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Digital Collections at Mann Library

Mann Library hosts digital collections valuable to research in many fields--agriculture, agribusiness, demographics, and sociology, to name a few. Together, these collections provide current information as well as important historical materials. All Mann's online digital collections are open to the general public and can be accessed from anywhere in the world via the Web. Additionally, Mann Library administers or participates in providing access to digital collections for the developing world.


CHLA is a core digital collection of historical books and journals on United States agriculture and rural life published between the early nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century. The collection covers a range of agricultural sciences, forestry, food science, human nutrition, and rural sociology. It includes scientific texts, handbooks, memoirs, local government publications, transactions of early agricultural societies, government publications, and farm journals.


CUGIR provides free, global access via the web to geospatial data and metadata covering New York State. Data from the collections of Mann Library, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Soil Information Systems Laboratory at Cornell, and other state and local agencies are included in CUGIR.


HEARTH is a core digital collection of historic books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines published between 1850 and 1950. It includes the full text of these materials, as well as bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to Home Economics.


The Phillips Beekeeping Collection at Mann Library is one of the largest and most complete apiculture libraries in the world. The Hive and the Honey Bee offers a subset of this collection that has been digitized.


The locale collection contains conference proceedings and newsletters that have not been commercially published and therefore tend to be difficult to locate in print or electronic form. Mann Library is focusing on providing access to materials of importance to the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE).


The USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System contains nearly 300 reports and datasets from the economics agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These materials cover U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. Most reports are text files that contain time-sensitive information. Most datasets are in spreadsheet format and include time-series data that is updated yearly.


VIVO, the Virtual Life Sciences Library, brings together in one site all library resources that support the Cornell New Life Science Initiative. VIVO also serves as a curated index to life science research, facilities, and instruction at Cornell, and to selected external resources.