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Photographs and images from the collection may be reproduced only with written permission.

August 20, 2015

Tibetan girl carrying small child

China. Tibetan children. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

China – Tibetan children

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Girl carrying small child
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
1909-1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880–1921) papers, 1909-1912.

From now through early October 2015, you can also view our exhibit “The Photographs of William Purdom” in the Visitor Center of The Arnold Arboretum. The exhibit is curated by Stephanie Turnbull of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library.

Also be sure to read “Picturing People: The Photographs of William Purdom” by Lisa Pearson, Head of the Library and Archives.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 13, 2015

stone house

Elevation: 4,500 m. 35mm. slide.

Stone house, used in summer by nomadic yak herders, on the north side of Daxue Shan between Zhongdian and Xiangcheng [Hexi] in the Sichuan-Yunnan border area

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941-)
Daxue Mountains, Sichuan Sheng, China
July 27, 1998

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.

Copyright © 1998-2003 David E. Boufford

August 6, 2015

Two women walking on a path flanked by trees in the North Woods

11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Paths, spring, North Woods, 1973

Alternate Title: Two women walking on a path flanked by trees in the North Woods
Photograph by Pamela Bruns (American)
North Woods, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 1973

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

July 30, 2015

Willow (Salix) with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) by Willow Path

35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.

Paths, summer, Willow Path restoration, 1982

Alternate Title: Willow (Salix) with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) by Willow Path
Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947-, American)
Willow Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
September 1982

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1970, and retired in 2012 as Horticultural Research Archivist. Sheila’s visionary leadership brought the library and its collections into the digital age. Along with creating and curating the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum in 1984, Sheila supervised renovations to the Hunnewell Building in 1993, and wrote New England Natives, a defining book about the Arnold Arboretum and the trees of the New England. Sheila also wrote numerous articles for Arnoldia, was recognized as a Harvard Hero in 2007, and is currently Senior Ambassador at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Willow Path is one of the most popular trails for visitors at The Arnold Arboretum. Read more about the recent plantings that replaced a lightning-damaged Metasequoia glytostroboides on Willow Path in 2014.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

July 23, 2015

Rock seated with several people, some in traditional dress

The magistrate Mr. Li and his staff with Baer and myself at the Yamen at Puerhfu, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, March 15, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 10.5 x 16 cm. Gelatin silver process.

[China (Yunnan)]

Alternate Title: Rock seated with several people, some in traditional dress
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian)
Yunnan Sheng, China
March 15, 1922

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

The library’s Joseph Rock exhibit is on display in our Visitor Center now through August.

Copyright © 2005, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

July 16, 2015

Hunnewell Building, summer, magnolia, 1980

35 mm. slide.

Tibetans standing next to a vehicle at a summer festival northwest of Zogang [Wangda]

Photograph by Susan L. Kelley (1954-)
Zogang Xian, Tibet, China
July 19, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

Susan L. Kelley is Manager of Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region project, part of Field Studies in China at Harvard University Herbaria.

Copyright © 2000-2003 Susan L. Kelley

July 9, 2015

Hunnewell Building, summer, magnolia, 1980

Administration Building [Title from recto of mount.] ; Administration Building 1. The main library [Title from verso of mount.] 7.5 x 11 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Hunnewell Building, summer, library reading room, 1927

Alternate Title: Reading room of the library in the Hunnewell Building
Photograph by Jan Tijs Peiter Bijhouwer (ca. 1927, Dutch)
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1927

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

Jan Tijs Peiter Bijhouwer was a Dutch landscape architect and lecturer at Wageningen Agricultural University and Technical University of Delft. Bijhouwer was also a contemporary of Alfred Rehder (1863-1949), of whom he memorialized in 1949, “Others furnished more or less extensive contributions but only Rehder gave his whole soul and his whole lifetime to dendrological work.”

The Horticultural Library of the Arnold Arboretum is a research collection containing both monographs and journals in the fields of botany, horticulture, floras, forestry, landscape design, garden history and taxonomy. The collection began as the personal library of the Arboretum’s first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, and has grown over the years to support the work of this internationally known scientific institution.

You can also follow the library on Twitter and Tumblr.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

July 2, 2015

Hunnewell Building, summer, magnolia, 1980

Adm. Bldg. Magnolia [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. Emulsion on polyester.

Hunnewell Building, summer, magnolia, 1980

Alternate Title: Hunnewell Building with a tree trunk in the foreground
Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947-, American)
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1980

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1970, and retired in 2012 as Horticultural Research Archivist. Sheila’s visionary leadership brought the library and its collections into the digital age. Along with creating and curating the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum in 1984, Sheila supervised renovations to the Hunnewell Building in 1993, and wrote New England Natives, a defining book about the Arnold Arboretum and the trees of the New England. Sheila also wrote numerous articles for Arnoldia, was recognized as a Harvard Hero in 2007, and is currently Senior Ambassador at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Additional historic views are available of The Hunnewell Building.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

June 25, 2015

Women posed for group portrait

Mrs. E.H. Wilson and Muriel in the group photo of the garden party at the British Consulate, Seoul, Korea [Information from verso of photograph.] 10 x 14 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Mrs. E.H. Wilson and Muriel in the group photo of the garden party at the British Consulate, Seoul, Korea

[Title from recto of sleeve.]
Alternate Title: Women posed for group portrait
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
British Consulate, Seoul, Korea
ca. 1917-1919

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

Wilson sailed with his family for his Sixth Expedition to the Far East, beginning in 1917. His collection notebooks from this time are digitized and available in Series W.VII: Wilson’s Sixth Expedition to the Far East—Japan, Korea, Manchuria, Formosa, and Islands in the Japanese Sea, January 1917-March 1919 of Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

June 18, 2015

Meadow Road, Linden Collection, 1990

Racz and Debreczy Negative no. 540506. Gelatin silver process.

Meadow Road, Linden Collection, 1990

Alternate title: Tilia cordata var. cordifolia
Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary
Linden Collection, Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum
Accession # 6635*B
August 26, 1990

Kyle Port, Arnold Arboretum Manager of Plant Records, gave an up-close tour of our Tilia (linden) collection.

István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the temperate zones and adjacent regions, published in 2011 by DendroPress. The Image Collection of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives also holds many hundreds of Racz and Debreczy’s photographs of taxa on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum.

Lindens are commonly known as lime trees in the British Isles, but they are not closely related to the lime fruit. They are mostly large, deciduous trees, reaching typically 20 to 40 metres (66 to 130 ft) tall, with oblique-cordate leaves 6 to 20 centimetres (2 to 8 in) across. As with elms, the exact number of species is uncertain, as many if not most of the species will hybridise readily, both in the wild and in cultivation. Limes are hermaphroditic, having perfect flowers with both male and female parts, pollinated by insects.

According to the Encyclopedia of Plants in Myth, Legend, Magic, and Lore, Lindens are an ancient symbol of love, healing, and good luck, and Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) owed his family name to lindens that grew close to his family home.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

READ MORE:

Lime tree in culture.

 

2015

May 21, 2015

Habenaria davidii (Orchidaceae) in forest along road west of Bomi [Zhamo]

Elevation: 2,510 m. 35 mm. slide.

Habenaria davidii (Orchidaceae) in forest along road west of Bomi [Zhamo]

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941-)
Bomi Xian, Tibet, China
July 31, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.

Copyright © 2000-2003 David E. Boufford

May 14, 2015

People walking beside Forest Hills Road and Dawson Pond with cherry trees (Prunus) and crabapples (Malus) in bloom

Forest Hills Rd Prunus & Malus [Title from verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Roads, spring, Forest Hills Road, ca. 1973

Alternate Title: People walking beside Forest Hills Road and Dawson Pond with cherry trees (Prunus) and crabapples (Malus) in bloom
Photograph by Pamela Bruns (American)
Forest Hills Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1973

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images of the Arnold Arboretum ponds commemorating Jackson Dawson, Charles Faxon, and Alfred Rehder.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

May 7, 2015

Lilacs (Syringa) along Bussey Hill Road with carriages in the background

Syringa (Lilac collection) [Title from recto of mount.] ; Syringa The lilac collections [Title from verso of mount.] Looking west. 20 x 24.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Lilacs, spring, carriages, 1908

Alternate Title: Lilacs (Syringa) along Bussey Hill Road with carriages in the background
Photograph by Thomas E. Marr (active ca.1890-1910, American)
Lilac Collection, Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 23, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 10, 2015, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection in full spring splendor.

Thomas E. Marr was a professional, in-demand photographer working throughout Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. Additional views of our Lilac Collection are available in our exhibit, The Arboretum Through Time: Historic Views of Our Landscape.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

April 30, 2015

Tree habit with man

Cycas revoluta Thunb. Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan. Tree 18 ft. tall. Pistillate plant on which Mr. Ikeno’s experiments led to the discovery of spermatozoids in Cycas. Grounds of high school. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Cycas revoluta Japan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree habit with man
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930, American, English)
Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan
March 2, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

In early 1914, Wilson sailed with his family to Japan, where his expedition goals included conifers, Kurume azaleas, and Japanese cherries. His collection notebooks from this time are digitized and available in Series W.VI: The Fifth Expedition to Japan—February 1914-January 1915 of Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

April 23, 2015

Forest Hills overpass construction taken from wall back of Bussey Dorm

Gelatin silver process.

Forest Hills [Casey] overpass construction taken from wall, back of Bussey Dorm.

Photographer unknown
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
September 9, 1952

Additional images of the Casey overpass construction from 1952 to 1953 are available to view at Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images of The Arnold Arboretum.

April 16, 2015

Front entrance of the Hunnewell Building with magnolias in bloom

Administration Building ca. 1980 [Title from recto of enclosure.] Gelatin silver process.

Hunnewell Building, spring, magnolias, ca. 1980

Alternate Title: Front entrance of the Hunnewell Building with magnolias in bloom
Photographer unknown
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1980

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

The Hunnewell Building is located at the Main Entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. The facility houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. The building was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility in 1992. It is named in honor of Horatio Hollis Hunnewell (1810-1902), who was a major contributor to the institution. You can read more about H. H. Hunnewell and the The Hunnewell Estates Historic District in Arnoldia [pdf].

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images of The Hunnewell Building.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

April 9, 2015

Joseph Rock - China, Sze-chuan (Huang-kiang). Our houseboat at Huang-kiang.

China, Sze-chuan (Huang-kiang). Our houseboat at Huang-kiang on the Ta-kwan Ho, just before leaving for Sui-fu. Photo by J. F. Rock, January 25, 1925. Diary, vol. I, p. 135. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 17 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process.

