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World Weeds: Natural Histories and Distribution Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0645

Scope and Content

The collection contains research materials related to the creation and publication of the book World Weeds: Natural Histories and Distribution.


  • 1977-1997

Access Restrictions

Open for research; unprocessed collection. Materials have not been arranged or reviewed, and additional restrictions may apply.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives. You must seek permission from Special Collections & University Archives staff before making any reproductions.


Edited by Leroy (“Whitey “) Holms and published in 1997, World Weeds: Natural Histories and Distribution is the culmination of four decades of global research. World Weeds presents comprehensive, current information on over 100 weeds. The volume (1129 pages) addresses changes in such areas as crop tillage methods, herbicide use, and agricultural runoff. The book features a wealth of original data from the authors and provides extensive coverage of the known biology of each species. Each entry contains a full botanical description; important details on habitat requirements and distribution, seed production, ecology, physiology, crop impact and more.


7.8 Linear Feet (6 records center cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection is open for research but has not been arranged or reviewed. The information presented in this record is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but may contain errors. Materials in this collection may be discarded during processing, and additional care or restrictions may be required during use. Staff may at any time restrict materials in this collection if it violates legal statutes, professional ethics, or donor stipulations.

Materials are in the order in which we received them, which seem to be arranged alphabetically according to the botanical name of the weed.

Processing Information

Released on 2020-08-19.

MS-0645. World Weeds: Natural Histories and Distribution Records, 1977-1997
December 30, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
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