Robert W. Read Field Books from the Department of Botany

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This collection consists of the field books of Robert W. Read. The field books document Read's botanical collecting work in the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Asia, between 1968 and 1995. Locations include: Panama, Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Dominica, Martinique, Grenada, Sri Lanka, Arizona, Hawaii, and Florida. Read's field notes tend to include entries for specimens collected, narrative descriptions of vegetation and landscape, and general notes. Specimen labels are often included near related entries. Sometimes, plant specimens can be found pressed between the pages of the book or taped in to the book.

Date Range

1968-1995, and undated

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Department of Botany at 202-633-0920 to make an appointment.


  • Plantae
  • Palms
  • Orchids


  • Sri Lanka
  • United States
  • Panama
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Martinique
  • Jamaica
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Grenada


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-356


9 field books

Physical Location

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