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Biodiversity Heritage Library

Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge. | The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life .

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, the BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature, representing nearly 100,000 titles and over 160,000 volumes.

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Year
1,073
1971
2,101
1932
2,110
1931
2,391
1930
2,125
1929
2,188
1928
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Topics & Subjects
13,584
Plants, Ornamental Catalogs
12,981
Flowers Seeds Catalogs
10,693
Vegetables Seeds Catalogs
9,305
Natural history
9,089
Science
7,947
Botany
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1,207
united states. bureau of entomology and plant quarantine
1,088
engelmann, george,
724
u.s. fish and wildlife service
684
golden gate audubon society.; audubon association of the pacific.; audubon society of the pacific.
569
harvard university. museum of comparative zoology
550
united states national museum
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Language
136,429
English
15,612
German
13,007
French
2,775
Latin
2,728
Spanish
2,324
Italian
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botanicus
collection
8,527
ITEMS
6.8M
VIEWS
collection
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Botanicus is a freely accessible portal to historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library. Botanicus is made possible through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, W.M. Keck Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Topic: botanicus biodiversity missouri botanical garden library
Chinese Academy Science
collection
1,043
ITEMS
1M
VIEWS
collection
eye 1M
The Chinese Academy of Science
Topic: chinese academy science
Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature
collection
7,360
ITEMS
402,411
VIEWS
collection
eye 402,411
Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature, which is funded generously by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will significantly increase online access to biodiversity material by positioning the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) as an on-ramp for biodiversity content providers that would like to contribute to the national digital library infrastructure through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
darwinslibrary
collection
315
ITEMS
264,160
VIEWS
collection
eye 264,160
A scholarly edition of Darwin's scientific archive.
Topic: charles darwin biodiversity heritage library missouri botanical garden
Biodiversity Heritage Library Seed & Nursery Catalogs
collection
1,613
ITEMS
228,212
VIEWS
collection
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Biodiversity Heritage Library Seed & Nursery Catalogs
statement of responsibility: collected from most authentick authors, augmented with later observations, and adorn'd with maps and sculptures by John Ogilby
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Smithsonian Field Books
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2,747
ITEMS
178,785
VIEWS
collection
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This collection contains items from the Smithsonian Field Book Project, an initiative to increase accessibility to field book content that documents natural history.
Topic: Natural history
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by American Society for Microbiology; Bergey, D. H. (David Hendricks), 1860-1937; Breed, Robert S. (Robert Stanley), 1877-1956
texts
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comment 2
Includes bibliographies
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Topics: Bacteriology, Bacteria -- classification, Bacteriology
BHL Field Notes Project
collection
3,517
ITEMS
115,457
VIEWS
collection
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The BHL Field Notes Project is a collaborative project funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). It provides open access to field notes from institutions throughout the United States. Building on the work of the Smithsonian Field Book Project, the BHL Field Notes Project aims not only to provide general access to this material, but to reunite fragmented collections through institutional collaboration. Doing so will provide a more complete picture of the expeditions,...
collection
eye 75,437
The Library, Art & Archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was established 160 years ago and contains one of the largest collections of material in the world relating to botany. The collections comprise 300,000 printed volumes, 5,000 journal titles and 11,000 maps. The Art and Illustrations Collection is without equal and is made up of over 200,000 items – watercolours, prints, drawings, oil paintings and photographs – by some of the finest artists working in the field of botanical...
Cornell University Library
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The metadata below describe the original scanning. Follow the "All Files: HTTP" link in the "View the book" box to the left to find XML files that contain more metadata about the original images and the derived formats (OCR results, PDF etc.). See also the What is the directory structure for the texts? FAQ for information about file content and naming conventions.
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Topic: Poultry
10
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Topics: Botany -- Great Britain, Wild flowers -- Great Britain Identification
Topics: Plants, Plant names, Popular
The Library of Congress
by Korinek, Charles James, 1880- [from old catalog]
texts
eye 60,105
favorite 3
comment 0
Topic: Cattle
University of Toronto - John M. Kelly Library
by Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
texts
eye 51,401
favorite 52
comment 0
Previously published as: On the origin of species by means of natural selection
Topics: Evolution, Natural selection
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Dieter, George Ellwood
texts
eye 44,777
favorite 19
comment 5
Includes bibliography
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Topics: Strength of materials, Physical metallurgy, Metal-work
Bibliographies interspersed
Topic: Insects
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Thompson, D'Arcy Wentworth, 1860-1948
texts
eye 43,047
favorite 35
comment 1
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Topics: Growth, Biology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Piper, Robert G
texts
eye 36,707
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comment 0
Includes bibliographies and index
Topic: Fish hatcheries -- Management
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by American Society for Microbiology; Breed, Robert S. (Robert Stanley), 1877-1956; Bergey, D. H. (David Hendricks), 1860-1937; Hitchens, Arthur Parker, 1877-; Murray, Everitt George Dunne, 1890-
texts
eye 33,766
favorite 3
comment 0
Topics: Bacteriology, Schizomycetes, Bacteriologia
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Royal Society (Great Britain)
texts
eye 32,158
favorite 0
comment 0
Topic: Plants
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Snodgrass, R. E. (Robert E.), 1875-1962
texts
eye 30,014
favorite 64
comment 6
Insects, their way and means of living. Copy 1 (STRI) 7718. 362 p. illus.
