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Economic Botany Historic Clipping File


Dr. Schultes teaching in the Nash Lecture Hall
Painting by Hannah Barrett, November 1994

This is a collection of small manuscripts, photographs, magazine and newspaper articles dealing with economic botany ending circa 1985. The collection was housed in the Nash Lecture Hall, Harvard Museum of Natural History. In 2001 it was transferred to the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria.

The files are arranged alphabetically by subject with the plants usually filed under their Latin name.


Clipping Files A
Abies - 5 clippings

Abrus precatoria -3 clippings, Herald Traveller "Deadly Bean Pins Recalled by Sears," Miami Herald "Poison in Our Plants,"and Newsweek "Gift of Death"

Acacia - 18 clippings and articles, including 5 reprinted from Firewood Crops (1979)

Acanthus -2 clippings

Acer - 9 clippings

Achillea - 2 clippings

Achras - 7 clippings, mostly on the origins of chewing gum

Aconitum - 5 clippings

Acorn - 2 clippings

Acrocromia - 1 clipping

Actinidia- 11 clippings, photocopies, and guides (duplicate guides for ripening and serving) primarily about the rising popularity of the kiwi fruit

Adansonia - 5 clippings

Aeschynomene - 1 clipping

Aesculus- 9 clippings

Agar-Agar - 6 clippings

Agave -23 clippings and short reports about tequila and pulque, eg. NY Times "Tequila: The Straight Story" and a 1959 Life photo-essay about Soviet First Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan trying tequila in Mexico City

Agriculture 1 - 32 clippings and photocopies on many aspects of agriculture, especially American; one letter from E. D. Merrill to Oakes Ames on the subject of the development of agriculture among "primitive peoples"

Agriculture 2 -41 items, mostly clippings, on the history of agriculture (Scientific American 1927 "American Farmers of 4000 B.C." eg.), American and international agriculture

Agriculture 3 - 50 items, mostly clippings (New York Times, Scientific American, Kiwanis Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, etc.), on the history of agriculture, American and international agriculture

Agrostema - 1 clipping

Ailanthus - 8 items, mostly clippings, about the introduction of Ailanthus to America

Airplane Woods - from ca. 1918-19 about the best woods used for constructing airplanes, eg. Scientific American "Defects in Airplane Woods: Judging the Quality of the Timber That Goes into Our Fleet of Fliers"

Akebia - 1 clipping

Albizzia -2 clippings

Alcohol -29 items, mostly clippings on the biology of alcohol; Sept. 1935 Fortune "Alcohol and Tobacco" explains the powers of the two and includes an allegorical illustration of the effects of alcohol on the body; also articles on alcohol as fuel

Alder - 4 clippings

Aldrichimica Acta -Volume 17, Number 1, 1984.

Aleurites - 37 items, mostly clippings, primarily about tung oil

Alfalfa - 19 clippings on alfalfa for human and livestock consumption

Algae- 27 items, mostly clippings, on the medicinal and nutritional value of algae, especially spirulina

Alkaloids- 27 clippings, photocopies, and research papers (by H. R. Hurov, R. F. A. Altman, Claudio Naranjo on the effects of alkaloids, especially caffeine (one duplicate - "Persistence of Alkaloids in Plant Tissue")

Allium -20 clippings about garlic, leeks, shallots, onion; primarily about cooking

Almond - 6 clippings

Alnus - 1 clipping, 1 short publication, and a paper from Firewood Crops (1979)

Alocasia - 1 clipping

Aloe - 19 pamphlets and clippings on the medical, cosmetic, and biological properties of aloe; a 1902 clipping from the West Indian Bulletin

Amaranthus - 1 clipping, 1 pamphlet, and 1 cereal box ("100% Natural Sprouted Cereal with Amaranth")

Amber - 29 clippings, mostly about the folkloric and scientific properties of amber; several articles about amber in the Baltic states and in the New World (1 duplicate: "X-Ray Diffraction Study of Some Fossil and Modern Resins")

Ambrosia - 4 clippings

Amelanchier -4 clippings

Amino Acids - 22 pamphlets and informational handouts (many from Cambridge Natural Foods store)

Amomis - 2 clippings

Anacardium - 7 clippings, 1 brochure "Indian Cashews," one letter, and 1 postcard

