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W. A. Murrill

By Laura Briscoe

Mar 21 2019

William Murrill became an assistant curator at NYBG in 1904, and was already assistant director by 1908. In his career at NYBG, he collected over 70,000 fungal specimens, at least 14,000 of which are held in the herbarium's fungal collection, including more than 1,700 type specimens. Several of his specimens are accompanied by watercolor illustrations, some painted by professional artists Edward C. Volkert and Mary E. Eaton, but these examples we believe were painted by William's wife, Edna.


The New York Botanical Garden LuEster T. Mertz Library Archives. 2005-2018. William Alphonso Murrill Records (RG4). Archive Finding Guide. Available at: (Accessed: 21 March 2019).

Weber, G. F. 1961. William Alphonso Murrill. Mycologia: 53(6): 543-557.