This accession consists primarily of the professional correspondence of Dan H. Nicolson, botanist, U.S. National Herbarium, National Museum of Natural History. Materials also include picture postcards, serials, black-and-white photographs, and brochures.
Dan Henry Nicolson (1933-2016) was a curator at the U.S. National Herbarium, National Museum of Natural History, from 1964 to 2005. He specialized in the plant family Araceae, Asian botany, and botanical nomenclature. Nicolson's field work took him to Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and China to collect plants. He served as nomenclature editor of the journal Taxon (1979-1999) and was a member of the editorial committee for the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (1981-2006). He was also an active member of the International Association of Plant Taxonomy, serving as president (1993-1999). Nicolson held a B.A. from Grinnell College (1955), a M.B.A. from Stanford Business School (1957), and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University (1959 and 1964).
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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