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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


The Institute is in the process of formatting for the Web existing databases of the information contained in its collections and publications. Through the databases we hope to offer the global community greater access to our information.

BPH Online

BPH Online is a fully indexed and searchable database documenting (as comprehensively as possible) periodicals published between 1665 and the present that have addressed the plant sciences. It provides recommended title abbreviations, cross-references from other published abbreviations and complete titles, details of volumation and duration, and other basic bibliographic data for each periodical. However, please note that BPH Online is not a catalog of Hunt Institute’s serial holdings.

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Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute

Information about the artwork in the fully catalogued Art collection is accessible in this database to which images are being added.

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Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute: Digital Public Domain Images

Digitized artwork in the Art collection that is in the public domain can be downloaded for publication from this database.

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Catalogue of the Hunt Institute's Library

Hunt Institute’s Library collection is included in the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries’ online catalogue.

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Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration

The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists from around the world. Collectively, the International series catalogues are the most comprehensive record available of contemporary botanical artists and illustrators.

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Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project

Originally published as the Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project (2001), the database covers a high proportion of the total complement of structures, characters, and character states pertinent to detailed conventional description of the morphology and higher-level anatomy of plants other than algae. The database contains 2,627 terms with their synonyms, categories, limitations and definitions, and can be searched by one or more of these fields.

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Comprehensive Scheme for Standardized Abbreviation of Usable Plant-Family Names and Type-Based Suprafamilial Names

This database lists a scheme of four-character abbreviations for all properly usable plant-family names known to have been published to date, and of two-character rank suffixes for coordinated abbreviation of type-based names at standard suprafamilial ranks.

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This database is a searchable bibliography that indexes and organizes distinct data elements of nearly 4,000 titles of the world’s floristic literature published in the period 1730–1840.

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Index to Binomials Cited in the First Edition of Linnaeus' Species Plantarum

This index lists the binomials cited in the first edition of Carolus Linnaeus' Species Plantarum. The database contains the following fields, Genus, Epithet and Page Number.

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Index to Scientific Names of Organisms Cited in the Linnaean Dissertations

Originally published as part of the Index to Scientific Names of Organisms Cited in the Linnaean Dissertations together with a Synoptic Bibliography of the Dissertations and a Concordance for Selected Editions (1999), the database of the Index to Scientific Names is a reference resource on these dissertations and the scientific names that appear in them.

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Original Linnaean Dissertations

The database includes PDFs of the original Linnaean dissertations, English summaries and brief bibliographic records compiled from reference sources.

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Register of Botanical Biography and Iconography

This is a database of individuals in the plant sciences, from around the world and throughout history, with biographical data, biographical citations and portraits.

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Torner Collection of Sessé and Mociño Biological Illustrations

The Torner Collection of Sessé and Mociño Biological Illustrations is the original collection of botanical and zoological illustrations made during the Spanish exploring expedition of 1787–1803 sent to New Spain under the command of Martin de Sessé y Lacasta (1751–1808) and José Mariano Mociño (1757–1820).

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Cyrus Guernsey Pringle (1838–1911) and his assistant Filemón Lozano (fl.1905–1910), in Williams Science Hall at the University of Vermont, 1911, photograph by B. F. Lutman from original glass negatives in the Department of Botany at the University of Vermont, HI Archives portrait no. 5.