Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7096
Ernst, Wallace Roy, 1928-
Wallace Roy Ernst Papers, 1946-1971
Wallace Roy Ernst (1928-1971) came to the Smithsonian Institution in 1963 as Associate Curator of Phanerogams in the Department of Botany of the United States National Museum. In 1970 he was appointed Curator of Phanerogams. Ernst received his A.B. degree in 1950 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his M.A. from the same institution in 1953. He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1962. From 1960-1961 he was a Herbarium Botanist at the University of California, and from 1961-1963 was a botanist on the staff of the Gray Herbarium. He served as Professor of Botany in absentia at the University of Kansas from 1965 until his death. Dr. Ernst's field of study was the taxonomy, morphology, and cytology of flowering plants, especially Papaveraceae, Fumariaceae, and Loasaceae, and he published over twenty scholarly papers and reviews. In 1964 and 1965 Ernst journeyed to Dominica as a member of the Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey to the island. For two months in 1966 he participated in the archeological expedition to the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico under the leadership of Dr. Kent Flannery. Dr. Ernst also collaborated with Albert C. Smith on the latter's flora of Fiji project financed by the National Science Foundation.
This collection contains papers documenting the professional and personal life of Ernst, especially during his tenure at the Smithsonian Institution. Included are field notebooks, 1956-1961 and 1964-1966, documenting his collecting activities in California, Baja California, Dominica, Mexico, and his researches in Europe in 1964; correspondence with colleagues regarding his work on Papaveraceae, Loasaceae, and Fumariaceae; material documenting his collaboration with Albert C. Smith on the Flora of Fiji Project; correspondence documenting the Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica; and materials regarding internal disputes in the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Ernst, Wallace Roy, 1928-
- Smith, Albert C. (Albert Charles), 1906-1999
- Flannery, Kent V.
- Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Botany
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Phanerogams
- National Science Foundation (U.S.)
- Flora of Fiji Project
- Smithsonian Archeological Expedition to Mexico
- Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7096, Wallace Roy Ernst Papers