"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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As of March 16, 2020, The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is closed to the public until further notice. Library staff are working remotely, and we encourage researchers to reach us over email. Our Special Collections Request Account system remains active, but in-person visits are currently restricted. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.
Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500
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 email@example.com.
- 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.