We need your help! Transcribing specimens from the Ralph L. Thompson Herbarium at EKU (Part I)

Please help us transcribe our herbarium specimens!

The Ralph L. Thompson Herbarium contains approximately 22,000 specimens. Formerly located at Berea College, it is now permanently housed at Eastern Kentucky University alongside the Ronald L. Jones Herbarium. Together, these two herbaria contain over 100,000 specimens and are the largest collection in Kentucky, and the second largest in the Kentucky-Tennessee region (surpassed only by the University of Tennessee). ​Most specimens are from Kentucky and contiguous states, and nearly all specimens are of vascular plants. A number of important sets of specimens are housed at BEREA, including sets from several published floras, especially of surfaced mined lands. Important collectors include J. R. Abbott, R. A. Gelis, J. D. Pittillo, D. D. Taylor, R. L. Thompson.

How to Participate

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We need your help! Transcribing specimens from the Ralph L. Thompson Herbarium at EKU (Part I)   91.78% Notes From Nature V2  
Ronald L. Jones Herbarium 
Brad Ruhfel 
Contact Title
Herbarium Curator 
Organization Website
Project Partners
Kentucky Native Plant Society, The Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections, The Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event, and iDigBio, the US National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections. 
Funding Source
National Science Foundation under Award 1410077 and by funding provided by the Kentucky Native Plant Society. 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. 
Help make our specimen label data publicly available to plant enthusiasts and scientists. 
Geographic Scope
Kentucky, U.S.A. 
Taxonomic Scope
Vascular plants 
Temporal Scope
Language Skills Required
Online transcription of herbarium specimen labels at Notes from Nature (notesfromnature.org) 
Kentucky, plants, southeastern United States, biodiversity, transcription