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California Botanic Garden
1500 N College Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Phone: (909) 625-8767
Fax: (909) 626-7670
Email: info@calbg.org
Physical collections: 13
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Botanical artwork and photography collection

The collection consists of watercolor paintings of California native plants by Ruth Brunstetter; lithograph prints of Australian and New Guinean birds by John Gould; watercolor paintings of California native birds by Mary Anna Barker; lantern slides of California native plants...

Botanical illustrations for Philip A. Munz publications

The collection consists of original black-and-white botanical illustrations for multiple books by Philip A. Munz on the flora of California. Artists include Dick Beasley, Thomas Craig, Rodman Cross, Jeanne Janish, Shue-Huei Liao, Richard J. Shaw, Stephen Tillett, Milford Zornes, and...

Bramlet (Dave) papers

The collection contains the project files of botanist Dave Bramlet for his biological consulting work in Southern California from the 1980s until 2017, including field notes, maps, draft and final reports, and digital files. The collection also includes color slides...

California Botanic Garden records

The California Botanic Garden records document the history and activities of the garden from its founding in Orange County in 1927 as Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden by Susanna Bixby Bryant. The collection includes historical information about the Bixby Bryant...

Ewan (Joseph) files for a flora of the San Gabriel Mountains

The collection consists of a manuscript, notes, and transparencies and negatives compiled around 1942 by American botanist Joseph Ewan (1909-1999) for an unpublished flora of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California, and a small biographical file on Ewan.

Field notebook collection

The collection consists of the original field notebooks and photocopied field notes of multiple botanists from the 1920s to 2010s, mostly affiliated with California Botanic Garden and related to their plant collections throughout California and other regions.

Fox (Clara Mason) botanical illustrations

The collection contains watercolor illustrations of California native plants by schoolteacher and artist Clara Mason Fox that were made in the Silverado Canyon area of Orange County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also includes a...

Jones (Marcus E.) papers

The collection consists of photographic materials, correspondence, diaries, publications, and manuscripts by American botanist and geologist Marcus E. Jones.

Lenz (Lee W.) amate collection

The collection contains Mexican amate paper crafts, objects associated with the manufacturing of amate paper, other traditional Mexican handicrafts, and reference materials on papermaking. The collection was assembled by Lee W. Lenz, former director of California Botanic Garden.

Moran (Reid) correspondence files

The collection contains the correspondence of botanist Reid Moran, primarily from his years as curator at the San Diego Natural History Museum from 1957 to 1982. The collection also includes a small number of reprints, notes, and plant lists.

Payne (Theodore) collection

The collection contains Theodore Payne nursery catalogs; pricelists; plant and seed lists; articles and pamphlets authored by Payne for magazines and newsletters; and correspondence with Susanna Bixby Bryant and staff of California Botanic Garden.

Purdy (Carl) collection

The collection consists of about ninety sales catalogs for Carl Purdy’s nursery in Ukiah, California, which specialized in the cultivation of native California plants and bulbs. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence between Purdy and his customers,...

Thorne (Robert F.) papers

The collection comprises the professional papers of plant taxonomist Robert F. Thorne (1920-2015), who served as herbarium curator and botany faculty at California Botanic Garden [Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden] and Claremont Graduate University from 1962 until 1987. The collection...