Hunt Institute For Botanical Documentation
A Research Division Of
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Hunt Institute, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.

Established in 1961, the Institute was originally named the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library in honor of its founder Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, who had privately collected botanical literature, art and archival materials. In founding Hunt Botanical Library with the goal of maintaining her collections as "living" resources for future generations, she ensured that these materials would be preserved, curated and available to researchers and scholars.

In 1971, Hunt Botanical Library was renamed Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in recognition of its vital role as an academic institute with diverse, collaborative activities and an extensive program of research and service.

Hunt Institute builds on its founder's original collections and continues to acquire books, plant images, manuscript materials and portraits. Institute scientists and scholars conduct research projects and provide information services and research assistance to meet the needs of scientists, scholars and researchers, and the public at large. The Institute produces exhibitions and publications, organizes tours of its facilities, sponsors collection-related presentations, and offers photographic and photocopying services.


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