Botanical Field Books

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Here you will find digital images of notebooks compiled during the course of botanical field work, recording the dates, locations, and names of specimens collected. Currently, we have notebooks from the Rocky Mountain Herbarium and a smaller collection of notebooks documenting plants from the Bandelier National Monument. The field work for the University of Wyoming collections was performed by Aven Nelson, Elias Nelson, Leslie N. Goodding, Edwin B. and Lois B. Payson, Louis O. Williams and others identified only by initials. Specimens were collected primarily in Wyoming, but also in parts of Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, and other states. Manuscript originals housed at the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, University of Wyoming. Specimen entries in the field books are numbered, and these numbers correspond to specimens housed in the Rocky Mountain Herbarium at the University of Wyoming. Some specimens have also been digitized as part of the Digital Herbaria. To search for specimens from the notebooks, go to the Digital Herbaria Search Page and enter the collector’s name in the “Collector” field and the specimen number in the “Collector #” field.


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Armstrong-Payson collecting field book 1923 : record nos. 3200 to 3825.
Scans of George M. Armstrong, Joanne K. Armstrong, Edwin B. Payson, Lois B. Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1923 and contains records 3200-3825. Observations were made throughout Wyoming and Idaho., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson and MacBride 1912 Records 1703-2247
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1894 : records nos. 509 to 1208.
Scans of Aven Nelson collection field books. This section dates from 1894 and contains record numbers 509-1208. The inside front cover says this is Book No. 3 and also notes that this is the 2nd book for 1894. This book contains records for the summer trip from Laramie to Jackson Hole and the Tetons. Samples were also collected on the campus of the University of Wyoming. Members of the collecting party: Wilbur C. Knight, Geology; Bill Reed, Geology; Aven Nelson, Botany; and Geo. Cordiner, Botany., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1894 records : nos. 1 to 508
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1894 and contains records 1-508. (The inside front cover says Book no. 1. "Albany Co. - Laramie area; this county both east and west. Collection nos. 1-296 or 297. The first collecting! 53 years since")., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1894-1895 : records nos. 1-1878 (serial arrangement)
Scans of Aven Nelson collection field books. This section dates from 1894-1895 and contains a serial arrangement for record numbers 1-1878. Book no. 3 1894 and a bit of 1895. 1894: the first field year., Some of the samples were collected by George Cordiner., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1895 : record nos. 1208 to 1826.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1895, containing records 1208 through 1910. Observations were made in Centennial Valley, Centennial Valley Hills, Laramie Hills, Laramie Plains, Pole Creek, Saw Mill Creek, and Table Mountain., The cover indicates that the volume contains records numbered 1208 through 1826, however the volume ends with record number 1910., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1895 : records nos. 1208-1876 (systematic arrangement)
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1895 and contains records 1208-1876. This is a Systematic Arrangement for the year 1895. This book starts with record 1521 (July 27) and ends with record 1507. 2nd year of collections., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1896 : record nos. 1894 to 1938.
Scans of Aven Nelson collection field books. 1896 Collecting Notes, Summary of Collecting 1894-1938, UPRR, 1921 (in envelope) [A_Nelson_CN02_1894-1938], [This is a collection of various loose papers contained in an envelope. Contents include collecting notes from 1896 and a summary of collecting numbers from the years 1894-1938. The description says there is a Warrenty Deed from the U.P.R.R. and an invitation and program from the 1904 commencement but those no longer appear to be in the envelope., There are no page numbers. The image number will be used as the page number with the exception of the envelope which will be labeled "env".], Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1896 : records nos. 1881-2820
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1896 and contains records 1881-2820. (This book actually goes to record 2850. It appears to be a Serial and a Systematic arrangement of records for the year 1896. The front cover has Book 6 on it but inside the front cover says Book no. 4.), Book 6 arranged by Coll. No.--and also alphabet., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1896 : records nos. 1984-2107
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1896 and contains records 1984-2107. This book contains the spine label, "A. Nelson II". This book also contains records 5000-5126, collected by several different people between 1891-1896. (Initials and names at the end of the records include J.F. Lewis, B.C.B., L.H.B., F.V.C., A.N., G.E.O., G.E. Osterhout, M.R. Johnston, Mr. Rhodes, J.D. Parker, F.L.-S., Jones & Williams, J.D.P., V. & S., S. & S., Rolm & Schult, Vasey, Engelen.), Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1896 : records nos. 2041-2850
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1896 and contains records 2041-2850. Record numbers 2041-2100 are located after record number 2649. This book contains the spine label, "A. Nelson, III". The inside cover of this book is labeled "book 4a"., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1896-1897.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1896-1897, this includes the time he was commissioned as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Division of Agrostology, July 1, 1897. Observations were made throughout Wyoming., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1897 : records nos. 2875-2903
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1897 and contains records 2875-2903. (This book also contains record numbers: 2950-3145, 3501-3751, 4101-4143). The inside of this book is labeled "book no. 5"., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1897 : records nos. 3752-4481 (serial arrangement)
