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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 1: Correspondence, 1887-1946Add to your cart.
This series contains incoming and carbon copies of outgoing professional and personal correspondence between Jepson and others.  Jepson corresponded widely with professional and amateur botanists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers, politicians, faculty at other institutions, and the general public.  Topics covered included plant identification, the California flora, and botanical research.  This series is arranged into three Sub-series: Sub-series 1. Bound correspondence; Sub-series 2.Topical correspondence; Sub-series 3. Personal correspondence.
Sub-Series 1: Bound correspondence, 1887-1946Add to your cart.
Sub-series 1. Bound correspondence (1887-1946) contains 51 bound volumes of correspondence, primarily arranged chronologically. Within each volume letters are arranged alphabetically by author.  3 volumes contain correspondence ion a single subject: Volume XXVI. On Trees; Volume XXVII. On Trees; and Volume XXIX. On Tan Oak.  Additionally there are five volumes containing letters omitted from the appropriate chronological volume.  A detailed index for each volume is available including entries for author, taxon, botanical collecting area, and other subjects.
Item 1: Volume I, 1887-1896Add to your cart.
Item 2: Volume II, 1897-1899Add to your cart.
Item 3: Volume III, 1900-1903Add to your cart.
Item 4: Volume IV, 1904-1906Add to your cart.
Item 5: Volume V, 1907-1909Add to your cart.
Item 6: Volume VI, 1910-1911Add to your cart.
Item 7: Volume VII, 1912Add to your cart.
Item 8: Volume VIII, 1913Add to your cart.
Item 9: Volume IX, 1914Add to your cart.
Item 10: Volume X, 1915Add to your cart.
Item 11: Volume XI, 1916-1917Add to your cart.
Item 12: Volume XII, 1918Add to your cart.
Item 13: Volume XIII, 1919Add to your cart.
Item 14: Volume XIV, 1920Add to your cart.
Item 15: Volume XV, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 16: Volume XVI, 1922Add to your cart.
Item 17: Volume XVII: A-M, 1923Add to your cart.
Item 18: Volume XVII: N-Z, 1923Add to your cart.
Item 19: Volume XVIII, 1924Add to your cart.
Item 20: Volume XIX, 1925Add to your cart.
Item 21: Volume XX, 1926Add to your cart.
Item 22: Volume XXI: A-R, 1927Add to your cart.
Item 23: Volume XXII: S-Z, 1927Add to your cart.
Item 24: Volume XXIIII: A-IAdd to your cart.
Item 25: Volume XXIIII: J-Z, 1928Add to your cart.
Item 26: Volume XXIV: A-J, 1929Add to your cart.
Item 27: Volume XXV: K-Z, 1929Add to your cart.
Item 28: Volume XXVI: On Trees, 1901-1909Add to your cart.
Item 29: Volume XXVII: On Trees, 1910-1919Add to your cart.
Item 30: Volume XXVIII: A-L, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 31: Volume XXVIII: M-Z, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 32: Volume XXIX: On Tan Oak, 1902-1916Add to your cart.
Item 33: Volume XXX: A-L, 1931Add to your cart.
Item 34: Volume XXX: M-Z, 1931Add to your cart.
Item 35: Volume XXXI: Omissions, pp.1-328, 1893-1927Add to your cart.
Item 36: Volume XXXI: Omissions, pp.329-627, 1893-1927Add to your cart.
Item 37: Volume XXXII: A-I, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 38: Volume XXXII: J-Z, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 39: Volume XXXIII, 1933Add to your cart.
Item 40: Volume XXXIV: Omissions, 1904-1932Add to your cart.
Item 41: Volume XXXV: Omissions, A-R, 1898-1944Add to your cart.
Item 42: Volume XXXV: Omissions, S-Z, 1898-1944Add to your cart.
Item 43: Volume XXXVI, 1934Add to your cart.
Item 44: Volume XXXVII: A-G, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 45: Volume XXXVII: H-Z, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 46: Volume XXXVIII, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 47: Volume XXXIX, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 48: Volume XL: A-G, 1937Add to your cart.
Item 49: Volume XLI: H-Z, 1937Add to your cart.
