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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


E. Lucy Braun finally gets her day in the spotlight

12 July 2017

A crew from Meg Hanrahan Media and Voyageur Media Group visited the Institute from 11 to 12 July 2017 to film a segment for an upcoming documentary on Emma Lucy Braun (1889–1971), a renowned botanist and ecologist. Her best-known publication, the classic Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America (Philadelphia, Blakiston, 1950), is still the only work of its scope on the topic and is perhaps even more important today as the most thorough record of many forest areas that have been destroyed since she studied them. She also wrote The Woody Plants of Ohio (Columbus, Ohio State University Press, 1961) and The Monocotyledoneae (Columbus, Ohio State University Press, 1967). Our Archives has Braun's field notebooks and related materials, HI Archives collection no. 181, which have been digitized. For more information about the documentary project, see Voyageur Media Group's Web site.

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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