China, Sze-chuan (Huang-kiang). Our houseboat at Huang-kiang.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian)
Huangjiang, Sichuan Sheng, China
Daguan River, Yunnan Sheng, China
January 5, 1925

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

“We left Huang-kiang at 9 a.m. All our baggage was conveyed by the coolies to our large boat on the Ta-kwan Ho. A crowd had assembled to see us off. Under the noise of firecrackers which were set off in front of the boat we glided down river, the 15 rowers in front yelling in unison. Before our departure I took several pictures of our boat from shore with the large and small cameras. The boat was a long affair with a room in the stern. Our horse was in the rear, while the front space was taken up by the rowers.” (135)
–Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 1, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library. Excerpt from Jan. 25, 1925

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

April 2, 2015

William Purdom – Pavilion on a rocky islet in an icy river, 1911

China – Tow River. Tow River in winter Boundary between China and Tibetan country. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Gelatin silver process.

China – Tow River

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Pavillion on a rocky islet in an icy river
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Tao River Valley, Gansu Sheng, China
1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880–1921) papers, 1909-1912.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

March 26, 2015

Benches along Meadow Road in the snow

16 x 16 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Snow Scenes, winter, Meadow Road, 1969

Winter in the Arboretum [Title from verso.]
Alternate Title: Benches along Meadow Road in the snow
Photograph by Pamela Bruns, (American)
Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States.
February 1969

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

March 19, 2015

Chives

Allium schoenoprasum. Sianfu, Shensi, China. Large forced chives, which are an important winter vegetable in Shanfu. Much used raw or scalded with meats and as a savory herb in soups. Considered very healthy. Chinese name Tcho tsai. January 3, 1914. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Allium schoenoprasum China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Johannis de Leuw holding two bunches of chives
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Xi’an, Shaanxi Sheng, China
January 30, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Johannis de Leuw, “a young Hollander,” was Meyer’s assistant along with Chow-hai Ting, their guide and interpreter during Meyer’s third expedition to China (1912-1915). You can read more in Arnoldia about Meyer’s collecting trips for The Arnold Arboretum and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1905-1918 [pdf].

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

March 12, 2015

View of men on horseback and trees.

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Arnold Arboretum Expedition. Eleven of the Nashi assistants of the expedition led by J. F. Rock with Mr. Rock. “One boy missing, who had to stay behind and watch the house.” Photo near Cho-ni on the Tao River. Winter of 1926. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 10 x 17 cm. (photo), 20 x 22.5 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

Kan-su, (Cho-ni), China. Arnold Arboretum Expedition – eleven of the Nashi assistants with Mr. Rock.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
1926 winter

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

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. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

March 5, 2015

Nancy Sableski, painter

Agosto, 2015. 12″ x 48″ / Oil on canvas.

The Invented Landscape

Paintings by Nancy Sableski
Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum
Exhibit runs February 21–May 29, 2015

Just as the Arnold Arboretum is an invented landscape, so are the paintings in this exhibition. While every work of art is an invention, Nancy Sableski takes this concept a step further by painting imagined landscapes that are constructed by blending multiple images taken with her cellphone. In this way she invents places that don’t exist but which clearly refer to the Arboretum. This technique allows her to examine aspects of landscape that continually capture her imagination: the interplay of powerful verticals, unpredictable diagonals, and receding horizontals.

According to Nancy,

“Many years ago I learned that masonite was an inexpensive and portable surface to paint on, and easy to prepare: three coats of shellac, and off you go. Now masonite panels are an indispensable part of my work. The shellacked masonite turns to a deep brown surface, and oil paint glides and slithers on this slickness. I love to watch the image takes shape as the colors are laid down thick or thin over the coffee-colored gloss. There’s an inherent drama from the very beginning of the painting.”

Since 2000, Nancy has been Manager of Children’s Education at Arnold Arboretum, which serves over 2,400 students each year in programs that emphasize small group learning with a strong hands-on component. Learning opportunities continue throughout the year.

Image copyright © 1998-2015 Nancy Sableski [contact]. Giclée prints available.

February 26, 2015

Spruce (Picea) Collection in the snow with Siberian Spruce (Picea omorika) in background

20 x 20 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Conifers, winter, Spruce Collection, snow, ca. 1975

Alternate Title: Spruce (Picea) Collection in the snow with Siberian Spruce (Picea omorika) in background
Photograph by Pamela Bruns (n.d.), United States
Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1975

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the Spruce Collection at The Arnold Arboretum in Arnoldia [pdf].

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

February 19, 2015

Potted tree

Chamaecyparis obtusa var. nana Carr. Genuine dwarf tree about 70 yrs. old. Value yen 50. Grounds of the Yokohama Nursery Co., Yokohama. [Information from inventory list.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Chamaecyparis obtusa

[Title from inventory list.]
Alternate Title: Potted tree
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
June 7, 1918

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection at the Arnold Arboretum is open from mid-April to mid-November. The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library actively collects well-illustrated books about collecting and cultivating bonsai, in addition to the journal International Bonsai.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952, and The Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection records, 1904- .

Lisa Pearson, Head of the Library and Archives, offers another historical perspective in The Yokohama Nursery Company: Japanese Plants for Western Buyers.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

February 12, 2015

North Meadow in the snow

20 x 23 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Snow Scenes, winter, North Meadow, ca. 1980

Alternate Title: North Meadow in the snow
Photographer unknown
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1980

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretum’s landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

February 5, 2015

Hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) growing on rocks on Hemlock Hill

Tsuga canadensis growing on rocks Hemlock Hill, arn. Arb. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks,1902

Alternate Title: Hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) growing on rocks on Hemlock Hill
Photograph by Alfred Rehder (1863-1949), United States, Germany
Hemlock Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1902

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Moller’s Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of Associate Editor. Intending only to stay in America for half a year, he was persuaded to join the Arboretum’s staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940. He was appointed Curator of the Arboretum’s Herbarium in 1918, became editor of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum in 1927, and Harvard appointed him Associate Professor of Dendrology in 1934.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) papers, 1898-1949.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

January 29, 2015

Tracks of skiers and hikers among the lilacs

16 x 22 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Snow Scenes, spring, tracks in the snow, 1990

Alternate Title: Tracks of skiers and hikers among the lilacs
Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary
Lilac Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1990

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the temperate zones and adjacent regions, published in 2011 by DendroPress.

This photograph was first published in “The Arnold Arboretum in Winter: A Photo Essay” by Racz and Debreczy in Arnoldia (50):1 [pdf].

The Image Collection of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives also holds many hundreds of Racz and Debreczy’s photographs of taxa on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum.

Please contact the library for more information, or visit us.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

January 22, 2015

Peter's Hill, winter, pines, 1968

Pines Peter’s Hill [Title from verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Peter’s Hill, winter, pines, 1968

Alternate Title: Pines (Pinus) on Peter’s Hill in silhouette
Photograph by Mary Rosenfeld (n.d.), United States
Peter’s Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
February 1968

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretum’s landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

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January 15, 2015

Soldiers standing at attention with a dignitary sitting on a reviewing stand behind

China Mongol prince addressing troops at August review. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-11 [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 10.5 x 20 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Troops at review

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Weichang Xian, Hebei Sheng, China
August 1909

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880–1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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January 8, 2015

Tree trunk with man

Pinus bungeana. A gigantic specimen of the white-barked pine, measuring 21 ft. in circumference, six feet above the ground, estimated age 1200 years. Sprouting out into nine main branches at about 5 1/2 ft. above the ground. Growing in the grounds of Tchi tai tse temple, west of Peking, China. January 17, 1908. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 12 x 9.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Pinus bungeana China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Subject: Pinus bungeana Zucc. ex Endl. / Pinaceae / lacebark pine
January 17, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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2014

December 18, 2014

Two Tibetan boys at Tiensi Hu

Digital color image.

Two Tibetan boys at Tiensi Hu

Photograph by Richard H. Ree (1973 – )
Tiensi Lake, Zhongdian Xian, Yunnan Sheng, China
July 8, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Richard H. Ree received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2001 and became assistant curator in the botany department of the Field Museum of Natural History in 2003. Initially interested in the Passifloraceae (passion fruit family) of the New World tropics, Ree became intrigued by the diversity of the flora in the Hengduan region and the question of why so many closely related species had evolved in such close proximity. His doctoral dissertation was a detailed study of a small part of the highly diverse genus Pedicularis (louseworts), whose greatest concentration of species is in the Hengduan Mountains of China.

Copyright © 2000-2003 Richard H. Ree.

December 11, 2014

Lilac (Syringa) Collection in the snow viewed from Bussey Hill Road

Winter scene – Lilac Banking [Title from recto and verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Snow Scenes, winter, lilacs, 1952

Alternate Title: Lilac (Syringa) Collection in the snow viewed from Bussey Hill Road
Photographer unknown
Lilac Collection, Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
January 1952

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretum’s landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

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December 4, 2014

Tree trunk with two men in traditional dress one of whom is mounted on a horse

Ulmus foliacea. An elm tree of a very peculiar shape; locally considered to have something to do with supernatural powers. Native Mohammedan guide standing on trunk, dressed all up in winter garb. Near Shagran, Chinese Turkestan. December 23, 1910. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Ulmus foliacea Turkestan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with two men in traditional dress one of whom is mounted on a horse
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Yengisar, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
Shagran, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
December 23, 1910

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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November 27, 2014

Birch (Betula) Collection with Euonymuses in fall color

Betula Coll. with Euonomysus [Title from recto of slide.]
35 mm. Emulsion on polyester.

Bussey Hill, fall, birches, 1981

Alternate Title: Birch (Betula) Collection with Euonymuses in fall color
Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947 -), United States
Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 1981

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1970, and retired in 2012 as Horticultural Research Archivist. Sheila’s visionary leadership brought the library and its collections into the digital age. Along with creating and curating the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum in 1984, Sheila supervised renovations to the Hunnewell Building in 1993, and wrote New England Natives, a defining book about the Arnold Arboretum and the trees of the New England. Sheila also wrote numerous articles for Arnoldia, was recognized as a Harvard Hero in 2007, and is currently Senior Ambassador at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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November 20, 2014

Front façade of the Hunnewell Building showing the newly renovated steps

Administration Building Fall 1993 [Title from recto of enclosure.] 16.5 x 24 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Hunnewell Building, fall, new front entrance, 1993

Alternate Title: Front façade of the Hunnewell Building showing the newly renovated steps
Photograph by Robert Edward Cook (1946 -), United States
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1993

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Bob Cook is an Associate of the Arnold Arboretum who retired as Director in 2009. Dr. Cook brought about many lasting achievements during his 21 years as Director, among them the opening and dedication of the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, further expansion of educational programs for the public, the 1993 renovation of the Hunnewell Building (as pictured), and the construction of the Weld Hill Research Building.

Additional historic views are available of The Hunnewell Building.

