Eleanor Cross Marquand Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Marquand, Eleanor Cross, 1873-1949.
Title: Eleanor Cross Marquand Papers (PP)
Dates: 1905; 1933-1934.
Abstract: Collection consists of correspondence, lecture notes, and scrapbooks.
Quantity: 1 box; 5.5 linear inches.
Call Phrase: Eleanor Cross Marquand (PP)

Biography of Eleanor Cross Marquand

Eleanor Cross Marquand was born in New York in 1873. She was married to Professor Allan Marquand, the founder and chairman of the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Mrs. Marquand was an authority on the representation and symbolism of flowers and trees in art, particularly of floral emblems in the early Christian church. For this she was recognized with an honorary Master of Arts Degree from Princeton in 1948. She was only the fourth woman in the university's history to be so honored. She was the first woman to serve on the Princeton Board of Education as well as being active in the Village Improvement Association. She also served on the board of the State Hospital in Trenton where the nurses home is named for her.

Marquand belonged to the New York Botanical Garden, the Garden Club of America, the Horticulture Society of New York and the Garden Club of Princeton. In addition to speaking on plant illustration and the pine barren vegetation, she wrote for the Garden Club of America Bulletin and the Journal of the New York Botanical Garden.

In 1950, her estate bequeathed Mrs. Marquand's botanical and horticulture library to the New York Botanical Garden. It consists of 408 volumes and a collection of notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs, seed and nursery catalogs, reprints, pamphlets, and periodicals.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence related to a chestnut tree disease, lecture notes, syllabi, and eight bound scrapbooks consisting of catalog cutouts with occasional handwritten notes.


The Collection is organized into three series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 1905. arranged chronologically.
Series 2: Scrapbooks. 1905. arranged alphabetically.
Series 3: Lecture Notebooks. 1933-1934. arranged alphabetically.


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.
Marquand, Eleanor Cross, 1873-1949.
Rankin, Walter Mead, 1857-1947
Svenson, Henry K.
Chestnut blight--United States--correspondence.
Horticulture--Study and Teaching.
New York Botanical Garden--History--Sources.
United States. Dept. of Agriculture.
Document Types
Notebooks. aat.
Scrapbooks. aat.

Related Material

New York Botanical Garden

VF Eleanor Cross Marquand

Princeton University

Manuscripts Division of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections: MASC Allan Marquand papers, 1858-1951 (bulk 1878-1950)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Eleanor Cross Marquand (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the library.

Processing Information

Processed April 2005 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:

Three letters responding to a request for assistance regarding a chestnut tree infection/ disease.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Correspondence 1905

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Series 2. Scrapbooks.

Scope and Content:

Eight bound notebooks containing cut outs from seed catalogs and journals. Includes handwritten notes.

Folder Title Date
1.2 Herbaceous border 1905
1.3 Roses 1905
1.4 The Greenhouse 1905
1.5 The Spring Walk 1905
1.6 Trees and Shrubs 1905
1.7 Vegetables 1905
1.8 Water Gardens 1905
1.9 The Winter Garden 1905

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Series 3. Lecture Notebooks.

Scope and Content:

Two notebooks containing lecture notes, illustrations, and syllabi from introductory horticulture courses.

Folder Title Date
1.10 Walter Rankin Lectures 1933-1934
1.11 Henry Svenson Lectures 1933

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