Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 2, 2017

Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

View in back of Administration Building [Title from recto and verso of mount.] 15.5 x 19.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Snow Scenes, winter, 1920

Alternate Title: Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930, American, English)
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States

A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.

This landscape photograph is one of many selected for the 2016 Images of America book Arnold Arboretum, written by Lisa E. Pearson, Head of the Library and Archives at Arnold Arboretum.

Lisa explains,

Ernest Wilson photographed this stand of conifers behind the Hunnwell Building heavily blanketed in snow in the winter of 1919-1920. In his diary, John Jack recorded that on February 5 and 6, 1920, a blizzard stopped the trains and stranded arboretum employees at home. This image may record the results of that massive storm.

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It is not an overstatement to credit Wilson with bringing Eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to widespread interest in western society, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of Asian plant species to western gardens.

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.

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

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

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