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November 13, 2014

Prayer flags with mountains beyond

China. Prayer flags in front of Tibetan village. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 10.5 x 16 cm. Emulsion on glass.

China – Prayer flags

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Prayer flags with mountains beyond
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
1909-1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880–1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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November 6, 2014

View of the densely forested Ta Ku

Bird’s-eye view of tree habit, gorge, forests, and mountains. Kan-su, (Adjuan), China. View of the densely forested valley called Ta Ku, or Big Gorge, southwest of the Tebbu village of Adjuan. The trees are mostly spruces, the predominating being probably Picea meyeri. Elevation at which photo was taken: 10,500 ft. Photo by J. F. Rock, July 5, 1925. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] / Similar to R-065. 11 x 17 cm. (photo), 20 x 15.5 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

China, Kan-su (Adjuan). View of the densely forested Ta Ku.

[Title from recto of R-114.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Da Gorge, Min Mountains, Gansu Sheng, China
Adjuan, Min Mountains, Gansu Sheng, China
June 8, 1927

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Diary Excerpt from July 5, 1925:
“I took two photos up Ta Ku Valley with the densely forested ridge in foreground and the various shades of green with which the distant ranges were carpeted.” (73)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 3, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

October 30, 2014

Witches broom on a branch

Larix dahurica var Principis Rupprechtii. A witchbroom on a larch, found in a small larch forest near Tchai ling sze temple. Prof. C.S.Sargent says larch is probably new. Wu tai shan, Shansi, China. February 26, 1908. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Larix dahurica var. Principis Rupprechtii China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Witches broom on a branch
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Wutai Shan, Shanxi Sheng, China
Shanxi Sheng, China
Tchai ling sze, Shanxi Sheng, China
February 26, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

October 23, 2014

Sargent family

11 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Natalie Potter, Mrs. Nathaniel Bowditch Potter, Ignatius Sargent, and Alice Sargent leaving the Arnold Arboretum after the memorial service for Charles Sprague Sargent

Photograph by George E. Lawrence Company (n.d.), Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Arnold Arboretum, Emerald Necklace, Boston, MA, United States
June 8, 1927

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), was the founding director of the Arnold Arboretum. Born to a prominent Boston family, Sargent contributed his tenacity, horticultural knowledge, and commitment to education to shaping the Arnold Arboretum in its first fifty years.

Sargent published extensively, including The Silva of North America in twelve volumes, and inaugurated the Arboretum’s program for plant exploration. His influence on silviculture and forestry was felt nationally and influenced efforts to conserve American forests, particularly in the Catskills and Adirondacks. Sargent also created The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1893 with a donation of over six thousand volumes.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) papers, 1868- , in addition to his voluminous correspondence. You can read the writings of Sargent in Arnoldia, and in Arboretum Publications.

We also highly recommend Charles Sprague Sargent and the Arnold Arboretum by S. B. Sutton. This is the definitive biography of a pioneering figure in horticulture, plant exploration, and natural history.

Copyright © 2004 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

October 16, 2014

Cherries

Cranberry, from a bog in Pembroke [Massachusetts]. 20 x 15 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Vaccinum macrocarpum

Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Pembroke, Massachusetts
October 24, 1926

Feel free to join us on Monday, October 20, 2014 for Susan Playfair’s lecture and reading of America’s Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment. The event is located in the Lecture Hall of the Hunnewell Building and runs from 7:00–8:30pm.

The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpa, is one of only three cultivated fruits native to North America. The story of this perennial vine began as the glaciers retreated about fifteen thousand years ago. Through the centuries the cranberry has provided critical sustenance for humans, on land, at sea, and in times of war. It was even offered in a diplomatic gesture to King Charles II in 1677. Today, it is a powerful tool in the fight against various forms of cancer. Susan Playfair interviewed scientists studying the health benefits of cranberries, growers in several states, geneticists mapping the cranberry genome, a plant biologist who provided her with the first regression analysis of cranberry flowering times, and a migrant beekeeper to weave together the history and culture of the cranberry and assess the possible effects of climate change on this North American resource. America’s Founding Fruit will be available for purchase and signing.

The photographer of this Vaccinium, Ernest Henry Wilson, was one of the foremost plant explorers of the twentieth century. We encourage you to check Ernest Henry Wilson’s New England Trees for a closer look at some of his photography. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson papers, 1896-1952.

Copyright © 2014 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

October 9, 2014

Crabapples

Arnold Arboretum. Malus sublobata. Fruit cluster [Information from recto of mount] Gelatin silver process on paper.

Arnold Arboretum Malus sublobata

Photograph by Herbert W. Gleason, (1855-1937), United States
September 22, 1928

Join us in Celebrating our Crabapple Collection on Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 1:00–3:00pm on Peters Hill! Activities will include a tour of the collection by our curatorial staff focusing on Arboretum-bred hybrid introductions, and information about pruning techniques and timing. Please check our events page for more information. This particular image if part of our crabapple exhibit on display in the Visitor Center of the Hunnewell Building.

Herbert Wendell Gleason was official photographer for the Arnold Arboretum for several years during the 1920s and 1930s. He is perhaps best known for his extensive work on Thoreau and the New England wilderness. His biography published in Arnoldia includes a listing of his published works.

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October 2, 2014

Mendum Street Gate

Ampelopsis quinquefolia Autumn color [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Gates, fall, Mendum Street Gate, 1936

Alternate Title: Mendum Street Gate covered in Virginia Creeper (Ampelopsis quinquefolia)
Photographer unknown
Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 14, 1936

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Autumn is a perfect time to experience subtle changes in the Arboretum living collections. Free tours and activities are picking up, so stay tuned and please do include the library in your itinerary.

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September 25, 2014

Exterior of the Bonsai House

Newly constructed Bonsai House AA [Title from recto of slide.] Front View. 35 mm. Emulsion on polyester.

Greenhouses, summer, Dana Greenhouses, Bonsai House, 1962

Alternate Title: Exterior of the Bonsai House
Photographer unknown
Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
June 1962

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the history and highlights of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection. The bonsai are on view from mid-April through mid-November, daily from 8:00am to 3:45pm, excluding holidays.

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September 18, 2014

Peking, China - Imperial Gardens

Peking – Imperial gardens. China. Chinese landscape gardening. An exquisitely carved Gate of Honor on the east shore of the large lake in the grounds of the summer palace near Peking. When seen against the purple western sky it leaves an impression never to be forgotten. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]
8.5 x 11 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Peking, China – Imperial Gardens

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Three men beneath large ornate gate
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
April 10, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

September 11, 2014

View of five Tibetan nomads and horse

Tibet, Koko Nor, (Ketenika). Tibetan nomads northwest of the Koko Nor, at Ketenika. The tribe to which they belong is called Shakurg Tabjee. Photographed en route to Rako from the Koko Nor. Photograph by J. F. Rock, September 28, 1925. Diary, vol. IV, p. 66. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

Tibet (Ketenika). Tibetan nomads.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Ketenika, Qinghai Sheng, China
September 28, 1925

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Diary Excerpt from Sept. 28, 1925:
“The clan is known as Shakurj and the whole tribe to which they belong is known as Tabjee. I also photographed their tents with a flock of sheep and the Tibetan family in front.” (66)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 4, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

September 4, 2014

Greenhouses, spring, Dana Greenhouses construction, 1961

Ground Breaking Ceremonies for the new Arn. Arb. Greenhouses. [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Dr. Bradford Washburn with spade at Arn. Arb. groundbreaking ceremonies for new greenhouse [Title from verso.] / Left to right in the front row: Dr. Nathan Pusey, President of Harvard University; Martin Walsh, Boston Park Commission; Dr. Bradford Washburn, Director of the Science Museum; Dr. George Taylor, Director of Kew Gardens, England; Dr. Richard A. Howard, Director of the Arnold Arboretum. Left to right rear: D.M.A. Jayaweera; Chester E. Bond (contractor). Far right rear: Sidney Shurcliff. 11.5 x 16.5 cm.; 1 negative 5.5 x 5.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Greenhouses, spring, Dana Greenhouses construction, 1961

Alternate Title: Dr. Bradford Washburn holding a shovel full of soil at the ground breaking ceremonies for the Dana Greenhouses
Photograph by Heman Howard, United States
Dana Greenhouses, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 12, 1961

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Charles Stratton Dana Greenhouses opened in 1964 and have played a central role in testing the cultural requirements of woody plants, introducing new cultivated varieties, and preserving the lineages of rare and historical plants collected through more than a century of plant exploration. The facility serves as the point of entry for all accessions acquired for the living collections.

In Spring of 2014 the Arnold Arboretum launched a campaign to renovate the greenhouses system-wide, and thus increase its sustainability and energy-efficiency.

Herman Howard joined the Arnold Arboretum staff in 1929 and, with the exception of 3 years served with the armed forces (1943-1945), spent the next 38 years working as the Arboretum’s unofficial photographer. In his official capacity as Assistant Horticulturist under Donald Wyman, Howard was responsible for checking, mapping and labeling the plants in the living collections.

In July 1970, Howard retired from the Arnold Arboretum to accept the full-time position as Horticulturist at Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He retired from Heritage Plantation in 1977.

Howard’s decades of Arboretum photography can be also viewed in issues of Arnoldia from that period. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds Howard’s collection of Ektachrome transparencies (Series K), 1952-1970.

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August 28, 2014

Lichuan, Hubei

13 x 18 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Lichuan City, Hubei, China

Photograph by Stephen Spongberg, United States
October 1980

Stephen Spongberg began his career at the Arnold Arboretum in 1970, as assistant curator devoted to the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States Project. In 1976, he was appointed horticultural taxonomist. In 1979, he also undertook the editorship of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum (now published as part of the Harvard Papers in Botany), a position he held for 12 years.

Recognized for his Asian plant explorations, Dr. Spongberg participated in the Arnold Arboretum expedition to Japan and Korea in 1977. Between August and November of 1980, he took part in the Sino American Botanical Expedition to Western Hubei Province, in the People’s Republic of China.

In 1990, Dr. Spongberg published A Reunion of Trees, which was one of over 40 publications he produced between the years of 1972 and 1996. A Reunion of Trees provided a comprehensive history of the global search for new botanical species, as well as the Arnold Arboretum’s role in prominent discoveries of botanical resources in Asia.

In 1997, Dr. Spongberg was honored by the Royal Horticultural Society with the prestigious Gold Veitch Memorial Medal for his contributions to horticulture. In 1998, Dr. Spongberg retired from the Arboretum and was appointed Curator Emeritus in recognition of his service. Following his retirement, Dr. Spongberg became the director of the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard, a position he held until 2004.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Stephen Spongberg papers (1942-), 1970-1998. Please contact the library for additional information.

