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The Botanical Collections at Digital UW include an extensive collection of Botanical Field Books, Botanical Images from the Robert and Jane Dorn Collection, Japanese Botanical Books, and a variety of related digitized materials. For more collections see our other Digital Herbaria!


1899 botanical expedition into Yellowstone Park
Leslie N. Good[d]ing., Caption title., Errata slip inserted., Issued with Nelson, R. E. A. Dr. Aven Nelson (v. 11, no. 1 of the series)
Botanical Field Books
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.
Contributions toward a flora of Wyoming
No. 1 (1942)-no. 35 (1965).
Dr. Aven Nelson
Ruth Ashton Nelson., Caption title., Foreword by J. L. Morrill., Issued with Goodding, L. N. The 1899 botanical expedition into Yellowstone Park. Porter, C. L. Studies in Wyoming grasses [V]. Macbride, J. F. Vaccinium and relatives in the Andes of Peru. McGowen, J. D. The development of political institutions on the public domain. McGowen, J. D. Cowboy Joe, administrator. Jones, M. E. The contributions of sociology to postwar reconstruction. Hirsch, H. Jean Jaurès as historian. Varnum, E. C. Reduction of., inverse tangents to integral arguments (v. 11, no. 2-9 of the series)
Flora of the Black Hills
It is always desirable to have identification keys available for the smallest area one is working in rather than to have to labor through keys covering a larger area, whether a state, region, or nation. My keys for the Black Hills which appeared in 1977 are long out of date. This update has eliminated about 70 species which were reported earlier for the Black Hills but have never been documented with a specimen or reliable literature source. About 180 species have been added to the Black Hills flora since 1977. A high percentage of recent new reports for which specimens could be examined turned out to be misidentified. There are other reports for which I was unable to examine specimens. Some of these may be valid but are not included here. For this update I have chose not to include any descriptions, habitats, nor locations to keep the treatment compact and easily available to all who wish to use it. Detailed descriptions can be found in “Flora of the Great Plains” and in “Flora North America” which is online.
Japanese Botanical Books (Somoku zusetsu)
Modern Scientific Plant Encyclopedia, “Sou-Moku Zukan”, in twenty volumes (“近代科学的植物図鑑「草木図説」(草部)20巻“) was published between 1856 and 1861. The author, Iinuma, Yokusai (飯沼慾斎), 1782-1865, was a physician, who enthusiastically pursued the study of native plants in Japan. He adopted the first innovative method of recording and classifying observed morphology of a plant, and his Encyclopedia was the first one followed by the taxonomy of Linnaeus in Japan. This revised edition shown here was reprinted in 1874. The illustrations are drawings printed in black and white and provide effective demostration of the major features of each plant. In this revised edistion, some of the pages have a delicate wash of watercolor added as highlights. These books are read from Right to Left, but the book reader starts them on the Left side, so please jump to the Right side to read them correctly.
Studies in Wyoming grasses
1. Tribe Aveneae, the oatgrasses.--2. Tribe Agrostideae--the Red Top tribe.--3. Tribe Chlorideae, the grama grasses.--4. Tribe Hordeae, the barley grasses.--5. Tribe Festuceae, the fescue tribe.--6. Tribe Zoysieae, the curly mesquite tribe., C. L. Porter., Each vol. issued with other titles in the series., Caption title., Vol. 2 by C. L. Porter and R. Lang.
The Atlas Herbarium
Collected by W. G. Solheim
Vaccinium and relatives in the Andes of Peru
J. Francis Macbride., Caption title., Issued with Nelson, R. E. A. Dr. Aven Nelson (v. 11, no. 1 of the series)
Wild flowers from the Yellowstone
Date inferred from text information on Old Faithful Inn and the park road system and from A.M. Cleland's tenure as Northern Pacific general passenger agent. "Northern Pacific, Yellowstone Park Line.", [40 p.] :|bill. ;|c16 x 21 cm. Covers and pages tied with cord.
Wood's illustrated plant record
Adapted to any American botany.