Economic Botany Transparencies (Harlan Collection)


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has an extensive collection of photographic transparencies relating to fieldwork, artefacts and other aspects of economic botany. A recent, important, addition is the lifetime slide collection of Professor Jack Harlan (1917-1998) donated by his family. Jack Harlan was a well-known and widely published specialist in crop domestication and evolution. He travelled extensively and his photographic collection reflects both this and his range of interests, from archaeology to genetics.

A summary of the 4,500 slides in the Harlan collection can be found below and entry of the slides into the collection database is in progress.

Outline of Jack Harlan Photographic Slide Collection

Box 1

Box 1, Drawer 1

Number of slides, subjects

Group 1

26 Purchased slides, predominantly fine art from Berlin galleries/museums

Group 2:

10 - Indian sculpture

Group 3

15 - Duplicates of Agricultural Techniques.

Group 4

24 - Stemler SEM, wheat and barley.

Loose Divider

Afghanistan

Group 5

6 - Miscellaneous. (3 slides of orchids, 1 slide Oats SF, 2 slides sieve, pestle and mortar.

Box 1, Drawer 2

Africa

Group 1

26 - African Scenes - mixed

Group 2

23 - Africa People - mixed

Group 3

49 Afr. Crops mixed

Group 4

60 - Ethiopia mixed views.

Box 1, Drawer 3

Asia

Group 1

52 -Holy Land mixed, views.

Loose Divider

Jerusalem and vicinity, mixed, views

Group 2

32 - Misc. Turkey mixed, views

Group 3

27 - Giigit Chitral, mixed, views

Folded sheet

Description of Dead Sea Expedition 1979

Group 4

53 - Jordan 1977, mixed, some views, mainly archaeological.

Group 5

36 - Jordan 1977, mixed, views of countryside

Group 6

14 - Jordan 1981, (Oct81), archaeological.

Group 7

38 Jordan 1981, (oct81), archaeological.

Folded sheets (3)

Description of Slides from 1981 Field Season.

Box 1, Drawer 4

 

Group 1

9 - Miscellaneous; - wild sesame Nov78C2 (x4), pigeon pea Oct76C2 (x1), cave drawings Feb76C6(x2), Mayan art May75C9 and Jun75C15(x2)

Group 3

15 - Dioscorides, - bot. Illustration

Group 4

47,Early Oklahoma - mixed, views, plants, old photos, map etc

Group 5

73 Herbals 16th C various

Box 1, Drawer 5

 

Group 1

168 - Harlan and Friends

Group 2

9 Maize plus 1 seemingly unrelated cartoon (these all probably belong with below)

Group 3

45 Teocintle Tripsacum Recovered Maize

Box 1, Drawer 6

Asia

Group 1

93 - Misc. Scenes India

Loose Dividers I

India

Gilgit/Chitral

Group 1

2 - Wild soya beans, NE China (loose)

Group 2

49 Iran Misc.- mixed, views, the odd plant

Group 3

24 Central Asia 60, mixed, views

Group 4

23 Afghanistan assorted views

Group 5

12 Aden views

Box 2

Upper Tray.

Group 1

23 - Maya Ruins

Group 2

20 - Mexico scenes

Group 3

21 - Mexico scenes

Group 4

22 - Mexico background

Group 5

20 - Mexico background

Group 6

15 - Maize in art (incl. one photo of a woman processing maize)

Group 7

16 - Maize in art

Group 8

17 - Maize in art/ Aztec/ Tula (incl. 3 Teotihuacan)

Group 9

23 - Teotihuacan / Maya

Group 10

20 - Maya ruins

Group 11

24 - Tomato (3 plus 8 of other mainly crop plants) / Art of C. America (13)

Group 12

23 Mexican art

Group 13

23 Mexican art

Group 14

23 Mexican art

Group 15

21 - Maize in art

Group 16

19 Guatemala (assorted views including some plants)

Group 17

23 Guatemala (assorted views including some crops)

Group 18

17 Crops

Group 19

22 Crops

Group 20

22 Crops

Group 21

20 Peru art (including some archaeological sites)

Group 22

23 - Art (16)/ Peru (7)

Group 23

22 South America background

Group 24

19 Puerto Rico / Costa Rica (assorted views incl. A few plants)

Group 25

22 Martinique (9) / Jamaica (13)

Group 26

17 - Tisselli (Brazil) (4) / Forage legumes (11) plus 2 line maps of the americas

Group 27

21 Crops (some maps)

Group 28

20 Crops (some maps)

Group 29

18 S.A. [South American] crops

Group 30

14 Peru crops

Lower Tray

 

Group 1

21 Extra (Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Niger, Podocarpus forest).

Group 2

16 - Konso / Ethiopia (assorted scenes)

Group 3

23 - Ethiopia / C. Africa (assorted scenes)

Group 4

23 - W. Africa (village and countryside)

Group 5

23 - Africa Background / W. Africa (village and habitat scenes, some economic botany)

