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Edward Castetter Papers

Identifier: UNMA-174

Scope and Content Note

Edward Castetter’s collection contains papers, photographs and course notes on arid zone flora. The collection also includes his curriculum vitae and awards that were presented to him based on excellence in research and contributions to the university.

The collection is arranged alphabetically.


  • 1928-1945

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Note

Edward Franklin Castetter was born March 11, 1896 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. In 1928, he became a biology professor at the University of New Mexico where he began his prolific career in the field of arid zone research. In August 1928, Castetter was appointed Chairman of the Department of Biology, stepping down from this position in 1956. He has also served as the Dean of Graduate School beginning in 1949, and Academic Vice President from 1956 until his retirement in June 1961. In honor of Professor Castetter, the biology complex was designated Castetter Hall. Castetter published extensive work on the flora of New Mexico and cultivated plants; much of his later research was focused on the cacti of New Mexico. He died February 10, 1978.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 Box)


This collection contains papers pertaining to arid zone research on specific flora conducted by Edward F. Castetter, professor of biology at the University of New Mexico from 1928 through 1961.
Finding Aid of the Edward Castetter Papers, 1928-1945
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131