Collection TitleWalter Broadway Papers
TitleWalter Broadway Papers
DescriptionThis collection consists of papers relating to Broadways work in the Botanic gardens and Agricultural departments of the West Indies. There are a number of notebooks containing registers and lists of plants collected by Broadway (BDW/1), as well as loose papers and correspondence (BDW/2) which relate to his research into West Indian Plants, most notably his work with Trinidad Ferns (BDW/3). The collection includes a series of published material in the form of pamphlets and article off prints which relate to American Botany, collected by Broadway (BDW/4)
Creator NameBroadway, Walter Elias, MBE (1865-1935)
Extent1 box, 3 folders
Administrative HistoryWalter E. Broadway was born in Exbury, Hampshire in 1865. He started his career as a gardener at Kew, before spending 30 years working in the Agricultural departments of Trinidad and the Windward Islands. He was an enthusiastic Botanist and collector, collecting in the West Indies, Venezuela and French Guiana.
Broadway's first appointment in the West Indies was as Assistant Superintendent at the Botanic Gardens, Trinidad in 1888. Broadway became a well-known collector of Trinidad and South American Antophyta and Bryophyta (duplicates of his specimens can be found in more than 25 foreign herbaria).
From 1894 to1905 he worked as Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Grenada. After leaving this post he went on to start up his own nursery business. Broadway then became Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Tobago, from 1910 to 1915; in 1914 he became Horticulturalist to the Department of Agriculture, Trinidad, and moved back to Trinidad in 1915 to work as the Assistant Botanist from 1915 to 1922.
As well as his official posts in employment in the West Indies, Broadway was Secretary to the Trinidad Horticultural Society and Beekeepers Association, and had started his own nursery business in 1905 after leaving the appointment of Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Grenada. He also contributed to a number of botanic journals and publications, including Orchid Rev, as well as publishing his own work in a book entitled 'The Bromeliaceae of Trinidad and Tobago' (1933).
Walter Broadway was considered to be an authority on West Indian Plants as a result of his experience gained there. For his services to Horticulture throughout his life he received the M.B.E in the 1934 Kings Birthday Honours.
Specimens from his plant collecting can be found at BM(NH), Berlin, and at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Custodial HistoryManuscript papers and registers came into the custody of the Archives in 1935, when they were purchased alongside herbairum specimens by the Royal Botanic Gardens from E.J. Wortley of the Department of Agriculture, Trinidad, following the death of Broadway. Further details including original lists of the purchases can be found in PRO/2/TRI/3 Trinidad- W.E. Broadway (1928), in which reference is made to missing notebooks from the collection
SeriesBDW/1 containing correspondence
BDW/2 containing register and collecting books
BDW/2/1 register books, 1894-1934
BDW/2/2 field & note books, 1895-1921
BDW/3 consisting of 'Trinidad Ferns'
BDW/4 published journals, pamphlets and reports collected by Walter Broadway
ArrangementThe collection is divided into four series, including three sub-series, based upon the function of the items. It has been arranged into correspondence, working books, projects and published material
Manuscript papers
Physical DescriptionPest damage, spine damaged or missing, stiching loose
Related MaterialThe Archive holds a collection of 'Goods Inwards' volumes, which hold records of plants coming in to Kew, 1805-1959, with names of collectors and localities. Broadway is listed as a collector in the 'Goods Inwards1908-1916' and 'Goods Inwards1916-1927' volumes. References to Broadway and his work can also be found in volumes of the 'Miscellaneous Reports' collection, which consist of printed reports, newspaper cuttings, and correspondence bound into volumes, arranged in geographical order. The relevant volumes are as follows- 'Antigua & Montserrat Misc 1873-1928'(f.190)
'Trinidad Bot.Garden 1872-1905'(f.209-210, 214-217)
'Trinidad-Tobago Misc 1887-1928'(f.30, 310-311)
'Grenada Misc 1875-1915' (f.173,292,295)
'South Nigeria 1883-1913'(f.37)
'Sierra Leone - For & Gen. 1862-1912' (f.29,32)
The Archive also holds correspondence between Broadway and V.S. Summerhayes, in the volume 'V.S Summerhayes (Letters to) 1'(f.208, 213, 214).
There is an ex-Kew registry file entitled 'PRO/2/TRI/3 - Trinidad - W.E. Broadway' (1928) which is now held in the Archive and includes correspondence with his executors, bequeathing his collection to the Archive.
The Library at Kew also contains related materials in the form of journal entries and published works. Relevant material held by the Library is as follows -
'The Bromeliaceae of Trinidad and Tobago' W.E. Broadway (1933)
Journal of the Kew Guild (1935) p.460 Image
The Kew Bulletin (1894) p.192
Chronica Botanica (1936) p.280
Trinidad Nat. Mag vol.3 (1980) p.43

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DS/UK/103Broadway; Walter Elias (1865-1935); Mr1865-1935
NA33Trinidad and Tobago/America/Trinidad and Tobago
NA34French Guiana/South America/French Guiana
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