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Cora Belle Keith Pierce Botanical Specimen Book

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RS 21/7/136

Scope and Content

This collection (1875) contains one volume of botanical specimens collected by Cora Belle Keith Pierce. Pierce collected the sixty-three plant samples on or near the Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University) campus from April through September 1875 as a requirement for her sophomore year botany classes. Many of the samples are labeled with each plant's order, genus, species, habitat, and date collected. Some items are left unidentified. Several samples, including mosses and some flowering specimens, are pressed between thin pieces of cardboard and were not inserted into the book.


  • 1875

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Cora Belle Keith was born on August 31, 1859. She attended Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University) starting in 1874 and received her B.S. in 1877. She married Thomas A. Pierce on August 31, 1882, and became a homemaker in Vinton, Iowa. In 1883, she gave birth to a daughter, Cora A. Pierce. Cora Belle Keith Pierce died less than two years later on February 19, 1885.


0.85 Linear Feet (1 volume in custom flat box)

Collection Files

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 21/7/136. Cora Belle Keith Pierce Botanical Specimen Book, 1875
December 7, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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