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1090 Centre Street records

Collection Identifier: I D-3 .1090 Centre S

Alfred J. Fordham, (1911-2000) Papers: Guide.

Collection Identifier: IV A-1 AF
Overview: Fordham’s father was the superintendent of the R and J Farquhar Company, a leading nursery and importer of rare plants that were introduced by Charles Sargent and E. H. Wilson. Following the advice of his father and E.H. Wilson, Al Fordham came directly to the Arnold Arboretum as a student trainee in 1929. He would continue his association with the Arboretum until his retirement in 1977, rising to the position of chief propagator. Known unofficially as “The Propagator’s Propagator,” Fordham...

Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) papers, 1898-1949.

Collection Identifier: II A-2
Abstract: Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Moller’s Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of Associate Editor. Intending only to stay in America for half a year he was persuaded to join the Arboretum’s staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940. He was appointed Curator of the Arboretum’s Herbarium in 1918, became editor of the Journal of the Arnold...

American Horticultural Society International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP) Records, 1954-1977: Guide.

Collection Identifier: VI-AHS

The collection includes the correspondences of members of the International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP). The bulk of the collection contains correspondences and documents that pertain to the registration of national and international cultivar names.

Annual Reports

Collection Identifier: I A-2
Scope and Contents:

This collection contains Reports of the Director of the Arnold Arboretum to the President of the University dating back to 1873 and the Annual Reports of the Director of the Arnold Arboretum beginning in 1878. Also included are Treasurer's Statements dated 1881-1929 and correspondence dated 1977-1984 regarding annual reports. The archives continues to collect these reports, and further accruals are expected.

Arnold Arboretum and Boston Parks Commission Records: Guide.

Collection Identifier: IV A-1 JHA
Overview: This collection was transferred from John Alexander in 2015. John Alexander has been a plant propagator at Arnold Arboretum since 1976 and has acted on the board of the Living Collections Committee of the Arboretum. The focus of the collection is on Alexander’s correspondence with various parties to answer their questions about specific plants and trees and their propagation or to fill order requests for cuttings and seeds. The collection includes annual reports and notes relating to weather...

Arnold Arboretum Photograph Collection. Donald Wyman Images; Series D, E, F, G, 1936-1938

Collection Identifier: X A-3 DW

Donald Wyman was the Arnold Arboretum Horticulturist. These photographs depict individual plants as well as events and places at the Arboretum, and views of other locations.

Arnold Arboretum Plant Accession Records. Early Record Books: Guide.

Collection Identifier: IV C-1.1

The Arnold Arboretum’s plant-records system is the oldest continuously maintained system of its kind in North America. From the time of its founding, the Arboretum has had a record system that includes a standardized accession number assigned to every plant on the grounds for use in tracking its name and origin. Today accession records are maintained on BG-BASE™ a database linked to a mapping program that shows the location of each plant on a series of maps.

Arnold Arboretum. Records of Landscape-based Education Curriculum "Landscape Explorers: Uncovering the Power of Place."

Collection Identifier: I G-2
Overview: The collection includes the published work Landscape Explorers: Uncovering the Power of Place, Teachers Guide and Field Journal, printouts of web pages from the Arnold Arboretum and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site describing the program. Copies of articles and reviews about the program, and the original artwork for the project by Andrea Eberbach. Of special interest are the over 50 prints, transparencies and negatives of the Arboretum landscape, Bussey Mansion, and Bussey...

Arnold Arboretum. Records of the Original Design of the Living Collections: A Finding Aid.

Collection Identifier: IV A-4 FLO
Overview: This collection contains records assembled by the Arboretum staff to document the relationship between Charles Sprague Sargent, the Arboretum's first director, and Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture, and their work on the original design and arrangement of the Arboretum. Included are correspondence, biographical material, newclippings, and documents relating to the Arboretum's design and to some of Olmsted's other work. Of special value are photographs of the road...

Arnold Arboretum. Records of the Video Production "An Introductory Tour of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University."

Collection Identifier: I G-9.2

The collection consists of five ¾" videotapes and one VHS tape. A 12-minute tour from the Hunnewell Visitor Center to Peters Hill gives a concise overview of the 265 acres of woody plants and what it means to become a friend of the Arnold Arboretum.

Bernard Ross photographs

Collection Identifier: X A-3 BR
Scope and Contents note: 3 photograph boxes (92 rolls) of color photographic prints, mostly 4x6, taken at the Arnold Arboretum 1998-2005 by Bernard Ross, a man from Dorchester who frequently walked his dog at the Arboretum. Also included in the donation are some indices to the photographs by roll number and subject, and one newspaper article featuring Ross's photographs in a Buddhist publication "Merit Times," dated October 4, 2003. The collection is comprised of 92 rolls, mostly of the grounds and specific trees...

