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Griswold Gardening Collection

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2008.209

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Collection of printed material mostly concerning the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Includes some printed material on the Pittsburgh Bibliophiles.

Brochures, programs and books:

Dedication of the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library, part of the Hunt Library, 1961. On large brochure and two small ones.

Guide to the Ananson Exhibition, Hunt Botanical Library at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1963. (2 copies);

English translation of "The Florentine Fior Di Virtu of 1491, 1953;

"The Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Its Collection, Program and Staff" 1961;

"The Bicentennial of Michael Adanson's Familles des plantes, Part One," published by the Hunt Botanical Library, 1963;

brochure, "Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, 1882-1963" by George H.M. Lawrence, 1964;

"Bibliography and Modern Librarianship" by Fredson Bowers, 1966;

"History of Botany" by George H.M. Lawrence and Kenneth F. Baker, published by Clarke Memorial Library and Hunt Botanical Library, 1965;

"The Letters of Sir. William Blackstone" in the Hampton L. Carson Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia," 1958 and

"The Pittsburgh Bibliophiles Journey to New York City" by Walter Leuba, 1966.

Cards, small pamphlets, invitations and other ephemera related to the Hunt Library botanical collection and the Pittsburgh Bibliophiles, 1963-65.


  • Creation: 1961-1965

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

A native of Ohio, Ralph Griswold graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in landscape art and a master of landscape design. He worked in New York, Pittsburgh and abroad.

As a scholar, he was associated with Dumbarton Oaks and Colonial Williamsburg, also serving as the consultant for numerous historic preservation projects for the Garden Club of Virginia, including the Pavilion Gardens at the University of Virginia.

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Acquisition Information:


Guide to the Griswold Gardening Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository