From Oregon State University comes A Short History of the Seed and Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S., an extensive online collection of agricultural catalogues from 1832 to 1966. The collection was assembled by agricultural librarian Laura Kelts during the 1960s and 1970s and, more recently, digitized by Alice Krinsky Formiga of OSU's Department of Horticulture. On this website, visitors can learn more about these catelogs, easily navigable by time period. As site explains, "Rather than offering merely seeds and plants, catalogues offer garden tools, kitchen gadgets, gardening clothes and furniture. Recipes, personal notes from company owners, and evidence of companies' charitable works are all common elements in modern retail catalogues. The study of older seed and nursery catalogues makes it possible to trace how and when these developments occurred in response to available technology and the demands of gardeners in changing times." In each time period denoted on this website, featured catalogues are accompanied by thoughtful commentary about the history of farming and gardening during this time.
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