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Lily Wells water color illustrations of North American plants

Ms. Coll. 401

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Wells, Lily
Title:
Lily Wells water color illustrations of North American plants
Date [inclusive]:
1893-1928
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 401
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lily Wells was a member of the Naturalists Field Club of the University of Pennsylvania who painted the various flora of the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States. This collection comprises seven sketchbooks of her botanical watercolors, plus one bound volume of seven individual watercolor plates.
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Biography/History

Lily Wells, born in Newport, Rhode Island, was a member of the Naturalists Field Club of the University of Pennsylvania. She painted the various flora of the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States.

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises seven sketchbooks of botanical watercolors; plus one bound volume of seven individual watercolor plates.

In the first seven volumes of sketchbooks, each plant is identified. Location and habitat are described, and each painting is dated. Locations of plants illustrated include Philadelphia and suburbs, Shawnee and Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania; Camden, Williamstown, Atco, Absecon, Asbury Park, and Gloucester County, New Jersey; Westkill, Echo Notch, and Lebanon Springs, New York; West Quincy, West Roxbury, Milton, and Berkshire County, Massachusetts; Middletown, Rhode Island; Mt. Kearsarge and Shelburne, New Hampshire; and Kittery, Maine.

Volume 8 includes seven watercolors of flowering plants of the northeastern United States painted by Lily Wells, a member of the Naturalists Field Club of the University of Pennsylvania. This volume also has an introduction by John W. Harshberger dated June 14, 1928 and holds a wedding announcement for Lily Wells and John Muirhead Macfarlane, dated 1929.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 April 14

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Molly B. Hutt

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Volume 8 is a gift of the Naturalists Field Club, 1928. The remaining sketchbooks were acquired in 2001.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

University of Pennsylvania: Department of Biology Records, 1869-1948.

John W. Harshberger papers, 1886-1929.

For more information on the Naturalists Field Club at the University of Pennsylvania, consult the University Archives & Records Center.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • University of Pennsylvania. Naturalists Field Club.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Botanical illustrations
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Sketchbooks
  • Watercolors (paintings)
Personal Name(s)
  • Harshberger, John W. (John William), 1869-1929
Subject(s)
  • Natural history--North America
  • Plants

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Binding: cloth; sketchbooks have damaged spines, some covers detached.

Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Volume 1: Philadelphia; Camden, New Jersey; and vicinity, 1893-1894.

1 1

Volume 2: New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, 1894.

1 2

Volume 3: Williamstown, New Jersey; Shawnee, Pennsylvania; and Philadelphia, 1895.

1 3

Volume 4: New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 1895.

2 1

Volume 5: New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, 1896-1904.

2 2

Volume 6: New Hampshire, New Jersey pinelands and shore, 1896-1899.

2 3

Volume 7: Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, 1902-1928.

2 4

Volume 8: [Northern New England], [1928].

2 5