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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


Torner Collection of Sessé and Mociño Biological Illustrations database available

7 December 2018

The Torner Collection of Sessé and Mociño Biological Illustrations is the original collection of botanical and zoological illustrations made during the Spanish exploring expedition of 1787–1803 sent to New Spain under the command of Martin de Sessé y Lacasta (1751–1808) and José Mariano Mociño (1757–1820). Since the Institute acquired the collection in 1981, we have worked to make it accessible to scholars, most notably through The Torner Collection of Sessé & Mociño Biological Illustrations CD-ROM (1998) and Rogers McVaugh's Botanical Results of the Sessé & Mociño Expedition (1787–1803) VII. A Guide to Relevant Scientific Names of Plants (2000). Now that both publications are out of print, we have digitized the McVaugh book and turned the CD-ROM into a searchable database so that scholars can once again study the plant information with the images.

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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