New York State Museum (NYS)

The vouchers for John Torrey's Flora of the State of New York (1843) formed the nucleus of the Herbarium. Because of the cultural and economic importance of the Albany-Troy area in the l9th century, the herbarium attracted collections of other early botanists, including Lewis Caleb Beck, Chester Dewey, H. P. Sartwell, Edward Tuckerman, the student Asa Gray, P. D. Kneiskern, and others. However, the bulk of the Herbarium is the result of the staff's collections and gifts and exchanges. Notable were the contributions of the first three state botanists, C. H. Peck, H. D. House, and E. C. Ogden, and the first designated curator, S. J. Smith.
Contact: Diana Murphy, Collection Manager, Vascular Plants (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 9 April 2021
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 9,461 occurrence
  • 283 (3%) georeferenced
  • 8,512 (90%) identified to species
  • 32 families
  • 45 genera
  • 590 species
  • 751 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics