Jeanne C. Smith Carr Papers mssCA

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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.

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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

Box 1

Miscellaneous writings of Ezra S. Carr and Jeanne C. Smith Carr 1850, October-1885

Box 2

Miscellaneous writings of E.S. Carr and Jeanne C.S. Carr 1886-1896

Box 3

Correspondence 1842 May-1871 November

Box 4

Correspondence 1872 March-1879

Box 5

Correspondence 1880 July-1896


Envelope of ephemera, volume, two scrapbooks