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Walter B. Kiener, Botany Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-12-07-16

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Kiener’s personal and professional papers arranged into ten series and includes oversize materials. The series include Personal Effects, Correspondence, Kiener’s Writings, Research Files, Maps, Writings about Kiener, Newspapers, Negatives and Photographs, Postcards, and Articles and Reprints. Work on the Kiener papers included the incorporation of three smaller collections into a single collection. Kiener organized his research files alphabetically and this original arrangement was maintained throughout the materials. The final collection consists of materials from the Nebraska State Museum and the Archives and Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries.

Kiener’s personal effects contain journals, diaries, and other more intimate items.  The correspondence series documents Kiener’s professional and personal life, mostly from the 1920s to the 1950s.  Kiener’s writings include published and unpublished works and research done for publications. The bulk of the collection is comprised of Kiener’s research files. These materials document his extensive lichen and botany research, Nebraska and Colorado wildlife, mountaineering, and his other interests. Kiener also kept a collection of maps from North and South America, Switzerland, and areas of local interest in Nebraska and Colorado.  The writings about Kiener include articles published on his research or about plants named after him, newspaper articles about him before and after his death, and a book about the history of Longs Peak that mentions the Agnes Vaille tragedy and his climbing accomplishments.  Also included is a short article about him written by Mari Sandoz. 

Kiener was an accomplished amateur photographer.  The photograph collection includes photographs and negatives of his lichen and botany research, the Rocky Mountains, Nebraska and Colorado wildlife and vegetation, and friends and family.


  • Creation: 1848-1959
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1912-1959



126.00 Boxes

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Related Materials

Fuenning, S.I. "Walter Bigler Kiener (1894-1959)." The Bryologist. Vol. 63, 1960, pg. 64-66.Kiener, Walter. On the Vegetation of an Isolated Peak in the Rocky mountains. Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus), 1931______________. Sociological Studies of the Alpine Vegetation on Longs Peak Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus), 1939Selected letters from Kiener to Geneva Sayre are located at the Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany at Harvard University.There are also letters from Kiener in the Archives of the Gray Herbarium at Harvard University.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States