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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.
This collection was created by integrating several smaller collections dealing with exhibits at the Arnold Arboretum. Materials are varied and include photographs, negatives, articles, correspondence, notes, exhibit publicity, invoices, and videotapes. Some notable exhibits are Flowering Trees, Flora from Shakespeare, Bridge of Trees, and Museum in the Garden. The collection spans 1954-2006.
National Park Service cooperative agreement: Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation records, 1991-2001.
The collection consists of materials related to the planning and execution of the Arboretum Plant Sale and Giveaway during the thirty-four years of its existence. Materials include correspondence, meeting notes, financial records, and plant descriptions, as well as final drafts of the catalogs produced for each sale. The collection ranges from 1973-2009, with materials from 1998-2000 being particularly replete.
These records include copies of the original deed and correspondence from the park's creation. Also included is some contemporary correspondence regarding the park. In addition, there are recent color photographs of the park taken by Gary Koler, an Arnold Arboretum horticulturalist, and a folder with a small amount of biographical material on James Russell Lowell.