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.
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
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 email@example.com,
via telephone at 919-682-9319, or via mail: Forest History Society, 701
William Vickers Avenue, Durham, North Carolina, 27701-3162.