Japan – Forestry Ogawa Forest, Kiso, 1905

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 23, 2017

Stand of trees on a slope

Japan – Forestry Ogawa Forest, Kiso, 1905

Stand of trees on a slope

Japan – Forestry. Ogawa forest, Kiso. Forest chiefly Chamaecyparis obtusa at top of ridge, at edge of old cutting 4700-4800 ft. alt. South slope. Ground covering is dwarf bamboo “sasa.” Photo by J.G. Jack, September 5, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Series: Eastern Asian Historical Photograph Collections. Subject: Chamaecyparis obtusa (Seib & Zucc.) Endl. ; honiki cypress. Gelatin silver process.

Japan – Forestry Ogawa Forest, Kiso

[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Stand of trees on a slope
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian)
Kiso, Nagano, Japan
September 5, 1905

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

In April 1886, John George Jack visited the director of the Arboretum, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) at his Brookline, Massachusetts estate, Holm Lea. Promised only manual labor at small compensation, he began working at the Arnold Arboretum, but within a short time his botanical knowledge became apparent, earning Sargent’s confidence and an increase in his pay to a dollar a day.

Jack continued his education at Harvard and became Assistant Professor of Dendrology at the Arnold Arboretum. Already experienced in plant exploration when he embarked on a year-long trip to the Far East in 1905, Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia.

You can read more about Jack’s life, expeditions, and value as an educator in Lisa Pearson‘s profile, “John George Jack: Dendrologist, Educator, Plant Explorer” in Arnoldia 71(4), 2014 [pdf].

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

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