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Letters by Carl Linne and enclosed material

Call Number: MS P188


Unbound letter from Carl von Linne or Carl Linnaeus to Dr. de Sauvages [Francois Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages, 1706-1767], discussing botany, medicine, friendly scholarly gossip. Collection also includes portraits and supplementary 20th-century material.


  • Creation: 1740


Language of Materials

Latin; draft transcriptions and other supplementary material in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus or Carl von Linne (1707-1778) was born in southern Sweden, received his education at Uppsala University, and was a botanist, zoologist, and physician who mostly wrote in Latin. He was responsibile for formalizing binomial nomenclature, or the current system of naming organisms using both genus and species terms.


2 folders (7 items in 2 folders)

Physical Location

MS P188

Custodial History

A: "John Boyd Thacher and others" sale December 1, 1920 (Anderson Galleries, NYC, lot no. 133.) along with the engraved portrait on Ba:1. Bought by Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick, botanist, collector, and professor at the University of Lincoln. Fitzpatrick died in 1952. In 1953 a large part of Fitzpatrick's printed and manuscript botanical collections were bought en masse by the University of Kansas; this letter was probably extracted from the mass shortly thereafter, and placed in the "letter-file" in the Department of Special Collections. In January 1972 it was re-classed as MS P188A.

Ba: The other accompanying material was generated in the 20th century. Items 2-3 were probably added by Fitzpatrick; items 4-6 were produced by an unknown researcher at KU between 1953 and 1972.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source: Fitzpatrick acq 1953.


Apparently published in "Lettres inddites de Linne a Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages... recuellies par M. le Baron D'Hombres-Firmas...", Paris 1860, Lettre Iv. See Ba:4-6.
Guide to the Linnaeus Collection
Letters by Carl Linne and enclosed material
Finding aid prepared by alh, November 10, 1989. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Letters by Carl Linne and enclosed material, MS P188, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States