Salem College (SC)

The Salem College Herbarium is the oldest herbarium in the United States. It was founded in 1772, but the oldest specimen, a Symphoricarpos collected from the Deep River [North Carolina] by C. Frederick Denke (1775-1838), is dated June, 1817. The historical collections (1817-1895) number about 1000 specimens and are mostly from the Piedmont of North Carolina. There are ca. 5000 specimens in the modern collection (1900-present), and these were collected from North Carolina by Salem College students & faculty. Please contact Dr. Dane Kuppinger, Curator, for access to the Salem College Herbarium.
Contact: Dane Kuppinger (dane.kuppinger@salem.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: ccdaf43a-6c0d-45b3-8cba-41c62b6c6873
Collection Statistics:
  • 3,876 specimen records
  • 226 (6%) georeferenced
  • 2,771 (71%) with images
  • 3,804 (98%) identified to species
  • 141 families
  • 434 genera
  • 842 species
  • 868 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
The National Science Foundation
This project made possible by National Science Foundation Award 1410069