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Digital Collections

Mann Library hosts digital collections valuable to research in many fields, including 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. Additionally, Mann Library administers or participates in providing access to digital collections for the developing world.

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA)

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 logoCornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR)

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.

Home Economics Archive (HEARTH)

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 Hive and the Honeybee

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 Language of Flowers Collection

Our remarkable Language of Flowers Collection was donated to the library by award-winning garden writer Isabel Zucker '26. 92 of the 127 volumes in Mann’s collection were digitized for this online collection, including many early 19th-century texts on the art of expressing emotions, sentiments, and moral lessons through floral arrangements. They are a valuable resource for researchers in Victorian culture, horticulture as art, and women's lifestyles. Note that all 127 of Mann’s volumes can be found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s comprehensive Language of Flowers collection.


Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

Cornell University Library is an active member of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a consortium of institutions dedicated to ensuring open access to the world’s legacy literature in the life sciences. As part of its extensive online, high-resolution collection of digitized rare materials, BHL offers over 13,000 historical seed and nursery catalogs contributed by consortium partners.