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1897 and contains records 3752-4481 (Serial). (This book actually contains information on records 3751-4100 and 4401-4481. It is a Serial arrangement for 1897). Appears to be an accounting of forage plants around the state of Wyoming. Samples collected from (as noted on top of each section): North Fork Vermillion Crk. -- Rock Springs -- Head of Vermillion Creek, Mr. Rife's sheep camp -- Colorado-Wyoming Line...head of Beaver Creek, Beaver Basin -- G. Summer Ranch -- Evanston -- Evanston, Bear River Basin -- Granger, Harris Fork -- Big Laramie River, Johnson's Ranch -- Wood's Creek -- Big Creek -- Grand Encampment Creek, 30 miles from Saratoga -- Battle Lake and Vicinity -- Battle Lake Mt. -- Medicine Bow River, at Elk Mt. P.O. -- Wagon Hound Creek -- Cooper Hill -- Creston -- Point of Rocks -- Evanston -- Granger -- Laramie., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1897 : records nos. 3752-4481 (systematic arrangement)
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1897 and contains records 3752-4481. (This book actually appears to contain information on records 2807-5376. Inside the front cover says this is book 5b. This book is a Systematic arrangement for 1897. Also, inside the front cover, it is stated that this book is "Re-written by Elias Nelson". The front of the book says to see a Printed Report: see Bulletin No. 13, Dept. of Agrostology.), Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1898 : records nos. 4297-5379
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1898 and contains records 4297-5379. (Actually contains record numbers 4297-4400, 4482-4500, 4842-5399.) This book has Elias Nelson's name on the front cover but probably belongs to Aven Nelson. Inside cover says Book 6. Elias Nelson was a helper., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1898 : records nos. 4297-5398
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1898 and contains records 4297-5398. (Actually contains record numbers 4297-4401, 4482-5398.) (This book also appears to contain records 1894-1905 but are all blank)., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1898 : records nos. 4297-5398 (systematic arrangement)
Scans of Aven Nelson collection field books. This section dates from 1898 and contains records 4297-5398. It is a systematic arrangement for this time period. It starts with record 5033 (August 7) and ends with record 5285 (Sept. 6), Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1898 : records nos. 4501-4841 (serial arrangement)
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1898 and contains records 4501-4841, 5384-5394. This book is a Serial Arrangement for this period of time., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1899 : record nos. 5401 to 6202.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1895, containing records 5401 through 6202. Spine label states this is book VII. Observations were made in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1899 : record nos. 6203 to 6943.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1899, containing records 6203 through 6943. Samples were collected in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1900 : record nos. 6951 to 7674.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1900. Samples were collected throughout Wyoming., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1900 : record nos. 7675 to 8224.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1900. Title states that it contains records 7675 to 8224, however record numbers indicate it contains 7675-8226, 8674-8677, and 8681-8850. It also contains "duplicate numbers of 1900 not used when writing up the collection.", Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1901 : record nos. 8227 to 8673.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1901, containing records 8227 through 8673. Observations were made in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1907 to 1908 : record nos. 9005 to 9220.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1907 to 1908. It also contains records from 1906. Observations were made throughout Wyoming., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1909 : record nos. 9212 to 9310.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1909, containing records 9212 through 9310. Observations were made throughout Wyoming., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1910-1920 : record nos. 9311 to 9882.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1910, containing records 9311 through 9882. This book also contains records from the years 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1920. Observations were made throughout Wyoming., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1925 to 1930 : record nos. 10163 to 10785.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1925 to 1930, containing records 10163 through 10785. This book actually contains: 1925, 10163-10684; 1926, 10685-10785; 1927, 11001-11014; 1928, 10786-11000; 1929, 11021-11080; 1930, 11081-11376). There is a section in 1925 (10647-10671) that is collected by O. A. Beath. Observations were made in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1930 : record nos. 11081 to 11296.
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books.
Aven Nelson collecting field book 1931 : record nos. 11301 to 11787.
Scans of Aven Nelson collecting field books. This section dates from 1931 and contains records 11301-11787. (This book contains records from the Nelson/Butler trip to New Mexico)., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven Nelson/Elias Nelson collecting field book 1897 : record nos. 2851 to 3500.
Aven Nelson's field book dated 1897, containing records 2851 to 3500. This book actually contains: 2851-2874, 2904-2949, 3146-3458, 4501-4509 (Elias Nelson); 3459-3500, 4144-4284 (Aven Nelson); 4285-4309 (W.C. Knight). The inside front cover says Book 5a. Observations were made throughout Wyoming., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1933 – envelope and letter
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1934, 1935, 1936 Records 1037-2325
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1937 Records 2326-3207
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1939 Records 3451-4218 (Alaska I)
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1939 Records 4218-4470 (Alaska II)
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1940 Records 4471-4723
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1941 Records 4721-4982
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson 1945-1950 Records 5266-6296
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.

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