Liriodendron tulipifera flower

The University of North Carolina
A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Weakley's Flora



Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Waldo Lee McAtee
(21 January 1883 - 7 January 1962)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Assistant Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium.

The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) has approximately a dozen botanical specimens collected by McAtee. He was particularly interested in Viburnum, and he authored A review of the nearctic Viburnum in 1956. NCU has many Viburnums that he collected at the C.C. Deam Arboretum in Bluffton, Indiana.

According to the Harvard Herbaria database of botanists, both the United States National Herbarium (US) and New York Botanical Garden (NY) have botanical specimens collected by McAtee. Surprisingly, there is no evidence that McAtee deposited specimens Indiana University (IND), his alma mater.

US holds the type of Opuntia macateei Britton & Rose, collected by McAtee in 1910 in Aranas County, Texas.

Waldo Lee McAtee was born in Indiana, and earned both his undergraduate and masters degree Indiana University. He is best known for his scientific work on birds, but was also an accomplished entomologist and botanist. He is best remembered for his efforts to conserve birds and their habitats. He was the founding editor of Wildlife Review and of Journal of Wildlife Management. He retired to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1947, and died there in 1962.

For more information on Waldo Lee McAtee, see:

A brief biographical sketch and timeline

Kalmbach (1963) In Memoriam: W.L. McAtee. The Auk 80: 474-485.

Guide to the Waldo Lee McAtee Papers, Indiana University Digital Library Program

   Curriculum in Ecology                 North Carolina Botanical Garden               Biology Department
      Curriculum                               North Carolina                                 UNC
In Ecology Botanical Garden Biology Department


University of North Carolina Herbarium
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931
fax: (919) 962-6930


Last Updated: 21 November 2005