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Archives of the Gray Herbarium
Expeditions & Voyages

Cyrus Gyrnsey Pringle,
Left in the Desert

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Below is a listing of the Gray Herbarium archival collections. Click on a specific collection to access its finding aid. This will provide you with biographical information, collection scope, size, and material types.


1817-1818 Voyage of frigate Congress to Buenos Aires and other South American ports
see William Baldwin papers for letters

1819 Maj. Stephen H. Long expedition to Rocky Mountains
see William Baldwin papers for letters

1827-1829 Mexican Boundary Commission (Comisi'on de L'imites under Mier y Ter'an)
See Jean Louis Berlandier papers for list of plants, part of journal

1838-1842 Wilkes Expedition (U.S. Exploring Expedition)

1850-1854 U.S. Boundary Commission (surveyed boundary with Mexico)
see George Thruber and William Munro papers for notes on Gramineae of the Mexican boundary

1852-1854 U.S. Japan Expedition

1853-1856 U.S. North Pacific Exploring Expedition
in addition to U.S. Japan Expedition and U.S. North Pacific Exploring Expedition papers, see Charles Wright papers for journal, lists of plants

1860-1864 California State Geological Survey
see William Henry Brewer papers for field notes; see Henry Nichols Bolander papers for list of grasses collected

1867-1869 Clarence King Expedition / Geological Survey of the 40th Parallel
See Sereno Watson papers for field notes, letters from people who determined plants, etc.

1871 U.S. Commission to Santo Domingo
See Charles Wright papers for Flora Domingensis manuscript

1878-1910 Edward Palmer collecting expeditions

1924-1927 Arnold Arboretum expedition to Western China and Tibet
see Joseph Francis Charles Rock papers at the Arnold Arboretum for field notes

1931 Forbes Expedition (survey of northern Labrador)
see Alexander Forbes papers for aerial photos

1936-1937 Second Archbold New Guinea Expedition
see Leonard John Brass papers for photos

1953 Fourth Archbold New Guinea Expedition
see Leonard John Brass papers for field notes

1980 Sino-American Botanical Expedition to Western Hubei Province, People's Republic of China

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