Massachusetts Horticultural Society shares its collection of
Botanical Prints through the Digital Commonwealth
The Botanical Print Collection of The Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library, comprising of over 1,000 botanical illustrations, has been digitized and can now be viewed online at Digital Commonwealth.
With prints dating from 1620 to 1969, this project captures more than three centuries in the evolution of botanical illustration, offering an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and authors. These images are available for the purposes of viewing and studying and not for commercial use.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library includes over 20,000 volumes and maintains 5,000 rare books, manuscripts, prints, seed catalogs, glass slides, and early transactions of horticultural institutions.
Digital Commonwealth is 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.
The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is also a member of Digital Commonwealth, who have so far facilitated two digitization projects from our collections: Ernest Henry Wilson’s New England Trees (550 glass plate negatives), and our historical Arnold Arboretum Maps and Plans (150 maps, blueprints, plans).