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COLLECTION Identifier: gra00082

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.

Dates

  • 1784-1987

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Some portions of this collection are restricted including financial records. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Extent

0.3 linear feet (1 half-width manuscript box, 5 plans stored in flat file)

Historical note

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.

Related Materials

Other related material at Harvard University: In 2016, the Botany Libraries transferred The Harvard Herbaria collection of plans and blueprints to the Harvard Planning & Project Management (HPPM) Office, Cambridge, MA.

Three of the transferred plans were formerly part of the Harvard Botanic Garden records (gra00082). Five plans were retained by the Botany Libraries and are described on this finding aid.
Botanic Garden plans transferred to HPPM
  1. Map of Harvard Botanic Garden and Observatory Grounds, 1888 (2 plans transferred, 2 plans retained by Botany Libraries).
  2. New Plan for Systematic Arrangement of Beds in the Botanic Garden, 1924. Stephen F. Hamblin; K. Newton. 88 x 124 cm.

Conservation note

In 2016, five plans from this collection underwent conservation treatment and were encapsulated at Harvard's Weissman Preservation Center.
Title
Harvard University. Botanic Garden. Harvard Botanic Garden records, 1784-1987: A Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Botany Libraries, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
gra00082

Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University Repository

Contact:
Harvard University Herbaria
22 Divinity Ave
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-2366