Recipients of the Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit since it began are:
Elisabeth Woodburn, now deceased, was a botanical bookseller in Hopewell, New Jersey.
A founder of CBHL, she received the award in 1988.
Ian MacPhail, retired librarian/curator, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, now
lives in Gainesville, Florida.
He received the award in March 1990 at the CBHL annual meeting
hosted by the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
Richard Isaacson, Andersen Horticultural Library, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum,
Chanhassen, Minnesota, received the award from Solange Gignac, Denver Botanic Gardens librarian
and Award committee chair, on May 22, 1992 at the CBHL annual meeting hosted by the Ohio State
University Libraries in Columbus, Ohio.
Barbara Barton, Sebastopol, California, author of Gardening By Mail, received the award
from 1994 CBHL president Gerard McKiernan, Iowa State University science librarian, on Friday
evening, April 15, 1994 at the CBHL annual meeting hosted by Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
in Santa Barbara, California.
John F. Reed, Director of the Library, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
received the award Friday evening, May 19,1995 in the Gingko Tearoom at The Morton Arboretum,
Lisle, Illinois at the CBHL annual meeting. Joan DeFato, Los Angeles County Arboretum librarian &
committee chair, presented the award.
Bernadette G. Callery, Museum Librarian, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, received
the award in May 1997 from Anita Karg, Hunt Institute archivist & committee chair, in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania prior to the CBHL annual meeting on June 5, 1997 in Montreal, Quebec.
Jayne T.MacLean, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland, was presented
with the Award by Anita Karg, Hunt Institute archivist & committee chair, in Albuquerque,
New Mexico at a CBHL business meeting on May 23, 1999.
Jane P. Gates, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland, received the Award
on Friday, May 5, 2000 at the annual meeting banquet at the U.S.National Arboretum. It was
presented by Connie Wolf, Missouri Botanical Garden librarian & committee chair.
Joan DeFato, Plant Sciences Librarian at The Arboretum of Los Angeles
County, Arcadia, California, received the Award
on Friday, April 12, 2002, at the annual meeting banquet at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
It was presented by Celine Arseneault, Montreal Botanical Garden librarian & acting CBHL 2002 president.
Ruth F. Schallert, Botany/Horticulture Branch Librarian, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, D.C., received the Award on Friday, June 13, 2003, at the
annual meeting in New York City. It was presented by Marie Long, widow of
Charles Robert Long, who is a librarian at LuEsther T.Mertz Library, New York
Botanical Garden, Bronx, N.Y.
Stanley H. Johnston, Jr., Curator of Rare Books, Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio, received the Award on June 9, 2005, at the
annual meeting in Pennsylvania. It was presented by Rita Hassert, chair of the Charles Robert Long Award Committee.
Barbara M. Pitschel, Librarian, Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture of the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco, California, received the Award at the
annual meeting in California. It was presented on May 18, 2006, by Doug Holland, CBHL president.
Charlotte A. Tancin, Librarian, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the 2008 Award at the
annual meeting in Michigan.
David Lane, Biological Sciences Librarian, Biological Sciences Library, University of New Hampshire, received the 2011 Award at the
annual meeting in Chicago.
Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) received the 2013 Award at the
annual meeting in East Lansing, Michigan.
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The Award is administered by a permanent five member CBHL Committee of
three appointed members and two ex-officio members. The three appointed members are always
past presidents of CBHL, each appointed by a current president to serve a five year term which
may be renewed. One ex-officio member of the committee is the current CBHL president who serves
for only one year. The second ex-officio member is the permanent CBHL secretary. The secretary is
responsible for maintaining the Committee records.
For contact and chairperson, please refer to the Committees Listing.
For list of members, refer to the CBHL Members Information Center.
As this is an award of extraordinary merit, it is only awarded from time to time at
the discretion of the committee.
Nature of the Award
The Award consists of an honorary life membership in CBHL, a framed certificate,
and an appropriate monetary or material gift, or a donation to the recipient's favorite cause.
Generally speaking, the committee strives to have such monies or material gifts be approximately
equal for each award.
CBHL members are invited to suggest candidates as possible future awardees.
Please send a letter or email note to
committee chair, or to any of the other current members of the Charles Robert Long Award committee.
[Special thanks to Jane Cole for this text; updated by Celine Arseneault.]