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Amherst College Botany Department Local Plant Records

Identifier: MA.00076

Scope and Contents

The Amherst College Botany Department Local Plant Records consist of 30 unbound volumes of files on specific species of indigenous plants. Each file includes a brief description of the species, its common name, a list of the locations in Massachusetts where it has been studied, and by what herbarium or scientific society. Each file also contains a map of Massachusetts showing the geographic location of the species. The collection seems to have been initially created in 1930, with later updates being entered in 1936.


  • Creation: 1930-1936


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.


2 Linear feet (4 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



Amherst College Botany Department Local Plant Records consist of thirty unbound volumes of files on indigenous plant species.


Arrangement of files within each volume is irregular and sometimes unreliable. Volumes 1-5 are ordered based on the AF number for individual species; however, after volume 5 the files are ordered based on their DH number, which begins to be recorded in the middle of volume 2. An organizational guide based on taxonomy apparently once existed but this has been lost, though the remnants of it can still be found in the folder descriptions for this collection.

Tristan Jeffers, Peter Nelson.
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299