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William Conklin Cusick Papers, 1906-1924

Overview of the Collection

Cusick, William Conklin
William Conklin Cusick Papers
1906-1924 (inclusive)
1 container., (.5 linear feet of shelf space.), (24 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 316
Drafts of botanical surveys, ca. 1900-1910; field books and catalogs of botanical collections in the Wallowa and Blue Mountains area of Oregon; correspondence with C.V. Piper; and a biographical sketch of Cusick by W.W. Eggleston.
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Additional Reference Guides

Northwest Botanical Manuscripts: An Indexed Register of the Papers, 1867-1957, of William Nikolaus Suksdorf, William Conklin Cusick, Charles Vancouver Piper, Rolla Kent Beattie, and Harold St. John. Pullman: Washington State University, 1976. This guide includes a detailed correspondence index. A PDF version is available in the WSU Research Exchange.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William C. Cusick was born in Illinois in 1842 and emigrated to Oregon while a youth. He had a modest "collegiate" education and worked as a teacher for a time. Most of his adult life he spent as a rancher in the area of the Wallowa Mountains. He began botanical collecting and distribution sometime in the 1870s, encouraged by Harvard’s Asa Gray. Most of his plants came from the area of the Wallowa and Blue Mountains and were arranged in two successive herbariums, one of which he transferred to the University of Oregon, while the second went to Washington State University.

Encouraged by C. V. Piper, Cusick’s second herbarium project included extensive and exhaustive botanical surveys of the area in the two mountain ranges. Unlike his earlier efforts, this second phase did not include large distributions of plants. Cusick died in 1922.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Cusick’s extant papers consist primarily of his field books, which doubled as the catalog for the second herbarium, and the draft list of the floral surveys he conducted about 1910. A few surviving items of correspondence are included.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 316, William Conklin Cusick Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Correspondence, letters from C. V. Piper, 1914-1921Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

3 items.

Biographical Sketch of Cusick by Willard W. Eggleston, 1924Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 2

1 item.

A Catalogue of Grasses of Eastern Oregon, 1908Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3

1 item.

A List, From Memory, of the Plants to be Seen Near at Hand in Crossing the Canyon of the Immaha Near its Source, 1911Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 4

3 items.

An Annotated List of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of Northeastern Oregon: Wallawa, Union, Baker and Umatilla Counties, 1909Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 5

2 items.

Distribution of Characteristic Alpine and Hudsonian Plants of the Wallowa Mountains, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 6

2 items.

Distribution of Characteristic Alpine and Hudsonian Plants of the Wallowa Mountains, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 7

2 items.

Field Books/Catalogs, 1906-1916Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Specimen Number 2739-2783
Specimen Number 3060-3145
Specimen Number 3150-3339
Specimen Number 3340-3420
Specimen Number 1(3509) - 51 (3560)
Specimen Number 3422-3709
Specimen Number 3710-4038
Specimen Number 4039-4241
Specimen Number 4242-4435
Specimen Number 4436-4522
Specimen Number 4546-4783
Specimen Number 4604-4883
Specimen Number 4884-4935