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Plants & Planter

The digital resource for scholarship on the scientific pursuits and history surrounding Henry William Ravenel, a native of South Carolina and preeminent naturalist in nineteenth-century America.

Plants & Planter explores the family life, business pursuits, and natural history interests of South Carolina planter, botanist, and agricultural writer Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887). Reuniting over 5,000 botanical specimens collected by Ravenel with his voluminous and multifaceted field journals and other primary source materials, Plants & Planter provides a digital environment for the research and teaching of the nineteenth century through the experiences and life of Henry William Ravenel.

Related Publications and Presentations

Boyd, K. F., Brown, H. K., Fulmer, H. M. “A Bicentennial Observation of William Ravenel 1814-2014.” Presentation at the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Spartanburg, CO, April 4.

Boyd, K. F. and Brown, H.K. “Plants and Planter: Henry William Ravenel and the Convergence of Science and Agriculture in the 19th-Century South.” Presentation at the Center for Digital Humanities Brown Bag, Columbia, SC, September 24, 2014.

Boyd, K. F., Brown, H., Horn, C. “Herbaria as Archives: Structure, Function, and Transformation of Botanical Research Collection.” Presentation at the South Carolina Archival Association, 2014 Annual Conference, Newberry, SC, October 10, 2014.

Brown, H.K. “Henry William Ravenel: Exchanges, Expeditions, Extirpation and Extinction.” Presentation at the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Spartanburg, CO, April 4.

Brown, H.K., interview by Amanda McNulty, Making it Grow, ETV South Carolina, September 9, 2014.

“NEH Grant Awarded! Digitizing the Ravenel Collections.” FloraScope 8, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 3.