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COLLECTION Identifier: I A-4 IMP

Institutional Master Plan collection, 1992-2010.


Compiled during Cynthia Jensen’s term as Director of Capital Projects at the Arnold Arboretum the collection is comprised mainly of correspondence, maps, and photographs that document the process of developing and approving the Institutional Master Plan (IMP). The IMP addresses where, how and why the Weld Hill Research building is to be located on the Harvard owned Weld Hill parcel. Though Jensen’s work at the Arboretum spanned from 2005-2010, the materials in this collection range from 1992-2010.


  • 1992-2010

Terms of Access

This collection is restricted. The extent and length of the restriction will be determined by the Director, office of origin, and the Archivist and will be enforced equally for all researchers. Please contact the Archivist for details.

Terms of Use

The copyright is held by The President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Arnold Arboretum Archives of Harvard University. The copyright on some materials in the collection may be held by the original author or the author's heirs or assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining written permission from the holder(s) of copyright and the Arnold Arboretum Archives prior to publishing any quotations or images from materials in this collection.

Photocopies may be made at the discretion of the Arnold Arboretum Archives staff. Permission to make photocopies does not constitute permission to reproduce or publish materials outside the bounds of the fair use guidelines.


2 boxes
The collection documents the steps and revisions needed to produce the approved IMP and includes correspondence (mostly email), copies of legal documents, articles, notes, maps, meeting agendas and minutes, and photographs.

Historical note

Cynthia Jensen served as Director of Capital Projects at the Arnold Arboretum from 2005-2010. Jensen’s areas of expertise include program management, budget management, and strategic planning. Among her contributions to the Arboretum was managing construction of the Weld Hill Research and Administration Building, the institution’s first “green” building. She was also tasked with the preparation of the Institutional Master Plan (IMP).

The IMP was created to fulfill the requirements of the Boston Redevelopment Authority in order to construct the Weld Hill Research Building. The IMP process solicited input from surrounding neighbors, community groups, city agencies, and other interest groups as the Arboretum began developing and implementing its long-range plans. The IMP also required the creation of a Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP) which identified the character-defining features within the Arboretum. These consist of the features that contribute to the landscape’s historic character that are historically significant and over 50 years of age and any individual features identified in the Arnold Arboretum National Register Nomination.

The collection materials were gathered from 2004-2010 and document the creation of the IMP. Topics covered in the material include Arboretum history, boundaries, living collections, planting plans, agreements with the City of Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority discussions, Boston Parks and Recreation Department approvals, rezoning issues, public comments, and the Arboretum’s cultural heritage and other natural and manmade resources.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in one series containing 31 folders organized by subject in two boxes.

Location note

Archives. I A-4 IMP


These records were created by Cynthia Jensen during her term as the Arboretum’s Director of Capital Projects. Including revisions, the plan was developed from 2003 to 2010. This collection was transferred from the Arnold Arboretum’s departmental holdings to the Arboretum’s Archives in 2010.

Additional Material

A compact disc with Arnold Arboretum GIS Data and Graphics, CRMP and IMP Source Files, created August 2009, was transferred to the Living Collection’s Curation Department in November 2011.

Related Archival Materials note

See also I A-4 Master Planning records, 1976- ; I D-1 Cultural Resources Management Plan records, 2004- .

Processing Information note

2011, Sasha Freese. Revised 2012, Larissa Glasser, Sheila Connor.
Institutional Master Plan records : Guide.
Finding aid prepared by Liz Francis

Repository Details

Part of the Arnold Arboretum Archives Repository

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized collection devoted to the study of temperate woody plants. We collect works on botany, horticulture, floras, urban forestry and taxonomy. The library contains more than 25,000 volumes and 40,000 photographs, and includes an archive that both documents the Arboretum's history and is a repository for 19th, 20th, and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.

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