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Robert Kaul, Botany Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-12-07-18

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of research on Per Axel Rydberg by Robert Kaul including a paper, maps for Rydberg's 1891 expedition, and text for Rydberg's 1891 expedition including original documents. The papers also include materials related to the Maximilian Journal Project, which Kaul provided the biological nomenclature for, a natural history scientific diary in German, and Charles Bessey’s transcript of his son’s handwritten letters to him from the Caucasus region. The original Erwin Bessey letters are located at Michigan State University while asssocated botanical specimens are at University of Nebraska-Lincoln State Museum.


  • 1891, circa 1990s-2012


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are only minimally processed but are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the papers or their designees. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Kaul (1935-2019) joined the faculty of the Botany Department at University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1964. His teaching interests emphasized the plant life of the Great Plains, especially that of Nebraska. During his 37-year career with UNL, Kaul held many academic positions including vice director of the School of Biological Sciences, a professor, a teacher, a chairman in the School of Biological Sciences and a fellow in the Linnaean Society of London. His received research grants from the National Science Foundation and other sources. DUring his career Kaul undertook fieldwork in 16 states and 12 countries, from Australia to Malaysia to New Zealand.


0.7 Linear Feet (1 box, 2 OS folders)

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Finding aid prepared by Sarah Glover, 2022.
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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