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Walter C. Holmes Collection

Collection 500

Holmes, Walter C. (1944-    ). Collection, 2018

13.5 inches

Walter C. Holmes was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in LaPlace, St. John the Baptist Parish. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and his doctorate from Mississippi State University, both in botany. After receiving his Bachelor’s, he served in the United States Naval Air Force as a pilot. He served in Fleet Composite Squadron Eight for the U.S. Naval Station in Puerto Rico, and was a Pilot in Patrol in Squadron Ninety-Four, Naval Air Station in New Orleans. Dr. Holmes was honorably released from commission in 1984, attaining rank of Lieutenant.

Dr. Holmes began his teaching career as Professor of Biology and Curator of the Herbarium at Northwestern State University from 1975-1989. He then moved to Baylor University, where he was Professor of Biology and Director of the Herbarium. He taught at Baylor until his retirement in 2018. He has published more than 200 professional publications in his career and received numerous honors. These honors include a Senior Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institute and the Donovan Stewart Correll Memorial Award for scientific writing in the field of native flora of Texas from the Native Plant Society of Texas. He has since retired and lives with his wife in Waco, TX. His interests include gardening, wildlife observation, and Cajun and Creole Cooking.

Dr. Holmes never forgot his Louisiana roots, and studying Louisiana plant and wildlife remains one of his great passions. This collection contains two unpublished manuscripts he wrote on Louisiana plants and animals.

Dr. Walter Holmes and his wife Nan Holmes donated the collection.


Box 1  
Volume 1: “Louisiana Fairy Tale: The Cure for Louisiana-French Plant Blindness”, by Walter C. Holmes, with the assistance of Mykenna Grace Nichols, Sophia Kathleen Ortegon, and Arleigh C. White. Big Mailbox Publishing Co. Waco, TX, 2018
Volume 2: “Louisiana Ark: The Final Resting Place of Louisiana-French Names of Animals of Louisiana”, by Walter C. Holmes, with the assistance of Sophia Kathleen Ortegon, Arleigh C. White, and Mykenna Grace Nichols. Big Mailbox Publishing Co. Waco, TX
Box 2  
Louisiana Fairy Tale, 2018
2-01 Titles and Introductions
2-02 Part One: Louisiana-French Plant Names, A-C
2-03 Part One: Louisiana-French Plant Names, D-H
2-04 Part One: Louisiana-French Plant Names, I-M
2-05 Part One: Louisiana-French Plant Names, N-Q
2-06 Part One: Louisiana-French Plant Names, R-Z
2-07 Part Two: English to French Names
2-08 Acknowledgements and Bibliography