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About The Fritsch Collection

Fritsch Sheets
 Examples of Fritsch Collection sheets

The unique Fritsch Collection contains floristic information, and illustrates the diverse views that have been, or are still, held about the identification and taxonomy of worldwide freshwater & terrestrial algae.

The Collection was begun in 1912 by Professor F.E. Fritsch for use by himself, students and colleagues. Read about its value to users today. In accordance with his wishes, after his death in 1954, it came to the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) and Dr J.W.G.Lund.

At the FBA, which received government grant-in-aid, the Collection continued to expand, and the first Microfiche edition was produced in 1964, under the direction of Dr J.W.G. Lund until he retired as curator in 2004. Dr Elizabeth Haworth is the current Curator.

From 1989 to 2004 the Fritsch Collection was in the joint care of the Freshwater Biological Association and the Natural Environment Research Council (latterly through the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology). The Collection is currently in the care of the FBA at Windermere, and relies on grant applications and donations. See the full history of funding support.

Visitors are very welcome to visit Windermere, where the Collection is organised to be easily accessible to all users. We are glad to help researchers, wherever possible.