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  • Related Materials
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
    Title: Reid Moran Collection
    Creator: Moran, Reid (Reid Venable), 1916-2010
    Identifier/Call Number: LA.1993.1220
    Physical Description: 11.0 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1982
    Abstract: The Reid Moran Collection consists of botanical research material including field notes, manuscripts, and reprints. In addition, the collection includes biographical information on Moran and one oral history interview (audio tape).

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of four series of research files maintained by botanist Reid Moran, Curator of Botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Series 1 includes Moran's original field notebooks, and other research notes arranged by subject in folders. Series 2 includes four boxes of manuscripts by Moran. Series 3 consists of four boxes of reprints arranged in numbered folders (not alphabetical). Series 4 contains biographical material about Moran and and includes an oral history interview of Moran conducted in 1998.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Reid Venable Moran (1916–2010) was the curator of botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum from 1957 to 1982. Born in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 1916, he attended Stanford University (B.A. 1939) and Cornell University (M.S. 1942), before wartime service as a navigator in the Army Air Corps (1942-1946). Moran completed his Ph.D. in Botany at the University of California, Berkeley in 1951. He returned to Cornell and worked at the Bailey Hortorium before joining the San Diego Natural History Museum in 1957. Moran specialized in the systematics of the Crassulaceae (the stonecrop family) and was a well-known expert on succulents and especially the genus Dudleya. His published works include The Flora of Guadalupe Island, the treatment of the Crassulaceae for the Flora of North America (Vol. 8, published in 2009), The Grasses of Baja California, Mexico (1981, with Frank W. Gould), and The Vascular Flora of Isla Socorro, Mexico (1989, with Geoffrey A. Levin) in addition to a large number of technical research papers on the floristics of the Baja California peninsula. Moran died on January 21, 2010 in Lake County, California.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment. Contact the Research Library Director, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright may be reserved. Consult the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library Director for more information.

    Related Materials

    Moran's field notebooks have been digitized and indexed by the Botany Department. The Flora of Baja California (BajaFlora.org).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Reid Moran Collection (LA 1993.1220). Research Library, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Processing Information

    This is an unprocessed collection in the archives of the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library; not all of the contents of this collection have been fully inventoried. Please consult the Library Director.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Belvedere Scientific Fund--Expedition
    Botany -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
    Botany -- Research
    Plants -- Mexico -- Guadalupe Island
    Field notes
    Gilmore, Raymond M. (Raymond Maurice), 1907-1983
    Harbison, Charles F. (Charles Francis), 1904-1989
    Higgins, Ethel Bailey, 1866-1963
    Klauber, Laurence M. (Laurence Monroe), 1883-1968