Ira Clokey Papers, 1915-1952
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Brief Description: This collection contains materials related to Clokey’s botanical career including correspondence, reports of activity in his personal herbarium, and research notes. The bulk of the collection is correspondence documenting his research in the Charleston Mountains of Nevada and his efforts to build up his herbarium collection and botanical library through the exchange of botanical specimens.
Held at:
University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley ,  University and Jepson Herbaria
1001 Valley Life Sciences
Berkeley, CA 94720 2465
Email: akasameyer [at]
Created by: Clokey, Ira Waddell (1878-1950)
Volume: 3.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 05/28/2009.

Arranged in 5 series:

1: Correspondence

2: Clokey Herbarium and Library records

3: Subject files

4: Personal Business

5: Additions

Biographical Note for Clokey, Ira Waddell (1878-1950) :

Ira Waddell Clokey was born in Decatur, Illinois in 1878. He attended Illinois University and Harvard University, graduating from Harvard  in 1903 with a B.S. in mining engineering.  He later received his M.S. in plant pathology at Iowa State in 1921.

He worked as a mining engineer in Mexico from 1903 to 1915 and then in Colorado until 1920. In his spare time he pursued his boyhood interest in botany by collecting plant specimens, many of which were unfortunately destroyed by a fire in 1912.  He continued to build his personal herbarium collection, often collecting duplicate specimens in order to exchange them for specimens from other areas. 

From 1935 to 1942 he collected extensively in the Charleston Mountains of Nevada. His flora of the area (Flora of the Charleston Mountains, Clark County, Nevada) was accepted for publication prior to his death and published in 1951.  He donated his personal herbarium of over 100,000 specimens to the University Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley. He passed away on January 13, 1950 at his home in Pasadena, California.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Botanists - United States
Botany - Nevada - Charleston Mountains
Clokey, Ira Waddell, 1878-1950
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Copyright has not been assigned to the University and Jepson Herbaria Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University and Jepson Herbaria Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the publisher.
PreferredCitation: Ira Clokey Papers, University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley.