The historical and scientific significance of Emily Gregory:

The life of Emily Lovira Gregory (31 Dec. 1841-21 Apr. 1897) of Barnard College, New York, is significant for several reasons:

In sum, the interplay among Gregory's devotion to teaching, to Victorian-era botany, and to religion makes a fascinating story for those interested in the history of botany, the development of the feminist movement, and the relationship between science and religion.

One of Gregory's manuscripts, "Botanical text books" (1897), was discovered in the 1980s and published with notes and an added bibliography in 1987 (see below). This 1897 work is important in comparing plant anatomy textbooks in the late 19th century. The annotated bibliography lists Gregory's 51 papers and reviews of publications (1886-97, 1987), her 16 talks and two exhibits (l889-96), and accounts of her life.

  • 1987. (Schmid, R. & D. W. Stevenson). "Botanical text books," an unpublished manuscript (1897) by Emily Lovira Gregory (1841-1897) on plant anatomy textbooks. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 114:307-318. July-Sep.
  • 1987. (Schmid, R.). Annotated bibliography of works by and about Emily Lovira Gregory (1841-1897). Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 114:319-324. July-Sep.

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