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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.


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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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Series 2: Field notebooks, 1886-1945Add to your cart.

This series contains Jepson's detailed field notebooks that document his botanical collecting activities, travel, and education from 1886-1945.  Jepson's field notebooks contain lengthy diary entries with observations on natural history, people, land use, and historical events in addition to his plant observations. The series contains 63 numbered volumes, 4 volumes on California Botanical Explorers, 3 volumes on Vaca Valley, 1 volume on practices for keeping field records, and 13 unnumbered field books. An index is also included.  Collections are primarily from California, but also from Alaska, Europe, Canada, and Palestine.  The majority of the field notebooks have been digitized and are available online at:

http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/images/fieldbooks/jepson_fieldbooks.html

Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Indices to field books: Current index, Botanists Western America and CaliforniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Notebook, 1886-1887Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Diary, 6 June 1888-16 December 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Notebook, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Botany notebook, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Botany notebook, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Systematic botany, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Round Valley notebook, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Notes and expenditures on the Alaskan trip, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Alaska journal, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Collections wanted from southern CaliforniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Medical botanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: NotebookAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1: Miscellaneous collection numbers, 1883-1886Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Volume 3: no.500-661, 14 February 1900 - 24 June 1900Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Volume 4: no.662-1029, 28 June 1900 - 31 July 1900Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Inverness, St. Helena, Howell Mt., Little Oak, Mills College, Vacaville, Kaweah.
Item 4: Volume 5: no.1030-1162c, December 1901-8 January 1902Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Notes.
Item 5: Volume 6: no.1163-1622, 5 September 1900-12 June 1901Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Volume 7: no.1623-1871, 14 June 1901-17 June 1902Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: Volume 8: no.1872-2132, 18 June 1902-1 August 1902Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: Volume 9: no.2141-2180, 2 August 1902-30 April 1903Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Volume 10: no.2181-2255, 2 May 1903-5 July 1903Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: Volume 11: no.2256-2426, 13 July 1903 - 10 December 1903Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 11: Volume 12: no.2427-2510, 28 May 1904-29 August 1904Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 12: Volume 13: European trip, Summer 1905Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Belgium, England.
Item 13: Volume 14: European trip, 1905Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Kew
Item 14: Volume 15: European trip, October 1905-April 1906Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 15: Volume 16: no.2516-2626, April 1906-January 1907Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Berlin, England, Quebec, Yellowstone, Oregon, Monterey County.
Item 16: Volume 17: no.2628-2961, 28 February 1907-30 July 1907Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Bolinas (post earthquake), Kings Canyon, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Klamath River, Mendocino.
Item 17: Jepson's index to volumes 1, 3-17Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 18: Volume 18: no.2963-3039, 31 July 1907-18-June 1908Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Mendocino, Monterey
Item 19: Volume 19: no.3040-3122, 8 July 1908-25 June 1909, 3 October 1909Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Catalina, Los Angeles, Ojai. Includes notes from October 1909.
Item 20: Volume 20: no.3123-3499, 3 July 1909-30 October 1909Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 21: Volume 21: no.4001-4172, 5 January 1910-5 September 1910Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Monterey
Item 22: Volume 22: no.4173-4389, 10 September 1910-3 July 1911Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 23: Volume 23: no.4390-4651, 10 July 1911-3 August 1911Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Yosemite, Sequoia
Item 24: Volume 24: no.4562-4764, 9 August 1911-24 March 1912Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Kaweah
Item 25: Jepson's index to volumes 18 to 24Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 26: Volume 25: no.4765-5155, 26 March 1912-29 July 1912Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 27: Volume 26: no.5156-5303, 10 August 1912-23 February 1913Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 28: Volume 27: no.5305-5635, March 1913-September 1913Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 29: Volume 28: no.5636-5729, 7 September 1913-December 1914Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