Item 50: Volume XLII: A-K, 1938Add to your cart.
Item 51: Volume XLIII: L-Z, 1938Add to your cart.
Item 52: Volume XLIV: A-L, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 53: Volume XLIV: M-Z, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 54: Volume XLV, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 55: Volume XLVI: A-H, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 56: Volume XLVI: I-Z, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 57: Volume XLVII: A-O, 1942Add to your cart.
Item 58: Volume XLVII: P-Z, 1942Add to your cart.
Item 59: Volume XLVIII, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 60: Volume XLIX, 1949Add to your cart.
Item 61: Volume L, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 62: Volume LI, 1946Add to your cart.
Item 63: IndexAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Topical correspondence, 1926-1939Add to your cart.
Correspondence arranged by subject.  Primarily regarding Point Lobos and Ranch Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Erythea, 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Fifth Pacific Science Conference, 1931-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Madrono, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Point Lobos Association, 1929-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Point Lobos Association, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Point Lobos Association, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Point Lobos Association, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Point Lobos Association, January-June 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Point Lobos Association, July-December 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Point Lobos Association, January-June 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Point Lobos Association, July-December 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Point Lobos Association, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Point Lobos Association, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Point Lobos Association, undatedAdd to your cart.
Point Lobos and its grove of Monterey Cypress
Folder 15: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1928-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic GardenAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Works Progress Administration, 1936-1939Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Individual correspondence, 1888-1946Add to your cart.
This sub-series consists of incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Alexander, Annie M., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Constance, Lincoln, 1941-1944Add to your cart.
Drafts and carbons of letters from Jepson to Lincoln Constance.
Folder 39: Grant, Adele L., 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Grant, Adele L., 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Grant, Adele L., 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Grant, Adele L., 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Grant, Adele L., 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Grant, Adele L., 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Grant, Adele L., 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Grant, Adele L., 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Grant, Adele L., 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Grant, Adele L., 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Grant, Adele L., 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Grant, Adele L., 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Grant, Adele L., 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Grant, Adele L., 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Grant, Adele L., 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Grant, Adele L., 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Grant, Adele L., 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Grant, Adele L., 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Grant, Adele L., 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Grant, Adele L., 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Grant, Adele L., 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Grant, Adele L., 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Grant, Adele L., 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Grant, Adele L., 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Grant, Adele L., 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Grant, Adele L., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Grant, Adele L., 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Grant, Adele L., 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Hall, Harvey Monroe, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Harshberger, John, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Hickman, J. B., 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Hopping, Ranch, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Jaeger, Edmund, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Jepson, Willis to his parents, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: Kew, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 74: K. , W. G.Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Laurent, Dr.Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Leach, Frank A., 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Lyon, Ray B., 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 78: McFarland, Peggy, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Peirson, Mr., 1935Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Platt, R. H., 1888Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Platt, R. H., 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Platt, R. H., 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Platt, R. H., 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Platt, R. H., 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Platt, R. H., 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Platt, R. H., 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Platt, R. H., 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Platt, R. H., 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Platt, R. H., 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Platt, R. H., 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Platt, R. H., 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Platt, R. H., 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Platt, R. H., 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Platt, R. H., 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Platt, R. H., 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Platt, R. H., 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Platt, R. H., 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Platt, R. H., 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Platt, R. H., 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Platt, R. H., 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Platt, R. H., 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Platt, R. H., 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Platt, R. H., 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Platt, R. H., 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Platt, R. H., 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Platt, R. H., 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Platt, R. H., 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Platt, R. H., 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Platt, R. H., 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Platt, R. H., 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Platt, R. H., 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Platt, R. H., 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Platt, R. H., 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Platt, R. H., 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Platt, R. H., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Purdy, Carl, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Reed, C. A., 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Robinson, Benjamin L., 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Saunders, C. A., 1913-1914Add to your cart.
Folder 41: St. John, HaroldAdd to your cart.
Unsent drafts of letters from Jepson to Harold St. John, regarding the Lemmon papers.
Folder 42: Tracy, Joseph P., 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 43: W., L. M., 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Wolfe, LinnieAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Imperfect lettersAdd to your cart.

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[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]


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