Correspondence of G. W. Clinton 1865-1878
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George William Clinton was the son of New York Governor
DeWitt Clinton. He was the first President of the Buffalo Society of Natural
Sciences, and was instrumental in establishing a vigorous botanical presence
in Buffalo, New York. His herbarium of ca. 30,000
specimens forms the basis of the Clinton Herbarium of the Buffalo Museum of
correspondence with other botanists in the late mid-1800's is upwards of
2,200 letters and is archived at the Buffalo Museum of Science. It includes communications
from professional and amateur botanists of the time, the world over.
Editor's comments are in square brackets. At the
beginning of every letter there is a volume number and another number (e.g.
Vol. 5 No. 116). This is George Clinton's own system for organizing his
letters in sequence, the volumes roughly corresponding to a given year and a
number given each letter as he received it. Actually only the letter number
occurs on each individual letter); Clinton
later had his letters bound together into volumes. The letter and number in
square brackets is part of the numbering and cataloguing or inventory system
developed during the 1990's at the Research Library of the Buffalo Museum of
Science. On each letter, the black ink is Clinton's handwriting, the pencil marks are
the library's. At the bottom of each letter Clinton wrote the date when he received it
and whether he took action.