Preliminary Guide to the Francis Marion Ownbey papers
MSSM.004

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Ownbey, Francis Marion, 1910-
Title
Francis Marion Ownbey papers
ID
MSSM.004
Date [inclusive]
1940s-1960s
Extent
4.5 Linear feet 5
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use: MS.1981.43: 2-2-28-6; MS.1982.53: 2-5-7-3; MS.1985.06: 2-2-2-4)
Language
English
Languages
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Francis Marion Ownbey (1910-1974) was a Professor in the Department of Botany at Washington State University from 1939 to 1974. Dr. Ownbey received his Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science from the University of Wyoming, in 1935 and 1936 respectively, and his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1939. Dr. Ownbey became a well known botanist for his research on the new species Tragopogon, which led to receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship to study Tragopogon in its native habitat, and several international research trips. The WSU herbarium was renamed the Marion Ownbey Herbarium in 1974.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains research materials of Dr. Francis Marion Ownbey (1910-1974), who was a Professor in the Department of Botany at Washington State University from 1939 to 1974. The collection consists of research materials pertaining to Tragopogon, north Idaho weeds, Glen Canyon Plants, seed fertility, vascular plants of the Northwest, and plant collection in the Palouse. The collection contains notes, newspaper clippings, photographs and negatives, lantern slides, and copies of articles by Ownbey and other botanists. Additionally, the collection includes maps and graphs.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It consists of multiple accessions received between 1981 and 1985: MS.1981.43, MS.1982.53, MS.1985.06. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Collection was transferred from the Herbarium to Washington State University Libraries in 1981, 1982, and 1985. This is an unprocessed collection with multiple accessions.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Francis Marion Ownbey Papers (Cage 320) http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/finders/cg320.htm; Botanical papers (Cage 53) http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/finders/cg53.htm; Carl William Sharsmith Papers (Cage 113) http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/finders/cg113.htm

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ownbey, Francis Marion, 1910-

Subject(s)

  • Botany
  • Plant taxonomy
  • Tragopogon

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