Joseph P. Tracy papers, 1878-1951
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Brief Description: This collection documents the botanical collecting activities of Joseph P. Tracy, noted northern California botanist. This collection contains his extensive field notebooks, list of plants collected by Tracy and others, correspondence, and a small amount of botanical notes.
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: Tracy, Joseph Prince (1879-1953)
Volume: 1.0 Linear Feet
Arrangement: This collection is arranged in four series: Series 1. Field notes, 1896-1951; Series 2. Plant lists, 1878-1951; Series 3. Correspondence, 1901-1951; and Series 4. Notes, 1902-1928.
Biographical Note for Tracy, Joseph Prince (1879-1953) :

Joseph Prince Tracy, noted northern California botanist, was born on January 11, 1879 in Hydesville, California to Joseph and Harriet Tracy.  In 1890 his family moved to Eureka, California where his father was appointed the Register of Public Lands. Joseph P. Tracy was one of the first students from Eureka to attend the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1903 and studied botany with Dr. Harvey M. Hall, Dr. J. Burtt Davy, Dr. Willis Jepson, and Dr. William Setchell.  Tracy hoped to continue his studies in botany at Berkeley, however due to financial difficulties faced by his family after his father's death he moved back to Eureka in 1904 and was hired by the Belcher Abstract and Title Company as a title examiner. He worked for Belcher until his death in 1953 and was well respected within the community.

He devoted his free time to botanical studies and collected extensively in Humboldt and the surrounding counties, becoming an expert on the local flora. He continued to correspond and collaborate with his colleagues at Berkeley. He collected and sent over 30,000 duplicate plant specimens to the University and Jepson Herbaria, which were distributed to herbaria worldwide.

Tracywas a member of the California Botanical Society, the Save-the-Redwoods League, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geographic Society, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Joseph P. Tracy passed away in Eureka on November 26, 1963. He donated his private herbarium and library to the University of California. His childhood diaries from 1893-1898 have been published by his niece, Harriet Tracy Delong.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Botany - California, Northern
Tracy, Joseph Prince, 1879-1953 - Archives
Genres/Forms of Material
Botanists - California - Archives
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 Publications: Tracy's early diaries were published in 1990 as the Diaries of Joseph Prince Tracy, Eureka, California 1893-1898, edited by Harriet Tracy DeLong (Joseph P. Tracy's niece). Call Number: QK31 T69 A3 1990 in the University and Jepson Herbaria Library.
PreferredCitation: Joseph P. Tracy Field Notes, University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley.