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Willis Linn Jepson papers

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Willis Linn Jepson papers, 1867-1946 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

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Title: Willis Linn Jepson papers, 1867-1946Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Jepson, Willis Linn (1867-1946)

Extent: 43.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Arranged in 8 Series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1887-1946; Series 2: Field notebooks, 1886-1945; Series 3: Writings and research notes; Series 4: Lectures, 1898-1942; Series 5: Subject files; Series 6: Seed lists and exchanges, 1893-1916; Series 7: Teaching files, 1897-1936; Series 8: Personal papers, 1898-1944.

Subjects: Botanists - California, Botany - California, Forests and forestry, Jepson, Willis Linn, 1867-1946 - Archives, Jepson Herbarium, Tanoak, Trees in cities, University of California, Berkeley. - Dept. of Botany, Vacaville (Calif.)

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Faculty papers, Field notes, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the professional and personal life of Willis Linn Jepson, noted California botanist and professor of botany at the University of California, Berkeley. The collection contains correspondence, field notebooks, writings and notes, lectures, subject files, teaching records, personal papers, and photographs.  His extensive correspondence represents a cross-section of botanical activities in the western United States from 1890 to 1940.  His detailed field notebooks contain observations on plants, places and people. His papers also contains material related to his publications on the flora of California as well as his writings and lectures on a wide variety of topics. His work with the Save the Redwoods League, Street Trees, and Tan Oak is well documented in his subject files.  His photographs document California landscapes in the first half of the century as well as his travels to Europe and Palestine.  Additionally, the collection contains a small amount of personal papers and files from his teaching career at the University of California at Berkeley.

Biographical Note

Willis Linn Jepson, University of California professor of Botany and noted expert on the flora of California, was born on August 19, 1867 near Vacaville, California. He grew up on his family's Solano County ranch, Little Oak, where he developed an early interest in flowering plants.  He attended the Normal and Scientific School in Vacaville and at the age of 12 was inspired by a visit to the California Academy of Sciences where he met noted botanists Alfred Kellogg and Edward Lee Greene. He went on to attend the University of California and study botany with Greene. Jepson received his undergraduate degree in 1889 and his Ph.D. in 1899. He began working for the Botany department in 1891 as an instructor and retired in 1937 as Professor of Botany.

Jepson devoted his life to the study of the California flora, as evidenced by his botanical collections (25,761 numbered plant specimens) and his authoritative works on the subject, A manual of the flowering plants of California (1923-1925) and his multi-volume Flora of California (1909-1940, with an additional volume published posthumously by Lauramay Dempster in 1979).  He collected primarily in California, but also made expeditions to Alaska, Europe, and Palestine.  He carefully documented his collecting activities with detailed field notes which contain not only data on specific plants but observations on habitats, landscapes, people, places, industries, and historical events. He photographed many of the plants and areas he visited and collected photographs of California trees and plants from others.

In addition to his research on the California flora, he was interested in botanical history, redwoods, conservation, forestry, and street trees, and among other subjects. He gave lectures to a variety of groups on and off campus and published over 200 articles. He helped establish the California Botanical Society, the Sierra Club, the Save-the-Redwoods league, and the journal Madroño.

He was a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Science, Royal Society of Arts, and the American Geographical Society, and a member of the American Genetic Association, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Botanical Society of America, Society of Foresters, Washington Academy of Sciences, Western Society of Naturalists, Commonwealth Club of California, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi.

He passed away in Berkeley on November 7, 1946.  His will established the Jepson Herbarium and Library at the University of California at Berkeley.

Chronology

August 19, 1867                    Born near Vacaville, California.

1889                                    Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley

1891                                    Hired as Botany Assistant, began graduate study in Botany

1893-1900                            Editor of Erythea                 

1894                                    Hired as Instructor in Botany

1899                                    Expedition to Alaska

1899                                    Received Ph. D. in Botany. Thesis: Flora of Western Middle California; promoted to Assistant Professor in Botany

1901                                    Flora of western middle California first published

1905-1906                            Sabbatical to Europe including Kew Gardens

1910                                    Silva of California published

1911                                    Promoted to Associate Professor

1912                                    Trip to Barstow

1913-1915                            Founder and President of the California Botanical Society

1916-1933                          Founder and editor of Madrono

1918                                    Save-the-Redwoods league founded

1918                                    Promoted to Professor

1919-1929                            President of the California Botanical Society

1923-1925                            A manual of the flowering plants of California published

1926                                    Trip to Palestine and Syria

1937                                    Retires from the University after breaking ankle doing field work

November 7, 1946                Passed away in Berkeley, California.

