Digitizing Engelmann's Legacy:
Providing Web Access To Plant Specimens & Literature Documenting the Great American Frontier
The Missouri Botanical Garden has digitized and created an online public display of the Engelmann Herbarium of plant specimens and associated literature references, freely available for use at http://www.tropicos.org/project/engelmann. The more than 9,000 specimens gathered during pioneering expeditions into the American West following those of Lewis and Clark are the first scientific records of the plants growing in the vast wilderness west of the Mississippi River.
The project has also digitized more than 100 volumes of published works resulting from the expeditions, which are presented here for free online public access. Browse the Engelmann Collection