Correspondence, 1918-2004

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Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence with United States and foreign botanists; directors and botanists of United States and foreign herbaria and botanical gardens; museum curators; colleagues; friends; editors; and scientific societies concerning examination and identification of botanical specimens; exchange of specimen collections; explorations and collecting expeditions; information on mounting specimens; requests for photographs, publications, and reprints; reviews of monographs; professional societies; and personnel matters. Curators represented in these records include Ellsworth Paine Killip, Aid, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator of the Division of Plants, and Head Curator of the Department of Botany, 1919-1950; Jason Richard Swallen, Head Curator and Chairman, 1950-1965; William Louis Stern, Chairman, 1965-1967; Mason E. Hale, Chairman, 1967-1970; Edward S. Ayensu, Chairman, 1970-1976; David B. Lellinger, Curator, 1991-2003; and Dieter C. Wasshausen, Chairman, 1976-1982. Materials predating 1947 were created by the United States National Museum, Division of Plants.


  • Swallen, Jason R (Jason Richard) 1903-1991
  • Stern, William Louis 1926-
  • Hale, Mason E
  • Ayensu, Edward S
  • Wasshausen, Dieter C
  • Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-
  • Lellinger, David B
  • United States National Museum Division of Plants


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1918
  • 1918-2004


  • Natural history museums
  • Museums
  • Plants
  • Botany
  • Museum curators



Local number

SIA RS00208

Physical description

  • 7.50 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
  • 7 cu. ft. processed holdings

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