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Selected Resources

John Torrey Papers in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden


John Torrey Selected Publications:

Calendarium Florae for the year 1818 and for the Vicinity of the City of New York (1818 and 1819)

A Catalogue of Plants, Growing Spontaneously Within Thirty Miles of the City of New York (1819)

A Flora of the Northern and Middle Sections of the United States (1824)

Compendium of the Flora of the Northern and Middle States (1826)

An Introduction to the Natural System of Botany (1831)

A Flora of North America: containing abridged descriptions of all the known indigenous and naturalized plants growing north of Mexico, arranged according to the natural system (1841-43)

A Flora of the State of New York (1843)


Selected Reports on Exploration with Contributions from John Torrey:

Report of the United States and Mexican Border Survey (1859)

Phanerogamia of the Pacific Coast of North America(1862)

Plantae Fremontiae (1853)


Letters Written by John Torrey:

Asa Gray Correspondence from the Harvard University Botany Libraries

George Engelmann Correspondence from the Missouri Botanical Garden


Further Reading:

Britton, N.L. “Dr. Torrey as a Botanist.” Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 27 (1900), pp. 540-51.

Eustis, Elizabeth S., and David Andrews. “Creating a North American Flora.” In Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, ed., Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014.

Reveal, J.L. “John Torrey: A Botanical Biography.” Phytoneuron no. 100 (2014), pp. 1-64.

Robbins, Christine Chapman. “John Torrey (1796-1873). His Life and Times.” Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 95, no. 6 (1968), pp. 515-645.

Rodgers, Andrew Denny. John Torrey: A Story of North American Botany. New York: Hafner, 1965.