The Jeanette Siron Pelton Botanical Print Collection, created by a gift of Dr. John F. Pelton and the Jeanette Siron Pelton Memorial Fund in 1969, is housed in the Special Collections at Butler University Libraries.
The Pelton collection comprises 71 original plates from herbals, plant histories, and botanical magazines published in the 15th through the 19th centuries, illustrating technological developments in early modern botanical, pharmacological, and medical sciences as well as the history and development of botanical illustration from woodcuts, to copperplate engravings, to chromolithographs. A few engraved portraits of botanists are included.
A printed guide to this collection, published in 1986, is available on-site as part of the "Treasures of Butler University" catalog. This guide is also available online at http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/scbib/3/