Guide to the Xerpha Mae Gaines Papers, 1948-1970 1948-1970
Cage 122

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Gaines, Xerpha Mae
Xerpha Mae Gaines Papers
Cage 122
Date [inclusive]
1.0 container.
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, notes and drafts regarding research and publication of "A botanical survey of the Grand Coulee-Eastern Washington," (with correspondent Theodore H. Scheffer) Research Studies, 25 (1957) 207-235, and Weeds of Eastern Washington (Davenport, Camp Na-Bor-Lee Association, 1972).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 122, Xerpha Mae Gaines Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

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. She was co-author of A Botanical Survey of the Grand Coulee-Eastern Washington, (with Theodore H. Scheffer) Research Studies 25 (1955): 207-235, and  Weeds of Eastern Washington (Davenport, WA: Camp Na-Bor-Lee Association, 1972.) Xerpha Gaines died at Spokane, in 1970.

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Scope and Contents note

Xerpha Gaines' papers consist of correspondence, notes, and drafts relative to her two published botanical works. The bulk of the correspondence is with Theodore H. Scheffer.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1977
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

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 Information note

The papers were processed in March, 1977 by Lawrence Stark.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Gaines and McCullough Family Papers (Cage 750)

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Botanists--Washington (State)--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Gaines, Xerpha M. --Archives
  • Scheffer, Theodore H.


  • Botany -- Research--Washington (State)
  • Science
  • Washington (State)
  • Weeds -- Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory


Correspondence with Theodore H. Scheffer relative to research and writing article on Grand Coulee plants 1950-1960   75.0 items.


Notes and lists relative to Grand Coulee botanical survey 1950-1955   40.0 items.


Drafts of article about Grand Coulee botanical survey 1955   10.0 items.


Weeds of Eastern Washington. Notebook, including field notes, and letters 1968-1970   1.0 volume.


Alabama Plants. Notes, list and correspondence relative to plant collection in Conocoh National Forest 1948-1950   6.0 items.


Personal correspondence 1948   1.0 item.


Botanical notes. Correspondence, lists, clippings and other papers. 1958-1962   30.0 items.


Glen Canyon, Arizona, plants. Correspondence, plant lists, drafts of reports, and other papers. 1957-1962   15.0 items.