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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


32(2) Bulletin published

16 November 2021

In this issue of the Bulletin our curators explore the provenance of new and old items in the collection to reveal storied histories of ownership. Our curator of art traces the history of a recently donated album of Malaysian plants from the first U.S. Consul to Singapore through the botanist who traveled the world to learn about it. Our assistant librarian continues searching our Library for armorial bindings, finding several from owners who were not royalty but were fascinating nonetheless. Using three catalogs from our Strandell Collection of Linnaeana, our librarian uncovers the trails natural history and Linnaeana collectors as well as inscription writers and bookbinders left in the books, which Linnaeus wrote to describe the collections of personal museums. Elsewhere in this issue: Francesca Anderson donates drawings to the Art Department; we wish FNA Senior Technical Editor Mary Ann Schmidt well as she retires; we thank our 2021 Sponsors for providing monetary support and contributing materials to the collections; and we have published the 18(4) Huntia.

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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Scarlett T. Townsend