimore, Maryland, was a trustee of Peabody Institute in Baltimore (1888–1915) as well as a captain in the Confederate Army. In 1906 he donated his herbarium of more than 100,000 mounted specimens and his botanical library of over 1,600 volumes to the Smithsonian Institution. The herbarium is now kept as a historical collection in the U.S. National Herbarium.

Scope and Contents Note

Collection no. 92 contains two autograph manuscripts of plant descriptions by Smith and photocopies of pages from Botanical Gazette and of plant labels.

Additional collections and materials

The Hunt Institute Art Department also has 32 pencil drawings by Faxon, which are the originals for new species described by Smith in his series of 36 papers, "Undescribed plants from Guatemala," for the American journal, Botanical Gazette (1887–1916, nos. 12–61).  For additional Smith items, see HI Archives collection nos. 41, 42 and 370.

Finding aid

A finding aid for collection no. 92 is available online.

Additional finding aids for the other Smith collections are forthcoming.

Other resources

For information about portraits of and biographical citations for this subject, see the Hunt Institute Archives Register of Botanical Biography and Iconography database.

For thumbnails of artwork by Charles Edward Faxon, see the Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute database.