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Topic: Insects
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Ingersoll, Ernest, 1852-1946
texts
eye 27,922
favorite 35
comment 1
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Topics: Birds -- Folklore, Birds
botanicus
by Asiatic Society (Calcutta, India)
texts
eye 27,729
favorite 3
comment 0
Topics: Asia, India
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Chidester, Floyd Earle, 1884-1947
texts
eye 25,402
favorite 10
comment 0
Contains bibliographies
Topic: Zoology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Beveridge, W. I. B. (William Ian Beardmore), 1908-
texts
eye 24,056
favorite 28
comment 1
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Topic: Research
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Potter, George Edwin, 1898-
texts
eye 23,967
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comment 1
Bibliography: p. 889-904
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Topic: Zoology
Pacific Northwest Horticulture
collection
777
ITEMS
23,627
VIEWS
collection
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Pacific Northwest plant and garden society publications.
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Kirtikar, Kanhoba Ranchoddas, 1849-1917; Basu, Baman Das, 1867-1930
texts
eye 22,901
favorite 8
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The letters I.C.S. in title probably refer to "an able member of the Indian civil service," who assisted in the botanical description. cf. Pref., p. [v]-vi
Topics: Botany, Botany, Medical
OISE/UT Library
by Pliny, the Elder; Rackham, H. (Harris), 1868-1944
texts
eye 21,521
favorite 12
comment 1
Latin and English on opposite pages
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Topic: Natural history
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Topics: English language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc, Gaelic language -- Glossaries, vocabularies,...
Originally published in 1652 under title: The English physician
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Topics: Materia medica, Botany, Medical, Herbs
Journal move 1991
Topics: Fishes -- North America, Fishes
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 21,049
favorite 2
comment 0
Topics: Stains and staining (Microscopy), Stains and Staining, Dyes
The Library of Congress
texts
eye 20,861
favorite 1
comment 0
Topic: Cockfighting
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 20,617
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Bibliography: p. 183-188
Topics: Pteridophyta, Botany -- Morphology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Strasburger, Eduard, 1844-1912; Schenck, H. (Heinrich), 1860-1927; Noll, Fritz, 1858-1908; Karsten, George, 1863-1937; Lang, W. H. (William Henry), b. 1874
texts
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"Index of literature": p. 691-715
Topic: Botany -- Textbooks
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by American Society for Microbiology. Committee on Bacteriological Technic
texts
eye 19,448
favorite 3
comment 1
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Topics: Microbiology -- Technique, Bacteriology -- Cultures and culture media
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 19,368
favorite 16
comment 0
Source: London, UK
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Waksman, Selman A. (Selman Abraham), 1888-1973
texts
eye 18,869
favorite 1
comment 0
Bibliography: p. xi-xix
Topics: Soil microbiology, Microorganisms
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 18,765
favorite 0
comment 0
Vols. 45, 47, 48, 50 and 52 were published as "Quarterly issue, v. 1-5, 1903-10", designed as a medium for the early publication of the results of researches and for reports of a preliminary nature; this form of publication was discontinued after v. 52
Topic: Science
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Maheshwari, P. (Panchanan), 1904-1966
texts
eye 18,737
favorite 2
comment 0
Includes bibliographies
Topics: Angiosperms, Botany -- Embryology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Sociedad Española de Historia Natural
texts
eye 18,134
favorite 2
comment 0
Suspended July 1937-Dec. 1939
Topic: Natural history
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 18,093
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comment 0
Includes bibliographical references (p. 482-495) and index
Topics: Frederick H. Rawson-Field museum ethnological expedition to West Africa, 1929-1930, Ethnology --...
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Harvey, E. Newton (Edmund Newton), 1887-1959
texts
eye 17,879
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Bibliography: p. 601-669
Topics: Luminescence, Phosphorescence, Fluorescence
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Kirtikar, Kanhoba Ranchoddas, 1849-1917; Basu, Baman Das, 1867-1930
texts
eye 17,878
favorite 6
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The letters I.C.S. in title probably refer to "an able member of the Indian civil service," who assisted in the botanical description. cf. Pref., p. [v]-vi
Topics: Botany, Botany, Medical
The Library of Congress
texts
eye 17,602
favorite 2
comment 0
Topic: Mink farming
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 17,550
favorite 0
comment 0
GeoRef
Topic: Science
14
Topics: Agriculture, English language, English language, Home economics, cbk
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Humason, Gretchen L
texts
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favorite 2
comment 0
Topics: Histology -- Technique, Stains and staining (Microscopy), Histochemistry -- Technique
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Mann, Thaddeus, 1908-
texts
eye 16,688
favorite 3
comment 0
Topics: Semen, Spermatozoa, Genitalia, Male, Semen
Topic: Plants
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.); Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.). Annual report 1907/08-1952; Lillie, Frank Rattray, 1870-1947; Moore, Carl Richard, 1892-; Redfield, Alfred Clarence, 1890-1983
texts
eye 16,404
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comment 0
Vols. 17, 21-105 contain Annual reports of the Marine Biological Laboratory for 1907/08-1952
Topics: Biology, Zoology, Biology, Marine Biology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Royal Colonial Institute (Great Britain)
texts
eye 16,360
favorite 1
comment 0
Topics: Royal Colonial Institute (Great Britain), Great Britain -- Colonies Periodicals
OISE/UT Library
by Pliny, the Elder; Rackham, H. (Harris), 1868-1944
texts
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favorite 6
comment 0
Latin and English on opposite pages
Topic: Natural history
"Abbreviations and publication references" : p. 77-78
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Topics: Materia medica -- Iran, Botany, Medical, Botany -- Iran, Botany -- Iraq, Medicine -- Formulae,...
