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Elmer Drew Merrill (1876-1956) papers, 1922-1956.

Collection Identifier: I B EDM
Abstract: Elmer Drew Merrill served as Director of the Arboretum from 1936 until 1946 and as Emeritus Professor until 1956. The collection is comprised mainly of his administrative correspondence from 1935-46 which includes his position as Administrator of Botanical Collections at Harvard University and also includes one year, 1903, of his correspondence as Botanist for the Bureau of Agriculture and Forestry as well as some other letters and memoranda written before 1935.

Karl Sax (1892-1973) papers, 1938-2001.

Collection Identifier: I B KS
Abstract: The papers of Karl Sax were compiled primarily during his tenure as Director of the Arnold Arboretum from 1946 to 1954, though their contents reflect both his administrative work and his research in cytology, horticulture, and genetics. Originally from Washington, Sax spent many years studying and researching in Maine and Massachusetts. Sax’s tenure at the Arboretum was filled with challenges, as his administration dealt with both the controversial “Bailey Plan” and redeveloping a collection...

Richard A. Howard papers

Collection Identifier: I B RAH
Abstract: Richard A. Howard (1917-2003) was appointed Director of the Arnold Arboretum in 1954 and would lead the institution until 1978. A prolific researcher, photographer and writer, Howard published more than 325 scientific papers and was the author of 13 books in addition to compiling the definitive Flora of the Lesser Antilles. Howard’s papers reflect over 25 years of leadership and scholarly contributions to the sciences of botany and horticulture.

“The Controversy” records, 1945-1966.

Collection Identifier: I A-3
Abstract: The collection contains records of the legal dispute between The Association for the Arnold Arboretum, Inc. and the President and Fellows of Harvard College that became widely known as “The Arnold Arboretum Controversy.” After a protracted legal battle the outcome was finally adjudicated by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1966.