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Record Unit 7189
Brackenridge, William D. (William Dunlop), 1810-1893.
William Dunlop Brackenridge Papers, circa 1838-1875
William Dunlop Brackenridge (1810-1893) was a gardener and nurseryman from Scotland who came to the United States in 1837. When Asa Gray resigned his position as Botanist for the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842, William Rich, the Assistant Botanist, took his place and Brackenridge was appointed to fill Rich's place. When the expedition returned in 1842, Brackenridge was entrusted with the care of the living plants and also with the report on ferns collected by the expedition. In 1855 he moved to the Baltimore area and spent the rest of his life there as a nurseryman and landscape architect.
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These papers include a notebook of William Dunlop Brackenridge with daily entries from July 19 to August 31, 1841; two portraits of Brackenridge; and correspondence with John Torrey, Herbert Torrey, Asa Gray, Charles Wilkes, Charles Pickering, and others.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Brackenridge, William D. (William Dunlop), 1810-1893
- Torrey, John, 1796-1873
- Torrey, Herbert Gray, 1838-1915
- Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
- Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877
- Pickering, Charles, 1805-1878
- Rich, William
- United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7189, William Dunlop Brackenridge Papers