GSW Herbarium and the Norris Collection

The GSW Herbarium has an impressive collection of over 13,000 cataloged specimen. 
This is an interesting collection since the majority of the specimen are non-local flora with most being from California and Utah.  The bulk of the collection was donated to GSW by Dr. Robert A. Norris and is referred to as the Norris Collection.

Current work in the herbarium is focused on the digitization of the Norris Collection.  Each specimen will be imaged and the label information will be entered into Symbiota hosted by SERNEC.  Symbiota provides a web portal to the data so that it can be search by individuals around the globe.  To access the entered collection information, you can go to and limit your search to the GSW Herbarium.  This is a labor intensive process and currently less than 5% of the collection in the portal. 


More about Dr. Norris

Dr. Norris had a Ph.D. in biology and was a professor at Valdosta State University, Rutgers University and University of California at Berkeley.  For over 30 years, he collected and traded his specimen with other intuitions.  After donating his collection to the university, Dr. Norris continued to work with it and served as its curator until his death in 2010. Georgia Southwestern State University  is honored to house the Norris Collection and appreciates all his labor and devotion to this project. He will be missed.


Dr. Robert Norris



Would you like support the Herbarium and our efforts to digitize the Norris Collection?  

Donations can be made to GSW Foundation for Biology/Herbarium. 

Send to:
GSW Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 926
Newman Alumni House on the GSW Campus
800 GSW State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709
229-931-2014; 229-931-2845 Fax

Donations are tax-deductible