USDA Pomology is to Pictures of Fruit What Audubon is to Bird Pictures

Pomological watercolors. That’s what the handout says. I picked it up at the National Agricultural Library table at the FLICC Job Fair this summer. In the late 19th & early 20th centuries, the newly formed Pomology Division of the USDA hired artists to help document fruits bearing species from the American Flora. Now a collection of those images is available to you and me, for free, online. They’re incredibly gorgeous.

Also, bonus, I belieeeeve American intellectual property law does not lock down these images. They’re in the public domain, having been created prior to 1923. Nice, right?

BTW, the job fair was fantastic and you should try to go if you’re interested in Federal Libraries, Archives, etc. In the mean time, just join the Careers in Federal Libraries Google Group.

Marcia Wood’s article on the collection: Agricultural Research Magazine, September 2000 – Vol. 48, No. 9

Exhibit page: USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection:

Page w/ image links: Medium Res JPG [some links broken, will attempt to notify relevant staff to request fix & high res images]

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