In 1885, through a combination of funding from the Harvard Botanical Museum and the Gray Herbarium, Pringle was hired to begin cataloging the plants of Mexico, because little botanical work had ever been done there. This work would continue over the next 26 years, years in which he ended up botanizing 21 of the 27 states of Mexico. On his trips to and from Mexico, Pringle always made a point to take different routes; he was thus able to further enrich his collections as he passed through a diversity of terrains in both the U.S. and Mexico.
By the time Pringle passed away in 1911, the botanical work he had done was astounding. He had distributed to various herbaria (including his own), some 500,000 sheets of about 20,000 species. These include 29 genera new to science, 1,200 new species, 100 new varieties, and 4 new combinations, more than almost any other collector. At the time of his death, Pringle Herbarium included approximately 155,000 sheets: a combination of his own collections and the rich diversity of materials he received in exchange. Among the institutions from which Pringle received exchange materials are the British Museum, Berlin, Kew Gardens, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Calcutta and also French, Swiss, Austrian and South African herbaria.
Ezra Brainerd Collection
(Middlebury College Herbarium):
Brainerd, a past president of Middlebury
College, was a plant systematist specializing in
the difficult genera Cretaegus, Viola,
and Rubus. The vouchers for his
research on these genera, along with a
high-quality general herbarium from New England
and New York, formed the basis for the
Middlebury College Herbarium. In 1950,
Middlebury College transferred 3,000 sheets,
including all of Brainerd's collections and
about 100 types, to Pringle Herbarium.
Nellie F. Flynn Collection (Goddard College Herbarium): Nellie Flynn was a prominent Vermont botanist and author of a revision of The Flora of Vermont; she was active in the early 1900s. She assembled an impressive collection of plants from the Burlington, Vermont area, and at the suggestion of L.R. Jones, wrote the Flora of Burlington and Vicinity: A List of the Fern and Seed Plants Growing Without Cultivation. She was an invested and productive plant collector, documenting not only the local flora but assembling collections from Massachusetts, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Canada, Cuba, the Bahamas, Switzerland, England, France, Italy and Morocco. Her collections from Nantucket, Massachusetts are among her largest and serve as baseline information for stewardship and systematic work on the Sand Islands at the Wisconsin terminal moraine. In 1956, Pringle Herbarium acquired the Nellie Flynn Herbarium holdings from Goddard College as a permanent loan. This increased the holdings of Pringle Herbarium by another 22,700 specimens.
A. Charette Collection: Leopold Charette
served as assistant curator to Vogelmann and Seymour
the late 1950s through 1970. During his tenure, he made substantial collections in Japan and China (Pringle Herbarium holds ca. 5,300 of his sheets); he also developed an exchange program to accession a diverse set of additional plants from the same region. Charette was equally important in the task of making most of the sheets in Pringle Herbarium accessible and available for study. Furthermore, we are indebted to Mr. Charette for organizing the voluminous Pringle archival materials.
Bates College Herbarium: In 1981, Pringle Herbarium purchased the herbarium collection from Bates College (BCL), an acquisition of about 20,000 sheets (Index Herbariorum is incorrect). A substantial portion of this collection has since been integrated into Pringle Herbarium. The Bates collection includes documentation of the flora of Maine as well as apparent exchange materials from the Gray Herbarium and the New York Botanical Gardens. It also has strong representation of the European flora.
was a professional biologist with a broad
diversity of interests across the kingdoms of
living things. He ran both a botanical
consultant business and a horticultural
for many years, he specialized in peonies out of his home in Northfield, Vermont. Bill was a life-long collector; his personal herbarium of about 15,000 sheets, with a strong regional focus on Vermont and adjacent New York, was donated to the Pringle Herbarium by his wife, Anne, in 2006. The abundant duplicates in this collection were distributed widely in exchange in the following four years.
Peter F. Zika Collection: Peter Zika received his undergraduate degree in botany at the University of Vermont in 1983. He is currently a botanist for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon. During his time as an undergraduate and in the several years thereafter he made a substantial investment in documenting and improving our collections of the Vermont flora. His original interest was in the alpine flora: he was the first person since Pringle to certify the occurrence of many of the rarer species at high altitudes in Vermont. His interests broadened to include the flora of the entire state, and working together with Jerry Jenkins, a productive consultant systematist here, has developed a high-quality checklist for the flora of Vermont based on modern circumscription of species. This work continues to be an interest of Zika's in spite of his geographical separation from us. There are some 7,500 sheets of mounted Zika material at the herbarium and an additional 2,000 awaiting accession.
Collections: Numerous smaller collections,
especially of Vermont botanists, have been
incorporated into the Pringle Herbarium, including
materials from David Barrington (complete), Maude
Chisholm, Hugo Churchill (complete), Conzatti,
Dutton, Eggleston, M.L. Fernald, Arthur Gilman,
L.R. Jones, Munroe, Henry Perkins, Henry Potter
Steven R. Hill Collection: Dr. Steven R. Hill is a botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, with research interests in the systematics of the Malvaceae, the flora of Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, the floristics of the eastern U.S. and the threatened and endangered vascular plants of Illinois. He has held several herbarium positions, including Curator of the University of Maryland (MARY) and Clemson University (CLEMS) herbaria. Dr. Hill is an extraordinarily active collector in an era of decreased emphasis on documenting flora, with over 35,000 lifetime numbers. He has chosen the Pringle Herbarium as the permanent repository for The Hill Herbarium (SRH), which has already led to adding substantially (20,000+) to our New World temperate and tropical holdings, with recent high-quality documentation of the flora from throughout the region. Dr. Hill has expressed a desire to donate his extensive library and remaining collections to our herbarium.