History of the Herbarium
Establishment of the Herbarium
The Hollister Herbarium was unofficially created in 1930 when fern specialist Dr. Dorr R. Bartoo began assembling a collection of plant specimens for teaching. In fact, the oldest specimens in HTTU's collection were collected by Dr. Bartoo himself in 1924. Dr. Bartoo was the first Ph.D. to be appointed to Tennessee Tech's faculty in 1929. He was well loved by faculty and students; in 1930 he was even voted "Professor of Personality. " He served as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Tech until his death.
In 1996, Dr. Felix Coe took over as director and expanded the collected through extensive field collections throughout Tennessee. Wayne Barger served as curator from 2001-2006, and was followed by Dr. Christy Carter from 2006-2013. Dr. Shawn Krosnick has been director of the herbarium since 2013. The collection has grown by leaps and bounds since its initial creation in 1930. At present, there are ca. 40,000 specimens, with greatest strengths in species from the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee. It is our hope that the Hollister Herbarium will continue to grow over the next decade through increased specimen collections from Tennessee, surrounding states, and international locations.
- Anonymous. "Dr. Dorr R. Bartoo dies in Kentucky." Putnam County Herald [Cookeville, TN], 2 December 1943. Accessed from http://www.ajlambert.com/school/obt_drb.pdf
- Tennessee Flora Committee, 2015. Guide to the Vascular Plants of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press. 813 pp.