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Records of the Herbarium (RG4)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)


Gustave L. Wittrock (1895-1954) was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 3, 1895, and died in New York City on April 1, 1954. Wittrock attended Grinnell College and received his A.B. in 1924 and his M.A. in 1927. After graduating, he worked as an assistant in the botany departments at Johns Hopkins, Grinnell, the University of Washington, and the University of Chicago. In 1930 he began work at The New York Botanical Garden, where he stayed until his death in 1954. At the Garden, he served as a Docent, the Custodian of the Herbarium (1935-1944), and Assistant Curator of Education.


The collection documents Wittrock's research on the plants used for food, dye, and medicinal purposes by the American Indians. The collection contains correspondence and research and lecture notes, and is arranged into two series.


Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Research and Lecture Notes

Series 1: Correspondence, 1937-1945
                  2 folders. Arranged alphabetically.

This series contains letters to and from Wittrock pertaining to his work on the food plants of the American Indian while he was working as the Custodian of the Herbarium from 1935 to 1944.

Series 2: Research and Lecture Notes
                6 folders. Arranged alphabetically.

Research notes, lectures, and slide lists, mostly pertaining to Wittrock's talks on the food plants of the American Indian, make up this series.

Processed March 1999 by Susan Fraser 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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