Beekeeping in the Russian Empire

I͡A. Lisit͡skiĭ , a preacher, leaning against his bee pavilion, which could house 32 colonies.

Photo taken from M. V. Galunov's 1911 publication, "Tipy pasi︠e︡chnykh postroek mshanniki, pavil'ony, pasi︠e︡chnye domiki, nav'sy dli︠a︡ konotrol'nykh ul'ev; ikh opisanie i ystroĭstvo". Most photographs from this text were taken in the Weimar Republic and Hungary. The text was meant to inspire and orient wealthy Russian beekeepers to build similar constructions.

Man leaning against wooden shed for bees.

Beekeeping Texts from the Russian Empire

Beyond Beekeeping

Mann Library Special Collections holds 28 texts ranging from 1815 through 1917, published during the Russian Empire.

Beyond bees and beekeeping, the library's Russian Empire-era collection can provide fascinating glimpses into the daily life, culture, and economy of the 19th and 20th-Century Russian Empire.

There is the beautifully-documented study of domestic apple varieties composed by N. E. Regel, and a 1913 summary of fruit crop research from the Crimea research station.

Multiple entomological publications cover the topics of arachnids and lepidoptera. There are two publications on ants: one is a collection of stereoscopic photographs published in 1911, while another is an entomological exploration of ants in Turkmenistan, one volume published in the three-volume text authored in 1877. Wasps and dragonflies both have one publication entirely dedicated to their topic, but both also have their own volume in the aforementioned 1877 text. The Horae Socieatatis Entomologicae Rossicae, or the Russian Entomological Society (later renamed the All-Union Entomological Society) has publications in our collections ranging from 1861 to 1988

The library also holds three texts by Sofʹi︠a︡ Aleksandrovna Davydova, who documented the cottage industry of lace production in the Russian Empire. 

Another text that looks closely at a specific industry before the revolution, is Petr Ivanovich Li︠a︡shchenko's text covering the Russian flour industry published in 1911.

There are two texts on viticulture and wine-making in general, and one text specific to Crimean viticulture and wine-making.