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Records of the Herbarium (RG4)
1 linear foot (1 Box)


Gary Lane Smith served as Associate Curator of Bryophytes from 1969 to 1976. He was also appointed Administrator of the Cryptogamic Herbarium and served as such from 1973 until his departure. In addition, he was in charge of the New York Botanical Garden seminar programs and served as Manager of Publications for the Torrey Botanical Club.

Dr. Smith came to The New York Botanical Garden directly after receiving his Ph.D. from the Columbia University/New York Botanical Garden graduate program, where he studied under Dr. William Steere. He specialized in the study of the Polytrichaceae mosses.


This collection consists entirely of correspondence covering Dr. Smith's career at the Garden and his study of the Polytrichaceae mosses.


Series 1: Subject Correspondence
Series 2: Personal Correspondence

Series 1     Subject Correspondence
                  1 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.

Subjects include professional societies and clubs, Arctic bryology, mosses of the Catskills, a systematics questionnaire and various private herbaria accessioned by the New York Botanical Garden Cryptogamic Herbarium.

Series 2     Personal Correspondence
                  11 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.

Correspondents of note include Marshall R. Crosby, William Hoe, Kjeld Holmen, Robert L. Hulbary, Wilfred B. Schofield, A. J. Sharp and William Weber.


The New York Botanical Garden

RG4    Records of the Cryptogamic Herbarium

Processed August 2000 by Stephen Sinon under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-23141-98 and a grant from the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation.

For more information and a complete description contact:
Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
(718) 817-8879

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