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The Institute's collections are curated by our four programmatic departments:

Archives includes 29,000+ individual and group portraits, 2,000+ autograph letters and manuscripts, and other materials by and about botanists and others working in the plant sciences, including horticulturists, ecologists, natural scientists, botanical artists and illustrators, and botanical organizations.

Art department holdings include over 29,270 original paintings (mostly 20th-century watercolors), drawings and original prints dating from the Renaissance to the present.

Bibliography department identifies, locates and examines the literature of the plant sciences to make records of essential information from which bibliographical tools can be created and published.

Library collection features 30,150 book and serial titles that date from the late 1400s and focus on the development of botany as a science and includes modern taxonomic monographs, floristic works and serial titles in the plant sciences.


Participation in the Flora of North America (FNA) project is an integral part of the Institute's long-term research programs. Initiated by Hunt Institute and the Missouri Botanical Garden this collaborative endeavor is has been undertaken by a consortium of 30 institutions and hundreds of botanists in the United States and Canada.




The Institute stages exhibitions of works in its collections and exhibitions of works from other institutions and private collections. Every three years it exhibits the International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration. It also has online exhibitions of past gallery exhibitions or published directly on the Web.

General Information


As an international center for bibliographical research and service in the interests of botany and horticulture we where dedicated in 1961 as the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library. Our activities had so diversified that our name was changed in 1971 to Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

The following links review our heritage and history.



Through its services the Institute remains committed to making its collections available and accessible to the scientific and scholarly communities, publishers, businesses, and the interested public.

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