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of the one camp, and to painters, philosophers, poets, the vast spectrum of the other. The herbarium and the botanic garden, archive and living assemblages of species, act as common grounds where both spheres of interest may be pursued and shared to some degree. 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.

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Herbarium