Copyright © 1980, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 21, 2014

Ernest Wilson with walking stick standing outside inn with wooded hillside behind

Populus maximowiczii Henry. Abies nephrolepis Maxim. forming mixed forests. Inn at Tokuitsudo and author in foreground. Tumen-Yalu divide, prov. N. Kankyo. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Populus maximowiczii Korea

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Ernest Wilson with walking stick standing outside inn with wooded hillside behind
August 30, 1917

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 14, 2014

Sophora japonica China

Saphora japonica L. North Honan, China. 5 m. in girth. Photo by Joseph Hers, 1919. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 8 x 14 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Sophora japonica China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Hers (1884-1965), United States, Belgium
1919

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Hers, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Hers (1884-1965) papers, 1919-1992.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 7, 2014

Charles Sprague Sargent

Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), Director of the Arnold Arboretum, 1872-1927. Three-quarter view. 22.5 x 15.5 cm. (photograph), 24 x 30 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Charles Sprague Sargent

Photograph by George Collins Cox (n.d.), photographer
ca. 1890

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), was the founding director of the Arnold Arboretum. Born to a prominent Boston family, Sargent contributed his tenacity, horticultural knowledge, and commitment to education to shaping the Arnold Arboretum in its first fifty years.

Sargent published extensively, including The Silva of North America in twelve volumes, and inaugurated the Arboretum’s program for plant exploration. His influence on silviculture and forestry was felt nationally and influenced efforts to conserve American forests, particularly in the Catskills and Adirondacks. Sargent also created The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1893 with a donation of over six thousand volumes.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) papers, 1868- , in addition to his voluminous correspondence. You can read the writings of Sargent in Arnoldia, and in Arboretum Publications.

We also highly recommend Charles Sprague Sargent and the Arnold Arboretum by S. B. Sutton. This is the definitive biography of a pioneering figure in horticulture, plant exploration, and natural history.

Copyright 2004 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

July 30, 2014

Hunnewell Building, summer, 1892

Hunnewell Bldg ca. 1892 Print from HU Archives 1/2001 [Title from verso.] / 1 duplicate, 18.5 x 24 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Hunnewell Building, summer, 1892

Alternate Title: Hunnewell Building completed but not landscaped
Photographer unknown
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1892

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretum’s landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

July 24, 2014

Incense burner with a building in the background

China – Peking. Incense burner. Temple in Western Hills. Peking. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] For a similar view and subject see Hedda Morrison, Summer Palace, Jade Fountain, hills temples album. 16.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Peking Incense burner

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Incense burner with a building in the background
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Tan zhe si, Beijing, Hebei Sheng, China
Xiang Hills, Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China
April 30, 1912

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880–1921) papers, 1909-1912.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

July 17, 2014

E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials from the forestry department (Korea) 1914

Mr. E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials and members of the forestry department. The Japanese took a keen interest in the botanist’s explorations and extended to him every courtesy. The Gendarmes in the outlying sections of Korea rendered him valuable aid. Mr. Wilson says Korea is in a better condition under Japanese rule than it has been for 300 years. [Title from verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 13.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials from the forestry department (Korea) 1914

[Title from recto of sleeve.]
Alternate Title: Group of men in both traditional and Western dress on lawn
[Korea] 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-
1952
.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights
reserved.

July 10, 2014

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var.) beside Meadow Road

Meadow Road AA [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.

Roads, summer, Meadow Road, ca. 1987

Alternate Title: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var.) beside Meadow Road
Photograph by Carl Lobig (n.d.)
Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1987

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretumís landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

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July 3, 2014

Two women walking on Hemlock Hill Path

Tsuga Path & Ferns [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Hemlock Hill, summer, Hemlock Hill Path, ca. 1920

Alternate Title: Two women walking on Hemlock Hill Path
Photograph by J. Horace (John Horace) McFarland (1859-1948), United States
Hemlock Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1920

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

J. Horace McFarland was a prolific publisher (primarily concerning horticulture of the rose cultivar), environmentalist, and a leading proponent of the “City Beautiful Movement” in the United States. He frequently emphasized in print the importance of the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections and public parkland, and was a frequent correspondent with Charles Sprague Sargent.

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June 26, 2014

Meyer, Frank Nicholas (1875-1918)

Ligustrum lucidum. Village of Sze men, Kansu, China.
A near view of the trunk of an evergreen privet tree, measuring 8 feet in circumference 5 feet above the ground. This shows that, in case olives could be successfully grafted on this species, they would have enough trunk space to develop into old trees. October 18, 1914. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Ligustrum lucidum China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk and bark with Frank Meyer standing
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Gansu Sheng, China
October 18, 1914.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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June 19, 2014

Flooded Meadow, Arnold Arboretum

Meadow flooded [Title from recto and verso of mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

North Meadow, early spring, flooded, 1936

Alternate Title: North Meadow flooded with four parked cars in the foreground
Photograph by Donald Wyman (1903-1993), United States
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
March 12, 1936

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Donald Wyman (1903-1993) was the Arnold Arboretum horticulturist from 1935-1969. His papers reflect his years of dedication to the study and advancement of horticulture within the academic community and in service of the gardening public. In 2004, a collection of plant records pertaining to genera grown in the living collections, which included files created by Donald Wyman and by succeeding horticulturalists Gordon P. DeWolf, Robert Hebb, and Gary Koller, was discovered and deposited in the archives. These plant records are arranged alphabetically by genera and are available in the Office of the Horticulturist records, 1938-1996.

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June 12, 2014

Arnold Arboretum Expedition - the twelve Nashi assistants

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). The twelve Nashi assistants of the Arnold Arboretum-Harvard University West China Expedition photographed in the Cho-ni Lamasery. Photo by J. F. Rock. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 16 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Arnold Arboretum Expedition – the twelve Nashi assistants.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Co ne Bshad grub gling, Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
ca. 1924-1927

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

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. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

June 5, 2014

Woman in traditional dress

Peasant girl. Tow river district. Photo by Wm. Purdom. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 11 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Peasant girl

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Woman in traditional dress
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Tao River Valley, Gansu Sheng, China
July – October 1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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May 29, 2014

Forest Hills Gate

Forest Hills Gate Restored 5/5/85 [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Restored Forest Hills entrance [Title from verso.] 9 x 13 cm. Color photography on paper.

Forest Hills Gate restored, 1985

Alternate Title: Forest Hills Gate looking towards the Arborway
Photograph by Peter S. Ashton (n.d.), United States, United Kingdom
Forest Hills Gate, Arborway, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 5, 1985

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Peter Shaw Ashton (1934- ) served as Director of the Arnold Arboretum from 1978-1987. Under his leadership, the Arboretum revised its accession policy to favor species of wild origin over nursery or garden origin plants. Documentation of plant identification, health and hardiness was upgraded through computerization of records. As a safe harbor for rare or endangered species, the Arboretum collaborated with other botanical gardens to collect species from a specific geographical area. This work was coordinated by the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC).

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretumís landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Peter Shaw Ashton (1934- ) papers, 1950- .

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May 22, 2014

Betula luminifera

Betula lumininifera Winkler. Forests of West Romi-Chango, West Szechuan, China. Height 100 ft. Circumference 12 ft. Altitude 8,500 ft. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Emulsion on glass.

Betula luminifera China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree habit
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Danba, Sichuan Sheng, China
July 3, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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May 15, 2014

azaleas

Rhododendron japonicum Bussey Hill [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on polyester.

Bussey Hill, spring, azaleas, 1940

Alternate Title: Japanese Azaleas (Rhododendron japonicum) on Bussey Hill
Photographer unknown
Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 1940

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretumís landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

May 8, 2014

Lilacs

Syringa vulgaris varieties Looking southeast. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Lilacs, spring, Bussey Hill Road, 1899

Alternate Title: Lilacs (Syringa) in bloom along Bussey Hill Road
Photograph by Alfred Rehder (1863-1949), United States, Germany
Lilac Collection, Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1899

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 11, 2014, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection.

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Moller’s Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of Associate Editor. Intending only to stay in America for half a year, he was persuaded to join the Arboretum’s staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940. He was appointed Curator of the Arboretum’s Herbarium in 1918, became editor of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum in 1927, and Harvard appointed him Associate Professor of Dendrology in 1934.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) papers, 1898-1949.

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May 1, 2014

Lilacs

Syringa Views (Collection) Lower walk [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Lilacs, spring, Bussey Hill Road, 1934

Alternate Title: Lilacs (Syringa) in bloom along Bussey Hill Road
Photographer unknown
Lilac Collection, Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1934

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 11, 2014, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection in full spring splendor.

You may also enjoy Retired Horticultural Research Archivist Sheila Connor’s history of Lilac Sunday, published in Silva on the 100th anniversary of the event.

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April 24, 2014

Lilacs

Syringa [Title from recto of mount.] Lilac collection. [Title from verso of mount.] / 20 x 24.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Lilacs, spring, 1908

Alternate Title: Lilac (Syringa) collection
Photograph by Thomas E. Marr (active ca.1890-1910), United States
Lilac Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 23, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 11, 2014, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection in full spring splendor.

Thomas E. Marr was a professional, in-demand photographer working throughout Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. Additional views of our Lilac Collection are available in our exhibit, The Arboretum Through Time: Historic Views of Our Landscape.

April 17, 2014

Greengrocer's stall with vegetables in baskets for sale

China – Peking. A green-grocer’s shop. The upright standing stalks in the basket are the fleshy roots of a Zizania. The lower basket to the left is filled with tubers of a dryland taro or dasheen, while yams and lotus rhizomes are clearly discernible. October 18, 1913. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Peking

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Greengrocer’s stall with vegetables in baskets for sale
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Beijing Municipality, China
October 18, 1913

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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April 10, 2014

Bussey Hill, spring, Cedar of Lebanon, 1926

Cedrus libanotica [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Bussey Hill, spring, Cedar of Lebanon, 1926

Alternate Title: Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) Collection
Photograph by Herbert Wendell Gleason (1855-1937), United States, photographer
Bussey Hill, Cedar of Lebanon Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
June 12, 1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Herbert Wendell Gleason was official photographer for the Arnold Arboretum for several years during the 1920s and 1930s. He is perhaps best known for his extensive work on Thoreau and the New England wilderness. His biography published in Arnoldia includes a listing of his published works.

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April 3, 2014

Hunnewell Building, spring, climbing hydrangea, 1927

Hyrangea petiolaris on Administration Bldg. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Hunnewell Building, spring, climbing hydrangea, 1927

Alternate Title: Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) in bloom on the north wall of the Hunnewell Building
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
June 15, 1927

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images of The Hunnewell Building, along with details on the life and legacy of Ernest Henry Wilson.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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March 27, 2014

Bussey Hill, spring, steps, 1975

Bussey Hill Arnold Arb. [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.

