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