Brown University Herbarium (BRU)

The Brown University Herbarium was founded in 1869 when the University acquired the collections of the Providence Franklin Society and Stephen Thayer Olney. The collection includes around 100,000 plant specimens and is an important depository of Rhode Island and New England collections. It is also rich in western and southern North American plants and includes special sets of historically valuable specimens from 19th and early 20th century western US expeditions. Among other important collections, the herbarium also includes a full set of Charles Wright’s Cuban plants (1856-1867) and a unique and classic collection of Carex. Click here to download a pdf brochure describing the herbarium.
Contact: Tim Whitfeld (timothy_whitfeld@brown.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 26 July 2018
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC BY (Attribution)
Rights Holder: Brown University
Collection Statistics
  • 63,851 specimen records
  • 7,081 (11%) georeferenced
  • 54,114 (85%) with images
  • 56,200 (88%) identified to species
  • 301 families
  • 2,103 genera
  • 10,660 species
  • 10,687 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award 1410069