Edmund P. Sheldon, field notes, 1897

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The collection is primarily comprised of specimen catalogs and manuscripts documenting Sheldon's work as a botanist in Oregon in 1897 for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is comprised of 2 bound volumes containing hand written field notes and 4 folders containing type written manuscripts for Sheldon's official report. The field books and manuscripts contain botanical species catalogue in formation including specimen numbers and scientific names and dated itinerary-style journal entries describing camps, landscape, mineral resources, and vegetation. There are also manuscripts documenting the field work of two related botanical researchers, B.B. Smyth and Berthold Seemann.|A map of the route of Sheldon through Washington in 1897 is located in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany, and available online at: http://botany.si.edu/references/mapsCatalog.

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  • Morchellaceae
  • Rosaceae
  • Asteraceae
  • Hymeneliaceae
  • Fabaceae
  • Boraginaceae
  • Pinaceae
  • Grossulariaceae
  • Plantae
  • Asters
  • Lichen
  • Morels
  • Lotus
  • Douglas fir
  • Hawthorns
  • Plants


  • Oregon
  • United States
  • Kansas
  • Union county
  • Wallowa county
  • Nevada


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 11-095


6 field books

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library