Fieldwork, while extremely important to the study of botany, is not always pleasant. Botanists put themselves in many difficult situations when going into the field to collect. They face dangerous terrain, unpredictable weather, annoying insects, uncomfortable travel conditions, and exposure to disease.. Botanists venture into new territories, scale giant trees, hang off rocky cliffs, and even dive underwater in search of new plants.
The Botany Libraries photograph collection holds more than 1,500 images of botanists and their families, the exploration for and collection of specimens, plants of economic importance, and group portraits of assemblies at botanical meetings.
This collection includes correspondence related to mycological research and Farlow Herbarium business; manuscripts of some of White's articles; photographs of specimens related to White's research and articles; charts and graphs showing results of experiments; and course materials, research notes, and other papers related to his own school work, courses he taught, his research, and his involvement in professional organizations.