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Details the history of the National Fungus Collection of the United States Department of Agriculture and its relationship to the Department of Botany of the United States National Museum and its United States National Herbarium. Discusses the contributions of Louis David von Schweinitz, William Ashbrook Kellerman, Henry William Ravenel, Cornelius Lott Shear, and John Albert Stevenson, and the role of exploring expeditions in acquiring these collections. Explains the taxonomic system for arranging specimens in the collection and describes the resources in the indexes, topical files and Stevenson Mycological Library.


  • Kellerman, William Ashbrook
  • Ravenel, Henry William 1814-1887
  • Shear, C. L (Cornelius Lott) 1865-1956
  • Stevenson, John Albert
  • Von Schweinitz, Louis David
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Botany
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture
  • United States National Herbarium
  • United States National Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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BioScience Vol. 18, No. 3 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 1968


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Taxonomy
  • Mycology
  • Stevenson Mycological Library
  • Biology
  • Plants
  • National Collections
  • National Fungus Collection
  • Bibliography
  • Botany



Physical description

pp. 194-200

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