Biltmore Herbarium field notes, 1898-1904, from the Department of Botany

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This collection consists of 70 field books created between 1898 and 1907, 42 of which were created by Charles Lawrence Boynton and 28 of which were created by Thomas Grant Harbison. Both men collected plant specimens all over the United States south and southeast including Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Both men's collecting reflect the diversity of the areas in which they collected, but commonly noted genera include crataegus, solidago, panicum, carex, gallium, and several others. Descriptions for specimens are typically brief noting the taxonomic name and locality found. Additional notes on commonality or abundance, measurements, flowers and fruit, soil type, and descriptions of surrounding area are often included.

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  • Rosaceae
  • Rubiaceae
  • Cyperaceae
  • Plantae
  • Aster
  • Rose
  • Coffee
  • Sedge
  • Grass


  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Georgia
  • Virginia


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 11-249


70 field books

Physical Location

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