The herbarium collection emphasizes specimens from the western United States, especially Washington (the Blue Mountains), Idaho, Oregon and California. Among these are specimens collected by C. Piper, W. Cusick and C.L. Hitchcock. It contains an unusual collection of plants from China and Southeast Asia donated by E.F. Anderson, and a representation of species from different parts of the United States. The Whitman herbarium was founded in the late nineteenth century by H.S. Brode and built up over the next one hundred years by P.H. Pope and, most recently, E.F. Anderson.
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