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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


Open House 2017

25 May 2017

Join us on Sunday, 25 June (1:45–4:30 p.m.) for our annual Open House. This year's event will include a talk (2:00–3:00 p.m.) and an exhibition tour (3:15–4:00 p.m.). Librarian Charlotte Tancin will present "A celebration of plants, enjoying endless variety of form and kind," a talk and display from the Institute's rare book collection. Striking historical illustrations of selected kinds of plants or aspects of their forms will be on display. She will talk briefly about each image, discussing what can be seen in the image and how the published image would have supported the work of botanists at the time, such as in floristic studies, reports of explorations, monographs on a family or genus, documenting new introductions or celebrating exotic garden plants. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Media Contact:
Scarlett T. Townsend