Centre International de Silviculture
The Centre International de Silviculture (CIS) was founded in 1939 under the auspices of the International Institute of Agriculture. One of the main tasks of the CIS was to establish an exhaustive international collection of documentation related to forests, forestry, and the timber industry. The Centre's aim was to publish an annual list of all of the collection's titles and keywords in three languages.

The CIS remained in existence until 1945, during which time it managed to amass a vast and comprehensive collection. This collection provides a unique perspective on the history of European forests and forestry that cannot be found in any other library in the world.

After the CIS ceased operations, its library collection was entrusted to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The collection was physically installed in the David Lubin Memorial Library (DLML) in 1951, when FAO's headquarters were transferred from Washington DC to Rome, Italy.

This virtual exhibition includes illustrations from selected publications contained in the DLML's CIS collection. For more information on this collection, contact us at: fao-library-reference@fao.org.
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