E.H. Wilson and the Japan Railway used on expedition in Japan
Alternate Title: Wilson with other men on platform standing by door to train
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers 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 the West, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of non-native plant species to their gardens. Wilson’s journeys took him all over the world—from 1899 to 1930, he visited dozens of countries, collected thousands of plant specimens (cuttings and seeds), and took thousands of incredible photographs documenting trees and forests, landscapes, and ethnography which testify to his legacy.
You can also view Wilson’s digitized materials, including his expedition to Japan, Korea, Formosa, and Bonin Islands, 1917–1919, at Expeditions and Discoveries, Sponsored Explorations and Scientific Discoveries in the Modern Age, hosted by The Harvard University Library Open Collections Program.
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