Harvard University began its involvement with topical botany in Cuba in 1899 in the wake of a meeting between Edwin Atkins (1850–1926), owner of the Soledad Plantation in Cuba and Harvard Professors Oakes Ames and George Goodale, which established The Harvard Botanic Station for Tropical Research and Sugar Cane Investigation.
China, Kan-su (Pei-ta-t’ung). J. F. Rock with some of his Nashi assistants.[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian)
Haomen, Gansu Sheng, China
November 14, 1925
A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.
“Near the top which we reached about 9 a.m. I took two photos of my men dressed in their winter garments lined up in the deep snow near the summit at over 12,000 ft. elev.” (189)
–Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 4, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library. ; Excerpt from Nov. 14, 1925.
The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962. This collection includes Rock’s published Na-khi-English Encyclopedic Dictionary, Part I. Roma: Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1963 ( Serie orientale Roma ; v. 28 ).
The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library also holds and recommends Ancestral realms of the Naxi : Quentin Roosevelt’s China. Stuttgart : Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2011.
Photographs by Joseph Francis Charles Rock in the Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers: Copyright © 1924-2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved. Photographs and images from the collection may be reproduced only with written permission.
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