Shaw, George Russell, 1848-

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Shaw (1848-1937) was educated at Harvard (A.B. 1869 and A.M. 1872) and traveled to Mexico between 1903 and 1905 to study pines. His book The Pines of Mexico (1909) appeared as the first publication of the Arnold Arboretum; and the Genus Pinus as no. 5 (1914).

From the description of Papers of George Russell Shaw, 1903-1931 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 177499032

George Russell Shaw (1848-1937), a native of Parkman, Maine was a 1869 graduate of Harvard University. He studied architecture and became an associate of the Hunnewell family of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Shaw & Hunnewell Architects designed several projects including Pierce Hall at Harvard University and the Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston. At age 50 he began studying pines using the Arnold Arboretum as his headquarters. This avocation became his principal occupation. Shaw traveled to Cuba, Mexico, and Europe to view pines in their native habitat and to collect specimens, as well as to study in libraries and herbaria. Shaw's two major publications were The Pines of Mexico, 1909, and Genus Pinus, 1914. He was a significant contributor to the Arnold Arboretum. He financed the fire proofing of the Hunnewell Building attic (now the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections area) and the laying of a wood floor in the area. He organized an extensive conifer exhibit mounting specimens and providing glass cases for their display to the public in what became known as the conifer room. Shaw's conifer collection is now housed at the Harvard University Herbaria in Cambridge.

From the description of Papers of George Russell Shaw, 1890s-1930s. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269373178

Architect; Boston, Mass. Died 1937.

From the description of George Russell Shaw papers, 1877-1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122394332

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creatorOf Thomas Mott Shaw papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shaw, George R. George R. Shaw sketchbook, 1886-1887. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Shaw, George Russell, b. 1848. Papers of George Russell Shaw, 1903-1931 (inclusive). Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
creatorOf Shaw, George Russell, b. 1848. Papers of George Russell Shaw, 1890s-1930s. Harvard University, Arnold Arboretum, Horticultural Library, Jamacia Plain
creatorOf Shaw, George. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Forest History Society,. Interviews with pioneer lumbermen, 1953-1957. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Drew, James M. (James Meddick), 1863-1948. James M. Drew and family papers, 1848-1948. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf George Russell Shaw papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shaw family. Genealogy, 1884-1934. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Shaw, George Russell, b. 1848. Family papers, 1878-1904. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Bauer, Harold. person
associatedWith Boston (Mass.), corporateBody
associatedWith Cole, Mary D., person
associatedWith Drew, James M. (James Meddick), 1863-1948. person
associatedWith Dyer, Solomon H., person
associatedWith Farlow, W. G. (William Gilson), 1844-1919. person
associatedWith Forest History Society, corporateBody
associatedWith Kimball, John N., person
associatedWith Massachusetts. Superior Court (Suffolk County) corporateBody
associatedWith Musée du Petit Palais (Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Pringle, Cyrus G. (Cyrus Guernsey), 1838-1911. person
associatedWith Shaw, Emily Mott. person
associatedWith Shaw family. family
associatedWith Shaw, Francis George. person
associatedWith Shaw, Isabel Pelham. person
associatedWith Shaw, Robert Gould, 1850-1931. person
associatedWith Shaw, Thomas Mott. person
associatedWith Shaw, Thomas Mott, 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Wilson, Ernest Henry, 1876-1930. person
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Arnold Arboretum
Massachusetts--Suffolk County
United States
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Botanical illustration
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Courts in art
Drawing books
Eclecticism in architecture
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Birth 1848



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