Sources and Links
Through collaboration with libraries, archives and museums, this section provides direct access to relevant primary sources and features fascinating stories about individual items. Please share your knowledge of particular sources with us.
Featured resourceExperiments in Producing Useful Commodities from the Nests of Insects in India
John O'Brien on British attempts to utilise insect nests for economic purposes in India.
Featured resourceInvestigation into the India-rubber Trees of Brazil, 1877
John O’Brien on a primary source featuring a nineteenth century expedition from British India to Brazil and the Amazon.
- Reports on the Hindu Method of Making Sugar
An eighteenth century report on producing sugar and jaggery in India.
- A Colony in Crisis
Primary sources relating to the grain shortage of 1789 in colonial Saint-Domingue.
- Economic Botany Collection at Kew
This fascinating collection of over 85,000 objects includes historic specimens and artefacts relating to all plants amenable to being developed as commodities that were collected by naturalists and scientists from different parts of the world from the mid-nineteenth century.
- Botany in British India Material - A British Library collection
Botanical gardens in India; plant-collecting expeditions to Assam, the Coromandel Coast and the Spice Islands; and the use of plants as foodstuffs, industrial products and medicines.