Group 6

20 Sorghum

Group 7

Sorghum empty

Group 8

22 Sorghum

Group 9

24 Sorghum / Crops, Baobab etc /Extras

Group 10

22 Extras background (Central Africa various)

Group 11

Miscellaneous crops Empty

Group 12

Cowpea, Finger Millet, Tef Empty

Group 13

22 Tef, Fonid, Yam, Rice (and an assortment of other crops)

Group 14

12 Rice / P. Millet

Group 15

18 Pearl Millet

Group 16

22 Extra crops (mainly Poaceae)

Group 17

21 Extra techniques / Markets

Group 18

21 Markets / Techniques

Group 19

5 Techniques

Group 20

6 Techniques / Misc. Crops

Group 21

5 Ethiopia (crops)

Group 22

20 Mostly Ethiopia (mainly views, some crops)

Group 23

22 Ethiopia Crops

Group 24

23 Scenes of Africa ( landscapes, wildlife and some crops)

Group 25

21 Extra crops

Group 26

21 Blank (Ethiopia and Guatemala, views and assorted plants.

Group 27

19 Small slides of Solanum / Art (african)

Group 28

22 African Art

Group 29

23 African Art / West Africa

Group 30

21 Maps and Misc.

Box 3

Upper Tray

Group 1

20 - Kulu / Kashmir

Group 2

10 Agricultural scenes hay / India

Group 3

14 Sesame / Pidgeonpea (people, plants and views)

Group 4

22 Minor millets / rice (Sydney Botanic Garden, Otto, Views of Australia, Singapore

Group 5

19 S & SE Asia / Rice / Map (mainly shots of Australia plants, Canberra in particular)

Group 6

9 Betel Palm / Misc. (tea plus a few other plants and agric. Views)

Group 7

25 Scenes / Icrisat / So. India (Assorted Indonesian views, plants, people, buildings etc.)

Group 8

24 South India / Icrisat / Chitral (as above)

Group 9

26 - Chitral / Gilgit (as above)

Group 10

23 Gilgit / Kulu (as above)

Group 11

18 Sugar cane / South pacific (millet and rice)

Group 12

21 Coconut / South Pacific

Group 13

20 Pidgeon Pea / Bangladesh (Assorted fruit and spice plants, not necissarily Bangladesh)

Group 14

20 Bangladesh (assorted plants, localities not given for most)

Group 15

20 Bangladesh (assorted places, plants and views)

Group 16

24 SE Asian Fruits / Indonesia (Bangladesh agriculture)

Group 17

24 Bogor & vicinity (Assorted Bangladesh)

Group 18

21 Bing Bing / Colocasia / Banana Twine (SE Asia assortment)

Group 19

18 Banana collection (amongst other things)

Group 20

17 Banana collection in Philippines

Group 21

8 Kulu

Group 22

23 Banana varieties

Group 23

20 Icrisat, Hyderabad, Coimbatore various incl. Cropping techniques

Group 24

24 Bombay, Bangalore, Jabalpur various incl. Livestock, crops and buildings

Group 25

19 Bananas plus a few other plants

Group 26

19 Ottos Garden, Australia misc.

Group 27

19 Crops and other plants, Bogor, Djakarta and France

Group 28

15 Pigeonpea, Australia and Sesame, India

Group 29

19 Assorted crops and agricultural views, India

Group 30

26 Palgham, Kashmir, Kulu valley

Lower Tray

Group 1

21 China, sightseeing

Group 2

22 Assorted crops

Group 3

21 Assorted crops, China

Group 4

20 China, soya bean, rice

Group 5

19 China, ethnographic

Group 6

21 China,sightseeing

Group 7

23 China, sightseeing

Group 8

19 Misc. incl. some plants

Group 9

22 China, agriculture

Group 10

22 China, various crop plants

Group 11

17 Misc. incl. plants

Group 12

Empty

Group13

24 Hong Kong

Group 14

16 Singapore

Group 15

20 China, people

Groups 16-20

Empty

Groups 21-25

104 Japan, various

Groups 26&27

Empty

Groups 28-30

57 Japan, various

Box 4

Group 1

15 Wales and Scotland, various

Group 2

18 UK sightseeing

Group 3

19 Winchester and Stonehenge

Group 4

19 Kew

Group 5

14 York and Kew

Group 6

16 Spain (Jeans Castle)

Group 7

11 Copenhagen sights

Group 8

20 Copenhagen (Botanic Gardens and Tivoli) & Amsterdam

Group 9

23 Ireland

Group 10

23 UK cathedrals and abbeys

Group 11

20 purchased slides of Toledo paintings

Group 12

17 purchased slides, mainly Leon Cathedral

Group 13

13 Burgoz & Cordoba

Group 14

16 Sergovia

Group 15

20 assorted Spanish architecture

Group 16

23 Italy, mostly Venice

Group 17

22 Italy, mostly Firenze

Group 18

13 Italy, mostly Rome

Group 19

18 Mostly Rome

Group 20

25 Austria

Group 21

17 Bulgaria

Group 22

14 Yugoslavia

Group 23

18 Yugoslavia

Group 24

18 Germany

Group 25

12 mostly Paris

Groups 26-27

45 Leningrad

Groups 28-30

64 Moscow

Box 5

Group 1a

29 Assorted parts of the world, mostly crop and agriculture

Group 1b

50 mixed bag including a number of plants

Group 1c

39 Maize and Trip

Group 1d

5 Veg. Maps

Group 1e

42 around the world, mostly crops/agriculture

Group 1f

23 Maize

Group 2

99 African agriculture

Group 3

70 mixed bag incl. crops

Group 4

38 Egypt 1994 (slides unlabelled)

Group 5

35 Mixed (maps, crops)

Group 6

29 Egypt 1994 (seconds) (slides unlabelled)

Group 7

25 unlabelled slides

Group 8

25 unlabelled slides

Group 9

41 Cynodon

Group 10

37 Cynodon

Group 11

37 Cynodon

Group 12

24 Cynodon

Group 13

39 Cynodon

Box 1 = 1079 slides

Box 2 = 1129

Box 3 = 1035

Box 4 = 563

Box 5 = 684

Total = 4490