Digital Collections


Staff are working to create digital records of the over 5 million specimens in the Harvard University Herbaria to include in the Index of Botanical Specimens Specify 6 database. Approximately 100,000 specimens correspond to type specimens of vascular plants and mosses. Also included are fungi, lichens, bryophytes, and algae.


The Botanist Database contains authors of botanical names, collectors of botanical specimens, and authors of botanical publications.


The Herbaria maintain an index of botanical and cryptogamic publications for the purpose of verifying publication names in the Specimen Database and the Gray Index. It is a unique compendium of bibliographic references for books, journals, and exsiccatae, dependent primarily on the standard print sources for botanical literature.