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Catherine Parr Traill, Jessie Roy and Annie Boyd - Early Canadian Botantists

Library Exhibit, November - December 2001

[handpainted flowers]

The W. D. Jordan Special Collections & Music Library and The Fowler Herbarium at Queen's University, are pleased to present an exhibit & lecture relating to three early Canadian botanists - Catherine Parr Traill, Jessie Roy and Annie Boyd.

Public lecture by Dr. Adele Crowder
Friday, November 16, 5:00p.m.
W.D. Jordan Library, Douglas Library


The display, compiled by Dr. Adele Crowder, Professor Emeritus consists of a range of materials:

  • books (including contemporary 19th century works on botany)
  • articles
  • photographs
  • plant specimens

On November 16th, Prof. Crowder will guide us through the exhibit, describing the interrelationships of these three women and their work. Within the 19th century context, they each played a significant role in furthering the study of botany in early Canada.

Canadian Ferns, Mosses & Wild-flowers
The centrepiece of this display is one of our treasures. A scrapbook of dried plants collected, mounted, and annotated by Catherine Parr Traill in 1891 for her grandson, Hargrave H. Muchall. The specimens have since been remounted, inserted into transparent sleeves and stored in a custom-made case.

[Cover of Canadian Ferns, Mosses & Wild-flowers]

Cover of Canadian Ferns, Mosses & Wild-flowers


[Annie Boyd plant labels]

Annie Boyd plant labels

[Annie Boyd and Jessie Roy display]

Annie Boyd and Jessie Roy display

Last Updated: 20 April 2012

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