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Sir Joseph Banks Papers


Original correspondence and other papers relating to Sir Joseph Banks and his involvement in botany, dating from 1764 onwards.
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William Burchell Papers

The notes, catalogues and memorandum of William Burchell, plant collector and botanist, who travelled in South Africa and Latin America (1806-1871)
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William Forsyth Papers


Correspondence and horticultural notes of William Forsyth, dating 1765-1804. Forsyth worked as head gardener at Syon House, Chelsea Physic Gardens and also at the royal gardens. Forsythia is named in his honour.
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Sir Joseph Hooker Papers

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker was Kew’s second public Director (1865-1885). We hold a large collection of his papers, including correspondence, travel journals, sketches and research notes from his early career up until his death.
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Sir William Hooker Papers


Sir William Hooker was Kew’ first public Director (1841-1865), who was later succeeded by his son, Joseph. His papers include correspondence, sketches, memoranda and notebooks. The Herbarium and Library at Kew were established under William.
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Arthur Kerr Papers

Arthur Kerr was a medical doctor, who spent his career working in Siam (Thailand). Whilst in Siam, Kerr collected a wide variety of plants for Kew, in particular orchids. The papers include diaries, plant records, correspondence, drawings and photographs.
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Marianne North Papers


1871, at the age of forty, Marianne North began the first of her trips around the world. She painted the flora and fauna that she encountered, later funding and designing a gallery for the paintings in Kew Gardens. Her papers are mostly composed of her correspondence and also include some plans of the Gallery.
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