Nathaniel Lyon Gardner papers, 1901-1938
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Brief Description: This collection documents the algal collecting and curatorial work of Nathaniel Lyon Gardner, phycologist and curator of the Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley. The collection contains correspondence with phycologists from around the world, specimen identification lists, and Gardner's 10 volumes of field note. Information on Gardner's algal collections from 1897-1901 can be found in his correspondence with William Setchell in the William Setchell Papers.
Held at:
University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley ,  University and Jepson Herbaria
1001 Valley Life Sciences
Berkeley, CA 94720 2465
Email: akasameyer [at]
Created by: Gardner, Nathaniel Lyon (1864-1937)
Volume: 0.8 Linear Feet
Acquired: 12/22/2014.

Arranged in two series:

Series 1: Correspondence (1903-1938)

Series 2: Field notes (1901-1937)

Biographical Note for Gardner, Nathaniel Lyon (1864-1937) : Nathaniel Lyon Gardner (1864-1937) phycologist and herbarium curator at the University of California, Berkeley, was born in February 26, 1864 in Keokuk, Iowa. As a high school teacher on Whidbey Island, Washington he became interested in the marine algae of Washington and began corresponding with noted phycologist William Setchell at the University of California, Berkeley.  Setchell encouraged Gardner to further his botanical studies and the two collaborated closely on the marine algal flora of the Pacific Coast over the next 40 years.  Gardner received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Botany from the University of California in 1903 and 1906. He served as a professor in Botany at Berkeley from 1913 until his retirement in 1934, and was the curator of the Herbarium from 1920-1934.  He also was head of the department of biology at Los Angles Polytechnic High School from 1906-1909 and 1910-1913. He married Edith Jordan in 1915.  Gardner passed away in Berkeley on August 15, 1937.
Access Restrictions: Material is open for research.
Subject Index
Botany - California, Northern
University of California, Berkeley. - Herbarium.
Genres/Forms of Material
Field notes
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Material may be protected by copyright.
PreferredCitation: Nathaniel Lyon Gardner papers, University and Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley.