The papers consist of the correspondence of botanist Charles Russell Orcutt. There are a few documents and manuscripts and
six pieces of ephemera
Charles R. Orcutt, botanist and editor. In 1879, he came from Vermont to San Diego where his father established the Orcutt
Seed and Plant Company near the ruins of the San Diego mission. From an early age he collected and studied plants, making
many contributions to the Smithsonian Institution during his lifetime. Orcutt edited the American botanist (1898-1900), American
plants (1907-1910), and The West American scientist (1884-1919). He died in Haiti in 1929.
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