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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],
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Series 5: Subject filesAdd to your cart.
Files contain lectures, pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other material collected by Jepson and arranged by subject.  Organized into four Sub-series: Sub-series 1: Save the Redwoods League; Sub-series 2: State Parks Commission; Sub-series 3: Street trees; Sub-series 4:Tan oak.
Sub-Series 1: Save the Redwoods LeagueAdd to your cart.
This sub-series contains lectures, pamphlets, correspondence, and other material relating to Jepson's involvement in the Save the Redwoods league in California. Box 24 contains material added to the collection in November 2013.  This material consists of Jepson's Save The Redwoods League correspondence files. Correspondence is primarily with League Executive Secretary Newton B. Drury. Correspondence also contains pamphlets, brochures, minutes, and photographs. Correspondence is arranged chronologically, with some years also subdivided alphabetically by correspondent.  Jepson's original order of filing maintained.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Talk in the Cathedral Group, Muir Woods, before the National Convention of Electrical Engineers, May 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Talk delivered in the Cathedral Group, before the National Electric Light Association, 11 June 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Saving the redwoods by Madison Grant, September 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Save the redwoods by Henry Fairfield Osborn, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Toast at the Sierra Club Dinner, 19 December 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 31: The importance of a national redwood park from the standpoint of a botanist. Pacific Automobile Show, San Francisco, 27 February 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Bohemian Club talk, circa April 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 33: The reason for saving the Sequoias. Federation of Women's Clubs, Santa Rosa, May 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Talk on the redwoods given at the Bohemian Club, San Francisco, 10 June 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Talk before the Rotary Club, Berkeley, 14 July 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 36: U. C. Professor makes plea for reservation of area where redwood trees grow thickest. San Francisco Chronicle, 15 July 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Save the redwoods lecture, Wheeler Hall, 25 August 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 38: The northern crown, July-August 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Annual report, Save the Redwoods League, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Saving the redwoods of California, a summary of the activities of the Save the Redwoods League in 1921, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Save redwoods plea presented to clubwomen, 4 February 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 42: The redwoods of California, Save the Redwoods League lecture, Berkeley, 13 April 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 43: The redwoods of California, Save the Redwoods League lecture, Berkeley, 13 April 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 44: The Sequoias of California, their life-history, and geographic distribution, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 45: The Sequoias of California, their life-history, and geographic distribution, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Dedication of the Humboldt Pioneer Memorial Redwood Grove, 2 September 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Documents and correspondence related to the establishment of a California state park system and saving the redwoods, 1924-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Redwoods of California, Channing Club, 19 April 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Eighth National Conference on State Parks, June 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Saving the redwoods, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 51: California Great's Opportunity by William E. Colby, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Dedication of the Harris Whittemore Memorial Redwood Grove, 21 September 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Madrono, v.1 no.16, September 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Saving the redwoods, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Redwood talk, College Women's Club, 20 October 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 56: The roadsides of Oregon, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Scientific and vernacular names for the species of Sequoia, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Letter from Newton B. Drury to Willis Linn Jepson, 8 June 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 59: The redwood belt and its native flora. California Spring Garden Show, 1 March 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Trees, shrub and flowers of the redwood region, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 61: The joys of days afield in the redwood belt with its native flowers and shrubs, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Bulletin, Save the Redwoods League, Spring 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 63: National tribute grove of ever-living redwoods, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Minutes. Annual meeting of the board of councilllors of the Save the Redwoods league, 7 September 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 65: The redwood memorial, 21 May 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Notice of article: Cathedral of the redwoods., July 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 67: California State Highway -- Humboldt CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 68: Certificate as Councilor of the Save the Redwoods League, Willis L. JepsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: Forests of CaliforniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: Lecture at LodiAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: Lecture at Santa BarbaraAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: Membership applicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 74: Statement of purpose, Save the Redwoods LeagueAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: Why you should help save the redwoodsAdd to your cart.
Folder 76: Why you should help save the redwoodsAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1921Add to your cart.
Includes photographs.
Folder 5: Filing notes for 1919-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence: A, 1920Add to your cart.
Includes Articles of Incorporation.
Folder 7: Correspondence: B, 1922-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence: C, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence: D, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence: E-F, 1922-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence: G, 1922-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence: H-J, 1920-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence: K-L, 1920-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence: M, 1920-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence: P, 1920-1922Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Printed Pamphlets, 1919-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence: R, 1923-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence: S, 1921-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence: T, 1921-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence: W, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, 1922-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1922-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, 1922-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, 1922-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence: B, 1927Add to your cart.
Includes negotiations for Bull Creek.
Folder 26: Correspondence: C, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence: D, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence: E-I, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence: R, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence: S, 1927-1928Add to your cart.
Includes Stockton Record, February 22, 1928 article on meetin fo Park officials.
Folder 31: Correspondence, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Correspondence, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Correspondence, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Correspondence, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Correspondence, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Correspondence, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Correspondence, 1934-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Correspondence, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Correspondence, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Correspondence, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Correspondence, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Correspondence, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Correspondence, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Correspondence, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Correspondence, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Correspondence, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Correspondence, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Correspondence, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Correspondence, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Correspondence, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Correspondence, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Correspondence, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Correspondence, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Correspondence, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Correspondence, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Correspondence, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Correspondence, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 60: BrochuresAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: State Parks CommissionAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Correspondence B-F, 1931-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Correspondence G-O, 1928-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Correspondence S-W, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Amendment number 4, State Park Bonds Election, 6 November 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Report of State Parks survey of California, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Proposed additon to section 384a of the penal code of the State of California, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 87: California Conservationist, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 88: California State Park System, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 83: California State Parks Survey, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 84: National parks in Africa by M. L. H. Akeley, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 85: A digest of national and state laws and the county ordinances protecting native flora, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Report on educational activities, 1933Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Street TreesAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Clippings, 1911-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Correspondence, 1902-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 89: List of people interested in street treesAdd to your cart.
Folder 90: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 91: List of literatureAdd to your cart.
Folder 92: Street trees for Berkeley compiled by J. Burtt Davy, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 93: A street extension plan for the entire District of Columbia, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Small parks in Philadelphia by Andrew W. Crawford, circa 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Street trees in California, 1905Add to your cart.
Willis Jepson's annotated copy
Folder 96: The care of trees, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Shade trees by E. A. Start, G. E. Stone and H. T. Fernald, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 98: The rural Californian, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 99: List of trees, Monterey Tree Growing Club, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 100: The preservation of our trees, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Municipal tree planting in Redlands, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Flowers and shrubs for downtown St. Louis, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Second annual report of the State Capital Planning Commission, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Tree planting book, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 105: California highways, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 106: Harry A. Greene gives advice on raising of oaks, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 107: The roadside bulletin, 1937Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Tan oakAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes on tanbark oakAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Letter and photographs from Mrs. James, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1902-1904Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Service order no.106, official correspondence, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tanbark oak localities, Port Orford quadrangle, E. P. Shelton, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letter from Jepson to Sudworth, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The tan oak by Willis Linn Jepson, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Report on the tan oak by Willis Linn Jepson, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Tan oak by Willis Linn Jepson, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 10: California tanbark oak, 1911Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Tan oak photographs (1 of 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Tan oak photographs (2 of 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Tan oak photographs (3 of 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Tan oak photographs (4 of 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Tan oak photographs (5 of 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Tan oak photographs (6 of 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Tan oak photographs (7 of 8)Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Tan oak photographs (8 of 8)Add to your cart.

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[Series 6: Seed lists and exchanges, 1893-1916],
[Series 7: Teaching files, 1897-1936],
[Series 8: Personal papers, 1898-1944],
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