Cyrus Pringle’s field notebooks are now scanned and available online through the University of Vermont Bailey-Howe Library’s ScholarWorks site:
Pringle’s notebooks detail his daily activities from 1885 to 1909, including his extensive plant collecting trips in Mexico each year. Pringle wrote about the plants he collected, the places he visited, and even his health. Here are a few samples from February 1909, just two years before his death:
I complete preparations for my journey and about 6.40 P.M. take train for Montreal to go by way of Detroit, St. Louis and Laredo to Monterey.
Again we visit the Sacro Monte of Amecameca [sp.?], called back by a species of Cestrum strange to me of which I brought back a few specimens the other day. I find a few plants, not in flower, so we gather lichens not to lose our journey.
Returned we are shocked to learn that Dr. Ramos died suddenly this morning. We have lost a friend.
In the morning I go out to Tizapan and gather additional material of Marchantia. In the afternoon we attend a bullfight in the great bullring near Chapultepec, the fighter famous and the bulls imported from Spain.
These books are held in the Pringle Herbarium’s historical archives and have never before been available for viewing to the general public. Helen Burns Davis transcribed much, but not all, of the content of these notebooks in her biography of Pringle, “The Life & Works of Cyrus Guernsey Pringle,” copies of which are also held at the Pringle Herbarium.
We are very grateful to the wonderful folks at UVM’s Bailey-Howe library for their work scanning these notebooks and making them available online.