Bussey Hill, spring, steps, 1975

Alternate Title: Bussey Hill steps with an andromeda (Pieris) shrub on the right
Photographer unknown
Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 1975

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Arnold Arboretum originated on the land of Benjamin Bussey (1757-1842). A self-educated and successful merchant, Bussey donated his considerable estate in Jamaica Plain to Harvard College for the creation of the Bussey Institution, where students would learn agriculture and horticulture. You can also read about the Arboretum’s early history in Arnoldia.

The library also recommends Master of Woodland Hill : Benjamin Bussey of Boston (1757-1842) by Mary Jane McClintock Wilson.

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March 20, 2014

Charles S. Sargent and Ernest H. Wilson standing in front of a Higan Cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella)

Prunus subhirtella C.S. Sargent & E.H. Wilson [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Cherries, spring, Sargent and Wilson, 1915

Alternate Title: Charles S. Sargent and Ernest H. Wilson standing in front of a Higan Cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella)
Photograph by Oakes Ames (1874-1950), United States, photographer
Cherry Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 2, 1915

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Oakes Ames (1874-1950), became an Instructor of Botany at Harvard University in 1900. During the course of his decades-long career, he became a full Professor of Botany in 1926 and later Arnold Professor of Botany and Research Professor of Botany. Following the death of Charles Sprague Sargent in 1927, Ames worked as Supervisor of the Arnold Arboretum until 1935. You can read more about his legacy and collections at the Botany Libraries of The Harvard University Herbaria.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds papers and images of Oakes Ames, Ernest Henry Wilson, and Charles Sprague Sargent. Please contact the library for assistance.

You can also read more about the history of Japanese Flowering Cherries at the Arnold Arboretum in Arnoldia.

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March 13, 2014

Tree trunk with a man and a boy in traditional dress

Fagus sylvatica asiatica. Japan, Lake Chuzenji. Trunk over 3 ft. diam. Photo by J.G. Jack, Aug. 10, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Fagus sylvatica asiatica Japan, Lake Chuzenji

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with a man and a boy in traditional dress
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Chuzenji, Lake, Tochigi, Japan
Tochigi ken, Japan
August 10, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

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March 6, 2014

flower show

35 mm. color slide.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society,

Spring Flower Show

“The Arnold Arboretum presents: Some cultivated plants in their place of origin.”
Photographer unknown
1977

In addition to hosting Lilac Sunday since 1908, The Arnold Arboretum has also participated in the Boston Flower and Garden Show over the years. Varying exhibit themes, plant lists, and images dating back to 1953 can be viewed in our Archive Collection. Please contact the library for additional information about our holdings.

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February 27, 2014

Lamasery with a two men in traditional dress in the foreground and a steep slope in the background

Thuja orientalis. Mongolia, (Palakai). In the background a lamasery of inner Mongolia. Photo by Joseph Hers. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]8 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Thuja orientalis Mongolia, (Palakai) China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Lamasery with a two men in traditional dress in the foreground and a steep slope in the background
Photograph by Joseph Hers (1884-1965), United States, Belgium
Subject: Platycladus orientalis (L. f.) Franco / Cupressaceae
Inner Mongolia, China
Palakai, Nei Mongol Zizhiqu, China
ca. 1923

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Arnold Arboretum has 63 images of botanical subjects taken between 1919 and 1924 by Hers. He also collected seed and herbarium specimens for the Arnold Arboretum that amounted to over 2,000 species. See the Harvard University Herbaria Index of Botanical Specimens for a sample of these acquisitions. Between 1922 and 1938, Hers also published papers on the cultivated and indigenous woody plants of China, Manchuria, and the Pacific provinces of Russia, and on Chinese names of plants.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Hers, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Hers (1884-1965) papers, 1919-1992.

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February 20, 2014

Two pears and a descriptive card

Pyrus ussuriensis ovoidea. Tsun hua chou, Chili Prov., China. A variety of pear which is an improvement over the ones shown in photos 13236 and 13237. Chinese name Ta suan li meaning big sour pear. Tsun hua chou, Chili Prov., China. December 9, 1916. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Pyrus ussuriensis ovoidea China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Zunhua, Hebei Sheng, China
December 9, 1916

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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February 13, 2014

Flowering plant

Cypripedium luteum, Fr. Flowers yellow, native of alpine woods around Sungpan, 9000-11,500 ft. Photograph of first flowers to open under cultivation in Arnold Arboretum. [Information from label in photograph album.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Arnold Arboretum

[Title from label in photograph album.]
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
May 7, 1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

February 6, 2014

Bussey Brook in the snow

Bussey Brook [Title from recto.] / Bussey Brook Snow [Title from verso.] / 11.5 x 17 cm. 1 duplicate, 12 x 16.5 cm. 1 negative, 5.5 x 5.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Bussey Brook, winter, snow, 1950

Photograph by Heman Arthur Howard, United States
Bussey Brook, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
February 19, 1950

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Herman Howard joined the Arnold Arboretum staff in 1929 and, with the exception of 3 years served with the armed forces (1943-1945), spent the next 38 years working as the Arboretumís unofficial photographer. In his official capacity as Assistant Horticulturist under Donald Wyman, Howard was responsible for checking, mapping and labeling the plants in the living collections.

In July 1970, Howard retired from the Arnold Arboretum to accept the full-time position as Horticulturist at Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He retired from Heritage Plantation in 1977.

Howard’s decades of Arboretum photography can be also viewed in issues of Arnoldia from that period. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds Howard’s collection of Ektachrome transparencies (Series K), 1952-1970.

January 30, 2014

Trail in forest below Camp 1 along the south side of Hailuo Gou on the east slope of Gongga Shan

35 mm. color slide.

Trail in forest below Camp 1 along the south side of Hailuo Gou on the east slope of Gongga Shan

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941 -)
Gongga Mountain, Sichuan Sheng, China
Hailuo Gorge, Sichuan Sheng, China
August 14-22, 1997

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.

Copyright © 1997-2003 David E. Boufford

January 23, 2014

Man in native dress performing religious dance

Moso wizard in the act of dancing a religious dance, at the village of Nguluke. Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, August 27, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 16 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

[China (Yunnan)]

Alternate Title: Man in native dress performing religious dance
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Yunnan Sheng, China
August 1922

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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January 16, 2014

Lamas blowing trumpets at Chone Lamasery

China. Trumpet used in devil dancing, Chone Monastery, ten ft. long. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11 x 15.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper. For a similar view and subject see the photographs of Joseph Rock, Cho-ni Lamasery.

China – Trumpet, Chone Monastery

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Lamas blowing trumpets at Chone Lamasery
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Gansu Sheng, China
Tao River Valley, Gansu Sheng, China
Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
Co ne Bshad grub gling, Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
July 1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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January 9, 2014

Bussey Hill

Bussey Hill Winter [Title from recto of slide.] Emulsion on polyester.

Bussey Hill, winter, summit, snow, 1983

Alternate Title: Bussey Hill summit in the snow with the Blue Hills in the distance
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009), United States
Blue Hills Reservation, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
January 1983

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009) was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. Her beautiful color photographs of the landscape can be seen in The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987. Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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January 2, 2014

Junipers

Juniper Collection [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Juniper Collection [Title from verso.] / 1 duplicate, 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Conifers, winter, junipers, snow, 1978

Alternate Title: Junipers (Juniperus) in the snow with a single snow covered juniper shrub to the left
Photograph by Michael Dirr, United States
Juniper Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
December 1978

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D is a horticulturist and a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. He has written extensively on woody plants for Arnoldia and his books, considered crucial to the technical understanding of horticulture and dendrology, are available in our library. This photograph coincides with his 1978 article, “First Impressions of the Arnold Arboretum” [pdf].

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2013

December 19, 2013

China Prayer mills

China. Prayer mills, village gate entrance, Tow river district. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China Prayer mills

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Roofed gate with two prayer wheels in the snow
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Topics: gates; snow; prayer wheels
Tao River Valley, Gansu Sheng, China
1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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December 12, 2013

Row of tree trunks

Koshun botanical garden, Formosa, Japan. Areca catechu. Photo by J.G. Jack, 1905: presented by him Mar. 7, 1936. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Koshun botanical garden, Formosa, Japan

Areca catechu

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Row of tree trunks
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Subject: Areca catechu L. / Palmae / betel palm
Koshun Botanical Garden, Hengchun, Taiwan
1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

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December 5, 2013

Woman in traditional dress between two trees looking at lake and islets

Japan – Hondo. Sandstone islets clothed with Pinus thunbergii Parl. with four Pinus densiflora S. & Z. in foreground. Matsushima, Rikuzen province. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Japan – Hondo

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Woman in traditional dress between two trees looking at lake and islets
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
June 30, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

This photograph was taken during Wilson’s Fifth Expedition for the Arnold Arboretum, to Japan (February 1914-January 1915). His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices. Special attention was directed to Japanese flowering cherries and Kurume azaleas. Wilson also made important contacts with Japanese colleagues. His notes from this expedition are available in the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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November 28, 2013

Glacier southeast of Rawu on the road to Zay¸

35 mm. slide.

Glacier southeast of Rawu on the road to Zay¸

Photograph by Susan L. Kelley (1954 -)
Highway from Rawu to Zay¸, Tibet, China
Baxoi Xian, Tibet, China
July 25, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Susan L. Kelley is Manager of Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region project, part of Field Studies in China at Harvard University Herbaria.

Copyright © 2000-2003 Susan L. Kelley

November 21, 2013

Ernest Henry Wilson reading in the library of the Hunnewell administration building at the Arnold Arboretum

Side view. 16.5 x 21.5 cm. (photograph), 24 x 30 (mount). Gelatin silver process on paper.

Ernest Henry Wilson reading in the library of the Hunnewell administration building at the Arnold Arboretum

Photograph by A.E. Christiansen (n.d.)
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA, United States
November 5, 1924

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

This rare photograph of Ernest Wilson (1876-1930) offers a glimpse of how the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library looked in 1924. The mission of the library is to “acquire and maintain, in a secure and environmentally sound condition, a body of literature and photographic images that fulfills the institutional mission of the arboretum. The mission of the archive collection is to preserve and make available for research, materials that document the founding, development, organization, management, and achievements of the Arnold Arboretum and its staff. The archive also acquires, when practical, materials which document the history of taxonomic research, plant exploration, and horticulture.”

More details about the life, studies, travels, and achievements of Ernest Wilson can be found in the Ernest Henry Wilson papers, 1896-1952, held by the Archive Collection.

