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Joseph P. Tracy papers


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Joseph P. Tracy papers, 1878-1951 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

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Title: Joseph P. Tracy papers, 1878-1951Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Tracy, Joseph Prince (1879-1953)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

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.

Subjects: Botany - California, Northern, Tracy, Joseph Prince, 1879-1953 - Archives

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

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Botany - California, Northern
Tracy, Joseph Prince, 1879-1953 - Archives

Administrative Information

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

Alternate Extent Statement: 35 bound volumes, 6 inches of 3 by 5 cards, and one small archival box of file folders.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

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.

Preferred Citation: Joseph P. Tracy Field Notes, University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Field notes, 1896-1951],
[Series 2: Plant lists, 1878-1951],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1901-1951],
[Series 4: Notes, 1902-1928],

Series 2: Plant lists, 1878-1951Add to your cart.
Item 1: Alphabetical list of early collections, 1878-1900Add to your cart.
Set of handwritten 3X5 cards containing an alphabetical list (genera and species) of early collections, principally in the Humboldt County region.
Item 2: Flowers seen in Napa and Lake Counties, June-August 1895Add to your cart.
Author unknown.
Item 3: List of plants in collection of Carl C. Marshall, now the property of Eureka High School, Eureka, California., 1900-1901Add to your cart.
Compiled by Joseph P. Tracy.
Item 4: List of part of Mrs. Manning's 1900 and 1901 Collections, 1900-1901Add to your cart.
Item 5: Mrs. Mary H. Manning's Trinity Summit Series, Humbold County, circa 1901Add to your cart.
Item 6: Humboldt County plant list, February 1917Add to your cart.
Item 7: Mrs. Douglas plant list, Bald Mountain, Murphy Ranch, 26 June 1920Add to your cart.
Item 8: Census of species known to occur in Humboldt County, November 1923Add to your cart.
Created by Mrs. Wilder and Joseph P. Tracy.
Item 9: Frank C. Gregory Collections in Arizona, etc., 1923-1924Add to your cart.
Item 10: Arthur E. Connick plant list, Smith River, between Gasquet and Patrick Creek, 31 May 1925Add to your cart.
Item 11: Willows collected by Doris K. Kildale, 1925-1926Add to your cart.
Copy, with notes by Joseph P. Tracy, June 9, 1926.
Item 12: Doris Kildale, Trinity Summit plants, 1925-1926Add to your cart.
Item 13: Arthur E. Connick plant lists for Del Norte County area, 1925-1927Add to your cart.
Item 14: Mrs. Wilder plant list of sequoia Girls' Club in vicinity of Carlotta and Hydesville, 1931Add to your cart.
Item 15: Humboldt County Plant List, 16 February 1933Add to your cart.
Item 16: Marshall's collections analyzed as to dates and localities, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 17: Carex determinations rechecked, December 1936Add to your cart.
Item 18: H. E. Parks Plant List, Southern California, February 1938Add to your cart.
Item 19: List of plants identified for Mrs. Cathey, 20 June 1939Add to your cart.
Item 20: List of duplicates to Doris Kildale Gillespie, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 21: New plant records for Northwest California, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 22: Stuart K. Harris collections from Humboldt and Trinity County, 1942Add to your cart.
Determined January 1947 by Joseph P. Tracy.
Item 23: Cecile Clark plant list from Long Valley, Mendocino County, 26 April 1943Add to your cart.
Item 24: Mrs. Emma N. Cathey. Plants collected in Washington and British Columbia, July 1946Add to your cart.
Determined by Joseph P. Tracy, March 1947.
Item 25: Joseph P. Tracy Collection Numbers, 1951Add to your cart.
Trip with Dr. Rimo Bacigalupi and Dr Lincoln Constance of the University of California to Nothwestern California and Oregon.
Item 26: List of grasses for Humboldt County, undatedAdd to your cart.
Determined January 1947 by Joseph P. Tracy.

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[Series 1: Field notes, 1896-1951],
[Series 2: Plant lists, 1878-1951],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1901-1951],
[Series 4: Notes, 1902-1928],

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