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William Conklin Cusick Papers, 1906-1924

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Cusick, William Conklin
Title
William Conklin Cusick Papers
Dates
1906-1924 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 container., (.5 linear feet of shelf space.), (24 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 316
Summary
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.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library 5610
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
Languages
English

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
Folder
7
Specimen Number 2739-2783
8
Specimen Number 3060-3145
9
Specimen Number 3150-3339
10
Specimen Number 3340-3420
11
Specimen Number 1(3509) - 51 (3560)
12
Specimen Number 3422-3709
13
Specimen Number 3710-4038
14
Specimen Number 4039-4241
15
Specimen Number 4242-4435
16
Specimen Number 4436-4522
17
Specimen Number 4546-4783
18
Specimen Number 4604-4883
19
Specimen Number 4884-4935