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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Jeanne C. Smith Carr papers
    Creator: Carr, Jeanne C. Smith
    Identifier/Call Number: mssCA
    Physical Description: 5.9 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 3 volumes, and 1 ephemera envelope)
    Date (inclusive): 1842- before 1903
    Abstract: A collection of material related to the personal and professional life of Jeanne C. Smith Carr, American educator, garden landscaper, and Pasadena resident.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Jeanne C. Smith Carr papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Mr. A. L. Carr, 1931 and 1936.

    Biographical / Historical

    Jeanne Caroline Smith Carr (1825-1903), was born in Vermont; she married Ezra Slocum Carr, a physician and professor, who taught at the University of Wisconsin. The couple moved to California in 1869, when Ezra became a professor at the University of California, and in 1875, when Ezra Carr was elected state superintendent of public instruction, Jeanne C. Smith Carr was made assistant superintendent. The Carrs settled in Pasadena, California in 1880, where Jeanne's life-long interest in botany inspired the development of their home, "Carmelita," a garden showplace and center of cultural influence. Through-out her adult life Jeanne C. Smith Carr pursued her scientific interests, contributed articles to newspapers and magazines, and helped and encouraged such friends as Helen Hunt Jackson, John Muir, and Charles Warren Stoddard.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection which consists of approximately 200 letters and manuscripts related to Jeanne C. Smith Carr and Ezra S. Carr and their interests; subjects include botany, agriculture, and education. There are materials related to the history and description of California (especially early Pasadena), botany, and gardening, the University of California and the University of Wisconsin. Persons represented in the collection include: Asa Gray, Helen Hunt Jackson, John Gill Lemmon, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Helena Modjeska, Charles Warren Stoddard, Fujimaro Tanaka, and Marshall Pinckney Wilder. The collection also includes one envelope of ephemera, a volume entitled "Eminent Persons," and two scrapbooks.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1940. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from legacy in-house summary report.


    Organized in the following series: 1. Miscellaneous writings of Ezra R. Carr and Jeanne C. Smith Carr (1850-1896); 2. Correspondence (1842-1896); 3. Ephemera, volume, and scrapbooks.


    Former call number: mssCA 1-198.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Agriculture -- California
    Botany -- California
    Education -- California
    California -- Description and travel
    California -- History -- 19th century
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
    Manuscripts -- California -- 19th century
    Carr, Ezra S. (Ezra Slocum), 1819-1894
    Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
    Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885
    Lemmon, J. G. (John Gill), 1832-1908
    Livermore, Mary A. (Mary Ashton), 1820-1905
    Modjeska, Helena, 1840-1909
    Muir, John, 1838-1914
    Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909
    Tanaka, Fujimaro, 1845 or 1846-1909
    Wilder, Marshall P. (Marshall Pinckney), 1859-1915
    University of California (1868-1952) -- Faculty
    University of Wisconsin -- Faculty