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Botanical Seminar, Student Life Records

Title: Botanical Seminar, Student Life Records

Creator: Botanical Seminar

Dates: 1886-1936

Quantity: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-07-05

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Botnical Seminar, Student Life Records (RG 12-07-05). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

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Seven University of Nebraska students, two juniors, two sophomores, and three freshmen, originated the idea of the Seminar Botanicum in the autumn of 1886. Among them were Roscoe Pound, J.G. Smith, J.R. Schofield, H.J. Webber, and J.A. Williams, all with an interest in botanical field work. A shortened name for the organization, Sem.Bot., replaced the more formal name.

For two years, there was no regular program of work and no recognized organization. The group's first offical meeting took place on October 11, 1888. Originally, members were initiated into the Sem.Bot. following a formal examination.

Between 1891 to 1899 the Sem. Bot. worked on a botanical survey of Nebraska. Several publications developed from this project, including the Flora of Nebraska. Publications were presented as the Botanical Survey of Nebraska Conducted by the Botanical Seminar. The final publication appeared in 1936.

Charles E. Bessey first supervised the Sem. Bot. After Bessey'd death in 1915, Raymond J. Pool took over and continued to support the group until it went out of existence, probably in the late 1930s.

Scope and Content:

The records of the Sem. Bot. include a constitution, by-laws, examination questions and selected examples of membership exams, publications, and photographs. The histories detail the organizations creation and activities. With these items is a 1934 letter written by Roscoe Pound on the possibility of "nationalizing" the seminar.


University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus). Botanical Seminar

Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964

Pool, Raymond J. (Raymond John), 1882-1967

Bessey, Charles E. (Charles Edwin), 1845-1915

Botany -- Nebraska

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Constitution, creeds Box 1. Folder 2. Minutes and proceedings, 1886-1900 Box 1. Folder 3. Programs, 1892-1923 Box 1. Folder 4. Regular convocation orders Box 1. Folder 5. Convocation, Charles Bessey, 1891 Box 1. Folder 6. Initiations, 1906-1935 Box 1. Folder 7. Register, 1925-1935 Box 1. Folder 8. Examination invitations Box 1. Folder 9. Candidate examinations, 1893-1896 Box 1. Folder 10. Candidate examinations, 1911 Box 2. Folder 1. Songs, poetry Box 2. Folder 2. History, essays, correspondence Box 2. Folder 3. Publication list, prices Box 2. Folder 4. Publication, "The Book of the Sem. Bot." Box 2. Folder 5. Publication, vol. 1, "Preliminary: The Plan and Scope of the Survey," 1892 Box 2. Folder 6. Publication, vol. 2, "Report on Collections Made in 1892," 1893, Apr. Box 2. Folder 7. Publication, vol. 3, "Report for 1893," 1894, June Box 2. Folder 8. Publication, vol. 4, "Report on Collections Made in 1894-95," 1896, Jan. Box 2. Folder 9. Publication, vol. 5, "Report on Recent Collections Studies in the Vegetation of the State, I," 1901, Mar. Box 2. Folder 10. Publication, vol. 6, "Studies on the Vegetation of the State, II," 1902, Oct. Box 2. Folder 11. Publication, vol. 7, "Studies on the Vegetation of the State, III," 1904, Apr. Box 2. Folder 12. Publication, "Flora of Nebraska," overview Box 2. Folder 13. Publication, "Flora of Nebraska, Part 1 Protophyta-Phycophyta, Part 2 Coleochaetaceae, Characeae," 1894 Box 2. Folder 14. Publication, "Flora of Nebraska, Part 21 Rosales," 1895 Box 3. Folder 1. Publication, New Series, no. 1, no. 2Item 1. "Ecological Studies in the Tension Zone between Prairie and Woodland," J.E. Weaver, Albert F. Thiel, 1917, Apr. Item 2. "Further Studies in the Ecotone Between Prairie and Woodland," R.J. Pool, J.E. Weaver, and F.C. Jean, 1918 Box 3. Folder 2. Publication, New Series, no. 4, no. 5Item 1. "An Ecological Study of the Algae of Some Sandhill Lakes," Emma N. Andersen, Elda R. Walker, 1920 Item 2. "Distribution and Structure of the Forests of Eastern Nebraska," John M. Aikman, 1929 Box 3. Folder 3. Publication, New Series, no. 7, no.8Item 1. "Structure of Prairie Vegetation," T.L. Steiger, 1930, Jan. Item 2. "Development of Roots and Shoots of Certain Deciduous Tree Seedlings in Different Forest Sites," A.E. Holch, 1931, Apr. Box 3. Folder 4. Publication, New Series, no. 9, no. 10Item 1. "Report of the Myxophyceae of Nebraska," Eleanor Lowrey Vivian, 1932, Apr. Item 2. "An Analysis of the Flowering Plants of Nebraska," John Mack Winter, 1936, Apr. Box 3. Folder 5. Publication, New Series, no. 6, Conservation and Survey Division Bulletin 5, "The Environment of the Prairie," J.E. Weaver, W.J. Jimmel, 1931, Mar. Box 3. Folder 6. Articles, on the Sem. Bot. Box 3. Folder 7. Stationary examples Box 3. Folder 8. Photos, group portraits, 1890-1891, 1896 Box 3. Folder 9. Photos, group portraits, 1902-1903 Box 3. Folder 10. Photos, group portrait, 1907 Box 3. Folder 11. Photos, group portraits, 1920-1929 Box 3. Folder 12. Photos, group portraits, 1930-1939 Box 3. Folder 13. Photos, group portraits, undated Box 3. Folder 14. Photos, Medford, 1913 Box 3. Folder 15. Photos, Nebraska City, 1924 Box 3. Folder 16. Photo postcard, initiation group portrait Box 3. Folder 17. Slides, group portraits Box 3. Folder 18. Artifacts, sash, hat

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