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COLLECTION Identifier: V C-1


Scope and Contents

The collection includes published guides, books, articles, and maps that provide basic information about the Arnold Arboretum to visitors and the local community. The earliest guides in the collection have a copyright date of 1900 and dates continue to the present. Many of the guides and maps are included in successive editions of the same publication. Study of the guides reveal changes in the landscape and its interpretation.

The guides are currently housed in three boxes containing thirty two folders. This collection is expected to grow as changes in the landscape are made and interpretation follows. A section for the Case Estates of Weston, MA, which is part of the Arnold Arboretum and is a site that provides botanical experimentation, display and education, is housed in folders 21-23. Most of the materials are arranged chronologically, except in instances where no date has been ascertained with certainty.


  • (1900-1999)

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers seeking to examine archival materials are strongly encouraged to make an appointment. The Director, or an office of origin, may place restrictions on the use of some or all of its records. 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.

Conditions Governing 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.


3 boxes

Biographical / Historical

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a 265-acre site, located at 165 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA, that conducts research on and displays North America's premier collection of hardy trees, shrubs and vines. The grounds were planned and designed by the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, and America's first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Begun in 1872 and named for its benefactor James Arnold, the Arboretum remains one of the best preserved of Olmsted's landscapes.

As a National Historic Landmark and an international center for scientific research and education, the mission of the Arnold Arboretum is to increase knowledge of woody plants through research and dissemination of that knowledge through education. This mission is carried out in part by published articles, books, guides and maps. This archival collection, which begins in 1900 and continues forward, is focused on those publications that are directed to the general public and the local community.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These informational publications were produced by various departments, staff members, and affiliates of the Arnold Arboretum. This collection was compiled by Kelly McCarthy in December of 2000. The HOLLIS # for this collection is 009163144 and the file name is ajp00037.

Processing Information

Processed by: Kelly McCarthy and Joseph Melanson

December 2000

Arnold Arboretum. Records of Published Programs, Guides, and Maps of the Arnold Arboretum, (1900-1999) : A Finding Aid
Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description

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.

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain MA 02130 USA