Flora and fonds: activating herbaria as archives
Garinger, Laura Elsie
An herbarium (pl. herbaria) is a collection of botanical specimens, primarily used for identification and classification of species. While herbaria may not be structured as archives traditionally are, I will argue that the concerns of management, preservation, access, and use, can be paralleled. After establishing the herbarium as an archive, I will apply archival theories of societal provenance and total archives to herbarium collections and discuss the possible benefits of an archival lens to herbaria.
Archives, Herbaria, Societal provenance, Total archives, Colonial botany, Indigenous knowledge, Botanical specimens, Archival studies