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Nearly 60,000 mounted plant specimens reside in metal cases in Smith's Herbarium in Burton Hall. The dried and pressed plant remains, many dating from the 1800s, were collected locally, regionally, and globally, and document certain changes in these flora over time.

The Herbarium:

  • Serves as a reference collection for checking the identities of plants collected in scientific studies.
  • Provides material to aid teaching of courses in plant science.
  • Is a historical archive complementing another great Smith resource, the Mortimer Rare Book Room and its collection of early herbals.
  • Provides a source of materials for botanical illustration.

"Known to few members of the community, relatively minor in its scope (the total Harvard collections number well over three million specimens), certainly not striking in its habiliments, the Herbarium is nonetheless one of the small inner institutions which help preserve the too frequently forgotten function of the College as one source and repository of culture and knowledge, a prop, as such, if only a small one, of our often-shaky human enterprise." --Excerpt from an illustrated memoir,The Herbarium of Smith College, by C. John Burk,copyright 1973 by Smith College.

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Last updated on Thursday, March 28, 2002.