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Carl Linnaeus's correspondence

  • The Linnaean Correspondence Project publishes the complete text of the letters sent and received by Carl Linnaeus, together with summaries in English. Facsimiles of the original manuscripts and of selected printed editions are provided.The texts, summaries and facsimiles are linked to a master database of the correspondence and to files providing biographical and bibliographical information on the correspondents and their works. The texts and the summaries are searchable, as is the database.
  • The Linnean Society of London's Linnaean Correspondence Collection can also be searched online.


Carl Linnaeus's manuscripts

The Linnean Society has catalogued and digitised its Linnaean Manuscripts Collection, which is closely related to the Linnaean Collection of botanical and zoological specimens. The manuscripts are the basis for Linnaeus's published works and the foundation of modern taxonomy. They can be searched by author, title, or date.


Carl Linnaeus's annotated library

The Linnean Society of London has digitised197 titles from Linnaeus's personal library, through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which are freely available online. They include books that Linnaeus used as reference material; all theses of his students that he supervised; and Linnaeus' personal copies of his own works, spanning from 1735 to 1776, many of them interleaved and copiously annotated in his own hand.


Carl Linnaeus's specimens

Around 40,000 specimens from the collection of Carl Linnaeus are available to browse online. This includes Linnaeus's herbarium, insects, fish and shells.