Anatherum - 2 clippings

Andropogon - 3 clippings (one from Esso gas: Concursos de Tractorismo Esso) and one brief publication

Anemone - 5 clippings

Annona - 5 clippings

Anthemis -1 clipping

Anthropology - 24 clippings, primarily on the evolution of human civilization (eg. Scientific American 1926 "The Antiquity of Man in America: Who Were the First Americans? Whence Came They?") with an emphasis on early agriculture and the Americas

Antiaris - 2 clippings on its uses as a poison

Antibiotics - 19 clippings and short publications; 1948 article from Science Illustrated with interesting diagram of the history of antibiotic drugs; Boston herald 1964 "Today’s Wonder Drugs Not So new After All"

Aphrodisiacs - 5 photocopies and clippings; New York Times 1984 “Volunteers Flood Aphrodisiac Study” (one duplicate: "Love is the Drug")

Apios - 3 clippings

Apium - 4 clippings

Apocynum - 1 clipping

Apple - 36 clippings; many articles on specific species; New York Times 1979 "Old-Fashioned Apple Trees Produce Delicious Harvests"

Apricot - 4 clippings

Aquatic Plants- 8 clippings and one American Scientist newsletter

Aquilegia - 1 clipping

Araceae - 2 clippings

Aralia - 5 clippings (1 duplicate The Garden Magazine 1923 "Launching a New Vegetable"); The Garden Magazine 1916 "Udo, a Vegetable Novelty"

Araucaria - 7 clippings, one sheet indicating something "On Exhibition in Case No. 406"

Araujia - 2 clippings

Arbutus - 9 clippings

Archaeology - 24 clippings and one paper, many of which discuss ancient Egypt and mummies; Science 82 3(9) "An Ancient Harvest on the Nile"; a paper by Elizabeth A. Coughlin "The effects of botanical products on rehydrated mummified tissue and on experimentally mummified tissue"

Arctium - 1 clipping

Arctostaphyllos - 6 clippings

Areca - 1 clipping

Arenga - 2 clippings

Argania - 2 clippings including Christian Science Monitor 1930 "The Hospitable Argan Tree"

Argemone - 1 clipping and 1 photocopy (from Thor Heyerdahl’s Early Man and the Ocean)

Arid Lands - 26 clippings primarily about finding ways to grow crops in arid climates

Arisaema -2 clippings

Aristolochia - 2 clippings

Arrow Poison - 24 items, mostly clippings; 1 bibliography by Richard C. Gill; 1935 letter from Gill to Oakes Ames, with response; clippings about the origins and uses of different types of poisons, primarily in South America (cuare), occasionally sensationalistic, eg. Boston American Supplement 1938 "Strange Weapons of the Jungle" and 1941 Boston Herald article about Gill, "Strange Quest to Learn Secrets of Jungle Magic"

Arrowroot - 4 clippings including an undated advertisement: "C.I.E. Speed’s Steam Made Gold Medal Arrowroot manufactured from the Maranta arundinacea or Real Arrowroot for Culinary, Medical, Toilet, Laundry and General Use is Incomparably the Best."

Artemisia - 4 clippings and photocopies including 2 on anti-malarial applications; one excellent article by William A. Emboden (Terra 1983) "Absinthe, Absintheurs and Absinthism: A Brief History of Wormwood"

Artichoke - 1 menu from SwissAir; 7 clippings, many on the growing popularity of artichokes

Artocarpus - 11 clippings

Arundo - 1 clipping

Asarum -2 clippings

Asclepiadaceae - 14 clippings, eg. The American Weekly 1942 "Milkweed as a Farm Treasure"; also 3 short reports on fragile paper

Ash - 6 clippings

Asimina - 9 clippings and photocopies, including 1 duplicate (Nature 1928 "A Boys’ Delight: The Fruits of the Papaw Attract Youth")

Astragalus – 2 clippings

Astrocarum - 1 clipping

Atriplex - 3 clippings

Atropa - 3 clippings

Attalea - 4 clippings

Avocado - 17 items, mostly clippings; several booklets of recipes and articles about growing popularity; Saturday Evening Post 1949 "The Mysterious Avocado"; 1981 advertisement with Angie Dickinson holding a slice of avocado

Azadirachta - 6 items, mostly clippings

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