November 14, 2013

Tree trunk with two men in traditional dress

Elaeagnus angustifolia. An extraordinarily large Oleaster tree, probably more than a century old, growing on the edge of a corn field in a mellow, sandy soil. A right graceful ornamental tree this Oleaster is, with its silvery, olive-like leaves, livened up in autumn by thousands of fruits, mostly orange or orange-red color. Near Ism-sala, Chinese Turkestan. December 7, 1910. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Elaeagnus angustifolia Turkestan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with two men in traditional dress.
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Subject: Elaeagnus angustifolia L. / Elaeagnaceae / oleaster
Ism-sala, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
December 7, 1910

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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November 7, 2013

Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho.

View of tree-lined river and road. 11.5 x 17 cm. (photo),
24 x 30 cm. (board). Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho. Poplars growing along the stream, northwest of Cho-ni. Elevation: 8,500 ft. Photo by J. F. Rock, Sept. 10, 1926. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Gelatin silver process on paper.

Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Subject: Populus Linnaeus / Salicaceae / poplar / yang shu
Tao River, China
Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
October 10, 1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, October 13, 1926:
“On the 10th we had glorious sunshine, the hills opposite Cho-ni on the other side of the Tao River were clothed in the most beautiful autumn garb, every tree stood out plainly…. We went out on that day and took some pictures of the willows and poplar groves on the Tao River, the trees were resplendent in their pale golden yellow foliage.” (115)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 7, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

October 31, 2013

Paths, fall, Oak Path, 1981

Oak Path [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.

Paths, fall, Oak Path, 1981

Alternate Title: Oak Path in shadow
Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947 -), United States
Oak Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 1981

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1970, and retired in 2012 as Horticultural Research Archivist. Sheila’s visionary leadership brought the library and its collections into the digital age. Along with creating and curating the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum in 1984, Sheila supervised renovations to the Hunnewell Building in 1993, and wrote New England Natives, a defining book about the Arnold Arboretum and the trees of the New England. Sheila also wrote numerous articles for Arnoldia, was recognized as a Harvard Hero in 2007, and is currently Senior Ambassador at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This photograph was taken during the renovation of Oak Path at the Arnold Arboretum. Richard E. Weaver, Jr. wrote about the restoration for Arnoldia [pdf].

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October 24, 2013

Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1984

Fall View of Ponds & Nyssa sylvatica [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide.

Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1984

Alternate Title: Rehder Pond with Tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica) in fall color and people walking in the background
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009), United States
Rehder Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 1984

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Rehder Pond is named in honor of renowned Arnold Arboretum taxonomist Alfred Rehder (1863-1949).

Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009) was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. Her beautiful color photographs of the landscape can be seen in The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987. Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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October 17, 2013

Rehder Pond and Meadow Road in the background

A.A. Pond [Title from recto of enclosure.] / pond @ Arnold Arboretum [Title from verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1978

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Rehder Pond and Meadow Road in the background
Photograph by Edward S. Gray (n.d.), United States
Rehder Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 31, 1978

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Rehder Pond is named in honor of renowned Arnold Arboretum taxonomist Alfred Rehder (1863-1949).

Lisa Pearson, Head of the Arnold Arboretum Library and Archives has plenty to tell about Rehder’s life and legacy in Silva and in our blog.

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October 10, 2013

Peking, China - Imperial Gardens

Peking – Imperial gardens. Chinese landscape gardening. A beautiful white marble bridge connecting a rock-island with the mainland. In the grounds of the summer palace near Peking. April 10, 1914. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 8.5 x 11 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Peking, China – Imperial Gardens

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Bridge over lake
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Peking, China – Imperial Gardens
April 10, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing, of which this bridge is a part, dates back to 1750 and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

October 3, 2013

Fruit of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle at Basong Hu

Elevation: 3,500 m. / Coordinates: 30° 0′ 21″ N, 93° 55′ 23″ E. 35 mm. slide.

Fruit of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle at Basong Hu

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941 -)
Basong Lake, Gongbo’gyamda Xian, Tibet, China
August 15, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.

Copyright © 2000-2003 David E. Boufford

September 26, 2013

Conifers, summer, 1945

Pinetum 3 [Title from recto and verso of mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Conifers, summer, 1945

Alternate Title: Conifers on a slope
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
September 1945

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Details about the life and travels of Joseph Rock are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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September 19, 2013

Peter del Tredici standing next to a tree in the Bonsai House

35 mm. side.

Greenhouses, fall, Dana Greenhouses, Bonsai House, 1983

Alternate Title: Peter del Tredici standing next to a tree in the Bonsai House
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009), United States
Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
November 1983

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Peter Del Tredici is Senior Research Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum and Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is the curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, which celebrates its centennial anniversary in America this year. Visit our Image Collection, which includes The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987 by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009).

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September 12, 2013

Oak Path

35 mm. slide.

Paths, summer, Oak Path, 1980

Alternate Title: Azalea (Rhododendron) bank by Oak Path
Photograph by Richard E. Weaver (1943 -), United States
Subject: vegetation; paths; shrubs
Oak Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1980

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Richard E. Weaver joined the Arnold Arboretum in 1970 as horticultural taxonomist and held various positions including editor of Arnoldia and acting director before his departure in 1983. Weaver worked closely with the living collections, directing planting for many years and organizing collecting expeditions to South America, Asia, and the Soviet Union.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Richard Edwin Weaver (1943-) papers, 1971-1983, and you can read his article in Arnoldia regarding the 1980 restoration of the Arnold Arboretum Oak Path.

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September 5, 2013

Roger Coggeshall adjusting the wire frame of a propagating case

Propagation Roger Coggeshall, Propagator Wire frame removed from propagating case. [Title from verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Greenhouses, fall, Arnold Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, 1955

Alternate Title: Roger Coggeshall adjusting the wire frame of a propagating case
Photographer unknown
Subject: plants; men; greenhouses; cases (containers); horticulturists
Arboretum Greenhouses on Bussey Institution Site, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1955

This week we celebrate the life and legacy of Roger Coggeshall (1927-2013), graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and propagator at The Arnold Arboretum from 1950 to 1958. He went on to join Cherry Hill Nurseries in West Newbury, Massachusetts, and became its president five years later. In 1994, he formed Syringa Plus Nursery, with his partner, Evelyn A. King, to make lilacs available to growers and the public.

Roger was also a leader in New England horticulture, serving as president of the New England Nursery Association, and a member of the Massachusetts Nursery Association, Horticultural Club of Boston, and the International Lilac Society. In recognition of his professional achievements, he received the Jackson-Dawson Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Award of Merit from the International Lilac Society, and was made fellow of the International Plant Propagators Society.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

The Bussey Institution was created in 1870 through a bequest from Benjamin Bussey, which established an endowment at Harvard for an undergraduate school of agriculture and horticulture. Its research and greenhouse facilities stood adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum near its South Street border, a site now occupied by the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute of UMASS Medical School. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Bussey Institution records, 1872-2007.

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August 29, 2013

Chengdu, Sichuan Sheng, China

A main street in the Manchu city, Chengdu Fu, with Sophora japonica in foreground. Alt. 1700 ft. 7-31-1910. E.H. Wilson. [Information from label on slide.] 8 x 10 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Cheng-tu City

[Title from label in photograph album.]
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England, photographer
Subject: Derived from AAE-03011 / Sophora japonica L. / Leguminosae / Japanese pagoda tree
Chengdu, Sichuan Sheng, China
July 31, 1910

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

This photograph was taken during Wilson’s Fourth Expedition to China–The Second for The Arnold Arboretum, 1910-1911. You can view Wilson’s diary from this expedition here.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 22, 2013

Carya cathayensis China

Carya cathayensis. Chang hua, Chekiang, China. Natural size. Nuts and leaves of a native Chinese hickory tree. These nuts are much relished as sweetmeats, while they are said to yield as much as 25% of their weight in a clear yellow oil, which is used in fancy pastry and for other fine culinary purposes. Chinese name Shang ho to meaning mountain walnut; there are no real walnuts around there. July 10 1915. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Carya cathayensis China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Subject: Carya cathayensis Sarg. / Juglandaceae / Chinese hickory / Chinese name ‘Shang ho to’ meaning ‘mountain walnut’
Changhua, Zhejiang Sheng, China
July 10, 1915

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 15, 2013

Horse dressed for the summer horserace festival east of Xiaquka

35 mm. side.

Horse dressed for the summer horserace festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka]

Photograph by Susan L. Kelley (1954 -)
Xagquka, Biru Xian, Xagquka, Tibet, China
August 11, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Susan L. Kelley is Manager of Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region project, part of Field Studies in China at Harvard University Herbaria.

Copyright © 2000-2003 Susan L. Kelley

August 8, 2013

Group of people in native dress with two mounted on horses

Tibetans encamped near the Peshive plain, 60 Li north of Lichiang. They came from Tachienlu, a distance of 25 days north. N.W. Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, June 2, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 10.5 x 16 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China (Yunnan)

Alternate Title: Group of people in native dress with two mounted on horses
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Yunnan Sheng, China
June 2, 1922

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

Copyright © 2005, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 1, 2013

Rhododendrons

Rhododendron [Title from recto and verso of mount.] Inscription: Signed, “Wm. F. Dawson” in the lower right. 27.5 x 35.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Rhododendrons, summer, shrub, ca. 1920

Alternate Title: Rhododendron shrub in bloom with hemlocks (Tsuga) in the background
Photograph by William Francis Dawson (1868-1939), United States
Rhododendron Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1920

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

We also invite you to visit the Rhododendron Dell at the Arnold Arboretum. Our Image Collection also includes historical landscape images along with The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987.

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July 25, 2013

arborway gate

23 x 18 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Gates, summer, Arborway Gate, ca. 1916

Alternate Title: Decorative ironwork gatepost of the Arborway Gate
Photographer unknown
Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1916

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images and The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987.

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July 18, 2013

greenhouses

8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Greenhouses, summer, Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, 1940

Alternate Title: Greenhouse and propagator’s house with flowers blooming in the foreground
Photographer unknown
Arboretum Greenhouses on Bussey Institution Site, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1940

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

The Bussey Institution was created in 1870 through a bequest from Benjamin Bussey, which established an endowment at Harvard for an undergraduate school of agriculture and horticulture. Its research and greenhouse facilities stood adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum near its South Street border, a site now occupied by the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute of UMASS Medical School. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Bussey Institution records, 1872-2007.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

July 11, 2013

Castanea japonica

Castanea japonica, Japan. About 2 1/2 ft. diam. near Fukushima. Photos by J.G. Jack, Sept. 4, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Castanea japonica Japan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with man in traditional and western dress holding a fan
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Subject: Castanea crenata Seib. & Zucc. / Fagaceae / Japanese chestnut
Kiso-fukushima, Nagano, Japan
Nagano ken, Japan
September 4, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the

John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

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July 3, 2013

Conifers

Juniperus group [Title from recto and verso of mount.] / 1 duplicate, 11.6 x 16.5 cm. (not contemporary) / On back of duplicate: One of sites of Indian activity. 12.5 x 17 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Conifers, summer, junipers, 1899

Alternate Title: Juniper (Juniperus) group
Photograph by Alfred Rehder (1863-1949), United States, Germany
Juniper Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Summer 1899

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images and The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987.

