Fragments from the Botanical Frontier:

Though Archer worked diligently soliciting contributions, like this request to Joe Ewan in 1954, the Flora of Nevada project was never completed. A collective effort to publish a complete flora of Nevada is currently underway. Missouri Botanical Garden collections. Click image to enlarge.

In a 1969 talk at the Smithsonian, Archer warned that while presidential, war, and literary materials were often deposited in libraries, "biological material, and especially that of botany, meets with scant interest." He also told of many botanical manuscripts and field notes that were lost or thrown away - including 12,000 transcript cards concerning "all published data on the medicinal uses of plants by American Indians." The cards were moved to an attic, then later used as swamp fill. Missouri Botanical Garden collections.

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