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Environment of South and Southeast Asia

The Forest History Society's John Richards Collection is comprised of approximately 115 cubic feet of records resulting from a long-term (1983-1994), multidisciplinary research initiative led by historian John F. Richards of Duke University that studied the impact of tropical land use change on global atmospheric CO2 concentrations. The materials are available for research in the FHS Alvin J. Huss Archives. Data gathered during the project is also available online at Carbon. The project also created a searchable bibliographic database.

Description of the John Richards Collection

The research project project involved gathering information about such topics as: geological history, paleobotany, coastal ecosystems, vegetation mapping, pasture lands, traditional agriculture, and deforestation relating to the tropical nations of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The project concluded when funding evaporated in 1994, and Dr. Richards subsequently donated all materials associated with the project to the Forest History Society. Collection materials include photocopies of journal articles or published reports, many of which originated in the nations studied for the project. The companion Environment of South and Southeast Asia Bibliographic Database describes the materials within the collection and is searchable from our web site.

Conducting Research in the John Richards Collection

Housed in the Society's Alvin J. Huss Archives, the collection is open for research at the Forest History Society, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Researchers of this collection may be eligible for the Society's Alfred D. Bell Travel Grant program. For further information or assistance, please contact librarian Cheryl Oakes via email at coakes@duke.edu, via telephone at 919-682-9319, or via mail: Forest History Society, 701 William Vickers Avenue, Durham, North Carolina, 27701-3162.