International Phytogeographers Excursion to Yosemite. Extensive notes on people, places, errors, etc.
Item 30: Volume 29: no.5730-5799, March 1914-October 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 31: Volume 30: no.5801-6155, 13 August 1914-10 December 1915Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 32: Volume 31: no.6156-6589, 13 August 1914-10 December 1915Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 33: Volume 32: no.6590-6801, 18 January 1916-22 April 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 34: Volume 33: no.6802-7086, 29 May 1916-15 May 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 35: Volume 34: no.7087-7449, 16 May 1917-7 December 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 36: Volume 35: no.7450-7908, 7 February 1917-9 August 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 37: Volume 36: no.7909-8425, 9 August 1978-27 March 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 38: Volume 37: no.8429-8914, 5 April 1920-30 April 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
San Diego County: Warner Hot Springs
Item 39: Volume 38: no.8915-9425, May 1920-September 1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 40: Volume 39: no.9426-9981, 8 September 1921-3 June 1923Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 41: Volume 40: no.9983-10419, 30 May 1923-8 May 1924Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 42: Volume 41: no.10420-10750, 28 March 1924-13 November 1925Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 43: Volume 42: no.10751-10973, 22 December 1925-19 March 1926Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Trip to Palestine and the Near East
Item 44: Volume 43, 19 March 1926-7 May 1926Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Trip to Palestine and the Near East
Item 45: Volume 44, 8 May 1926-6 September 1926Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Trip to Palestine and the Near East
Item 46: Volume 45: no.11560-12126, 25 September 1926-28 May 1927Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 47: Volume 46: no.12127-12653, 29 May 1927-28 April 1928Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 48: Volume 47: no.12654-13333, 28 April 1828-18 August 1928Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 49: Volume 48: no.13334-15095, 1884-1889Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 50: Volume 49: no.15096-15271, 20 December 1928-3 October 1929Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 51: Jepson's index to volumes 25 to 49Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 52: Volume 50: no.15272-15599, 26 September 1929-30 June 1930Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 53: Volume 51: no.15681-15766, 4 July 1930-July 1931Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 54: Volume 52: no.15767-16331, 31 May 1931-9 May 1932Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 55: Volume 53: no.16332-16740, 9 May 1932-July 1934Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 56: Volume 54: no.16742-17324, 18 June 1934-29 April 1935Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 57: Volume 55: no.17325-17519, 29 April 1935 6 May 1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 58: Volume 56: no:17520-17947, 6 May 1936-18 August 1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 59: Volume 57: no.17948-18665, 19 August 1936-14 April 1938Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 60: Volume 58: no.18666-19270, 14 April 1938-April 1939Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 61: Volume 59: no.19271-19931, 27 July 1939-17 May 1940Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 62: Volume 60: no.19932-20611, 5 June 1940-5 May 1941Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 63: Volume 61: no.20612-20875, 1 June 1941-19 July 1943Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 64: Volume 62: no.20900-21482, 1884-1943Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Early years of collecting, retrospective numbering.
Item 65: Volume 63: no.27500-27571, 13 October 1943-11 November 1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 66: California Botanical Explorers: Notes on the Botanists of California and Western America. IAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 67: California Botanical Explorers: Notes on the Botanists of California and Western America. IIAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 68: California Botanical Explorers: Notes on the Botanists of California and Western America. IIIAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 69: California Botanical Explorers: Notes on the Botanists of California and Western America. IVAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 70: Old-Time Days in Vaca Valley: A Personal Record of Notes and MemoriesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 71: Happy Days at Little Oak Ranch (Vaca Valley) IAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boyhood memories of later days--the plains, the hills, the trees, birds and flowers.
Item 72: Happy Days at Little Oak Ranch (Vaca Valley) IIAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boyhood memories of later days--the plains, the hills, the trees, birds and flowers.
Item 73: Field Records: the theory and practice of minute observation and of accurate records re: native plantsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 74: Alaska, 1-314, 1899Add to your cart.
Trip to Alaska.

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