Hernando García Barriga Field Notes from the Department of Botany

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This collection consists of 16 field books of Hernando Garcia Barriga from collecting trips in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, circa 1930-1970. The materials consist of small travel journals and collection notebooks. The travel journals include Garcia Barriga's notes on observations of plants, crops, vegetation, and local cultures (including villages and industry). They also include altitudes and distances between locations, and many have hand-drawn maps showing routes. The collection notebooks include lists of plants collected with collector number and brief entry (usually scientific name, locality, date, and physical description of specimen). Some entries include local common names of plants. One field book consists primarily of pairing scientific names of plants with common Colombian plant names. All of the materials are in Spanish.|These field books were culled from a larger collection of memorabilia, archival and research materials donated by Garcia Barriga's family to the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Botany. The field books are now physically housed with rest of the Department of Botany field books. For other related archival materials, please inquire with the Department of Botany.

Date Range

circa 1930-1970

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


  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Venezuela


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-436


16 field books

Physical Location

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