For over a century, the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been a leading center for research and knowledge sharing about all aspects of farming. Now a rich repository of material that captures this expertise is being made accessible to a world-wide public. Cornell University Library collaborated with Kathryn J. Boor ’80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ (CALS), to release copyright restrictions on more than 1,700 documents published between 1880 and 1996. This material – produced by scholars at CALS, including the Cornell University and New York State Agricultural Experiment Stations, as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension – can now be searched, downloaded and read on HathiTrust, a digital library of more than 15 million volumes, of which Cornell University Library is a partner.
Providing access to items such as the full run of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium journal “Baileya,” and the “Wine Industry Workshop” proceedings published by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, this trove is valuable for a variety of research goals—from scientists working on taxonomic classification to historians of agriculture and even practicing farmers and hobby growers looking for reliable background information on farming techniques and technologies. All of the material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. This license, the least-restrictive Creative Commons license available, allows users to distribute, tweak and build upon the work, as long as it is credited to Cornell.
For more information, please visit the full Cornell Chronicle article of May 18, 2017.