Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 26, 2017

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo. Trunk, Prof. K. Miyabe in carriage. Photo by J.G. Jack, August 22, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Subject: Quercus dentata Thunb. ; Fagaceae ; daimo oak. Original library accession 15854. 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo

[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunk with a horse, carriage and driver
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), American, Canadian
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
August 22, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis Images catalog.

In April 1886, John George Jack visited the director of the Arboretum, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) at his Brookline, Massachusetts estate, Holm Lea. Promised only manual labor at small compensation, he began working at the Arnold Arboretum, but within a short time his botanical knowledge became apparent, earning Sargent’s confidence and an increase in his pay to a dollar a day.

Jack continued his education at Harvard and became Assistant Professor of Dendrology at the Arnold Arboretum. Already experienced in plant exploration, he embarked on a year-long trip to Eastern Asia in 1905. Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia.

You can read more about Jack’s life, expeditions, and value as an educator in Lisa Pearson‘s profile, “John George Jack: Dendrologist, Educator, Plant Explorer” in Arnoldia 71(4), 2014 [pdf].

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990 [pdf].

Oak (Quercus spp.) is our Tree of the Month at Arnold Arboretum for the month of October, 2017.

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