Gustav L. Wittrock Records (RG4)

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Collectors: Wittrock, Gustav Ludwig, 1895-1954.
Title: Gustav L. Wittrock Records (RG4)
Dates: 1937-1945
Quantity: .25 linear feet; 1 box
Call Phrase: Wittrock (RG4)

Biography of Gustav L. Wittrock

Gustave L. Wittrock (1895-1954) was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 3rd 1895 and died in New York, NY on April 1, 1954. Wittrock attended Grinnell College and received his AB in 1924 and his MA in 1927. After that he worked as an assistant in the botany departments at Johns Hopkins, Grinnell, the University of Washington and the University of Chicago until 1930 when he began work at the New York Botanical Garden where he stayed until his death in 1954. At the Garden he served as a Docent, the Custodian of the Herbarium (1935-1944) and Assistant Curator of Education.

Scope and Content

The collection documents Wittrock’s research on the food, dye and medicinal plants of the American Indian. The collection contains correspondence, and research and lecture notes. The collection is arranged in two series.


The collection is organized into seven series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 1937-1945. Arranged alphabetically.
Series 2: Research and Lecture Notes. 1937-1945. Arranged alphabetically.


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.
Wittrock, Gustave L., b. 1895.
Dye Plants--North America.
Indians of North America--Ethnobotany--New York (State).
Indians of North America--Ethnobotany.
Indians of North America--Food.
Indians of North America--Medicine.
New York Botanical Garden Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gustave L.Wittrock Records (RG4), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was transferred to the Archives of the New York Botanical Garden.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist, June 1999, 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:

Contains letters to and from Wittrock pertaining to his work on the food plants of the American Indian while he was working as the Custodian of the Herbarium from 1937-1945.

Folder Title Date
1.1 A-L 1937-1942
1.2 M-W 1937-1945

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Series 2. Research and Lecture Notes.

Scope and Content:

Contains research notes, lectures and slide lists mostly pertaining to his talks on the food plants of the America Indian.

Folder Title Date
1.3 A list of localities of various species collected in Mexico and Guatemala of the Genera ca. 1937-1945
1.4 Amorpha and Lonchocarpus ca. 1937-1945
1.5 American Indian Food Plants. Lecture notes. ca. 1937-1945
1.6 Dye and Paint plants of the American Indian. Lecture notes. ca. 1937-1945
1.7 Index to Synonyms to Aplopappus ca. 1937-1945
1.8 Indian Herbs and Medicinal plants ca. 1937-1945
1.9 Plants used by the American Indians in the Vicinity of New York ca. 1937-1945

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