Lisa Pearson

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Lisa Pearson

Head of Library and Archives

Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5330
Fax: 617.524.1418


MSLIS Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
BM Education, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford

I am the head of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives and oversee all of its operations. I wear many hats as well as creating displays of archival materials for the library and exhibits in the Visitor Center. In addition I manage new library book and archival acquisitions. Earlier in my time here I was the project cataloger for the digitization of several of our historical photograph collections. This has given me an in-depth knowledge of our holdings and helps me fulfill requests for the use of our historical images. If you would like to learn about what the library has to offer, please contact me and we can schedule a training session.

Prior to coming to the Arnold Arboretum, I was employed for many years as a librarian in the insurance industry, first on the property/casualty side and later in the life/health and financial services realm. Outside of work I am an artist working in metal, leather, and textiles. In addition to my artistic pursuits, I am involved with historical reenactment of the period 1580-1610. As an adjunct to that, I am a student of costume construction techniques of the sixteenth century.


Pearson, L.E., Arnold Arboretum. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2016.

Papers Presented

Pearson, L.E. “The Arnold Arboretum and China.” International Ecological Forum on “A Century of Wilson’s Road,” June 9, 2017. Songpan, Sichuan, China.

Pearson, L.E. “Cultivating Boys into Men: Marian Case of Hillcrest Gardens.” Cultivating Legacies Symposium, Arnold Arboretum, March 9, 2019.

Pearson, L.E., “Tracking Change: Environmental Change Seen Through Records at the Arnold Arboretum,” SCoSAA and ProjectARCC Joint Symposium, “On the Brink: Archives, Climate Change, and the Future,” Boston, MA, November 11, 2015.

Pearson, L.E., “Picturing China: Treasures of the Arnold Arboretum Library and Archives,” Plant Collecting Symposium, Shanghai, China, March 27, 2015.

Pearson, L.E. “Trapped in a Filing Cabinet: Or, How We Liberated Our Historical Photos (and Some Manuscripts Too!) from Their Prisons…,” 44th Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 28, 2012.

Pearson, L.E. and C. T. Iannuzzo. “Re-Constructing Men’s Clothing: 1550-1650,” in Old Clothes, New Tools II: Emerging Methodologies for the Study of Dress and Clothing Culture, 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 4-7, 2006.


Dosmann, M.S., and L.E. Pearson, “Charles Faxon: Botanical draftsman and interpreter of trees.” The Botanical Artist, 20:3, pp. 32-33, 2014. [pdf]

Dosmann, M.S., and L.E. Pearson, “Charles Faxon: Botanical draftsman,” Arnoldia, 73:1, pp. 2-10, 2015. [pdf]

Pearson, L.E. “Marian Roby Case: Cultivating Boys into Men.” Arnoldia, 77:2, pp. 2-9, 2019.

Pearson, L.E. “A Life Remembered in Plants : Sesquicentennial of Alfred Rehder, Arboretum Taxonomist,” Silva, Fall/Winter 2013-2014, p. 9. [pdf]

Pearson, L.E., “John George Jack: Dendrologist, Educator, Plant Explorer,” Arnoldia, 71:4, pp. 2-11, 2014. [pdf]

Pearson, L.E., “Picturing China: The Expeditions and Photographs of William Purdom,” Silva, Fall/Winter 2015, pp. 8-9. [pdf]

Pearson, L.E., “Remembering Alfred Rehder,” Arnoldia, 71:2, pp. 18-24, 2013. [pdf]

Pearson, L.E. “Resting Beneath the Tulip Trees : Walter Street Burying Ground Offers a Glimpse of the Past,” Silva, Fall/Winter 2012-2013, p.8. [pdf]