Papers of the botanist, explorer and lecturer, the daughter of Enrique Guillermo Antonio Mexia and granddaughter of Jose Antonio
Mexia. Includes letters to and from Mexia about family, personal matters, and plant collections; writings by Mexia and other
pertaining to the Mexia botanical collections from Mexico, South America, and Alaska. Includes correspondence by Nina Floy
Bracelin, acting as the representative of Mexia, pertaining to botanical collections
Ynés Mexía was born May 24, 1870 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., where her father, General Enrique A. Mexía, was serving
as a representative of the Mexican government under President Porfirio Díaz. Her grandfather, José Antonio Mexía, was also
a Mexican general, serving under President Antonio López de Santa Anna. Her mother, Sarah R. Wilmer of Maryland, was a descendent
of Samuel Eccleston, Fifth Archbishop of Baltimore. Ynés Mexía spent her early childhood in Texas on a land grant where the
town of Mexía, Limestone County, is now located. She attended private schools in Philadelphia and Ontario, Canada; St. Joseph's
College, Emmetsburg, Maryland; and the University of California, Berkeley. As a young woman she lived in Tacubaya, Mexico,
where she married Herman E. Laue in 1898. After his death, she married Agustín Reygadas. This second marriage ended in a divorce.
9 boxes, 4 cartons, 1 oversize folder
8.5 linear feet
3 digital objects (3 images)
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