Brown University Herbarium (Brown University-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: Rebecca Kartzinel (
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 11 October 2019
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Brown University
Brown University
34 Olive St., Box G-B225
Providence, Rhode Island   02912
United States of America
Collection Statistics
  • 72,791 specimen records
  • 3,195 (4%) georeferenced
  • 72,263 (99%) with images
  • 62,962 (86%) identified to species
  • 322 families
  • 2,225 genera
  • 11,326 species
  • 11,324 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
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