Join the New York Botanical Garden on a virtual early American scientific expedition by volunteering to help us transcribe John Torrey’s letters.
Dr. John Torrey (1796-1873)—physician, author, professor, and assayer—is considered one of the most important American botanists of the 19th century. Torrey collected, described and classified thousands of plant specimens, and was a key player in the early development of scientific botany, horticulture, and agriculture in the United States. Torrey corresponded with hundreds of scientists—botanists, geologists, chemists, and zoologists—in North America and across Europe.
The John Torrey Papers collection at NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library includes correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations. The correspondence contains important information on Torrey’s botanical work and is a valuable resource for anyone studying American history, scientific expeditions and the evolution of American science.
Become a Torrey Transcriber! Volunteer to help us transcribe Dr. Torrey’s letters and you can
*follow the history-making scientific expeditions of 19th century North America
*get to know the colorful characters who collected plant specimens, and
*possibly make some discoveries of your own!
You can transcribe anytime, anywhere. All you need is a computer with internet, the ability to read 19th century handwriting, and an interest in botany and American history. Earn NYBG Volunteer benefits, including free, year-round NYBG admission for yourself and two guests (parking included); 20% discount at NYBG’s Pine Tree Café and in the NYBG Shop; borrowing privileges at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library; free enrollment in NYBG Adult Education courses (pending eligibility); and invitations to Science & Humanities department seminars at NYBG.
To find out more and to start transcribing: http://libguides.nybg.org/JohnTorreyPapers/transcribe
To learn more about Dr. John Torrey: http://libguides.nybg.org/JohnTorreyPapers/biography