Sharing our collections through Google Arts and Culture

by Lisa Pearson, Head of Library and Archives
June 1, 2020

Sharing our collections through Google Arts and Culture

Growing a Museum Specimen on Google Arts and Culture

The stories of our plants have a new and expansive conduit for transmission around the globe. The Arnold Arboretum has partnered with Google Arts and Culture (GA&C), an immersive online learning platform that highlights over 2000 museum collections worldwide and offers access to more than 100,000 museum objects and views of eminent locations across Earth. […]

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Information, at your service!

by Lisa Pearson, Head of Library and Archives
April 10, 2020

Information, at your service!

Miyabe Maple (Acer miyabei), collected in Japan by C. S. Sargent. Illustration by Charles E. Faxon. Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library - hortlib@arnarb.harvard.edu.

Right now, the physical location of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives in the Hunnewell Building is closed in response to the COVID19 pandemic. The library staff is working remotely and continues to field questions from all over the world. There isn’t a “typical” type of question that we receive, they really range all […]

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A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 1, 2019

A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

DigDeeper Philanthropy

The Arnold Arboretum is a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and Harvard University, but derives all funding from past and present philanthropy. Founded through the bequests of farmer Benjamin Bussey and whaling merchant James Arnold, the Arboretum blossomed through important contributions like the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection and the extensive book collections of […]

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What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist’s Quest to Name Every Living Thing

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 21, 2019

What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist’s Quest to Name Every Living Thing

What Linnaeus Saw

What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist’s Quest to Name Every Living Thing by Karen Magnuson Beil The globetrotting naturalists of the eighteenth century were the geeks of their day: innovators and explorers who lived at the intersection of science and commerce. Foremost among them was Carl Linnaeus, a radical thinker who revolutionized biology. In What Linnaeus […]

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Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 22, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

mapping at the Arnold Arboretum

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps highlight our legacy of plant exploration and depict the development of the Arboretum, including a grid […]

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Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 1, 2017

Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Creighton Educational Garden

Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens feature over 1,500 different taxa from more than 150 different plant families. The 22 acre park includes the Alexandra Botanic Garden (mostly woody specimens), The Bog Garden (established in 2011), The H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum (named after Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, after whom […]

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Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 11, 2017

Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

Gorse, Broom, and Heathlands

In addition to our archives, photographs, rare floras, and journals, the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library holds a variety of natural history monographs, including plant lore. Plant lore is a cultural and mythological study, which examines the historical human relationship with its natural habitat, which is a central tenet of the human-plant connection. The utility of […]

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Maps tell a story

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 1, 2017