V. 1933-1939: Connecticut Agricultural College becomes
Connecticut State College
for the Connecticut State College
b. The "Connecticut
Statesmen" survived for a year before being replaced by
the Husky mascot and team name
c. Torrey was the only botanist in the
department during this period.
from the Herbarium of [the] Connecticut
VI. 1939-present: The University of Connecticut is established
for the University of Connecticut
b. in 1948, the herbarium contained about 16,663 specimens, a
number too low to be included among the major herbaria.
1. The founding date
also was erroneously
given as 1915, when it actually was established by
Ballou in 1897.
Torrey also attributed the first major collections to
"Peterson", who actually was "Patterson". Difficulty
reading herbarium labels can
cause many discrepancies.
c. Torrey began a campaign to increase the
herbarium holdings so that the collection could be listed by
acronym in Index Herbariorum 1. Acquisitions
from K. P. Jansson &
A. W. Driggs added more than 6,000 specimens.
2. Specimens from J. F. Collins added
nearly 3,000 sheets to the herbarium
3. Since 1940, Torrey's
primary objective was to acquire the collection of local
botanist E. H. Eames,
who possessed nearly 30,000
Torrey's dream became a
reality in 1948, when the University finally acquired
However, no acronym was
assigned in 1948, pending the accessioning of the new
4. The first CONN acronym labels
appear on specimens from 1949 (but may have been added later -
the date is April 1st!!)
Camp joined the department in 1953 and eventually became
Torrey's successor in charge of the herbarium.
e. Camp was succeeded in 1963 by Howard Pfeifer, who
added more than 1,500 of his own specimens.
f. Following Pfeifer's retirement, the
herbarium was supervised for 4 years by Robert K. Jansen.
g. After Jansen left for Texas in 1991, Kent Holsinger became
interim director of CONN until 1992.
h. CONN's 100,000th specimen was
accessioned in 1992, based on an earlier estimate.
Les joined the EEB faculty in 1992 and also was
appointed Director of the CONN Herbarium.
a. The "top 10" contributors to
the CONN herbarium as of 2013.
b. Some major recent
acquisitions were from Jesup
(2002) and The Delta
c. The collection
contains a number of historical
d. Phase I of the
databasing project was slow to develop.
e. Phase II: Substantial
progress was made when A.
Doran became collection manager and BG-Base was
f. Phase III:
Significant progress continued when Robert Capers was hired as
Andy Doran's replacement.
substantial NSF Grant
during this time brought the database plans to fruition.
1. CONN currently has more than 170,000
(data) and imaged at high resolution; all data are
available through various web portals.
2. The NSF grant provided training for more than
50 students in various
aspects of collections management.
3. The databse project runed up some
surprises, including specimens collected by Henry David
a. We arranged for a
Thoreau specimen to become our 100,000th databased
b. One specimen matched
an entry in Thoreau's
c. Discovery of the
Thoreau material in 2010 was widely publicized.
The discovery was publicized by NSF
The CONN herbarium organized a special lecture to
celebrate the discovery and acknowledge the work of the
recently late L. J.
a. Les Mehrhoff's field books
b. Edwin Eame's field notes
g. The work is not over -
CONN accessions have doubled
in the past 20 years.
h. How we use the CONN
1. GBIF provider (also
iDigBio, BG-base multisite, Consortium of Northeastern
2. Global initiatives
VII. Thanks to all!!