Guide to the Maria L. Owen Papers, 1870–1900

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Summary

Maria L. (Tallant) Owen (1825–1913) was born in Nantucket, Mass., and was a teacher at the Academy on Fair Street. She became interested in Nantucket flora early in her life, collecting and identifying many specimens. In 1888, she published her Catalog of Plants Growing without Cultivation in the County of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Papers contain correspondence chiefly relating to species of marine algae found on Nantucket; correspondents include Frank S. Collins. Also includes author’s copy of Catalog of Plants with annotations, and various personal notes, such as genealogical information.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS61
Title:
Maria L. Owen Papers
Date(s):
1870–1900
Creator:
Owen, Maria L.
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Maria L. Owen Papers collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 1 Gift of Nantucket Historical Trust (Acc 1962-33), Folder 2 Gift of Mrs. Joseph W. Cochran and Mrs. David D. Gray (Acc 1977.4.72).

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Subject Headings

  • Topical terms
    • Botanists—Massachusetts—Nantucket—Nineteenth century.
    • Botany—Massachusetts—Nantucket.
    • Women in science—Massachusetts.

Biographical Information

Maria L. (Tallant) Owen (1825–1913) was born in Nantucket, Mass., and was a teacher at the Academy on Fair Street. She became interested in Nantucket flora early in her life, collecting and identifying many specimens. In 1888, she published her Catalog of Plants Growing without Cultivation in the County of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The author’s notations in her Catalog of Plants include the exact locations where she found the plants in 1870 and 1888–1896.

Scope and Content

Papers contain correspondence chiefly relating to species of marine algae found on Nantucket; correspondents include Frank S. Collins. Also includes author’s copy of Catalog of Plants with annotations, and various personal notes, such as genealogical information.

Contents

Box 1 Folder 1: Letters out, 1882–1900
Box 1 Folder 2: Annotated Catalog of Plants, 1880
Box 1 Folder 3: Island localities, 1870
Box 1 Folder 4: Genealogical notes, undated
Box 1 Folder 5: Notebook containing index of names, undated

Processing Information

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Finding aid by Teddy Leane, June 2021.

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