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Lawrence Heckard papers

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Lawrence Heckard papers, 1952-1996 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Overview

Title: Lawrence Heckard papers, 1952-1996Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Heckard, Lawrence R. (1923-1991)

Extent: 3.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged in 5 series:

1. Correspondence

2. Administrative files

3. Research files

4. Field notes

5. Publications

Subjects: Botanists - California

Forms of Material: Botanists - California - Archives, Correspondence, Field notes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of the correspondence, administrative files,  research files, field notes, and publications of Dr. Lawrence Heckard, curator of the Jepson Herbarium.

Biographical Note

Lawrence Ray Heckard was born in Long Beach, Washington on April 9, 1923.  He attended Lower Columbia Junior College in Longview and the University of Washington before serving in the Army during World War II. After the war he completed his B.S. at Oregon State College in 1948 and went on to graduate work in Botany at the University of California, Berkeley.  While at Berkeley he met his life partner Paul Silva, a fellow botany graduate student.  The Department of Botany at the University of Illinois hired Silva in 1952 and Heckard joined him in 1954, finishing his dissertation "Studies in the Phacelia magellicanica complex (Hydrophyllaceae), with particular reference to the California members" in 1955. Heckard was then hired as an  assistant professor at Illinois where he taught taxonomy and supervised the laboratory sections of the general botany course.

In 1960 Heckard and Silva returned to Berkeley when Heckard was hired as the assistant to Rimo Bacigalupi, the curator of the Jepson Herbarium, and Silva was hired as the assistant to George Papenfuss, curator of algae for the University Herbarium.  Bacigalupi retired in 1968 and Heckard was promoted to curator, a position which he held until his death in 1991.

As curator of the Jepson Herbarium, Heckard's research interests included the family Scrophulariaceae with an emphasis on the genera Castilleja, Cordylanthus, and Orthocarpus. He was active in the development of the rare plant program of the California Native Plant Society and wrote several status reports om rare and endangered species.  As an expert on the flora of California, he was an integral part in the effort to revise Jepson's Manual of the Flowering Plants of California. The revised Jepson Manual, published in 1993, was posthumously dedicated to Heckard.

Heckard was the secretary of the American Society of the Plant Taxonomists and president of the California Botanical Society. He was elected a fellow of both the California Native Plant Society and the California Academy of Sciences.

He passed away from AIDS-related causes in Berkeley in 1991.  He generously established the Lawrence R. Heckard Endowment Fund of the Jepson Herbarium, which provides funding for UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff to conduct research on the systematics of California’s vascular plants.

Subject/Index Terms

Botanists - California

Administrative Information

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

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.


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Series 4: Field notes, 1950-1990Add to your cart.
Item 1: Transplant Book, February 1950-July 1952Add to your cart.
Item 2: Collecting Book, May 1953-June 1956Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 409-699 from California and Missouri.
Item 3: Field notebook I, June 1956-August 1956Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 700-849 from Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.
Item 4: Field notebook II, August 1956-September 1959Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 850-1199 from Washington, Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, California, Missouri, Utah, and Colorado.
Item 5: Field notebook III, July 1959-March 1967Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 1200-1591 from Canada, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Mexico.
Item 6: Field notebook IV, May 1967-June 1969Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 1592-2319 from California, Oregon, and Washington.
Item 7: Field notebook V, July 1969-September 1971Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 2320-2815 from California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Baja California, British Columbia, and Oregon.
Item 8: Field notebook VI, September 1971-June 1973Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 2816-3452 from California, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Baja California.
Item 9: Field notebook VII, July 1973-April 1975Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 3453-4008 from California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Baja California, and Oregon.
Item 10: Field notebook VIII, May 1975-April 1977Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 4009-4634 from California, Baja California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Idaho.
Item 11: Field notebook IX, April 1977-July 1979Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 4635-5156 from California, Washington, Oregon, Mexico, Oregon, and Nevada.
Item 12: Field notebook X, August 1979-May 1982Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 5157-5864 from California and Oregon.
Item 13: Field notebook XI, April 1982- March 1983Add to your cart.
Includes collections no. 5865-6086 from California.
Item 14: Field notebook XII, April 1983-July 1990Add to your cart.
Includes collections no 6087-6785 from Peru, California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Costa Rica, and Africa (Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire).

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