Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 1, 2019

Charles Sprague Sargent

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

Charles Sprague Sargent

Front view. Materials/Techniques: gelatin silver process on paper. Dimensions: 20.5 x 14.5 cm (photograph), 24 x 30 cm. (mount)

Charles Sprague Sargent

Photograph by J. E. Purdy & Co., n.d.

A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images.

The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), prepared a 50-year report in 1922, before the end of his own 54-year tenure. But, what about the first 25 years? We don’t have a 25-year report, however, we do have photos and the engaging stories from that time.

Join Arboretum docent Emily Wheeler on Sunday, May 5 at 11:00am at Centre Street Gate to hear those stories. Emily will guide you through the timeline along the walnut and oak collections, to the beeches, and back via Bussey Hill.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) papers, 1868- , in addition to his voluminous correspondence. You can read the writings of Sargent in Arnoldia, and in Arboretum Publications.

We also highly recommend Charles Sprague Sargent and the Arnold Arboretum by S. B. Sutton. This is the definitive biography of a pioneering figure in horticulture, plant exploration, and natural history.

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