For more information, see this article written by Dr. Richard G. Beidleman: http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/history/biog/jepson/jepson_the_botany_man.html

Subject/Index Terms

Botanists - California
Botany - California
Forests and forestry
Jepson, Willis Linn, 1867-1946 - Archives
Jepson Herbarium
Tanoak
Trees in cities
University of California, Berkeley. - Dept. of Botany
Vacaville (Calif.)

Administrative Information

Repository: University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Material may be protected by copyright.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1887-1946],
[Series 2: Field notebooks, 1886-1945],
[Series 3: Writings and research notes],
[Series 4: Lectures, 1898-1942],
[Series 5: Subject files],
[Series 6: Seed lists and exchanges, 1893-1916],
[Series 7: Teaching files, 1897-1936],
[Series 8: Personal papers, 1898-1944],
[[information restricted]],
[Series 11],
[All]

Series 4: Lectures, 1898-1942Add to your cart.
Typed and handwritten drafts for lectures given by Jepson. Arranged chronologically for dated lectures and alphabetically for undated lectures.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Lecture announcements, 1898-1899Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Lecture notices and announcements of field trips, 1899-1917Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Lecture notices, 1913-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 88: University of California summer lectures in forestry, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 89: The Trees of California lecture notices, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 90: LeConte Memorial Lectures in Yosemite National Park, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 91: Prof. Jepson gives radio talk on the oldest road in the world, 22 December 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 92: Street trees for Berkeley, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Lectures on forestry, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Tree planting in Oakland, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Scattering observations on some botanic gardens of Europe, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 96: The botanic gardens of Europe, 1906 or 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Fremont celebration, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 98: The effects of roadside trees, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 99: The living element in the California landscape, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 100: The people of Missouri, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 101: The origin and relationships of California flora, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 102: The desert, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Conservation of the native flowers, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Address to Sigma Xi initiates, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 105: The field of taxonomic botany and its relation to economic welfare, 1918 or 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 106: Reply to toast, California Botanical Society dinner, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 107: History of Sigma Xi, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 108: The field of systematic botany of flowering plants, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 109: Initiation ritual before Sigma Xi, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 110: Yosemite lectures, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 111: The gourds of California, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 112: Unused talk for California Botanical Society Dinner, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 113: The glamour of the open, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 114: The seeing of things, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 115: Our native trees - their historical and geographic interest, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 116: Our native trees - the crowning glory of California's parks, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 117: The Pacific Coast journal of Archibald Menzies, surgeon and botanist on the Vancouver expedition, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 118: Never wait for the enemy, go to meet him, 1930Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The origin, distribution and history of the giant Sequoias, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The footpath right of way, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The footpath right of way, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Madrone tree, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Trees of ages, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The content and origin of the California flora: a demonstration of scientific methods, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letter sent in lieu of speech for the University of California Forestry Club, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 8: University of California Foresters' fellowship dinner, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Centers of endemisim in California in relation to geologic history, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Thomas Nuttall, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The beginnings of forestry in California and the University of California, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The beginnings of forestry in the University of California, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The message of John Muir, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Response by W. L. Jepson on the founding of the California Botanical Society, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The practical objectives and the scientific ideals of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Significance of field work for the systematic botanist, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Life and laughter along the highways of California, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Sierra  Club talk, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Mules and men, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Mules and men, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Californian annuals as vernal landscape effectsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Desirability of field workAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Untitled talk on Forestry as a professionAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Forestry Club talk notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Trees of CaliforniaAdd to your cart.

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[Series 4: Lectures, 1898-1942],
[Series 5: Subject files],
[Series 6: Seed lists and exchanges, 1893-1916],
[Series 7: Teaching files, 1897-1936],
[Series 8: Personal papers, 1898-1944],
[[information restricted]],
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