TitleWilliam Burchell Papers
DescriptionThe collection contains manuscript papers that were created by Burchell relating to floras for St Helena (1806 - 1871), Africa (1810 - 1856 ), Portugal, Madeira, Tenerife and Brazil (1825 - 1839 ). These papers include catalogues and lists of plants collected by Burchell as well as information about the geography of the areas he visited. WJB/4 consists of manuscripts, correspondence and notes which date from 1800 to 1859 and relate to different plant collecting expeditions.
Related MaterialSee also Plant Determination List Vol 6 Burchell: South Africa - Kew Distribution 1811-1815, and volume 7 Plant Lists - Burchell: Brazil.- Kew Distribution 1825 - 1829. Correspondence held in other collections: Directors' Correspondence (DC) vol 1 English Letters 1809-1830 (ff 17-19); DC 3 English Letters A-B 1832-1853 (ff 287-288); DC 23 English Letters 1845 (f 98); English Letters 25 1847 (f 99); DC 58 Africa Letters 1830-1844 (f 17); DC 66 S. American Letters 1828-1831 (ff 17-20); Letters to Lindley A-K (ff 148-153), GEB/1/2 G Bentham Correspondence, Vol 2, Biasoletto- Curtis 1829-1883 (ff 458-468); JDH/4/5 J D Hooker Papers Testimonials in support of Joseph Hooker 1845 (f 19); JDH/2/1/3 : Letters to J.D. Hooker BIR-BUS c. 1840s-1900s (f 269).
The illustrations collections contain a volume of drawings of St Helena (1805-1820) by Burchell. This comprises 1 volume of 125 leaves, with mounted pencil and watercolour drawings, and typescript captions. Numbers on the drawings relate to manuscript on St.Helena plants; numbers in square brackets relate to identifications made by H. N. Ridley; identifications marked ‘GCK 3.12.36’ are by G. C. Kitchen. This volume was presented by Sir J. D. Hooker, in 1878, to whom the drawings had been given by Miss Burchell. The library at Kew holds books written about William Burchell and his work. Further archive material is held in other repositories. For details check the National Register of Archives, maintained by the National Archives
Physical DescriptionThe collection consists of volumes of manuscript papers
DS/UK/138Burchell; William (1781-1863)1781-1863
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