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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Maynard F. Moseley papers
    Dates: 1941-1989
    Collection number: MS-03
    Creator: Moseley, Maynard F.
    Collection Size: 3 linear feet
    Repository: Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (University of California, Santa Barbara). C. H. Muller Library
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9615
    Abstract: Teaching materials, including hand-drawn illustrations, lectures, and exams for several botany courses taught by UCSB professor Maynard Moseley. Includes a small amount of correspondence.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English German


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, UC Santa Barbara. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cheadle Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Maynard F. Moseley papers, MS-03, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration. University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Dept. of Biological Sciences in 2005.

    Processing Information

    Arrangement and description of this collection was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Maynard Fowle Moseley was born in Boston in 1918 and attended University of Massachusetts and University of Illinois at Urbana, completing his Ph.D. in Botany in 1947. He taught for two years at Cornell before moving to Santa Barbara to join the faculty of UCSB in 1949. At UCSB, he was Professor of Botany where he taught plant anatomy and plant morphology until April 1, 1984. Moseley researched wood and floral anatomy as they related to the evolution of and relationship between flowering plants. He was an expert in the floral structure of water lilies and published extensively on them. He was also co-author with William Purves of Botany in the Laboratory, published in 1974. During his career he advised seven doctoral students and was known for his interest and enthusiasm in his students' work. The Botanical Society of America established the Maynard F. Moseley Award in 1995 to honor a career of dedicated teaching, scholarship, and service to the furtherance of the botanical sciences. Moseley passed away in 2003 at the age of 85.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the papers in this collection are teaching materials related to plant anatomy and morphology courses Moseley taught at UCSB. The series Research and Publications is an artificial group of items, ranging from a notebook used during Moseley's wartime service as a lab technician to a National Science Foundation grant report. Also included are collection notes for plant specimens Moseley collected in California which correspond to his chart on Garrya. The Plant Anatomy Drawings consist of about 200 pen and pencil drawings made mostly by Moseley when he was an undergraduate studying botany.


    The collection is organized into five series: Series 1 Correspondence; Series 2 Research and Publications; Series 3 Plant Anatomy Drawings; Series 4 Teaching Materials; and Series 5 Biographical.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Botanists--North America
    Plant anatomy
    Moseley, Maynard F.
    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Separated Material

    A large reprint collection has been transfered to the Herbarium reprint files. Copies of the doctoral dissertations of Moseley's students have been transfered to the library and are listed in the library online catalog.