Lisa Pearson

Lisa Perason

Lisa Pearson

Head of Library and Archives

Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5330
Fax: 617.524.1418

Lisa Pearson


MSLIS Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
BM Education, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford

I am the head librarian of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. I oversee all of the operations of the library and archives, as well as creating displays of archival materials for the library and exhibits in the Visitor Center. In addition I manage our journal subscriptions—ensuring they are received, renewed, and that missing issues are requested—as well as new library acquisitions. Earlier in my time here I was the project cataloger for the digitization of several of our historical photograph collections. This has given me an in-depth knowledge of our holdings and helps me fulfill requests for the use of our historical images. If you would like to learn about what the library has to offer, please contact me and we can schedule a training session.

Prior to coming to the Arnold Arboretum, I was employed for many years as a librarian in the insurance industry, first on the property/casualty side and later in the life/health and financial services realm.

Outside of work I am the instructor of a women’s welding course at Stonybrook Fine Arts in Jamaica Plain. We offer classes in a variety of sculptural media and are the only place in the Boston area where an artist can complete the entire process of creating a sculpture, making a mold of it, and then casting it in bronze.

In addition to my artistic pursuits, I am involved with historical reenactment. As an adjunct to that, I have been researching costume construction techniques of the sixteenth century.

Papers Presented

Pearson, L.E. and C. T. Iannuzzo. “Re-Constructing Men’s Clothing: 1550-1650,” in Old Clothes, New Tools II: Emerging Methodologies for the Study of Dress and Clothing Culture, 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 4-7, 2006.

Pearson, L.E. “Trapped in a Filing Cabinet: Or, How We Liberated Our Historical Photos (and Some Manuscripts Too!) from Their Prisons…,” 44th Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 28, 2012.


Pearson, L.E. “A Life Remembered in Plants : Sesquicentennial of Alfred Rehder, Arboretum Taxonomist,” Silva, Fall/Winter 2013-2014, p. 9.

Pearson, L.E. “Resting Beneath the Tulip Trees : Walter Street Burying Ground Offers a Glimpse of the Past,” Silva, Fall/Winter 2012-2013, p.8.