Online Collections

Search our collections of specimens and digitised material.

To provide worldwide access to its priceless collections of specimens, manuscripts, letters and artwork, the Society is constantly adding to its Online Collections.

The Society’s aim is to make available its primary research material in digital formats to support taxonomic and conservation efforts and historical research worldwide, as well as providing public pleasure and enjoyment. Digitisation and other projects are ongoing, and further collections will be added to our Online Collections.

Linnaean Manuscripts Online- Explore Sixteen Manuscripts that Re-wrote Nature online.

The Correspondence of Sir James Edward Smith has been fully catalogued and is available online.

NEW: The Linnaean Annotated Library has now been launched!

Please click on the links below to access our collections:

The Linnaean Herbarium

The Herbarium of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) held at the Linnean Society of London.

The Linnaean Insect Collection

The Insect Collection of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) held at the Linnean Society of London.

The Linnaean Fish Collection

The Fish Collection of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) held at the Linnean Society of London.

Linnaean Shell Collection

The Shell Collection of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) held at the Linnean Society of London.

The Linnaean Manuscripts Online - Sixteen Manuscripts that Re-Wrote Nature

Online database of sixteen manuscripts from the Manuscripts Collection of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778).

The Linnaean Annotated Library

The personal library of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) includes Linnaeus' personal copies of his own works, spanning from 1735 to 1776, many of them interleaved and copiously annotated in his own hand.

Linnaean Correspondence Collection

The Correspondence of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) held at the Linnean Society of London.

The Smith Herbarium

The Herbarium of Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828) held at the Linnean Society of London.

The Correspondence of Sir James Edward Smith

Images and Catalogue of the Correspondence of Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828) held at the Linnean Society of London.

The Wallace Notebooks Collection

Images of the Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) natural history notebooks and journals held at the Linnean Society of London.

Buchanan-Hamilton Collection of paintings

The collection of plant and animal paintings of Dr Francis Buchanan-Hamilton (1762-1829) drawn in the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal).

Using the Online Collections

Advice for using the Online Collections can be found HERE

An integrated tool, FSI (Flash-based Single Source Image) Viewer, has been included with the collections to enable users to zoom in to very small sections of the specimens to see close detail. FSI Viewer also comes with a measuring tool for the Linnaean Herbarium. The buttons at the bottom right hand side of the FSI Viewer window are to use the zooming and measuring tools.

From a search results list it is possible to open more than 1 image window at a time so that side by side comparison can be made.

By clicking the "+" symbol in the menu at the bottom, you should be able to enlarge a selected area of the image up to nine times, and get a very detailed view. Please note that each "zoom" can take a while to load as it is processing a lot of data.

By clicking on the symbol with the four arrows, you can move the image by guiding your cursor (which will display as a hand on the image) over the image and click and drag. You can move the detailed view as if working with a magnifying glass. Just make sure that you click back onto "+" or "-" if you would like to zoom in or out.

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