The collection contains copies of all of Esau's publications and research notebooks. There is also personal and biographical
material including her awards, correspondence, and family history.
Katherine Esau (1898-1997), professor of biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, is best known as the author
of the textbooks Plant Anatomy (1953) and Anatomy of Seed Plants (1960) and for her research on plant diseases and viruses, particularly on agricultural crops. In addition to her textbooks,
Esau published over 100 articles. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1940, was the sixth woman chosen as a member of the National
Academy of Sciences (1957), and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush.
8 linear feet
(16 document boxes and 1 oversize box).
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.