Xerpha Mae Gaines Papers, 1948-1970

Overview of the Collection

Gaines, Xerpha M.
Xerpha Mae Gaines Papers
1948-1970 (inclusive)
0.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box)
Collection Number
Cage 122 (collection)
Xerpha M. Gaines' papers consist of correspondence, notes, and drafts relative to two of her published botanical works, "A botanical survey of the Grand Coulee-Eastern Washington", and "Weeds of Eastern Washington and Adjacent Areas"
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Xerpha Mae McCullough was born in Wisconsin in 1891 and moved to Washington with her family in 1900. She married Edward Franklin Gaines, later a prominent agronomist at Washington State University, in 1912. In 1930 she graduated from Washington State University. She later worked for the university as a herbarium technician. Xerpha Gaines died in Spokane, in 1970.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, notes and drafts regarding research and publication of two of the published botanical works of Xerpha M. Gaines. The bulk of the correspondence regarding "A botanical survey of the Grand Coulee-Eastern Washington," Research Studies, 25 (1957) 207-235 is with her co-author, Theodore H. Scheffer. Her second work, Weeds of Eastern Washington and Adjacent Areas (Davenport, Camp Na-Bor-Lee Association, 1972) was co-written with Dean G. Swan.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Xerpha Mae Gaines Papers, 1948-1970 (Cage 122)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The papers of Xerpha Mae Gaines, 1891-1970, were transfered to the Washington State University Library in 1977 from the WSU Ownbey Herbarium. Later additions were received in February, 1982 and April, 1983.

Processing Note

This collection was processed in March, 1977 by Lawrence Stark.


Gains, Zerpha M., Scheffer, Theodore H. "A botanical survey of the Grand Coulee-Eastern Washington", Research Studies, 25 (1957):207-235.

Gaines, Xerpha M, and Dean G Swan. Weeds of Eastern Washington and Adjacent Areas. [Davenport: Wash.], Camp-Na-Bor-Lee Association, 1972.

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Charles Vancouver Piper Papers, 1888-1926 (Cage 317)

Rolla Kent Beattie Papers, 1899-1956 (Cage 318)

Harold St. John Papers, 1912-1957 (Cage 319)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence with Theodore H. Scheffer relative to research and writing article on Grand Coulee plants
75 items.
1 2 Notes and lists relative to Grand Coulee botanical survey
40 items.
1 3 Drafts of article about Grand Coulee botanical survey
10 items.
1 4 Weeds of Eastern Washington. Notebook, including field notes, and letters
1 volume.
1 5 Alabama Plants. Notes, list and correspondence relative to plant collection in Conocoh National Forest
6 items.
1 6 Personal correspondence
1 item.
1 7 Botanical notes. Correspondence, lists, clippings and other papers.
30 items.
1 8 Glen Canyon, Arizona, plants. Correspondence, plant lists, drafts of reports, and other papers.
15 items.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Botanists -- United States -- Correspondence.
  • Botany -- Research -- Washington (State)
  • Plants -- Classification -- Research -- Washington (State)
  • Taxonomists -- United States -- Correspondence.
  • Weeds -- Washington (State)

Personal Names

  • Gaines, Xerpha M. -- Archives.
  • Scheffer, Theodore H.
  • Swan, Dean G. (Dean George), 1923-