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Český Brod and Kostelec nad Černými Lesy Regions in works of ethno botanist and pedagogue Josef Oldřich - Oldra Novotný

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  • Ethnobotanics
  • Pedagogy
  • Český Brod And Kostelec Nad Černými Lesy Regions
  • Czech Lands
  • Regional Periodicals/Journal
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Medicine


Josef Oldřich – Oldra Novotný (1885–1964),nearly forgotten pedagogue and ethno botanist, who worked in Český Brod and Kostelec nad Černými Lesy Regions Českobrodsko a Černokostelecko). Novotný edited a journal – or rather a sort of regional history periodical handbook – of the same title (i. e. “Českobrodsko a Černokostelecko”). The journal was issued only from 1919–1920, nevertheless it was one of the pioneering regional periodicals focused on contemporary regional and cultural history materials, including short ethnographic essays with educational meaning. All the ten issues of the first and the only volume concentrate on contemporary historical, ethnographic, and linguistic specialist research, and they are filled with the work of local teachers and J.O. Novotný himself. Josef O. Novotný personality also surprises through the recently rediscovered torso of his research legacy. There have been found his manuscripts from floristic and ethno botanical fields. J.O. Novotný worked nearly all his life on “Slovník lidových jmen rostlin”, (Lexicon of folk names of plants). Both editorial conception and manuscript corpus of the lexicon are worth remembering. The lexicon covers 7200 folders of typescript, abounds in botanical material and valuable observations for ethno botanical and linguistic studies, along with practical usage of plants, especially in traditional medicine.

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