Freed Hoffman papers, 1941-1959
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Brief Description: The Freed Hoffman Papers document the botanical activities of Freed Hoffman, an amateur botanist based in Guerneville, California. Hoffman's botanical speciality was serpentine plants and the genus Streptanthus. His papers contain incoming correspondence, field notes, manuscripts, lists, and illustrations.
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: Hoffman, Freed W.
Volume: 0.8 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Field notes, sketches, and lists can be found following the correspondence.
Biographical Note for Hoffman, Freed W. : Freedom W. (Freed) Hoffman, teacher and amateur botanist, was born in Knights Landing, California on January 30, 1880.  He graduated from Chico Normal School and studied art in New York City before returning to California to teach school.  He married Jemella Gertrude (Jimmy) Peugh in 1907 and shortly afterward was hired as the principal of LeConte School in Berkeley, California.  While in Berkeley he studied botany with Dr. Setchell and Dr. Gardner at the University of California at Berkeley. Around 1920, he and Jimmy moved to Guerneville to manage their orchards in the area.  He developed an interest in plants growing on serpentine soils and collected over 4000 plant specimens that are now housed at the University and Jepson Herbaria at the University of California, Berkeley. Much of his work focused on the genus Streptanthus, in which he published two new species in 1952. Freed W. Hoffman passed away on November 13, 1959 at his home in Guerneville.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Botany - California, Northern
Serpentine plants
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: Freed Hoffman Papers, University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley.