W.P. Fraser Herbarium (SASK)
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada     S7N 5A8
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    W.P. Fraser
  Dr. William P. Fraser
  August Breitung
  August Breitung

1925 - Dr. William P. Fraser became the first curator of the W.P. Fraser Herbarium and a Professor of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. He maintained his accumulated collections in the Biology Department until his death in 1943, six years beyond his retirement.

1954 - The Fraser collections were rescued from a decade-long hiatus of essential neglect by Dr. Robert T. Coupland. The Fraser collection was transferred to the Department of Plant Ecology in the College of Agriculture. Dr. Coupland curated his own collections and the Fraser collection until 1961.The Fraser collections and Dr. Coupland's plant ecology collections became fully merged during the 1960's and were officially recognized as "The W. P. Fraser Herbarium of Vascular Plants".In 1961, Dr. George W. Argus became curator, and in 1969 Dr. Vernon L. Harms took over the position.In July, 2000, Dr. Hugo Cota-Sanchez began his new position as an Assistant Professor in Biology and curator of the W.P. Fraser Herbarium.


The Department of Plant Sciences of the College of Agriculture provides basic funding for equipment and supplies and staff salaries. An important supplemental source of income is provided by the estate of pioneer Saskatchewan botanist, August Breitung, to support the herbarium and plant taxonomy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Do you want to know more about the history of the W.P. Fraser Herbarium (SASK)? Read "The W.P. Fraser Herbarium (SASK) of the University of Saskachewan: Past, present and future" (in Blue Jay 67:97-104). This article gives a detailed look at the history of our herbarium.

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