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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 S

Sabadilla – 5 items.

Sabal – 1 item.

Saccharum – 16 items, including The Sunday Times–Union 1942 “Sugar Cane May Help in Winning War”, The United States Daily 1928 “Mammoth Sugar Cane Found in New Guinea”.

Saffron – 5 items, including New York Times 1981 “Spice With the Price of Gold”.

Sagittaria – 2 items.

Sago – 4 items.

Salix – 15 items, including The Explorer 1982 “Pussy Willows”.

Salvia – 5 items

Sambucus – 6 items, including Natural History Magazine 1982 “Respect Your Elders”.

Sandalwood – 3 items

Sanguinaria – 2 items

Sanseviera – 2 items

Sapium – 1 item

Sapindus – 2 items

Saponin – 2 items

Sapotaceae – 2 items

Sarracenia – 5 items, including Natural History 1983 “Cobras of the Pacific Northwest”.

Sassafras – 6 items, including Boston Herald 1927 “Sassafras Oil Defeats Ants”.

Sawdust – 5 items, including The Garden Magazine 1913 “Using Sawdust as a Fertilizer”.

Saxegothaea – 1 item

Schinus – 12 items, including The New York Times 1982 “Florida County Bans 3 Harmful Exotic Trees”, Palm Beach Post Times 1981 “Toxic Berry Masquerades as Pepper”.

Seaweed – 23 items, including The Sunday Times 1982 “Planting with a Pinch of Salt”, Boston Post 1932 “Seaweed Extract Used in Ice Cream”.

Sechium – 9 items, including The Gardeners’ Chronicle 1928 “The Choko or Cho Cho”.

Seeds – 18 items, including China Reconstructs 1981 “Best Lotus Seeds and Where They Grow”.

Senecio – 2 items

Sequoia – 17 items, including The Florida Times–Union 1942 “New Cloth is Made of Wool and Bark of Redwood Tree”.

Sesamum – 2 items

Shakesperean Plants – 8 items

Shellac – 3 items

Simmondsia – 26 items, including The New York Times 1975 “Oil From a Shrub Found in Desert May Save the Sperm Whale”.

Sisal – 16 items, including Natural History 1971 “The Great Sisal”.

Skin Poison – 23 items, including Science News Letter 1931 “Brazilian Wood Causes Skin Poisoning Like Ivy”.

Snake –Bit Remedy – 2 items

Snuff – 10 items, including Boston Globe 1986 “This stuff called snuff”.

Soap – 7 items, including The United States Daily 1930 “Shelled Nuts Form Soap when Glassed”.

Solanaceae – 1 item

Solanum – 15 items, including Science 1891 “The Egg–Plant”.

Soybean 1 – 57 items, including The Christian Science Monitor 1983 “Put a soybean in your tank”.

Soybean 2 – 26 items, including The Christian Science Monitor 1982 “Drought–resistant plants: the case of the hairy soybean”.

Soybean 3 – 58 items, including Boston Traveler 1943 “U.S. Now Biggest Soybean Grower”, Boston Traveler 1941 “Scientists Find Soybean Amazing”.

Sophora – 2 items

Sorghum – 12 items, including Christian Science Monitor 1978 “Old mills still producing sorghum molasses”.

Spartina – 2 items

Spartium – 2 items

Sphagnum – 8 items, including American Forestry 1918 “Sphagnum Moss for Surgical Dressings”.

Spices 1 – 20 items, including American Orchid Society Bulletin 1945 “Vanilla” by Oakes Ames, The Agricultural News 1909 “The Spices of the Tropics”, New York Herald Tribune 1941 “Spice Shortage”.

Spices 2 – 16 items, including Boston Globe 1981 “The Two Spice Brothers”.

Spinach – 6 items, including New York Times 1980 “The Spinach Viewpoint”, New York Times 1979 “Spinach Used to Create Solar Energy”.

Spirulina – 8 items, including r & d Mexico 1982 “Spirulina, a new and natural source of protein”.

Squash – 5 items, including New York Times 1980 “Winter Squash, Beyond the Pumpkin”, Horticulture 1944 “Squashes of Many Kinds“, Boston Globe 1981 “Squmpkins!!”.

