Preliminary Guide to the Amy Gilmartin Papers
MSSM.081

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Gilmartin, Amy Jean
Title
Amy Jean Gilmartin papers
ID
MSSM.081
Date [inclusive]
circa 1960-1989
Extent
32.0 Linear feet 32 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use): MS.1990.38, 2-9-1-2; MS.1990.46, 2-8-22-6.
Language
English
Languages
Materials are in English and Spanish.

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Biographical/Historical note

Amy Jean Gilmartin (1932-1989) served as the director of the Marion Ownbey Herbarium at Washington State University from 1975 until her death in 1989. Gilmartin earned her bachelor's degree from Pomona College, and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Hawaii. Prior to taking the director position, Gilmartin taught biology at Monterey Peninsula College in California, served as a research associate for the Smithsonian Institution from 1969-1970, and chaired the botany department at the University of Guayaquil in Ecuador from 1962 to 1964. She was an authority on tropical and sub-tropical plants, and published more than 75 articles about her research.

The herbarium under her direction made use of new technologies. Gilmartin received a grant from the National Science Foundation to install a compact storage system, which allowed the expansion of the herbarium collection without requiring additional building space. As an early advocate of the use of computer technologies in systematics, Gilmartin installed a computer system in the herbarium in 1976 that could be used for record-keeping and label-making. The collection expanded in new directions under her leadership. Her interest and fieldwork in the tropics led to the acquisition of plants from those regions. Her research emphasized Bromeliaceae and the herbarium acquired a significant bromeliad collection during her tenure as director.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of research data, notes, correspondence, grant files, photographs, and other materials related to Amy Gilmartin's research on various topics, including Tillandsia, Bromeliaceae, the flora of Baja California, and plant genetics. Gilmartin used computer technology to build and analyze research data, and this is reflected in the collection (for example, Fortran coding sheets).

MS.1990.38 (26 boxes) contains research data, correspondence, reports, grant materials, catalog cards (specimens, species), field trip files, a 1980 curriculum vitae (box 8), photographs, collected reference materials, Gilmartin's master's thesis and Ph.D. dissertation, and other materials related to Gilmartin's research, teaching, and administrative activities.

MS.1990.46 (6 boxes) contains correspondence, grant files, index cards (bibliography and plant species), and photographs.

A preliminary inventory is available for this collection. Please contact the repository for more information.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

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

Access

Advance review by MASC staff is required prior to use by researchers. Please contact the repository for more information.

Acquisition Information

The Ownbey Herbarium at Washington State University transferred these materials to the WSU Libraries in two installments in 1990 (MS.1990.38, MS.1990.46).

Collection Processing Information

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Occupation(s)

  • Scientists -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Botanists -- Archives

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