Charles Wilkins Short correspondence, 1813-1867


Date: 1813-1867 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, 80 items


These letters are principally to his brother John Cleaves Short, on personal, family, and general topics.

Background note

Charles Wilkins Short was a physician, teacher, and botanist, and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1835.

Collection Information

Physical description

80 items.


Purchased from Sweet, 02/--/1952.

Early American History Note

The bulk of this collection pertains to the affairs of the Short family who were based in Kentucky. The bulk of the correspondence is between John Short and his brother Charles Wilkins Short, a doctor and member of the APS. Most of the letters are dated after 1850.There are a few letters that pertain to science and APS business, notably a long letter from John Vaughan.

Indexing Terms

Family Name(s)

  • Short, John Cleaves.


  • Family Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Hooker, William Jackson, Sir, 1785-1865
  • Nuttall, Thomas, 1786-1859
  • Short, Charles Wilkins, 1794-1863
  • Torrey, John, 1796-1873
  • Vaughan, John, 1756-1841
  • Wistar, Caspar, 1761-1818


  • Botany.
  • Science and technology
  • Science.