Environmental Science and History

Enabling the impacts of human activity on the natural world!

Environmental Science and History will create opportunities for new insights into the natural world, the ways anthropogenic activity has impacted climates, biodiversity, and ecological balances, and will describe early efforts to understand and mitigate or remediate the negative effects of human activities on the natural world.

Plant illustration Exacum Forbesii
Plant illustration - Exacum Forbesii. Henry O. Forbes, RGS Images Online, 01/01/1903.

Substantial material will be available from mid-2022 with a view to completion in the first half of 2023

The content in this archive will support tracing the impacts of human activity on the natural world and enable these impacts to be researched and analyzed through documents, images, data, maps, and photographs.

The collections will primarily come from new digitization that will complement existing open or commercial resources and will complement the data, documents, and themes present in the existing Wiley Digital Archives from the Royal Geographical Society, Royal Anthropological Institute, New York Academy of Sciences, British Association for the Advancement of Science, and Royal College of Physicians.

Forest on a riverbank
Forest on a riverbank. J. B. Noel, RGS Images Online, n.d.

Subjects

  • Ecology
  • Botany
  • Biodiversity
  • Deforestation
  • Agriculture
  • Livestock
  • Fisheries
  • Water Sources
  • Irrigation
  • Wetlands
  • Hydrology
  • Climate Change

Primary Source Materials

  • Administrative records
  • Press clippings
  • Invitations to annual BAAS meetings
  • Correspondence
  • Illustrations
  • Gray Literature
  • Field Notes and Data
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Blueprints
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal Papers

Current Partners & Collections

The first partners in this archive include:

  • Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

  • The National Archives

  • The Commonwealth Forestry Archive 

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

* We will continue to announce additional partners in the coming weeks.

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