Agency history, 1947-c.1991

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  • Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-
  • Hale, Mason E
  • Robinson, Harold Ernest 1932-
  • Norris, James N
  • Littler, Mark M (Mark Masterton)
  • Faust, Maria A (Maria Anna) 1930-
  • Zimmer, Elizabeth A
  • Conger, Paul S (Paul Sydney) 1897-1979
  • Morton, C. V (Conrad Vernon) 1905-1972
  • Ireland, Robert R
  • Norris, Richard E (Richard Earl) 1926-
  • Dawson, Elmer Yale 1918-1966
  • Dahl, Arthur L. 1942-
  • Olsen, Jeanine L
  • Llano, George A (George Albert) 1911-2003


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Year
  • The Division of Cryptogams was created at the time of the establishment of the Department of Botany in 1947. Around 1991, the Division ceased to be an administrative entity in the Department of Botany.
  • Curators and research staff of the Division of Cryptogams included Ellsworth Paine Killip, Acting Curator, 1947-1950; Paul S. Conger, Associate Curator and Botanist Emeritus, 1947-1979; George Albert Llano, AssociateCurator, 1947-1951; Conrad Vernon Morton, Acting Curator, 1950-1959; Mason E. Hale, Associate Curator, Curator, and Senior Botanist, 1957-1990; Robert R. Ireland, Assistant Curator, 1958-1961; Richard E. Norris, Associate Curator, 1962-1964; Harold Ernest Robinson, Associate Curator and Curator, 1962-1991; Elmer Yale Dawson, Curator, 1965-1966; Arthur L. Dahl, Associate Curator, 1970-1974; James N. Norris, Associate Curator, 1975-1991; Mark M. Littler, Curator and Senior Botanist, 1982-1991; Maria A. Faust, Associate Curator, 1989-1991; Jeanine L. Olsen, Associate Curator, 1989-1991; and Elizabeth A. Zimmer, 1990-1991.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1947
  • 1947-1991
  • 1947-c1991


  • Cryptogams
  • Plants
  • Botany


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00059

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