David Griffiths field books, 1897-1923

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This collection contains field books documenting David Griffiths collecting activities in western United States and Mexico, 1897-1923. The bulk of the materials are from 1897-1905. Locations in the United States include: California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Kansas, South Dakota, Oregon, and Washington.|Griffiths collected cacti, especially Opuntia. His notes generally consist of bound volumes that include diary-type entries, narrative observations of vegetation and agriculture, lists of plants collected, notes on plants cultivated, black-and-white photographs, sketches, and maps. The collection is comprised of 10 items, however, there are additional items in the collection that were not cataloged. These include memo books related to office or research activities.

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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.


  • Cactaceae
  • Plantae
  • Plants
  • Cacti


  • Montana
  • United States
  • New Mexico
  • Wyoming
  • Texas
  • Mexico
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Nevada


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 11-106

Alternative Title

David Griffiths field notes from the Department of Botany


10 field books

Physical Location

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