All 39 Collections

  • Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives

    This collection contains all books contributed by Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives.

  • Archives from the Boston Metropolitan Park Flora

    In 1894 the Metropolitan Park Commission in Boston, Mass. commissioned the firm of Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot to survey of the plants of the woodland reservations. The results were compiled, edited, and published by Walter Deane in 1896 under the title Flora of the Blue Hills, Middlesex Fells, Stony Brook and Beaver Brook Reservations, of the Metropolitan Park Commission, Massachusetts. This collection comprises over 1,200 specimens, 8,000 pages of manuscript material, and published books, articles, and maps (estimated at 500 pages).

  • BHL-Africa

    Books contributed by BHL global partner South African National Biodiversity Institute.

  • BHL-China

    Books scanned in Beijing by BHL global partner Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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  • Blog Features

    All items featured in Book of the Week posts on the BHL Blog http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org

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  • Bone Wars Collection

    Collection of items authored or edited by Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh.

  • Bone Wars iTunes U Collection

    Collection of items selected to be featured on iTunes U, authored or edited by Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh.

  • California Academy of Sciences

    This collection contains all books contributed by California Academy of Sciences.

  • Carl Linnaeus Collection

    Select items authored by or about the Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist.

  • Celebrating Alfred Russel Wallace

    Selected items featuring the work of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), British biologist, anthropologist, geographer, environmentalist, and human rights advocate. The man who, independently of Darwin, arrived to the same conclusion on natural selection. In 1858 he corresponded with Darwin about his theory, prompting Darwin to finally publish the famous work, On the Origin of Species, in 1859.

  • Charles Darwin's Library

    Books that were a part of Charles Darwin's personal collection.

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  • Curious and Bizarre Creatures

    What do deep sea monsters, mermaids, hydra, dinosaurs, and Shakespeare have in common? They're all in this collection featuring some of the strangest books BHL has to offer.

  • Engelmann Herbarium

    Botanical literature generated during expansion into the American West.

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  • Engelmann Papers, Missouri Botanical Garden

    The personal papers of the botanist George Engelmann include almost 5,000 letters from about 550 leading and amateur scientists in the United States and Europe in the middle decades of the 19th century. The collection also includes the various scientific notes and written works composed by Engelmann during his life as a medical doctor living in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University

    This collection contains all books contributed to BHL by the Ernst Mayr Library.

  • Extinct Species

    Dinosaurs, dodos, and more. Selected books highlighting extinct species of plants and animals.

  • Field Museum Library

    This collection contains all books contributed by the Field Museum Library.

  • Fieldiana: The Flora of Peru

    This collection contains those Fieldiana:Botany volumes which comprise the series Flora of Peru.

  • Floral Mania

    These books contain some of the most beautiful and unusual illustrations of flowering plants in BHL.

  • Harvard University Herbarium, Botany Libraries

    This collection contains all books contributed by the Harvard University Herbarium, Botany Libraries.

  • Library of Congress

    This collection contains all books contributed by the Library of Congress.

  • MBLWHOI Library, Woods Hole

    This collection contains all books contributed by MBLWHOI Library, Woods Hole.

  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Materia Medica

    A title scanned for Trio Foundation.

  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Folios

    Titles scanned for the Trio Foundation, 2011

  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Rare Books Collection

    A volume scanned as part of MBG's Rare Books Website.

  • Museum Victoria

    This collection contains all books contributed by Museum Victoria, Australia.

  • Natural History Museum Library, London

  • New York Botanical Garden

    Items contributed from the New York Botanical Garden. http://www.nybg.org

  • Notable Women in Natural History

    A collection of selected works created by women who made direct contributions to the study of Botany and Zoology either by way of authoring or editing works on the subject or by providing critical illustrations to support the works authored by someone else. This collection is by no means comprehensive.

  • Once There Were Billions

    Once an amazing diversity of birds—some in breathtaking abundance—inhabited the vast forests and plains of North America. But starting around 1600, species began to disappear, as humans altered habitats, over-hunted, and introduced predators. This collection includes books related to the exhibition "Once There Were Billions" which focuses on the extinction of four bird species: the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), and Heath Hen (Tympanuchus cupido cupido.)

  • Publicaciones en Español

  • Rarest of the Rare

    These unique gems of the Biodiversity Heritage Library collection represent some of the rarest natural history works to ever hit the digital world.

  • Savants of Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

    Contributions of the French scientists who took part in Napoleon's Egyptian Expedition. These materials represent works by the scientists associated with the campaign or are later works by said scientists not necessarily related to Egypt.

  • Seed & Nursery Catalogs

    This collection of seed and nursery catalogs was digitized primarily from the significant collections of New York Botanical Garden, Cornell University and the National Agricultural Library. The collection will continue to grow supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We welcome suggestions of catalogs to consider for digitizing and adding to the collection.

  • Shark Week Collection

    A collection of works about sharks to celebrate Shark Week http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark_Week

  • Smithsonian Libraries

    This collection contains all books contributed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries

  • Theodore Roosevelt iTunes U Collection

    Books in iTunes U authored, co-authored or introduced by Theodore Roosevelt dealing with Natural History.

  • UNEP-WCMC Collection

    The collection of content provided by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Centre http://www.unep-wcmc.org/.

  • Whales: From Bone to Book Collection

    Select items about the anatomy, ecology and evolution of whales authored by notable authors and Smithsonian scientists, part of the Smithsonian Libraries "Whales: From Bone to Book" exhibit.