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Moller’s Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of Associate Editor. Intending only to stay in America for half a year, he was persuaded to join the Arboretumís staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940. He was appointed Curator of the Arboretumís Herbarium in 1918, became editor of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum in 1927, and Harvard appointed him Associate Professor of Dendrology in 1934.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) papers, 1898-1949.

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June 27, 2013

Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangea petiolaris Habit [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

Alternate Title: Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) in the side of the Hunnewell Building
Photographer unknown
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Summer 1936

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images of The Hunnewell Building.

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June 20, 2013

ficus lacor

Ficus lacor Hamilton Wan Hsien, Yangtsze River, China. Height 50 ft. Circumference 15 ft. Head 90 ft. through. [Title from verso of mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Ficus lacor China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree with buttressed roots with a dog on the path in the foreground
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Subject: Ficus lacor Buch.-Ham. / Moraceae
Wan Xian, Sichuan, China
Sichuan Sheng, China
Yangtze River, China
April 1, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

June 13, 2013

sheep

Digital image made from negative. / Tibet (Radja). Ho Shui Shan with the head of a blue sheep shot by me at Radja among the hills. Photo by J. F. Rock, July 24, 1926. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 12 x 16.5 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

Tibet (Radja) – The head of a blue sheep

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Ra rgya dgon pa, Ra’gyagoinba, Qinghai Sheng, China
July 24, 1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, July 24, 1926:
“”We started over the steep trail back of the monastery; hundreds of blue sheep were grazing around the hills….I shot a large buck. It is not supposed to be done as these blue sheep are supposedly sacred….Photographed Ho Shui-san holding the head of the blue sheep.” (252-253)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 6, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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.

June 6, 2013

Men laden with tea

Western Szechuan. Men laden with “Brick Tea” for Thibet. One man’s load weighs 317 lbs. Avoird. the other’s 298 lbs. Avoird.!! Men carry this Tea as far as Tachien-lu accomplishing about 6 miles per day over vile roads. Altitude 5,000 ft. [Information from label in photograph album.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Men laden with tea

[Title from label in photograph album.]
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Sichuan Sheng, China
July 30, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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May 30, 2013

Stack of large bamboo poles

Phyllostachys pubescens. A lot of bamboo poles just unloaded from a steamer from Shanghai. They belong nearly all to the kind called mao cho, P. pubescens. Tientsin, China. March 27, 1913. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Phyllostachys pubescens, China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Subject: Phyllostachys edulis (Carr.) Houz. / Gramineae / moso bamboo / Chinese name ‘mao cho’
Tianjin, Tianjin Municipality, China
March 27, 1913

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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May 23, 2013

Tree habit with a building in the background

Salix Matsudana. China, Chung-pin-cho. Common willow of Peking plain, north of Peking, on Peking-Kalgan road. Diameter, 2 ft. Photo by J.G. Jack. October 6, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Salix matsudana China, Chung-pin-cho

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Subject: Salix matsudana Koidz. / Salicaceae / Hankow Willow
Changping, Beijing Municipality, China
October 6, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the

John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

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May 16, 2013

Yang T'u-ssu, Prince of Cho-ni

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). The Prince of Cho-ni, Yang T’u-ssu. Photo by J. F. Rock, April 24, 1925. Diary, vol. II, p. 150. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 12 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Yang T’u-ssu, Prince of Cho-ni.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Subject: Yang Chi-ching (n.d.), Tibetan
Co ne Bshad grub gling, Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
April 24, 1925

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, April 24, 1925:
“I photographed the Prince of Cho-ne in his native Tibetan dress, he wore high boots with red and blue borders, a blue fur-lined coat, and a fur cap with a cornucopia-like extension. A huge sword in his belt.” (150)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 2, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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May 9, 2013

Lilacs

Lilac Collection AA [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm.

Lilacs, spring, 1981

Alternate Title: Lilac (Syringa) Collection in bloom with Bussey Hill Road on the right.
Photograph by Richard E. Weaver (1943 -), United States
Lilac Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 15, 1981

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Richard E. Weaver joined the Arnold Arboretum in 1970 as horticultural taxonomist and held various positions including editor of Arnoldia and acting director before his departure in 1983. Weaver worked closely with the living collections, directing planting for many years and organizing collecting expeditions to South America, Asia, and the Soviet Union.

In addition to many images of Syringa and other taxa, the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Richard Edwin Weaver (1943-) papers, 1971-1983.

In celebration of Lilac Sunday taking place at the Arnold Arboretum on May 12, 2013, we invite you to view another fascinating image of the lilacs in full splendor in May 1908, captured along Bussey Hill Road looking east. Note the impeccable fashions of the day!

Also remember to visit our Lilac Collection.

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May 2, 2013

Willows

Salix – Meadow [Title from recto of mount.] / Salix in Meadow [Title from verso of mount.] 25.5 x 18.5 cm. Color photography on paper.

North Meadow, spring, willows, 1972

Title: Willows (Salix) in the North Meadow.
Photograph by Pamela Bruns (n.d.), United States
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1972

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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April 25, 2013

Hickory Path

Centre Street Path in June [Title from recto of mount.] / Centre Street Path in June. Spiraea nipponica, Deutzia collection and Laburnum Watereri [Title from verso of mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Paths, spring, Hickory Path, 1926

Alternate Title: Nippon Spiraea (Spiraea nipponica), Deutzia and Waterer Laburnum (Laburnum Watereri) in bloom by the Centre Street Path.
Photograph by Walter R. Merryman (ca. 1926), United States
Hickory Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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April 18, 2013

Yaks in China

35 mm.

Yaks grazing in previously glaciated saddle between peaks with north side of Daxue Shan in background between Zhongdian and Xiangcheng [Hexi] in the Sichuan-Yunnan border area

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941- )
Daxue Mountains, Sichuan Sheng, China
Elevation: 4,500 m.
July 23-28, 1998

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.

Copyright © 1998-2003 David E. Boufford; all rights reserved.

April 11, 2013

Snow covered ravine with a stream flowing at its base

China-Peling Range. Ravine leading to Peling range. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Peling Range Ravine

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Snow covered ravine with a stream flowing at its base.
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Gansu Sheng, China
Xiqing Shan, Qinghai Sheng, China
1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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April 4, 2013

Tree trunk with a signboard in front and a wall behind

Thuja orientalis. China, Shansi, (Tsin tze) This is one very famous Chow dynasty thuja. Photo by Joseph Hers, Oct. 1923. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13.5 x 9 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Thuja orientalis China, Shansi, (Tsin tze)
[Title from recto of mount.]

Alternate Title: Tree trunk with a signboard in front and a wall behind.
Photograph by Joseph Hers (1884-1965), United States, Belgium
Subject: Platycladus orientalis (L. f.) Franco / Cupressaceae
Changchi, Shanxi Sheng, China
October 1923

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Hers, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Hers (1884-1965) papers, 1919-1992.

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March 28, 2013

Forest Hills Gate

Forest Hills gate entrance Malus micromalus [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on polyester.

Gates, spring, Forest Hills Gate, 1940

Alternate Title: Forest Hills Gate with crabapples (Malus micromalus) in bloom
Photographer unknown
Forest Hills Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 1940

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, in addition to the Arnold Arboretum’s Crabapple Collection [Malus].

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March 21, 2013

Wilson pheasants

Bag of 52 ordinary pheasants (Phasianus decollatus, David.) with self [Wilson] and boy. Phyllostachys mites Riv. behind. Altitude 4500 ft. [Information from label in photograph album.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Shot, Changyang Hsien

Alternate Title: Wilson and man with pheasants hanging from rack
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Subject: Phyllostachys edulis (Carr.) Houz. / Gramineae / moso bamboo
Changyang, Hubei Sheng, China
January 1909

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

In December 1906, Wilson signed an agreement to collect plants in China for the Arnold Arboretum. The main objective for this expedition was to collect seeds and herbarium specimens of as many woody plants as possible, but Wilson was also assigned to collect more broadly for private subscribers to the expedition. When Arnold Arboretum Director Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) instructed Wilson to document the expedition with photographs he set the precedent of asking all his future explorers to do so as well. Field cooperation was arranged with the United States Department of Agriculture, through David Fairchild, who had sent Frank Meyer to China in 1905 as an agricultural plant explorer for the Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction. Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology sent Walter Reaves Zappey (1878-1914), a trained collector and museum preparator to accompany Wilson and collect bird skins and animal pelts. Wilson’s photographs of these specimens can be viewed here.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

This finding aid contains links to digitized versions of Wilson’s field notes and travel diaries.

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March 14, 2013

Two pagodas

Chinese view – Two of the San t’ah or three pagodas. Talifu, Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, May 4, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 16 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China (Yunnan)

Alternate Title: Two pagodas
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria, photographer
Yunnan Sheng, China
May 4, 1922

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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March 7, 2013

snow; meadows; deciduous trees

18 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Snow Scenes, winter, North Meadow, ca. 1980

Alternate Title: Red Maple (Acer rubrum) in the snow in the North Meadow
Photographer unknown
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1980

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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February 28, 2013

Kingo Miyabe

Salix urbaniana. Japan, Sapporo. Prof. Miyabe standing. Photo by J.G. Jack, August 21, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13.5 x 8 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Salix urbaniana Japan, Sapparo

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with Professor Kingo Miyabe
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido ken, Japan
August 21, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Kingo Miyabe (1860ñ1951) was one of the foremost Japanese botanists of his generation. He was a member of the second class admitted to the Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University) which also included the future educator and diplomat Inazo Nitobe, and the theologian and pacifist Uchimura Kanzo, with whom he became close friends. In 1883, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Agricultural College and began work to establish a botanical garden there. Three years later he came to America to study at Harvard University and received a D.S. for his thesis The Flora of the Kurile Islands. In 1889, he returned to Hokkaido and was appointed Professor of Botany at the Sapporo Agricultural College. He retired in 1927. In 1946, he was awarded the Order of Culture for his contributions to botanical science. Three years later, the City of Sapporo made him an honorary citizen.

Professor Miyabeís contacts with Arnold Arboretum staff go back to Charles Sprague Sargentís expedition to Japan in 1892. They subsequently became regular correspondents and Sargent requested plant material from him on several occasions. John George Jack called upon him and they explored Hokkaido together in 1905. Likewise, Ernest Henry Wilson visited Miyabe both on his 1914 and 1917-19 trips to Japan.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

Read and view more in Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927.

February 21, 2013

skier, snow, 1983

Pinetum/snow [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide.

