P.N. Krylov Herbarium of Tomsk State University is a structural subdivision of the Biological Institute of Tomsk State University (TSU), which collects, processes and stores in a systematic manner documented plant specimens and collections dried under the pressure. TSU Herbarium’s specialization profile is vascular plants (ferns, horsetails, club mosses, gymnosperms and angiosperms).
TSU Herbarium was founded on August 4 (July 23) in 1885 as the Botanical Museum of Tomsk Imperial University. According to the plan of one of the founders of the first in the Urals University V.M. Florinskiy, “whose personal responsibilities, apart from monitoring the construction, were preservation and preparation of university’s training property (collections for offices, museums and libraries)” (First … 1889, p. 63), the opening at the time Tomsk Imperial University was supposed to have a number of museums, among them – a Botanical Museum and a Botanical Garden.
Today’s P.N. Krylov Herbarium collection has more than 500,000 specimens, over 2 thousand collectors contributed to its establishment. The TSU Herbarium is among the largest Russian herbaria in terms of the collection volume and is the third in the vocational education system (Kamelin, Byalt, Egorov, 2009).


Irina I. Gureeva, Sc.D.