J.E. Weaver, Botany Papers
Title: J.E. Weaver, Botany
Creator: Weaver, John E. (John Ernest),
Quantity: 2 boxes (0.8 linear
Collection Number: RG 12-07-13
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Preferred Citation: J.E. Weaver, Botany Papers (RG 12-07-13). Archives & Special Collections,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.
Born in Villisca, Iowa, on 5 May 1884, John Ernst Weaver attended the University of
Nebraska and received a B.Sc. in 1909 and an A.M. in 1911. He received a Ph.D. from
the University of Minnesota in 1916. Weaver worked at Washington State College as an
instructor of botany in 1912-1913 and as an assistant professor in 1913-1914, and at
the University of Minnesota as an instructor of botany from 1914-1915. Weaver came
to the University of Nebraska in 1915 as Assistant Professor of Botany. Beginning in
1917, Weaver served at the University as Professor of Plant Ecology until he retired
as professor emeritus in 1952. He published numerous articles on botany and plant
ecology and became a world-renowned authority on grasses. He participated in various
professional associations including the Botanical Society of America, the Ecological
Society of America, and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Weaver died in Lincoln,
Nebraska, on 8 June 1966.
Scope and Content:
The Weaver Papers consist of original publications and reprints of articles written
by Weaver. The majority of the publications focus on prairie grasses and grassland
climates and include topics such as the composition, degeneration, and regeneration
of prairie grasses, the effects of drought and cattle on grasslands, and the root
development of midwestern grasses. The papers also contain several bibliographies of
Weaver's work, biographical materials, and photographs of Weaver and selected grass
Weaver, John E. (John Ernest), 1884-1966
Grasses - Nebraska
Prairie ecology -- Nebraska
Box 1. Folder 1. Publications, 1915-1922
Box 1. Folder 2. Publications, 1923-1929
Box 1. Folder 3. Publications, 1930-1934
Box 1. Folder 4. Publications, 1935
Box 1. Folder 5. Publications, 1936
Box 1. Folder 6. Publications, 1939
Box 2. Folder 1. Publications, 1940-1941
Box 2. Folder 2. Publications, 1942-1943
Box 2. Folder 3. Publications, 1944-1945
Box 2. Folder 4. Publications, 1946-1949
Box 2. Folder 5. Publications, 1950-1953
Box 2. Folder 6. Publications, 1954-1963
Box 2. Folder 7. Bibliographies
Box 2. Folder 8. Graduate degrees supervised
Box 2. Folder 9. Biographical materials
Box 2. Folder 10. Photographs
Box 3. Folder 1. Root distribution chart, upland true prairie species
Box 3. Folder 2. Root distribution chart, lowland true prairie species
Related Material and Resources: Weaver, J.E., Frank C. Jean and John W. Crist. Development and Activities of Roots of
Crop Plants; A Study in Crop Ecology. Washington, Carnegie Institution of
Washington, 1922. __________. Ecological Relations of Roots. Washington, Carnegie Institution of
Washington, 1919. __________and F.W. Albertson. Grasslands of the Great Plains: Their Nature and Use.
Lincoln, Neb., Johnsen Pub. Co. . __________. Native Vegetation of Nebraska. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press
. __________. North American Prairie. Lincoln, Neb., Johnsen Pub. Co. . __________and Frederic E. Clements. Plant Ecology. New York [etc.] McGraw-Hill Book
Company, Inc., 1929. __________. Prairie Plants and Their Environment; a Fifiy-year Study in the Midwest.
Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press . __________. Root Development in the Grassland Formation, a Correlation of Root
Systems of Native Vegetation and Crop Plants. Washington, Carnegie Institution of
Washington, 1920. __________. Study of Amygdalus Persica. Unpublished thesis, 1910. __________. A Study of the Vegetation of Southeastern Washington and Adjacent Idaho.
Lincoln, Neb., 1917.