William Henry Leggett Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Leggett, William Henry, 1816-1882.
Title: William Henry Leggett Papers (PP)
Dates: 1862-1883
Quantity: .5 linear feet; 1 box
Call Phrase: Leggett (PP)

Biography of William Henry Leggett

William Henry Leggett (1816-1882) was born on February 24, 1816. He graduated from Columbia College in 1837. Leggett was a New York City classics teacher and amateur botanist. He was one of the founders of the Torrey Botanical Club and was the first editor of the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, which was started by him as a private enterprise in 1870. Leggett was described as a “profound classical scholar, a most conscientious teacher and an enthusiastic botanist”.1 William Leggett died on April 11, 1882.

Ref: Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. Vol. 9, 1882. p. 86

Scope and Content

Collection consist primarily of correspondence with colleagues during his tenure as Editor of the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. Prominent correspondents include Asa Gray, George Clinton, William Denslow, George Thurber, and John Williamson. Subjects include the exchange and determination of specimens, the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, and the death of John Torrey. Research notes on Lechea, Compositae, and plants growing in New York.


The collection is organized into two series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 186-1883. Arranged alphabetically.
Series 2: Research Notes. 1862-1869. Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Access restrictions

This collection is open for research with permission from Mertz Library staff.


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be submitted in writing to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Leggett, William Henry, 1816-1882 -- Archives.
New York Botanical Garden Archives.
Torrey Botanical Club -- History -- Sources.

Related Material

New York Botanical Garden Archives

PP-- John Torrey Papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Henry Leggett Papers (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was transferred to the New York Botanical Garden Archives.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist, March 2000, with grant funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA-23141-98). Converted to EAD in August 2006 by Kathleene Konkle under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA 50678-04).

Container List


Series 1. Correspondence.

Scope and Content:

Correspondence pertaining to plant descriptions, acknowledgements of receipt of specimens, and requests for copies of the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Austin, Coe Finch 1870-1883
1.2 Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1873
1.3 Bennett, James Lawrence 1873
1.4 Biscoe, Thomas D. 1872-1874
1.5 Bower, William 1866
1.6 Brown, Ann Elizabeth 1870-1871
1.7 Brown, Addison 1880
1.8 Bumstead, Freeman Joseph 1872-1873
1.9 Burgess, Edward S. 1876
1.10 Candolle, Alphonse de 1875
1.11 Cauty, William M. 1874
1.12 Clinton, George William n.d.
1.13 Curtiss, Allen Hiram 1870-1873
1.14 Davenport, George Edward 1873-1879
1.15 Davis, Charles M. 1878
1.16 Decaisne, Joseph 1873
1.17 Denslow, Herbert McKenzie 1871
1.18 Eaton, Daniel Cady 1870-1874
1.19 Edwards, William 1874
1.20 Engelmann, George 1870-1872
1.21 Faxon, Charles E. n.d.
1.22 Fischer, George J. 1870/1874
1.23 Gray, Asa 1862-1884
1.24 Green, A.C. 1870
1.25 Hall, Isaac H. 1877
1.26 Hayden, Ferdinand Vandeveer 1874
1.27 Hegelmaier, Christoph Friedrick 1870-1871
1.28 Hitchings, E.H. 1873-1874
1.29 Hoysradt, Lyman Henry 1878-1879
1.30 James Thomas 1874
1.31 James Thomas 1872-1874
1.32 Keck, Karl 1873
1.33 Keeler, William T. 1877-1878
1.34 Koehler, Augustus 1877
1.35 Lesquereux, [Charles] Leo 1874-1875
1.36 Leue, Adolph 1875
1.37 Lockwood, Samuel 1871
1.38 Mann, Benjamin Pickman 1874/1877
1.39 Mann, Horace, Jr. 1868
1.40 Martin, Daniel Strobel 1871
1.41 Mayer, Isaac Shoemaker 1867-1872
1.42 Meehan, Thomas 1870
1.43 Merriam, James Sheldon 1870-1873
1.44 Miller, Elihu S. 1871-1872
1.45 Millington, Lucy A. 1871-1872
1.46 Olney, Stephan Thayer 1871-1875
1.47 Owen, Maria L. 1878
1.48 Peck, Charles H. 1868-1877
1.49 Ravenel, H. W. 1871
1.50 Redfield, John 1873-1880
1.51 Robinson, John n.d.
1.52 Rusby, Henry Hurd 1878
1.53 Sargent, Charles Sprague 1879
1.54 Smith, John Donnell 1880
1.55 Thuemen, Felix, Karl Albert, von 1878
1.56 Thurber, George 1869-1883
1.57 Torrey, John 1868-1873
1.58 Torrey, Margaret 1873
1.59 Tuckerman, Edward 1871-1874
1.60 Tutweiler, Julia S. 1872-1873
1.61 Underwood, Lucien M. 1878
1.62 Watson, Serano 1873
1.63 Williamson, John 1873-1879
1.64 Wood, A. ca. 1873-1875
1.65 Young, Henri W. 1874

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Series 2. Research Notes.

Scope and Content:

Notes and lists on botanical topics, and a draft proposal to Columbia College on the Torrey Botanical Club’s views regarding the relations of Columbia College to the Science of Botany.

Folder Title Date
1.66 Notes on Compositae 1869
1.67 Notes on Lechea, I n.d.
1.68 Notes on Lechea, II n.d.
1.69 Plants growing near New York 1862

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