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 16,154
favorite 1
comment 0
Bibliography: 7th prelim. page
Topics: Electronics, Physics, German language
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by United States. Army. Corps of Engineers; Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
texts
eye 15,985
favorite 3
comment 0
Includes bibliographies and index
Topics: Coastal engineering, Shore protection
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 15,930
favorite 2
comment 0
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Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- Early works to 1600, Education of princes, Civilization,...
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Young, J. Z. (John Zachary), 1907-
texts
eye 15,835
favorite 10
comment 2
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Topics: Vertebrates, Vertebrates, Fossil
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
texts
eye 15,300
favorite 2
comment 0
26 52
Topic: Agriculture -- Early works to 1800
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Sociedad Cientfica Argentina; Congreso Cientfico Latino Americano (1st : 1898 : Buenos Aires, Argentina); Congreso Cientfico Latino Americano (1910 : Buenos Aires, Argentina)
texts
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The society organized the "Congreso Cientifico Latino Americano" held in Buenos Aires in 1898, and the "Congreso Cientifico International Americano" held in the same city in 1910; the results of these congresses (organization, membership, etc., and some of the papers) were published in the Anales, v. 45, 1898, and v. 69-70, 1910
Topics: Science, Science -- Argentina
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Willis, J. C. (John Christopher), 1868-1958
texts
eye 15,007
favorite 7
comment 0
Topic: Botany
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 14,903
favorite 1
comment 0
Includes bibliography
Topics: Protozoa, Pathogenic, Veterinary protozoology, Medical protozoology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development; Bush, Vannevar, 1890-1974
texts
eye 14,717
favorite 4
comment 0
Topics: Science and state -- United States, Research -- United States
The Library of Congress
by Craig, Robert Alexander, 1872-
texts
eye 14,481
favorite 2
comment 0
"Reference books": p. 328
Topic: Veterinary medicine
Biodiversity Heritage Library
texts
eye 14,463
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Issues for 1858- bound in 2 vols. annually, called: nouvelle période, année 1858, t. 1-
"A short list of Leeuwenhoek's writings": p. 388-397
Topics: Leeuwenhoek, Antoni van, 1632-1723, Protozoa, Bacteria, Bacteriology, Microbiology, Science
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Kudo, Richard R. (Richard Roksabro), b. 1886
texts
eye 14,420
favorite 1
comment 0
Topic: Protozoa
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.); Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.). Annual report 1907/08-1952; Lillie, Frank Rattray, 1870-1947; Moore, Carl Richard, 1892-; Redfield, Alfred Clarence, 1890-1983
texts
eye 14,393
favorite 0
comment 0
Vols. 17, 21-105 contain Annual reports of the Marine Biological Laboratory for 1907/08-1952
Topics: Biology, Zoology, Biology, Marine Biology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.); Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.). Annual report 1907/08-1952; Lillie, Frank Rattray, 1870-1947; Moore, Carl Richard, 1892-; Redfield, Alfred Clarence, 1890-1983
texts
eye 14,241
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Vols. 17, 21-105 contain Annual reports of the Marine Biological Laboratory for 1907/08-1952
Topics: Biology, Zoology, Biology, Marine Biology
University of Toronto - John M. Kelly Library
by Bergson, Henri, 1859-1941
texts
eye 14,131
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Topics: Metaphysics, Evolution, Life
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Riley, Herbert Parkes, 1904-
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eye 14,071
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Bibliography: p. 545-569
Topic: Cytogenetics
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Little, Elbert Luther, 1907-; Wadsworth, Frank H. (Frank Howard)
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Bibliography: p. 18
Topics: Trees -- Puerto Rico, Trees -- Virgin Islands of the United States
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.); Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.). Annual report 1907/08-1952; Lillie, Frank Rattray, 1870-1947; Moore, Carl Richard, 1892-; Redfield, Alfred Clarence, 1890-1983
texts
eye 13,783
favorite 0
comment 0
Vols. 17, 21-105 contain Annual reports of the Marine Biological Laboratory for 1907/08-1952
Topics: Biology, Zoology, Biology, Marine Biology