Jeanne R. Janish Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Janish, Jeanne R., 1902-1998.
Title: Jeanne R. Janish Papers (PP)
Dates: 1902-1998
Quantity: 1. 5 linear feet; 3 boxes
Call Phrase: Janish (PP)

Biography of Jeanne R. Janish

Jeanne R. Janish was born on October 20th 1902, in Iowa. As a youngster she spent summers with her grandparents in Minnehaha above Manitou, Colorado where she became acquainted with Dr. Frederick and Edith Clements who were working in the "Alpine Laboratory" of the University of Minnesota's Botany Department. There she learned the scientific names of many plants of the Rocky Mt. Region.

She attended Vassar College as a Latin major and graduated in 1924. She took a masters degree in Geology at Stanford where she was asked by her Paleontology professor, Dr. James Perrin Smith, to illustrate his monograph on Permian Ammonites of Timor. This was the catalyst for her career in botanical illustration.

In early 1929 she went to China with her cousin, to become a rug designer with a rug company in Peking. There she met her husband Carl, who after serving in the marines stayed on in Peking to work at the New York Times. They married and stayed there until 1934. Upon their return to the States, they chose to move to Nevada, where Carl, an expert engineer, found building opportunities and Jeanne could continue her drawing.

From 1927-1974 Janish prepared illustrations for thirty-two major books plus many short papers, articles and booklets.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence between Janish and the numerous publishers and authors that she worked with as well as letters to students of botanical illustration seeking her advice on drawing techniques, as well as many of her sketches and drawings. The sketches and drawings have been removed from the archives and are located in the Art and Illustration Collection.

This collection is arranged in three series and spans her career from 1948-1980.


The collection is organized into seven series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 1948-1980. Arranged in two series.
Series 2: Subject Files. Arranged alphabetically.
Series 3: Artwork. Arranged by plate number.


Access restrictions

This collection is open for research with permission from Mertz Library staff.


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be submitted in writing to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Janish, Jeanne R., 1902-1998.
Botanical Illustration--Pacific Coast (North America).
Botanical Illustration--Southwest, New.

Related Material

New York Botanical Garden

ART-- Edith Clements

ART-- Intermountain Flora

Seperated Material

The sketches and drawings have been removed from the archives and are located in the Art and Illustration Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jeanne R. Janish (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of material was transmitted to Charles R. Long, from Jeanne Janish on February 13, 1981. Additional material has been sent from J. Janish to Pat Holmgren and forwarded to the archives.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist, August 2000, with grant funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA-23141-98). Converted into EAD in June 2006 by Kathleene Konkle under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA 50678-04).

Container List


Series 1. Correspondence.

Scope and Content:

Incoming and outgoing correspondence from students interested in botanical illustration and letters to and from publishers and authors regarding the illustrations prepared for publication.

Folder Title Date
1.1 List of publications illustrated by Jeanne Janish ca. 1948-1980
1.2 California Mountain Wildflowers ca. 1948-1980
1.3 Death Valley Wildflowers. 2nd edition. ca. 1948-1980
1.4 Death Valley Wildflowers. 1st edition ca. 1948-1980
1.5 Eureka Dunes ca. 1948-1980
1.6 Flora of Galapagos Island and Vascular Plants of Baja California. ca. 1948-1980
1.7 Flora of New Mexico. ca. 1948-1980
1.8 Flora of the Pacific Northeast. An Illustrated Manual. ca. 1948-1980
1.9 Flowers and Ferns of Muir Woods. ca. 1948-1980
1.10 Flowers of Point Reyes National Seashore ca. 1948-1980
1.11 Guide to Southwestern Shrubs ca. 1948-1980
1.12 Illustrated Flora of the Pacific States. Preparatory notes. ca. 1948-1980
1.13 Intermountain Flora ca. 1948-1980
1.14 Island Life and Hawaii ca. 1948-1980
1.15 Manual of the Genus Carex in Mexico and Central America ca. 1948-1980
1.16 Native Shrubs of the Sierra Nevada ca. 1948-1980
1.17 Owen Valley Flora ca. 1948-1980
1.18 Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Uplands ca. 1948-1980
1.19 Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Uplands ca. 1948-1980
1.20 Threatened and Endangered Plants of Nevada. ca. 1948-1980
1.21 Trilogy: Flowers of the Southwest Dessert, Flowers of the Mesas, Flowers of the Mountains ca. 1948-1980
1.21 Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest ca. 1948-1980
1.23 Flora of the Pacific Northwest: An illustrated Manual ca. 1948-1980
2.1 Allen, Leland ca. 1948-1980
2.2 Barneby, Rubert ca. 1948-1980
2.3 Blackwelder, Eliot ca. 1948-1980
2.4 Carver, Wm. ca. 1948-1980
2.5 Dodge, Natt ca. 1948-1980
2.6 Holmgren, Pat ca. 1948-1980
2.7 Keck, David ca. 1948-1980
2.8 King, Dale ca. 1948-1980
2.9 Motobu, Di Anne ca. 1948-1980
2.10 Paivinen, Kathy ca. 1948-1980
2.11 Pennell, Francis W. ca. 1948-1980
2.12 Reveal, James ca. 1948-1980
2.13 Simpson, Dave ca. 1948-1980
2.14 Thorne, Kaye ca. 1948-1980
2.15 Trexler, Keith ca. 1948-1980
2.16 Williams, Margaret ca. 1948-1980
2.17 Unidentified ca. 1948-1980

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Series 2. Subject files.

Scope and Content:

Contains autobiographical information about Janish, scientific keys, and correspondence on the transfer of artwork and letters to the NYBG archives.

Folder Title Date
2.18 Autobiographical and biographical material. ca. 1948-1980
2.19 Angell, Bobbi ca. 1948-1980
2.20 Holmgren, Pat ca. 1948-1980
2.21 Long, Bob ca. 1948-1980
2.22 Reed, John ca. 1948-1980
2.23 Genera Keys and generic descriptions. Pennell ca. 1948-1980
2.24 Index to Plates. ca. 1948-1980
2.25 Publications illustrated by Jeanne Russell Janish ca. 1948-1980

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Series 3. Artwork.

Scope and Content:

Contains sketches and pen and ink drawings for many of publications Janish illustrated.

Box Title
3 Plates 1-156, New Mexico
3 Plates 162-167, Coachella, CA
3 Plates 168-171, Short Canyon, CA
3 Plates 172-177, Ridgecrest, CA
3 Plates 178-180, Johnsondale, CA
3 Plates 213-228, High Sierra
3 Plates 229, Las Vegas & vicinity
3 Plates 255-257, Idaho
3 Plates 287-424, Death Valley
3 Plates 425-532, Muir Woods
3 Plates 534-587, Munz, Sierra
3 Plates 588-621, Muir Woods
3 Plates 622-646, Sierra (Silver Lake)
3 Plates 649-720, Point Reyes
3 Misc, Muir Woods

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