Storrs L. Olson Bryological Library: Overview

The ramifications of the generous gift by Dr. Olson have been felt far beyond Storrs. All duplicate items, including books, journals and reprints, were sent to the University of Concepción in Chile in support of bryological research in that country (see Mosses of Chile).library1

The Storrs L. Olson bryological library is maintained and developed to promote the study of bryophytes at the University of Connecticut, but is accessible to everyone, although only in situ, as items cannot be loaned at this point. However, request for photocopies of specific pages can be accommodated. The entire collection of books and serials is inventoried below.

The Hoe library included thousands of reprints, each in an individual manilla folder filed by author’s name. Over the years in a sporadically air-conditioned room in Honolulu, the folders had accumulated an unpleasant amount of insect frass and were discarded. Reprints from strictly bryological journals were regarded as duplicates and disposed of. The remainder were grouped by the journal in which they were published and arranged alphabetically. The extent of the reprint holdings may be appreciated by the fact that over 632 different journals are represented.

Support the library! We appreciate support from authors of new releases and welcome any addition to the library. We seek in particular reprints, of studies published in non-bryological journals (i.e., in journals not held in this library). Every donor is acknowledged by his or her name printed on a bookplate inserted in the publication. Books and reprints can be send to Dr. Bernard Goffinet, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 75 North Eagleville road, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT, 06269-3043 USA. If you wish to make a financial contribution please contact Dr. Bernard Goffinet. Donations are tax deductible in the US.

We, bryologists at the University of Connecticut, are extremely grateful to Dr. Olson for his generous gift and to all authors that have recently donated copies of their work to our library.

As of May 20, 2020, the library held 1734 books!