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COLLECTION Identifier: VI-AHS

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

Overview

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.

Dates

  • 1954-1977

Terms of 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.

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.

Extent

4.5 linear feet (9 boxes)
The collection includes the correspondences of members of the International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP). The ICNCP drafted a nomenclature code in October of 1952 and members of this commission continued to discuss improvements to the code in the coming years. The goal of the ICNCP was to establish uniformity for the naming of cultivars. The bulk of the collection contains correspondences and documents that pertain to the registration of national and international cultivar names. These issues were discussed at the annual meeting of the International Horticultural Congress. A bulk of the materials is correspondences. Other materials include: memorandums, reports, research materials, meeting minutes, brochures and financial records.

Historical Note

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) was founded in 1922. The AHS and the American Horticultural Council merged in 1960 to create an umbrella group for American horticulture. Under the leadership of Richard Howard the Arnold Arboretum served as an International Registration Authority and a National Registration Authority for 8 years, working with the AHS and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums (AABGA). Arnold Arboretum is the IRA for several woody plant genera. Donald Wyman, Horticulturist of the Arnold Arboretum from 1935 to 1969, served as AHS President in 1960-1961.

Arrangement

The American Horticultural Society collection is organized in 2 series:
  1. Series: I. American Horticultural Society
  2. Series: II. Commission on Nomenclature and Registration

Physical Location

Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance: This collection was transferred from the Arnold Arboretum’s departmental holdings to the Arboretum’s Archives in 1984.

General note

Access to Finding Aid record in Hollis Classic or Hollis.

Processing Information

Michael Allen December 2005. Updated by Kayleigh Hinckley, March 2011.
Link to catalog
Title
American Horticultural Society International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (ICNCP) Records, 1954-1977: Guide.
Author
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
EAD ID
ajp00061

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.

Contact:
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