A brief report on a trip to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, 1923-1924

About the Project

How far would you go to study grasses? South American biodiversity held the interest of some United States botanists as early as the turn of the twentieth century. Harvard University and the New York Botanical Garden as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) saw fit to send Alfred Spear Hitchcock (1865-1935), USDA systematic agrostologist and Smithsonian custodian of grasses to northern South America to study the grazing industry there in 1923. This brief typescript report includes a descriptions of Hitchcock's time there together with photographs visually documenting the expedition.

Please help us transcribe Hitchcock's report and learn his thoughts concerning the grazing industries of three different countries.

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