Papers holding the world
together - A conference on the written heritage of Carl Linnaeus and the Linneans, May 11, 2021
by, and about Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) and the Linneans form an important
subset of the Hagströmer library collections. Linnaeus was by profession a
medical doctor and this was also true for many of his close friends,
collaborators, and students. As time passed a great number of documents and
books with Linnean provenance ended up in the two major medical libraries of
Stockholm, the library of Karolinska Institutet, and the library of the Swedish
Society of Medicine. It is these two libraries that form the core of the
Hagströmer. Despite of their importance, these collections are largely unknown
to most historians of natural history and medicine. They are, indeed, even
rarely accessed by scholars of Linnaeus.
1300-1315 Hjalmar Fors, Introduction:
The Linnaean written heritage and the collections of the Hagströmer Library.
1315-1335 Linda Andersson
Burnett, The letters between Daniel Solander and Carl Linnaeus in global and
colonial context. Commentators: Hjalmar Fors and Eva B. Nyström.
Hagström-Molin, Provenance and Validity in the Hagströmer Library.
Commentators: Linda Andersson-Burnett and Annika Windahl-Pontén.
1410-1430 Eva C. Nyström, Johann Bartsch. Co-worker, proofreader and friend to Linnaeus during his
stay in the Netherlands. Commentators:
Nils Uddenberg and Eva B. Nyström.
1430-1450 Anna Svensson, A
sketch of Johan Salberg through his bibliographical collections and practices.
Commentators: Nils Uddenberg and Eva B. Nyström.
Müller-Wille, From travel diary to species catalogue: How Linnaeus came to
see Lapland. Commentators: Hjalmar Fors och Eva B. Nyström.
Windahl-Pontén, Custom is a second nature: A theme
in lecture notes on Linnaeus’s dietetics. Commentators: Linda
Andersson-Burnett and Eva C. Nyström.
1600-1620 Hanna Hodacs, Surrogate
tea versus plant transfer: negotiating taste, nature and medicine in the 1740s.
Anna Svensson and Emma Hagström-Molin.
1620-1640 Eva B. Nyström, Linnaeus´ Systema naturae in
manuscript and print. Commentators: Emma Hagström-Molin, Anna Svensson and
1640-1730 General discussion. Chair: Hjalmar Fors
On May 11, 2021 a zoom
conference was hosted by the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library of Karolinska
Institutet,. Organized by Hjalmar Fors and Eva B. Nyström, the conference
invited a group of prominent scholars to discuss Linnean manuscripts and
printed works extant in the Hagströmer collections.
Photo: Letter from Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 13 November 1761 (KIB MS 27:119).