Fans of both art and botany will be excited to learn that the brilliantly illustrated plants and insightful observations made by a U.S. woman living in Cuba in the 1800s have been rescued.
The three-volume manuscript of colorful drawings and detailed notes had been lost to science for 190 years. But through a combination of scholarly hearsay and the persistence of a few dedicated researchers and librarians, Specimens of the Plants & Fruits of the Island of Cuba by Anne Wollstonecraft was rediscovered in Cornell’s Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.