The Importance of Correspondence in Studying the Activities of the Nineteenth-Century Researchers
Expedition of Stephen Sommier and Emile Levier to the Caucasus
The archives of Stephen Sommier and Emile Levier, two Florentine scientists are preserved at the University of Florence Botanical Library archive fund. The archives are comprised of manuscripts and correspondence of the two scientists. Stephen Sommier and Emile Levier travelled to Georgia in 1890 to conduct anthropological researches and to collect and study rare plants. Although a number of articles and books designated for academic circles and a broad circle of readers were published in subsequent years, historians still have not studied their expedition. Correspondence of Sommier and Levier preserved at the Botanical Library has turned out to be a significant resource and example for studying the methodology the nineteenth-century scientists used for long-distance trips.
Keywords: Expedition • Correspondence • Caucasus • Anthropology • Levier • Engravings • Publication • Sommier • Botany • Photos