Stachys – Gard. Chron. 1928 “The Chinese Artichoke”, The Garden Magazine 1918 “The New Japanese Artichokes”.

Starch – 19 items, including The American Naturalist 1875 “About Starch”.

Statistics – 9 items, including The United States Daily 1928 “August Crop Report”.

Sterculia – Science 1889 “The Kola–nut“, The Western Druggist 1895 “The Kola Nut“, The New Idea 1895 “The marvelous powers of the kola nut tested in the United States Army“.

Stevia – 6 items, including The Agriculture News 1905 “A New Sugar Plant”, The New Agriculture News “The Sweetest Plant Known”, The Garden 1918 “The Sweetest Plant Known”.

Stipa – 3 items.

Stock Poison – 33 items, including Canada Department of Agriculture 1954 “Poisonous Plants of the Canadian Prairies” (with a photograph of 2 dead cows in a field), New York Times 1968 “Scientists Attempt to Make Poison Weeds Less Toxic”, The Agriculture News 1912 “The Poisoning of Cattle by Sorghum”, The Agriculture News 1906 “Cattle Poisoned by Java Beans”, The Agriculture News 1918 “Plants Poisonous to Stock“, ”The Agriculture News 1918 “A Berry Poisonous to Fowls”, The New York Times 1971 “Scientists Puzzled by Cattle Disease”.

Strophanthus – Science in Review 1949 “Discovery of Cortisone–Yielding Plant Adds to the Great Advances Against Arthritis”, The New York Times 1949 “The ’Elixir of Life”.

Straw – The Times, London 1982 “Straw burning ’for fireplaces, and not fields”, The Times, London 1982 “Inflammable Farmers“, Boston Post 1927 ”Vast Riches in Burned Straw“, The Boston Globe 1927 “Ton of straw nets $250 in products”.

Strawberries – 9 items, including The Boston Post 1926 “$150,00 for one berry: Giant specimen said to clear complexion”.

Sugar 1 – 58 items, including Scientific American 1917 “In Unknown Sugardom”, Boston Post 1937 “Sugar–Iron used as aid in cancer”, Boston Traveler 1929 “Woman Chemist Finds New Source of Sugar”, Scientific American 1921 “The Story of Sugar”, The Boston Sunday Globe 1929 “America’s Sugar Bowl is Found in Florida”.

Sugar 2 – 41 items, including New York Times 1979 “Sugar Dispute An Issue Still to be Settled”, Christian Science Monitor 1980 “Rising price is sour news for sugar lovers”, Boston Globe 1927 “Home–grown sugar crop prospect as result of chemists’ discovery”, Boston Globe 1926 “Making Sugar”, Scientific American Supplement 1918 “Sugar Making in Cuba”.

Sugar 3 – 49 items, including Scientific American 1917 “Filling the Sugar Bowl“, Science 1889 ”Cultivation of Sugar in Persia“, Scientific Supplement 1918 “The Maple Tree Helps to Relieve Sugar Shortage”.

Sugar 4 – 47 items, including a series of articles on Cuba and Sugar from 1919, New York Times 1981 “A skirmish in ongoing sugar war”, The Agriculture News 1918 “Sugar as a Food”.

Sugar Substitute – 17 items, including The Boston Globe 1980 “Sweetening foods by using fructose”, The Wall Street Journal 1980 “Sugar makers stirred by push for fructose”, New York Times 1975 “A Sweetener Discovered by Accident”.

Sumac – 3 clippings.

Sunflower – 14 items, including Natural History 1984 “The Ant and the Sunflower”, The New York Times 1981 “Sunflower Emerging as a Commodity”.

Survival – 6 items, including Massachusett’s Wildlife 1970 “Nature’s Salad Bowl”, The Sacramento Bee 1968 “90 Per Cent of Forest Plants are Termed ’Edible’”.

Sweet Potato – 23 items, including Boston Traveler 1938 “Sweet Potato Starch being Produced in South”, Boston Evening Transcript 1936 “Alcohol Yam Growing Encouraged in China”.

Symbiosis – 2 clippings.

Symphoricarpus – 3 clippings of photographs.

Symplocarpus – 3 clippings.

Syrups – 19 items, including The New York Times 1981 “New England Anticipates Maple Sugaring Time”.

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