Agency history, 1947-circa 1991

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  • Morton, C. V (Conrad Vernon) 1905-1972
  • Wurdack, J. J
  • Shetler, Stanwyn G
  • Nicolson, Dan H (Dan Henry) 1933-2016
  • Wasshausen, Dieter C
  • Skog, Laurence E
  • Faden, Robert B
  • Funk, V. A (Vicki A.) 1947-
  • Kress, W. John
  • Wagner, Warren Lambert
  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro
  • Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997
  • Ernst, Wallace Roy 1928-
  • Fosberg, F. Raymond (Francis Raymond) 1908-1993
  • Kirkbride, Joseph H
  • Leonard, E. C (Emery Clarence) 1892-1968
  • Rudd, Velva E
  • Sachet, Marie-Hélène
  • Simpson, Beryl Brintnall
  • Smith, Albert C (Albert Charles) 1906-1999
  • Smith, Lyman B
  • Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991
  • Read, Robert W. 1931-
  • United States National Museum Division of Phanerogams
  • United States National Museum Department of Botany


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 Phanerogams 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 within the Department of Botany.
  • Curators and research staff of the Division of Phanerogams included Albert C. Smith, Curator, 1947-1956; E. C. (Emery Clarence) Leonard, Associate Curator, 1947-1962; C. V. (Conrad Vernon) Morton, Associate Curator, 1947-1948; Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton) Walker, Associate Curator, 1947-1959; Lyman B. Smith, Associate Curator, Curator, and Senior Botanist, 1947-1974; Velva E. Rudd, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1948-1973; Richard S. Cowan, Associate Curator, Curator, and Senior Botanist, 1957-1962, 1973-1985; J. J. Wurdack, Associate Curator and Curator, 1960-1991; Stanwyn G. Shetler, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1962-1991; Wallace Roy Ernst, Associate Curator and Curator, 1963-1971; Dan H. (Dan Henry) Nicolson, Associate Curator and Curator, 1964-1991; Dieter C. Wasshausen, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1969- ; and F. Raymond (Francis Raymond) Fosberg, Curator and Senior Botanist, 1970-1978.
  • Staff have also included Marie-Hélène Sachet, Associate Curator, 1970-1986; Beryl Britnall Simpson, Associate Curator, 1972-1979; Robert W. Read, Associate Curator, 1973-1989; Laurence E. Skog, Associate Curator and Curator, 1973-1991; Joseph H. Kirkbride, Associate Curator, 1976-1979; Robert B. Faden, Associate Curator, 1979-1991; V. A. (Vicki A.) Funk, Associate Curator and Curator, 1982- ; W. John Kress, Associate Curator, 1988-1991; Warren Lambert Wagner, Associate Curator, 1988-1991; and Pedro Acevedo-Rodríguez, Associate Curator, 1989-1991.
  • 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-circa 1991


  • Botany
  • Phanerogams
  • Plants
  • Botanists


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00060

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