Adelia Gates Collection,
1879-1898 and undated

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7312
Creators:
Gates, Adelia
Dates:
1879-1898 and undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3.07 cu. ft. (2 document boxes) (3 16x20 boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This collection consists of 327 watercolors of flowers painted by Adelia Gates. It represents a fragment of a collection of 502 Gates watercolors donated to the Smithsonian by Eleanor Lewis in 1913. Approximately 175 watercolors are missing. The paintings cover a wide range of native and exotic plants and a majority of the studies were made in California, Algeria, and Italy. Also included is an alphabetic index to the paintings, arranged by genus. Some of the watercolors include annotations by Sara Allen Plummer Lemmon, a California botanist who received art lessons from Gates.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Adelia Gates (circa 1820-1912) was born in the Susquehanna Valley of New York State. At age sixteen she taught in a country school, and later worked in the cotton mills at Lowell, Massachusetts. Gates attended Antioch College when she was in her thirties, but had to leave after two years because of poor health. At the age of fifty, Gates was taught how to paint flowers by Madame Vouga in Geneva, Switzerland.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7312, Adelia Gates Collection

Keywords
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Gates, Adelia Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lewis, Eleanor Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vouga, Mme Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lemmon, Sara Allen Plummer, 1836-1923 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Antioch College Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Botany Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flowers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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