Harvard Botanic Garden records
Scope and content
This collection includes correspondence, financial records, policies, plant information, publications (mostly photocopies of newspaper articles), timelines, and plans related to the Harvard Botanic Garden. The materials are dated from 1784-1987 and only cover a small portion of the history of the Botanic Garden.
- Harvard University. Botanic Garden (Organization)
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Some portions of this collection are restricted including financial records. Please contact email@example.com for additional information.
Extent0.3 linear feet (17 folders in file cabinet, 5 plans stored in flat file)
Harvard Botanic Garden was established by Harvard University in 1805, and was directed by William Dandridge Peck until his death in 1822. Succeeding curators or directors included: Thomas Nuttall (1822-circa 1833); Asa Gray (1842-1872); Charles Sprague Sargent (1872-1879); George Lincoln Goodale (1879-1909); Oakes Ames (1909-1922); Stephen Hamblin (1922-1930); Robert H. Woodworth (1930-1935); and Elmer D. Merrill (1935-1946). Herbaceous plant specimens in the Garden were given to Lexington Botanic Garden in 1930, and the Botanic Garden ceased to exist in 1947.
In 2016, five plans from this collection underwent conservation treatment and were encapsulated at Harvard's Weissman Preservation Center.
- Harvard University. Botanic Garden. Harvard Botanic Garden records, 1784-1987: A Guide.
- Botany Libraries, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University.
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Part of the Botany Libraries, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University Repository
The Harvard University Herbaria houses five research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The Gray Herbarium Library specializes in the identification and classification of New World plants with emphasis on North American plants. The Archives of the Gray Herbarium houses unique resources including personal papers, institutional records, field notes and plant lists, expedition records, photographs, original artwork, and objects from faculty, curators, staff, and affiliates of the Gray Herbarium.
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