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Explorers' Sketchbooks

Explorers' Sketchbooks showcases the field discoveries of intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments--frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests--with their senses wide open. more »

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Mike Nichols, Tomas Cardoso and Romeo Gonzales remove a young tree from their truck. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Tree survival is especially important in a place like East Boston. The neighborhood has the lowest tree canopy coverage in the city, which means that during the summer, it also has some of the worst hot spots. more »

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Charles Sprague SargentLibrary Correspondence Database

The correspondence files of the Arnold Arboretum include letters that were written and received by staff members from the 1880s to the 1960s. Most letters focus on plant accessions, plant exploration, plant identification, plant requests, and taxonomy. Correspondence from famous horticulturists affiliated with botanical gardens and arboreta, and from government agencies, and active gardeners and amateur horticulturists are represented.

In addition to letters written and received by staff members such as our first Director Charles Sprague Sargent (pictured here), the Archival Collections contain letters from staff members on international plant collecting expeditions, including letters written from China by Ernest Henry Wilson.

 

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 nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century horticultural and botanical collections.

The library is located in the Hunnewell Building and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.

Contact

Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500
Phone 617.522.1086 / Fax 617.524.1418 – Attention: Library
E-mail hortlib@arnarb.harvard.edu

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).

Copyright guidelines for images
Licensing form for publication of images from our Visual Archives.

  • 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 hortlib@arnarb.harvard.edu.
  • 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.