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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Aven and Ruth Nelson Records 1-520 1932
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson Records 1-56 (loose notes) 1928
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson Records 1-73 (loose notes) 1931
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Aven and Ruth Nelson Records 1932-1933 76-151 (really 338) (loose notes)
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Brian Jacobs collecting field Book 1988: records nos. 4000-4493
Scans of Brian Jacobs collecting field books. This section dates from 1988 and contains records 4000-4493. Stickers with pictures of wildlife and wild plants affixed to the front and back covers.
Brian Jacobs collecting field book 1986 : records nos. 3001-3653
Scans of Brian Jacobs collecting field books. This section dates from 1986 and contains records 3001-3653.
Brian Jacobs collecting field book 1987 : records nos. 3655-4609
Scans of Brian Jacobs collecting field books. This section dates from 1987 and contains records 3655-4609.
C. L. Porter 1940-1945 Records 2704-3628
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1945-1947 Records 3629-4423
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1948 Records 4424-4854
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1949 Records 4855-5282
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1950, 1951, 1952 Records 5283-6224
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1953 Records 6225-6438
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1954 Records 6439-6649
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1955 Records 6650-6867
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1956 Records 6868-7247
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1957-1958 Records 7248-7732
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1959 Records 7733-8067
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1960-1961 Records 8068-8870
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1962 Records 8871-9222
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1963-1964 Records 9223-9735
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1965-1966 Records 9736-10,332
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
C. L. Porter 1973-1978 Records 2001-2047
Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Dave Scott collecting field book 2006-2007 : record nos. 1 to 5003.
Scans of David Scott collecting field book. This section dates from 2007 and contains records 5004-5774., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Dave Scott collecting field book 2007: records nos. 5004-5774
Scans of David Scott collecting field book. This section dates from 2007 and contains records 5004-5774., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin Payson collecting field book 1914 : record nos. 223 to 648.
Scans of Edwin Payson collection field books. This section dates from 1914 and contains records 223-648. The back of the book contains records 1-72 and these are insect records. This book also contains some records from 1915 This is book no. 1., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin Payson collecting field book 1915 : record nos. 649 to 969.
Scans of Edwin Payson collection field books. This section dates from 1915 and contains records 649-969. This book also contains records under the name of Macbride. This is book no. 2., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin Payson collecting field book 1917 : record nos. 970 to 1215.
Scans of Edwin Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1917 and contains records 970-1215. This is book No. 3., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin Payson collecting field book 1919-1920 : record nos. 1498 to 1681.
Scans of Edwin Payson collection field books. This section dates from 1919-1920 and contains record numbers 1498-1681. This book contains collections from Colorado and Missouri.
Edwin Payson collecting field book 1921 : records nos. 2374-2507
Scans of Edwin Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1921 and contains records 2371-2507. Page 1 comes after page 2 and contains some records from 1922., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin Payson collecting field book : 1917 field diary.
Scans of Edwin Payson collection field books. This book is a Field Diary for the year 1917. Includes work Payson did on the White Pine Blister Rust Survey.
Edwin and Lois Payson collecting field book 1920 : records nos. 1682-2370
Scans of Edwin Payson and Lois Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1920 and contains records 1682-2370. Edwin B. Payson was associated with the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin and Lois Payson collecting field book 1922 : records nos. 2508-3130
Scans of Edwin Payson and Lois Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1922 and contains records 2508-3130. Page 133 has a note stating that there are "no numbers given between 3130 and 3200., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin and Lois Payson collecting field book 1924 : records nos. 3826-4245
Scans of Edwin Payson and Lois Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1924 and contains records 3826-4245. Also contains some records from 1925 and contains insect records 1-59 beginning on page 125., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin and Lois Payson collecting field book 1925 : records nos. 4246-4721
Scans of Edwin Payson and Lois Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1925 and contains records 4246-4721. Also contains insect records 101-128 on pages 165-166., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Edwin and Lois Payson collecting field book 1926 : records nos. 4722-5160
Scans of Edwin Payson and Lois Payson collecting field book. This section dates from 1926 and contains records 4722-5160., Manuscript originals available at the University of Wyoming.
Ernest P. Walker collecting field book 1912 : record nos. 74 to 567.
Scans of Ernest P. Walker collecting field books.
Ernest P. Walker collecting field book 1915 : record nos. 569 to 991.
Scans of Ernest P. Walker collecting field books.
Ernest P. Walker collecting field book 1915 : record nos. 992 to 1031.
Scans of Ernest P. Walker collecting field books.
Ernest P. Walker collecting field book 1915-1916 : record nos. 604 to 1078.
Scans of Ernest P. Walker collecting field books.

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