Mason Ellsworth Hale Field Notes from the Department of Botany

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This collection consists of 11 field books of Mason Ellsworth Hale from collecting trips to South Africa, Namibia, Venezuela, Australia, and Antarctica, from 1975 to 1988. This collection originally resided with the ferns and lichens field books and is now housed with the Department of Botany field books. Hale's collecting activities focused on lichens. The field books include determinations, specimen notes, and narrative diary-type entries that document collecting trips.

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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
  • Fungi
  • Lichens


  • Venezuela
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Australia


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-427


11 field books

Physical Location

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