Departmental Records, 1948-2019, with related records from 1918

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Consists of records documenting the research and activities of the Department of Botany under Head Curators and Chairmen Ellsworth Paine Killip, 1947-1950; Jason Richard Swallen, 1950-1965; William Louis Stern, 1965-1967; Mason E. Hale, 1967-1970; Edward S. Ayensu, 1970-1976; Dieter C. Wasshausen, 1976-1982; Mark M. Littler, 1982-1987; Laurence E. Skog, 1987-1992; Warren Lambert Wagner, 1992-1997; W. John Kress, 1997- ; and Laurence J. Dorr, 2015-2019. Materials predating 1947 were created by the Division of Plants. Materials include correspondence; research proposals; research reports; curator evaluations; research notes; photographs; obituaries; film; information concerning staff recruitment and visiting scientists, fellows, and research associates; departmental annual reports; Herbarium Services Unit records; greenhouse records and other records documenting research activities; grants; departmental involvement in the International Association for Plant Taxonomy; professional activities; and administrative matters.


  • Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-
  • Swallen, Jason R (Jason Richard) 1903-1991
  • Stern, William Louis 1926-
  • Littler, Mark M (Mark Masterton)
  • Skog, Laurence E
  • Wagner, Warren Lambert
  • Hale, Mason E
  • Ayensu, Edward S
  • Wasshausen, Dieter C
  • Kress, W. John
  • Dorr, Laurence J
  • International Association for Plant Taxonomy
  • Smithsonian Institution Herbarium Services Unit
  • United States National Museum Division of Plants
  • United States National Museum


Series Level Description


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1918
  • 1918-2019
  • 1948-2019, with related records from 1918


  • Botany
  • Museums
  • Plants
  • Botanists
  • Museums--Administration
  • Research


  • Manuscripts
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Color transparencies
  • Motion pictures (visual works)
  • Clippings

Local number

SIA RS00205

Physical description

  • 12.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 16.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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