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Digital libraries with Linnaean material

  • Analytic bibliography of on-line neo-Latin texts
    An extensive collection of digitised texts, including many by Linnaeus. Go to "Bibliograpy of Neo-Latin texts on the web", select Letters "Li-Ly" and scroll down the alphabetical list to "Linnaeus".
  • Animalbase - provides free access to historical zoological literature and particularly to the publications where name-bearing zoological taxa were originally described. Most zootaxonomically relevant publications by Linnaeus have been digitized.
  •  Plazi.org - supports and promotes the development of persistent and openly accessible digital taxonomic literature. 
  • Hunt Institute - The database of the Original Linnaean Dissertations includes in each entry the Lidén number, respondent, title, date of defense, pagination, short title, Lidén title, Soulsby title, Drake title and notes. (The Lidén, Soulsby and Drake information refers to published reference works that contain bibliographic information about the Linnaean dissertations).


Projects associated with the Linnean Society

  • The Linnaean Typification Project  The Natural History Museum, in collaboration with the Linnean Society of London, has been collating and cataloguing information on published type designations for Linnaean plant names and, where none exists, has been collaborating with specialists in designating appropriate types.


Linnaean Collections

Linnaeus's own herbarium, housed at the Linnean Society of London, is the single largest collection of the specimens seen and used by Linnaeus. There are a number of other collections which contain original material for the names he described. These include collections of specimens (e.g. those at H, MW, S, SBT, UPS) given away by Linnaeus to students and colleagues, but also other collections that he studied at some point but which never formed part of his own herbarium. The latter include the George Clifford, John Clayton and Paul Hermann herbaria (all at BM and all digitised and searchable on-line), as well as those of Joachim Burser (UPS) and Adriaan van Royen (L). Some species were known to Linnaeus only through the publications of other authors such as Hans Sloane, Charles Plumier, Johannes Burmann and many others.

  • The Linnean Society of London
    The world's oldest natural history society and holders of Linnaeus's original library and collections. The Society is in the process of digitising its collections. They can be accessed HERE.

  • Linnean Herbarium (S-LINN)
    The Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm holds a collection of 4,000 plant specimens that were distributed by Linnaeus to a number of his disciples.  They contain a number of type speciments.  The Museum is in the process of digitising these collections.

  • Strandell Collection of Linnaeana
    The largest collection of published material by and about Linnaeus outside Sweden held at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Information.

  • The University Libraries at Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas, hold the Mackenzie Linnaeana collection, formerly at the New York Horticultural Society, which consists of all the important editions of Linnaeus's writings, nearly 200 theses written by Linnaeus for his students at the University of Uppsala, and his doctoral dissertation.


  • Linnaeus' Garden
    Information on the garden - a reconstruction of the Uppsala University Botanical Garden in the days of Linnaeus.
  • Linné on line 
    An extensive Swedish portal from the University of Uppsala to information on Linnaeus.