Bob Cook papers

Collection Identifier: I B REC

This collection documents Bob Cook's (1946- ) work as Director of the Arnold Arboretum from 1989-2009. The Director's papers reflect a wide range of administrative functions including strategic planning, project management, fundraising, and community relations.

Boston Park Rangers Program, 1981-1988.

Collection Identifier: I A-6 BPR

The late 1970s and early 1980s saw and upswing in violence and vandalism in Boston, which led to a subsequent drop-off in visitation to city parks. In response the Massachusetts Association for Olmsted Parks, The National Association for Olmsted Parks, Friends of the Public Garden and Common, and the Arnold Arboretum collaborated to create the Boston Park Ranger Program.

Boston Parks Commission partnership records

Collection Identifier: I A-6 BPC

The Arnold Arboretum and Boston Parks Commission partnership records focus on the relations between the Arboretum and the city of Boston in administrating their shared responsibilities in the care and maintenance of the Arboretum. The bulk of the materials consist of correspondence from the office of the Director of the Arboretum to the Chairman of the Parks Commission.

Brooks, Ponds, and Watersheds

Collection Identifier: I D-3d

The Hardscape Projects: Brooks, Ponds, and Watersheds collection, 1996- was acquired by the Arboretum’s Archives in 2002 from Laura Tenny Brogna, Landscape Project Manager. The collection documents the history and condition of the Arboretum’s brooks and ponds. It also documents the Arboretum’s many watershed management projects with correspondence, notes, data, maps, photos, and slides. The date range of the collection is 1996-2006.

Charles Edward Faxon (1846-1918) papers, 1882-1918.

Collection Identifier: II D CEF
Scope and Contents: The Edward Faxon papers span the years of his Arboretum career and include photographs, correspondence and original drawings, sketches, and published plates, which make up the majority of the collection. His archive also includes biographical material and obituaries, several black and white photographic portraits, and a small amount of correspondence directed primarily to Arboretum colleagues or in reply to individuals seeking plant material identification. Included in the correspondence is...

Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) papers, 1868- : Guide.

Collection Identifier: I B CSS
Abstract: Compiled primarily during his tenure as first director of the Arnold Arboretum, Sargent’s papers include biographical material, correspondence, collection notes, published works, and photographs of Sargent and family. Dating back to 1868, the collection reflects the activities and development of the Arnold Arboretum from the collaboration of Olmsted and Sargent in the landscape design of the Arboretum, to the exploration, identification, cultivation, and introduction of plant material by the...

Collection on Asa Gray

Collection Identifier: I B-1 AG

The Collection on Asa Gray was assembled by the Archives of the Arnold Arboretum. Through the donation of an immense book and plant collection numbering in the thousands, Gray effectively created the botany department at Harvard. This archival collection consists primarily of photographs of Gray, his herbarium, and memorials in his honor.

Collection on Benjamin Bussey

Collection Identifier: I B-1 BB

The Collection on Bejamin Bussey is comprised of personal papers, articles, correspondence, and photographs. Bussey was an entrepreneur, pursuing businesses in several industries, including silversmithing, overseas trading, and farming. Bussey also gave to a variety of philanthropic causes, including a bequest in his will to Harvard that would allow for the creation of the Bussey Institution and ultimately provide the land for the Arnold Arboretum.

Collection on H.H. Hunnewell

Collection Identifier: I B-1 HH
Abstract: This collection documents the life and estate of Horatio Hollis Hunnewell (1810-1902), one of the most prominent horticulturists in America in the nineteenth century. Practicing horticulture for nearly six decades on his estate in Wellesley, Massachusetts, he was perhaps the first person to cultivate and popularize rhododendrons in the United States. The collection includes biographical material, portraits, published volumes of his letters and diary, and extensive written and photographic...

Collection on the Arnold family

Collection Identifier: I B-1 JA

Arnold’s will specified that a portion of his estate was to be used for “…the promotion of Agricultural, or Horticultural improvements.” In 1872, when the trustees of Arnold’s estate transferred $100,000 of the estate to Harvard College, Arnold’s gift was combined with 123 acres of the former Benjamin Bussey “Woodland Hill” estate to create the Arnold Arboretum.

Collection on the Sargent family

Collection Identifier: I B-1 ARS

Cultural Resources Management Plan records

Collection Identifier: I D-1 CRMP
Abstract: Initially compiled during Cynthia Jensen’s term as Director of Capital Projects at the Arnold Arboretum 2005-2010, the Cultural Resources Management Plan records collection is comprised of correspondence, maps, and photographs. The materials collected document the process of developing and establishing the CRMP and the collection is the repository of the ongoing records that address the management of the cultural resources of the Arboretum’s landscape, living collections, structures, and...