Founded in 1945 by Dr. Carl Sharsmith, the herbarium at San Jose State University houses a collection of more than 18,500 pressed plants. Many specimens were collected over Dr. Sharsmith's long career as a university professor and natural history ranger at Yosemite National Park.
The herbarium is actively curated and a member of the Consortium of California Herbaria. We welcome the submission of new specimens to the collection and currently add about 500 new specimens per year. Volunteer opportunities are available both to students at SJSU and members of the wider botanical community. Please contact the director or the curator if you are interested.
A recent (May 23, 2017) list of our holdings of vascular plants is available for download as an Excel spreadsheet