Many of the original texts and periodicals represented in the exhibit have been digitized and made available online by a number of institutions and organizations, including the Missoui Botanical Garden Library, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and the Library of Congress.

  • Hortus Eystettensis. Basilius Besler, 1613. From the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
  • Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Issues through 1920. From the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
  • L'Illustration horticole. From the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
  • Notes of a Military Reconnoissance from Ft Leavenworth, in Missouri to San Diego, in California, including part of Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers. Lt. Col. W. H. Emory, 1848. From the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
  • The Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey. Major William H. Emory, 1859. From the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
  • Reports of explorations and surveys, to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. From the Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Silva of North America. From the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
  • The Cactaceae: Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family. N.L. Britton and J.N. Rose, 1919–1923. From the Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • An Illustrated Guide to Arizona Weeds. Kitty F. Parker, Author; Lucretia Hamilton, Illustrator, 1972. The University of Arizona Press.


  • Aitken, Richard.  Botanical Riches.  Burlington, VT: Lund Humphries, 2007.
  • Barker, Nicolas.  Hortus Eystettensis: the Bishop’s garden and Besler’s magnificent book.  New York: H.N. Abrams, 1995.
  • Besler, Basilius.  The Garden at Eichstätt: the book of plants.  London: Taschen, 2000.
  • Blunt, Wilfrid and William T Stearn. The Art of Botanical Illustration (New rev. and enl. ed. / revised by W.T. Stearn).  Antique Collectors'Club in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Woodbridge, England, 1994.
  • Bridson, Gavin D. R., James J. White, and Lugene B Bruno.  American Botanical Prints of Two Centuries.
    Pittsburgh: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003.
  • Goetzmann, William H.  Exploration and Empire—The Explorer and the Scientist in the Wining of the American West.
    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966.
  • Kelsey, Robin.  Archive Style—Photographs and Illustrations for U.S. Surveys, 1850-1890.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007.
  • Lewis, Jan.  Walter Hood Fitch, A Celebration.  London: HMSO, 1992.
  • Marshall, W. Taylor and Thor Methven Bock. Cactaceae, with Illustrated Keys of All Tribes, Sub-Tribes and Genera. Pasadena: Abbey Garden Press, 1941.
  • McKelvey, Susan Delano.  Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West 1790–1850.  Jamaica Plain, Massachuetts: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 1955.
  • Palmquist, Peter E. and Thomas R. Kailbourn,  Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary 1840–1865. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2000.
  • Reveal, James.  Gentle Conquest—The Botanical Discovery of North America with Illustrations from the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Starwood Publishing, Inc., 1992.
  • Rix, Martyn.  The Golden Age of Botanical Art.  London: Andre Deutsch Books Limited, 2012.
  • Rowley, Gordon Douglas.  A History of Succulent Plants.  Mill Valley, California: Strawberry Press, 1997.
  • Saunders, Gill.  Picturing Plants: An Analytical History of Botanical Illustration.
    Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1995.
  • Stearn, William T.  Botanical Masters: Plant Portraits by Contemporary Artists.  New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1990.
  • Taft, Robert.  Artists and Illustrators of the Old West 1850 - 1900.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953.
  • Tomasi, Lucia Tongiorgi and Allessandro Tosi, eds.  Botanical Art into the Third Millennium.  Pisa: Ediziono ETS, 2013.
  • van Ravenswaay, Charles.  Drawn from Nature: The Botanical Art of Joseph Prestele and His Sons.
    Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984.
  • Wallace, Edward S.  The Great Reconnaissance.  Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1955