Iowa's Herbaria

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Iowa's herbaria are important resources both to the state and to the larger "botanical community". The two-thirds of a million or so specimens contained in Iowa's herbaria are used in various ways for research, teaching, plant identification, and supplying general information about plants. Iowa's larger herbaria are part of a global network, making possible loans, exchanges, and other interactions with herbaria around the world. While Iowa's herbaria contain specimens from many parts of the United States and the world, collectively they house the most complete record of Iowa plants and fungi. The following information is from Index Herbariorum: The Herbaria of the World (1990) - some of the information is available (and cited here) in a more recently updated online database at nybg.org/bsci/ih/.














Institution

Date

founded

Number of

specimens (2000)

Contact person

Cornell College (MOVC) 1967 1,500 Marty Condon

mcondon@cornell-iowa.edu

319-895-4154
Drake University   2500 Tom Rosburg

thomas.rosburg@drake.edu

515-271-2120
Grinnell College (GRI) 1900 20,000 Vince Eckhart

515-269-3028
Iowa State University (ISC)
www.herbarium.iastate.edu
1870 630,000 (including IA) Deb Lewis

dlewis@iastate.edu

515-294-9499
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (ILH) 1909 6,000 Peter van der Linden

lakeside@iastate.edu

712-337-3669 ext. 5
Luther College (LCDI) 1968 1,000 Tom Cottrell

319-387-1117
Putnam Museum (BDI)
www.putnam.org
1867 10,000 Christine Chandler

chandler@putnam.org

563-324-1054
Simpson College (SICH) 1956 500 Pat Singer

singer@storm.simpson.edu

515-961-1824
University of Iowa (IA)

(transferred to ISC in 2004)
1878 220,000 Deb Lewis

dlewis@iastate.edu

515-294-9499
University of Northern Iowa

(ISTC)
  40,000 Steve O’Kane

steve.okane@uni.edu

319-273-2219
Wartburg College (WET) 1930 3,000 Stephen Main

stephen.main@wartburg.edu

319-352-8386