Conrad Vernon Morton Field Notes from the Department of Botany

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This collection consists of the field notes and photograph lists of Conrad Vernon Morton, spanning from 1926 through 1972. Morton collected ferns and other plants in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, Saint Vincent, and Canada. Early books were kept by Morton while he was working for the University of California (Berkeley) and include local collections made. Later notebooks were kept by Morton while on the staff at the Smithsonian Institution. Several books are devoted to specimens in the collections of other herbaria/institutions including Kew (England), Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), and others. This collection originally resided with the ferns and lichens field books and is now housed with the Department of Botany field books.

Date Range

1926-1972, 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
  • Plants
  • Ferns


  • Cuba
  • Canada
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Honduras
  • California


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-405


42 field books

Physical Location

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