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COLLECTION Identifier: ID-3C

Records of the Bussey Street Gates Project, 1997-2003: Guide.


This collection was created after the completion of the Bussey Street Gates project. The Bussey Street Gates project was a major gate restoration project undertaken by the Arboretum in 2002, affecting primarily the Bussey and Walter Street Gates. The collection is largely correspondence (letters, memoranda, and e-mails), submittals, plans, and contracts. The collection spans 1997-2003.


  • 1997-2003

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.


2.66 linear feet (9 boxes)
This collection contains a variety of materials, largely correspondence (letters, memoranda, and e-mails), submittals, plans, and contracts. Prior to processing, items in series I-V were stored in folders within hanging files. The contents of folders have largely remained together, except in cases where the folders contained one or very few items. Items are arranged in chronological order within folders, with the oldest items being first. The contents of Series V, box 3, folder 5 were originally in a binder.

Series VI: Binders are stored individually in custom boxes. Correspondence was all generated by Laura Tenny Brogna, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Arnold Arboretum. The project manual was created by Carol R. Johnson and Associates. The invoices and other financial information were created by Laura Tenny Brogna, Carol R. Johnson and Associates, Bryant Associates, and various consultants. Everything in this series remains in its original order. Items are arranged chronologically within binders with the oldest items being towards the back of the binder.

Historical Note

The Arnold Arboretum undertook a major gate restoration project in 2002, affecting primarily the Bussey and Walter Street Gates. Workers restored the stone walls and ironwork at the Walter Street gate, removed asphalt pavement within the Arboretum and replaced it with a stone dust pedestrian surfacing from Hemlock Hill Road to the Walter Street gate, repaired and rebuilt the perimeter stone wall along the north side of Bussey Street from the Walter Street Gate to the Bussey Street Gate, and created a safer pedestrian crossing by installing a crosswalk and signs. They installed two new vehicular gates (stone piers and ironwork) on Bussey and Peters Hill sides and created pedestrian access at Bussey Street which was sympathetic in character to historic gates and walls. This upgraded access to both sides for both pedestrians and maintenance vehicles. They also realigned the gate opening on the north, or Hemlock Hill, side of Bussey Street to protect a mature oak tree and performed tree pruning and other collections maintenance to benefit the mature plantings in the area.

Julie Coop, Manager of Horticulture from 1997-2007, explained that almost all of the gates at the Arboretum have been repaired over time, and that repairs frequently used pieces from other gates. This has resulted in some gates being more detailed than others, and many gates being a mix of old and new parts. The Walter Street gates are entirely new reproductions. The gate pieces that were stored beside the maintenance garage or at the Case Estates are now at the storage facility at 26 Arboretum Road, Roslindale. They may have originally come from Walter Street.

Laura Tenny Brogna was a Putnam Fellow at the Arboretum before becoming the Landscape Project Manager from 1998-2004. A graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, she later worked as Capitol Projects Manager for Harvard Real Estate Services for arvard University.


The Records of the Bussey Street Gates Project, 1997-2003 collection is organized in 6 series:
  1. Series: I. Correspondence and notes, 1997-2000
  2. Series: II. Bids and contracts, 1997-2002
  3. Series: III. Progress, 1999-2002
  4. Series: IV. Legal, 2001-2002
  5. Series: V. Plans, drafts, and submittals, 1999-2002
  6. Series: VI. Binders, 2001-2003

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance: This collection was transferred to the Arboretum’s Archives after the completion of the Bussey Street Gates project.

General note

Access to Finding Aid record in Hollis Classic or Hollis.

Processing Information

Sara Beneman, 7/2011.
Link to catalog
Records of the Bussey Street Gates Project, 1997-2003: Guide.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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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