The Vanderbilt University Collection at BRIT

Specimens belonging to the Vanderbilt University Collection (VDB) at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

The VDB Herbarium was founded at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) in 1935 by professors of Biology George Gage and Harold Bold. In the 1940s and 50s the curatorship went to Dr. Elsie Quarterman, then on to Dr. R. Ben Channell. In 1965, Dr. Robert Kral inherited the herbarium of approximately 20,000 specimens and concentrated on developing the collections from Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, as well as the following taxonomic groups: sedges, xyrids, and grasses. In 1996 a memorandum of understanding was signed between Vanderbilt University and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), permanently transferring the VDB collection to BRIT in 1997. It is a priority to digitize these specimens, thus making them available to botanists for studies of the flora of the southeastern United States.

How to Participate

This project has the following active expeditions:

Expeditions % Complete Join In
The Vanderbilt University Collection at BRIT - 2nd expedition   14.89% Notes From Nature V2  
Ferns of the Southeast United States - From the VDB Collection at BRIT   0.00% Notes From Nature V2  
Euphorbiacea from the VDB Collection at BRIT Processing has not been started.
Ferns of the Southeast United States, 2nd Expedition - From the VDB Collection at BRIT Processing has not been started.
Organization
Botanical Research Institute of Texas 
Contact
Jason Best 
Contact Title
Chief Mobilizer 
Organization Website
http://www.brit.org
Project Partners
The Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) 
Funding Source
National Science Foundation under award #410069. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 
Incentives
Learn about plants of the southeastern United States and make a significant contribution to science. 
Geographic Scope
Southeastern United States 
Taxonomic Scope
Various vascular plant families 
Temporal Scope
20th and 21st century 
Language Skills Required
None 
Keywords
Vanderbilt University, Kral, Quarterman, Gage, Bold, , VDB, BRIT 
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