"Did the people remember Dr. [Augustine] Henry? Did they know the K'ung-tung (local name of Davidia)? To these and similar questions they pleasantly answered in the affirmative. Would someone guide me to the tree? Certainly!" Recalling E. H. Wilson's search for the dove tree in China in 1899.
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The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library’s new registration system helps both patrons and librarians record, track, and fulfill requests. We have joined a community of other special collections at Harvard and encourage you to register today. Harvard affiliates use their HarvardKey, and other researchers can create their own login.
The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized collection devoted to the study of temperate woody plants. We collect works on botany, horticulture, floras, urban forestry and taxonomy. The library contains more than 25,000 volumes and 40,000 photographs, and includes an archive that both documents the Arboretum’s history and is a repository for 19th, 20th, and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.
The library is located in the Hunnewell Building and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00am–4:00pm. The library is closed on weekends and holidays. Changes in hours of operation are posted on this page and at Harvard Library.
Library users must register and/or log in to their account through our Special Collections Request Account system. We do not require an appointment, but we encourage users with specific research interests to contact us in advance of a visit.
Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500
Phone 617.522.1086 / Fax 617.524.1418 – Attention: Library
We are a member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL), an international organization whose purpose is to initiate and improve communications among persons and institutions concerned with the development, maintenance and use of libraries of botanical and horticultural literature.
We are also a member of Digital Commonwealth, a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Members may apply for free digitization services from the Boston Public Library as part of a grant awarded by the MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) and funded by the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act).
- Please list details about your publication/project, the HOLLIS Number of each image you wish to license for your project (available in HOLLIS Images) please sign and send form to us firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Library staff will promptly examine your request, countersign form, and send you a copy for your files.
- We will then make arrangements to deliver publication-quality image files to you over a secure file-sharing service.
- Please contact us with any questions.