Cover: Oakes Ames in HARDCOVER

Oakes Ames

Jottings of a Harvard Botanist

Edited by Pauline Ames Plimpton

Foreword by George Plimpton

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$13.50 • £10.95 • €12.00

ISBN 9780674629219

Publication Date: 02/06/1980



  • Introduction by Pauline Ames Plimpton
  • Foreword by George Plimpton
  • Autobiographical Jottings
    • Earliest Memories
    • Home Life in the Nineties
    • 355 Commonwealth Avenue
    • I Turn to Botany
    • Harvard College
    • Battery A
    • Retrospect
    • The Boston Houses
    • Harvard Tercentenary
    • The Botanic Garden
    • Advice on Taxonomy
    • President Eliot
    • President Lowell
    • The Bussey
  • Journal of Common Things—1901
    • Description of a Local Valley
    • English Sparrows
    • A Strange Letter
    • The Weather and the Local Flora
    • Notes on My Library
    • Bay View, Massachusetts
  • Cuban Letters—1903
  • Florida Journal—1904 Trip
    • Naples, Lee County
    • Journal of My Trip to Palm Hammock
  • Trip to London—1905
  • The Diaries
  • Random Letters
    • To Blanche—1916
    • To Pauline at Smith, 1919–21, in New York 1926–28, in Paris 1930–31
    • To Other Family Members
    • To Colleagues
  • Oakes’ Own Summary of His Life for His Harvard 50th Reunion
  • Addendum
    • Introduction
    • Borderland Turkey Farm Advertisement
    • A Milk Bill to Oakes’ Mother, February 1, 1913
    • The Harvard Lampoon, May, 1930—“Drippings from a Witch’s Quill”
    • A Warning to Little Boys (George Ames Plimpton and Francis Plimpton Jr), July 4, 1938
    • “Uneconomic Botany,” a chapter from “Plants, Man and Life,” by Edgar Anderson, Univ of California (1947), dedicated in part to Oakes Ames
    • Handwritten Examination
    • “The Rediscovery of a Lost Orchid”
    • Genealogy of Oakes Ames and Blanche Ames Ames

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