The George B. Rossbach Herbarium is housed in the Department of Biology, Christopher Hall of Science, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV. The physical collection consists of an estimated 25,000 specimens, the lifework of Dr. George Bowyer Rossbach (1910-2002).
Dr. Rossbach collected primarily from West Virginia and Maine but also from elsewhere in the northeastern and southeastern United States, the western United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands. Also present are orchid vouchers, some specimens from the central north coast of Jamaica, and other collections by Dr. Katharine B. Gregg, along with various student collections, primarily from West Virginia. Included also are numerous specimens from all over the United States that were traded from herbaria like the A. C. Moore Herbarium (USCH), Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe (ULM), West Virginia University Herbarium (WVA), University of California, as well as from several distributions of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Club. Additionally, the Herbarium contains the childhood herbarium of Dr. Rossbach, collected when he was around 14 to 16 years old, largely from Massachusetts and Maine in 1925 and 1926. Although the collection is primarily of vascular plants, there are some specimens of Chlorophyta, Charophyta, Phaeophyta, and Rhodophyta from the east and west coasts of the United States and from the north central coast of Jamaica.
Dr. George B. Rossbach taught biology at West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1949-1976. From 1960 through his retirement in 1976, Dr. Rossbach was the Curator of the Herbarium. After his death, the herbarium was named in his honor as the George B. Rossbach Herbarium. The herbarium is listed in Index Herbariorum (code WVW) and in the BioDiversity Collections Index. Dr. Katharine Gregg, the current curator, is now digitizing, imaging, and sharing this collection through a grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research. As databasing and imaging continue, images and data will be uploaded to the site for viewing.
For more information about Dr. Rossbach and his work, visit the following website: University of North Carolina Herbarium - Dr. George B. Rossbach
Databasing is being carried out with the assistance of taxonomic coding software designed and shared by the herbarium staff of Eastern Kentucky University. Images are being photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR with a 50 mm F/1./4 Canon EF lens.
Correspondence with the Curator is welcome at Gregg@wvwc.edu.