Herbert L. Mason papers, 1928-1980
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Brief Description: This collection consists of the papers of Herbert L. Mason, professor of Botany and curator of the Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley.  The primary components of this collection are Mason's field notebooks and his personal files.  The field notebooks of H. L. Mason document his botanical collecting activities from 1928 to 1955. Collections are primarily from California, although trips, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Columbia, and the Revillagigedo islands are also included. Mason's personal files consist primarily of correspondence, both personal and professional, manuscripts, and personal records.
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] berkeley.edu
Created by: Mason, H. L. (Herbert Louis) (1896-1994)
Volume: 1.0 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Arrangend into 7 series based on Mason's organization of his papers: Series 1: Field notes, Series 2: Personal: Miscellaneous, Series 3: Personal: Organizations, Series 4: Personal: Recommendations, Series 5: Personal: National Reserach Council, Series 6: Bio-bibliography, Series 7: Manuscripts.
Biographical Note for Mason, H. L. (Herbert Louis) (1896-1994) :

Herbert Louis Mason was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on January 3, 1896. He received his A. B. in 1921 from Stanford University and his M.A. in 1923 from the University of California at Berkeley. He was an instructor at Mills College from 1923 to 1925 and then returned to the University of California to receive his Ph. D. in Botany in 1932. In 1931 he married Lucile Roush, also a Berkeley graduate student in Botany. He was hired as instructor and assistant curator of the University Herbarium at Berkeley in 1933 and promoted to assistant professor and associate curator in 1934 and associate professor and curator in 1938. In 1941 he was promoted to professor of Botany and director of the herbarium. In 1957, he published A flora of the marshes of California based on surveys commissioned by the California Department of Fish and Game and conducted by Mason and his graduate students.

Herbert Mason was a member of the Biosystematists, Western Society of Naturalists, the Western Section of the Ecological Society of America, the Regional Parks Association, the California Botanical Society, and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. He retired from Berkeley in 1963 and he and Lucile moved to Bellingham, Washington to live near their son, David.  Herbert Mason passed away in Bellingham in 1994.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research except for letters of recommendation (Series 4) which are restricted until 2028.
Subject Index
Botanists - California
University of California, Berkeley. - Dept. of Botany
University of California, Berkeley. - Herbarium.
Genres/Forms of Material
Field notes
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Copyright has not been assigned to the University and Jepson Herbaria Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University and Jepson Herbaria Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the publisher.
Related Materials: Additional professional correspondence to and from Herbert Mason can be found in the correspondence series of the University Herbarium Records.
PreferredCitation: Herbert L. Mason Papers, University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley.