Drawings Betje Polak

260 detailed drawings of pollen and spores from fern and other plants, made by Betje Polak in the Netherlands East Indies.

The drawings were made by Betje Polak (1901-1980) with the aim of determining pollen in different peat soils in the Netherlands East Indies and Indonesia, in the years 1930-1954. Betje Polak worked at the Botanical Garden Buitenzorg at Bogor from 1930-1932. She travelled several times to Java, Borneo and Sumatra to do research on peat soils. Polak decided to make reference drawings herself, by lack of reference materials, to analyse soil samples containing pollen. She returned to Bogor in 1939 as a soil scientist. Some sheets have drawings on both sides, some only contain text.

Betje Polak, Pioneer of Peat Research (1901 - 1980)
Betje Polak, Pioneer of Peat Research (1901 - 1980)

Copyrights and credits

The Betje Polak drawings can be downloaded for free. Please send an email to speccoll.library@wur.nl for information on how to attribute when you want to use one or more images in a publication or on a website.

Examples

Pometia pinnata / Betje Polak (ca 1930-1954)
Pometia pinnata / Betje Polak (ca 1930-1954)

Vittaria spec / Betje Polak (ca 1930-1954)
Vittaria spec / Betje Polak (ca 1930-1954)

Vergrotingstabel
Vergrotingstabel