Journal of a botanical excursion in the Northeastern parts of Pennsylvania and in the state of New York, 1807


Date: 1807 | Size: 1 Volumes, 1 volume, 186 p.


This journal was found among the papers of Benjamin Smith Barton, who was Pursh's patron, after his death in 1817. For provenance of manuscript see ms. notes in printed edition by Thomas P. James - 581.974:P97.

Background note

Frederick Pursh was a botanist, horticulturist, and explorer.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 186 p.


Received from the estate of Benjamin Smith Barton and accessioned, 1900.

Custodial history:

Originally from the library of Benjamin Smith Barton, acquired after his death.

Location of originals: is in the map collection: 640.2: [1807]: P376ns: Small [Pennsylvania and neighboring states]

Early American History Note

This volume contains the travel journal of Frederick Pursh, a patron of Benjamin Smith Barton, during his journey from Philadelphia throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and New York. Although the excursion was for botanical research, Pursh's diary entries record many other details, including comments on the state of roads, the people he met, the towns he visited, and the natural environment. There are two sketches in the volume.

Indexing Terms


  • Journals (notebooks).
  • Scientific Data
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches.
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • New York (State) -- Description and travel.
  • Pennsylvania -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Barton, Benjamin Smith, 1766-1815
  • Pursh, Frederick, 1774-1820


  • Botany -- New York (State)
  • Botany -- Pennsylvania.
  • Colony and State Specific History
  • Natural history
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Travel