William Wilson Papers (PP)

Archives, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10458-5126
Phone: 718-817-8604
URL: http://library.nybg.org/

The New York Botanical Garden. All rights reserved. © 2005

This finding aid was produced in English.

Finding aid produced using NoteTab Pro

Collectors: Wilson, William, 1799-1871.
Title: William Wilson Papers
Dates: 1800-1869
Quantity: 0.8 linear feet; 2 boxes
Call Phrase: WWILSON (PP)

Biography of William Wilson

William Wilson (1799-1871) was a British bryologist noted for his publication Bryologia Britannica: containing the mosses of Great Britain and Ireland (1855). He collaborated with Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker on Musci Antarctici (1839-43) based on botanical collections from the southern circumpolar regions. He was born 7 June 1799 in Warrington, England and died 3 April 1871 in Paddington, near Warrington.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence covering the entirety of Wilson’s botanical career.


The collection is organized into one series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 1800-1869. 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.
Greville, Robert Kaye, 1794-1866.
Sowerby, James de Carle, 1787-1871.
Spruce, Richard, 1817-1893.
Taylor, Thomas, d. 1848.
Bryophyta -- Great Britain.
Musci -- Antarctica.
New York Botanical Garden Archives.
Wilson, William 1799-1871 -- Archives.

Related Material

New York Botanical Garden Archives

RG4--Elizabeth Gertrude Britton Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

The William Wilson collection was presented to Elizabeth Gertrude Britton by William T. Thiselton-Dyer, Director of the Royal Botanical Garden, Kew, England, in 1891.

Processing Information

Originally processed by David Rose, Archives Assistant, May 2000 with grant funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA 23141-98) and the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation. 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:

There are 43 files of correspondence on the collection, identification, and description of mosses. Notable authors include Robert K. Greville, George Jasper Lyon, Alexander McKinlay, James de Carle Sowerby, Richard Spruce, and Thomas Taylor.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Arnott, George A. Walker 1845-1859
1.2 Borrer, William 1838-1859
1.3 Bowman, John Eddowes 1830-1836
1.4 Chevalier, Charles 1846
1.5 Christy, William 1830-1834
1.6 Crouch, James Frederick 1862-1865
1.7 Dennes, George Edgar 1842
1.8 Dickie, George 1866
1.9 Eagle, Francis King 1836-1842
1.10 Edwards, Edward 1843
1.11 Edwards, William 1839-1840
1.12 Enys, Catherine 1864
1.13 Francis, George William 1800-1865
1.14 Gardner, George 1841-1843
1.15 Gourlie, William 1839-1846
1.16 Greville, Robert K. 1843-1846
1.17 Henslow, John Stevens 1827-1832
1.18 Howie, Charles 1862-1864
1.19 Ibbotson, Henry 1842
1.20 Irving, Gen. G. 1841-1846
1.21 Jenner, Edward 1838-1845
1.22 Lloyd, George 1841-1842
1.23 Lyon, George Jasper 1841-1846
1.24 McKinlay, Alexander 1862-1866
1.25 Newman, Edward 1841-1863
1.26 Peers, John 1863
1.27 Salway, Thomas 1842-1847
1.28 Shaw, John 1860-1863
1.29 Shawe, J. 1839-1841
1.30 Sidebotham, Joseph 1842-1846
1.31 Sim, John 1865-1869
1.32 Sowerby, James de Carle 1830-1842
1.33 Spruce, Richard 1841-1846
1.34 Spruce, Richard 1841-1846
1.35 Stirton, James 1862-1864
1.36 Thornhill, John 1844
1.37 Valentine, William 1837-1838
1.38 Webb, Frederick Morgan 1862
2.1 Ralfs, John 1840-1849
2.2 Roberts, John 1830-1838
2.3 Taylor, Thomas 1838-1846
2.4 Taylor, Thomas 1838-1846
2.5 Thwaites, George Henry Kendrick 1843-1846

Return to the Top of Page

Garden Home   Science Home   Contact Us   Terms of Use