E. C. Smith Herbarium (ACAD)
Latest version published by Acadia University on Jun 17, 2014 Acadia University
Today, the E. C. Smith Herbarium contains over 200,000 specimens, including vascular plants, bryophytes, and fungi. It is the largest herbarium in Atlantic Canada and the first Canadian herbarium to have a digital database with scanned images of the collection. The Acadia Herbarium began as an initial gift to Dr. H. G. Perry of a small collection made by G. U. Hay of St. John, New Brunswick. Included in this collection were a few plants collected by J. Fowler of New Brunswick before he went to Queen's University. These first specimens were collected between 1868 and 1880. Some of the plants were cultivated and some were from the United States. Subsequently, in these early years, the additions were made chiefly through the work of Dr. H. G. Perry and his students. No records were available until the collection numbered some 6,000 sheets. Included in the 6,000, however, are a number of sheets from the Gray Herbarium Expeditions to Nova Scotia in 1920 and 1921. Of the specimens above the 6000 count, the majority have been added by the work of Dr. M. V. Roscoe and her students from 1928-1940 and Dr. H. P. Banks and his students from 1940-1946. In 1946 a large collection was being assembled by Mr. David Erskine, who catalogued the Flora of Wolfville and vicinity. During Dr. E. C. Smith's tenure at Acadia (1947-1971) the number of specimens grew from 20,000 sheets to over 70,000. In 1970, Acadia University's Board of Governors announced that the department's excellent collection of plants would be named the E. C. Smith Herbarium as tribute to him for his contributions to the collection.
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|Data as a DwC-A file||download 54179 records in English (4 MB) - Update frequency: unknown|
|Metadata as an EML file||download in English (12 KB)|
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ACAD; E. C. Smith Herbarium; Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens; Cape Breton University; Acadia University; Canada; Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Maine; Vermont; collection; herbarium; specimens; Canadensys; Occurrence; Specimen
The resource data is also available in other formats
|Canadensys explorer||http://data.canadensys.net/explorer/en/resources/acad-specimens UTF-8 HTML|
|GBIF data portal||http://www.gbif.org/dataset/e8a25a42-f125-476c-8554-3ec21cd51a84 UTF-8 HTML|
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Who else was associated with the resource:
Primarily the Flora of the Acadian Forest Region. However, there are smaller collections within the herbarium that stem from research initiatives across the globe.
|Bounding Coordinates||42.56, 46.31 / -74.12, -59.83 (min, max Latitude / min, max Longitude)|
This dataset includes all vascular plant specimens from the E. C. Smith Herbarium and Cape Breton University teaching collection that have been digitized, databased and geo-referenced. The top 3 families are Cyperaceae (11%), Asteraceae (10%) and Poaceae (8%).
|Class||Equisetopsida (Vascular plants)|
|Family||Cyperaceae (Sedges), Asteraceae (Sunflowers), Poaceae (Grasses)|
No Description available
|Title||E. C. Smith Herbarium Digital Repository|
The personnel involved in the project:
All data are manually digitized as text from high resolution scans of each herbarium specimen.
|Study Extent||Digitization of Vascular plants from the E. C. Smith Herbarium with a focus on plants of the Acadian Forest Region.|
|Quality Control||Records are corrected on an ad hoc basis.|
|Step Description 1||Data are entered into the main database through in-house software, some of which is verified electronically (e.g. all taxonomic data using ITIS).|
|Collection Name||E. C. Smith Herbarium|
|Parent Collection Identifier||ACAD|
|Specimen preservation methods||Mounted|