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The Atlas of Boston History

The Atlas of Boston History traces the city’s history and geography from the last ice age to the present with beautifully rendered maps. more »

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Wood Database

Over time, Eric Meier further built his learning with USDA wood engineering manuals. Realizing that visual identification is central to common practices in dendrology, Meier scanned wood samples and welcomed numerous contributors to the database. more »

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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.

Hours of Operation

For safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library is closed to in-person visitors until further notice. Library staff are working remotely, and we encourage all researchers to reach us over email. Our Special Collections Request Account system remains active. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Contact

Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500
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.