W. Andrew Archer field books, 1930-1951, from the Department of Botany

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This collection is comprised of 11 field books created by Archer detailing his plant and fungi collecting efforts from 1930-1957. Localities are primarily in South and Central America with additional localities in the southwestern United States, the West Indies, Puerto Rico, and Ethiopia. Data includes information on the exploration for tobacco varieties in Mexico and Central America for the United States Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Exploration; research on fungi and diseases affecting plants in Venezuela, research on various crops in Ethiopia, data regarding Arachis (peanuts) in Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay , Brazil, and Argentina, research in regards to the "Indian Drug Plant Project" in New Mexico and Nevada; and includes many additional botanical research subjects.

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  • Solanaceae
  • Staphylinidae
  • Rubiaceae
  • Aquifoliaceae
  • Fabaceae
  • Plantae
  • Fungi
  • Tobacco
  • Lichen
  • Ferns
  • Peanuts


  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • West Indies
  • Paraguay
  • Bolivia
  • Costa Rica
  • Venezuela
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Suriname
  • Ethiopia


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 11-103


11 field books

Physical Location

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