Beekeeping History?

My wife and I are doing research on the history of beekeeping in the Midwest. Mostly we are looking for information on the early 19th century. If anyone has any books, articles or other resources they can refer us to we'd appreciate it.

Janice Thompson's picture

I came across a wonderful book from 1920 called The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture by A.I and E.R. Root. Originating in 1877, authors take the subject from beekeeping for personal use to the business of beekeeping. I did a cursory search on Amazon and the book is available in hardcover and paperback. I would recommend the original hardcover, copyright 1920 The A.I. Root Company, Medina, OH since I'm familiar with it and its wonderful photos and drawings. Someone else in Stateline might know of the newer editions. Hope this helps. PS. I found this book at Toad Hall in Rockford on the 2nd Floor animal/livestock section.

Janice Thompson's picture

How could I leave out one of my favorite books, Dr. Chase's Last and Complete Work, F.B. Dickerson, Publ. Detroit, MI. 1910 ? Full title Dr. Chase's Third, Last and Complete Receipt Book and Household Physician or Practical Knowledge for the People. Earlier ed. 1884,1887 and 1908. It's a handbook for everything imaginable but has a valuable chapter on beekeeping. Didn't research availability on this one - ours was a gift from a relative living in CO. Happy hunting!