Conifers, winter, skier, snow, 1983

Alternate Title: Man cross-country skiing through the Conifer Collection
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009)
Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
January 1983

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009) was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. Her beautiful color photographs of the landscape can be seen in The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987. Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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February 14, 2013

Japanese white pine

Pinus parviflora S + Z The famous Ship Pine in the garden of KinKaKuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9 x 14 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Pinus parviflora S + Z Japan, Kyoto

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree in the garden of a temple trained into the shape of a ship
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Subject: Pinus parviflora Sieb. & Zucc. / Pinaceae / Japanese White Pine
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto fu, Japan
ca. 1915

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

See this related article in Arnoldia about the The Ship Pine of Kyoto, in addition to recent photographs of the Gold Pavilion.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia are available in our Image Collection.

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February 7, 2013

Alnus

Alnus hirsuta var. sibirica Schneid. Near Hakone, Hondo, Japan. Height 25 ft. Circumference 5 ft. Prunus Lannesiana f. albida Wilson behind. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Alnus hirsuta var. sibirica Japan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Habit of two trees with man.
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Near Hakone, Hondo, Japan
April 17, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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January 31, 2013

walnuts

Juglans mandshurica. Shing lung shan, Chili Prov., China. Various forms of nuts of a wild walnut, occuring in Manchuria and North China, which grows into a stately tree. The young foliage unfortunately is very sensitive to frosts and the tree has been difficult to grow in th Eastern United States on that account. Chinese name Shan Ho tao, the last meaning mountain walnut. December 4, 1916. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Juglans mandshurica China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Xinglong, Hebei Sheng, China
Hebei Sheng, China
December 4, 1916

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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January 24, 2013

Dana Greenhouses

Dwarf Conifers Dana Greenhouse Area [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Dana Greenhouse Area [Title from verso.] 13 x 13 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Dwarf Conifer Collection in the snow with the

Larz Anderson Bonsai house and Dana Greenhouses in the background

Photograph by Alfred James Fordham (1911-2000), United States
Arnold Arboretum
ca. 1968

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more in Arnoldia about Dana Greenouse, the Herbaria of the Arnold Arboretum, and the Dwarf Conifers of the Leventritt Garden.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Alfred J. Fordham (1911-2000) papers, 1943-2000, which reflect his contribution to horticulture, botany, and the Arnold Arboretum as a plant propagator, lecturer, teacher, and author of over 50 published papers.

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January 17, 2013

Muriel Wilson

Muriel in front of a mirror wearing a kimono Tokyo 1914 [Information from verso of photograph.] 14 x 10 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Muriel in front of a mirror wearing a kimono

[Title from recto of sleeve.]
Alternate Title: Muriel in kimono looking at reflection
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Muriel Primrose Wilson Slate (1906 -), United States, England, subject
Tokyo, Japan
1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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January 11, 2013

Buddha

17 x 12.5 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

China, Kan-su (Ankur). Living Buddha of Labrang.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Ang ‘khor dgon pa, Ang ‘khor, Gansu Sheng, China
May 28, 1925

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, May 28, 1925:
“I was ushered into the little room where he receives visitors of note. They were just dressing him up, a little boy of 10 years of age. We arranged a place in the main room which was full of guilded [sic] statues of Buddhas and Fuyes…They arranged him on a chair or low stool on a yellow carpet. He was carefully dressed in a gold brocade jacket, red mantle and large Tibetan boots. He sat very quietly while I took many photos of him…They changed his ja[c]kets and placed a yellow mitre on his head. I then photographed the old father, a tall Tibetan. They are Litang people from Sze-chuan…” (10-11)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 3, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

Copyright © 1924-2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

January 3, 2013

Lilac Path in the snow

Looking up lilac path [Title from recto and verso.] / 4 duplicates, 2 – 11.5 x 16.5 cm; 7.5 x 10 cm.; 19 x 24.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Snow Scenes, winter, Lilac Path, 1949

Alternate Title: Lilac Path in the snow
Photograph by Donald Wyman (1903-1993), United States
Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
1949

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Donald Wyman (1903-1993) was the Arnold Arboretum horticulturist from 1935-1969. His papers reflect his years of dedication to the study and advancement of horticulture within the academic community and in service of the gardening public. In 2004, a collection of plant records pertaining to genera grown in the living collections, which included files created by Donald Wyman and by succeeding horticulturalists Gordon P. DeWolf, Robert Hebb, and Gary Koller, was discovered and deposited in the archives. These plant records are arranged alphabetically by genera and are available in the Office of the Horticulturist records, 1938-1996.

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2012

December 13, 2012

Tree habit in a graveyard with people in traditional dress

Ulmus pumila var pendula. A very rare form of the drought-resistant Chinese elm, found growing upon an old grave near Fengtai, said to be the only specimen in existence in North China. Fengtai, near Peking, China. March 27, 1908. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Ulmus pumila var. pendula China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918)
Fengtai, Beijing Municipality, China
March 27, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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December 6, 2012

Lumbering Yoshino

Japan – Lumbering. Yoshino. Track and kind of sledge (Kimma) used in getting out timber in Japanese forest, 1904. Photo gift of J.G. Jack, Jan., 1935. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13 x 18 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Japan – Lumbering Yoshino

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949)
Yoshino, Nara, Japan
1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

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November 29, 2012

Tibetan village

35 mm. slide.

Tibetan village along small tributary of the Lancang Jiang [Mekong River] on Highway 214 between Bangda [Bamda] and Qamdo

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941- )
Mekong River, Tibet, China.
August 5, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.

Copyright © 2000-2003 David E. Boufford; all rights reserved.

November 21, 2012

China - Strong men

China. Strong men at August games (Mongol). Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 12.5 x 19.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Strong men

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Six strong men in traditional dress.
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Weichang Xian, Hebei Sheng, China, 1909.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880-1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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November 15, 2012

Japan

20.5 x 15.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Mrs. E.H. Wilson, Muriel [Wilson], and Amah. Karasawa, Kyoto, Japan. 1914

[Title from recto of sleeve.]
Alternate Title: Mrs. Wilson in rickshaw with Muriel to left and woman in traditional dress to right.
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Kyoto, Japan. 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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November 8, 2012

Japan - Lumbering

Japan – Lumbering. Etchu The same. Protectors for banks made of bamboo filled with stones. Photo gift of J.G. Jack, Jan., 1935. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13 x 18 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Japan – Lumbering [in] Etchu

[Title from recto of mount.]
Large openwork baskets filled with stones on a riverbank with squared lumber in the foreground.
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Kurobe River, Toyama, Japan
1905

The large cylindrial baskets in this photograph are called “jakago” and were used to reinforce riverbanks during flooding.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990 .

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November 1, 2012

Phyllostachys sp. China

9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Phyllostachys sp. China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Two men in traditional dress and 3 boys, two of whom are holding bamboo shoots and are in western dress.
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918)
Tangqi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
April 20, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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October 25, 2012

Tibet (Koko Nor). Lammergeier.

11.5 x 17 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

Tibet (Koko Nor). Lammergeier

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
China, Tibet (Koko Nor region)
September 27, 1925

“After leaving the dunes…we reach a grassy plain…here I spied a huge bird (Lammergeier: Gypaetus barbatus grandis Storr. see birds p. 328) feeding on a cadavar. A well-directed bullet made an end to its existence. I took 3 photos of the bird with spread out wings held by my Moslem soldiers. The wings measured ten feet from tip to tip. The outer part of the eye was a beautiful orange, the iris was a pale drab color and the pupil black.”
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 4, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library. / Excerpt from September 27, 1925.

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Read more about the life and travels of Joseph Rock and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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October 18, 2012

Rehder Pond with tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica) in the background

Nyssa sylvatica Tree in autumn color.” [Title from card index.]

Rehder Pond with tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica)
in the background

Rehder Pond, Arnold Arboretum
October 14, 1936

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October 11, 2012

Woman in traditional dress with her hair dressed in two long braids

“Tibetan woman from South Peling range, showing method of hair dressing. Photo by William Purdom, 1909-1911.” [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]

Woman in traditional dress with her hair dressed in two long braids.

Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Xiqing Shan, Qinghai Sheng, China
1911

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Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of William Purdom, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880-1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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October 4, 2012

north meadow fall maple

Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’) in fall color in the North Meadow beside Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum. (Emulsion on glass).

Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’)in fall color in the North Meadow beside Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum

October 18, 1936

Bird’s-eye view. Read more about this tree and its history at the Arnold Arboretum.

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September 27, 2012

Cymbidium sinensis Tientsin, China. Cylindrical baskets with openwork tops.

Cymbidium sinensis. Baskets with Cymbidium sinensis which are greatly valued by the Chinese as flowering plants. Said to come from Canton and Swatow.” [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]

Cymbidium sinensis Tientsin, China

Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918)
Tianjin Municipality, China
March 31, 1907

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Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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September 19, 2012

China, Kan-su (Ch'ing-shui). Natives listening to a phonograph.

“A mob in front of my inn at the village of Ch’ing-shui, between Kai-chow and Min-chow, listening to my phonograph.” [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]

Natives Listening to a Phonograph

Photograph by Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
China, Kan-su (Ch’ing-shui)
April 11, 1925

Excerpt from Joseph Rock’s Diary, April 11, 1925:
“We go to an inn about the second house to the left, where I stop in a room containing the family shrine, grains, etc. I opened the phonograph and gave the people of Ch’ing-shui a concert. They had never seen such a thing as a phonograph and stood in amazement massed around the music box listening to Caruso’s “Celeste Aida,” the Quartet of “Rigoletto,” etc. I took several pictures of the mob while they listened to the phonograph. I then took the phonograph to the top of the roof and photographed the throng that gathered on the roofs of the houses across the narrow dirty street.”
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 2, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

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Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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August 20, 2012

E.H. Wilson with reformed headhunters

E. H. Wilson (front row, center) with reformed headhunters and armed policemen in the mountains of Formosa, 1918. From the Arboretum Library’s Eastern Asian Historical Photograph Collections. (Emulsion on glass.)

E. H. Wilson with Reformed Headhunters and Armed Policemen

Photograph by Ernest Herny Wilson (1876-1930)
Formosa (Taiwan/Republic of China)
1918
Between 1907 and 1922, Ernest Henry Wilson photographed 2,488 images for the Arnold Arboretum. He used a large format, Sanderson wholeplate field camera, complete with bellows, a cumbersome wooden tripod, and crates of heavy, fragile, glass-plate negatives that captured both breathtaking detail and broad, undistorted perspectives. These photographs provide a rare visual record of China before its revolution, highlighting not only plants but also documenting elements of cultural heritage including temples, houses, boats, and people going about their daily lives.

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Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, Ernest Henry Wilson, and other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection and archives.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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