A Short History of the Seed & Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 5, 2017

A Short History of the Seed & Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S.

Catalogue of Vegetable Seeds. 1850.

A Short History of the Seed & Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S. Presented by Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Libraries. The OSU Seed and Nursery Trade catalogue collection contains over 2,000 items from 1832 to 1966. While the collection is most comprehensive in its representation of American catalogues from […]

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National Geographic Topographical Maps Online

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 26, 2016

National Geographic Topographical Maps Online

National Geographic

National Geographic Topographical Maps Online via PetaPixel, Reddit, and Fstoppers = National Geographic has digitized every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home. If you’ve ever gone hunting topographical maps via the USGS, you know that it can […]

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Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 30, 2016

Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca Illustration by Charles Edward Faxon (1846-1918) Original drawing for Silva of North America by Charles Sprague Sargent [Volume 1, plate 3] ca. 1890 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard Mirador Viewer. Charles Edward Faxon, in addition to acting as Assistant Director to Charles Sprague Sargent, also ran […]

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Darwin by Post

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 30, 2016

Hamamelis japonica, Arnold Arboretum, 1926

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 10, 2016

Hamamelis japonica, Arnold Arboretum, 1926

Hamamelis japonica Photograph by George W. Root Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts February 15, 1926 Hamamelis spp. “Witch-hazel” is our Tree of Month for March 2016. The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives will feature a new view of a Hammaelis specimen every Thursday of this month, so keep checking back! Andrew Gapinski, Arnold Arboretum […]

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The Highgrove Florilegium

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 25, 2016

Jesup Wood Collection, Hunnewell Building, circa 1902

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 22, 2015

Jesup Wood Collection, Hunnewell Building, circa 1902

Jessup Wood Collection

Jesup Wood Collection, Hunnewell Building, circa 1902 Photograph by Thomas E. Marr (active ca.1890-1910, American) Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 1901-1902 Just after the turn of the 20th century, the Arnold Arboretum curated “The Woods of the United States” exhibit, which from 1902 to 1938 was located in what is now our Visitor […]

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Turning Wood Exhibition

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 13, 2015

Turning Wood Exhibition

Hearts and pretzels, woodturning

Demonstrations will take place indoors and possibly outdoors depending on the weather, beginning on both days with MA South Shore Woodturners at 11am, Central NE Woodturners at 1pm, and Association of Revolutionary Turners at 3pm. This fall, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University presents Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner, a unique art exhibition […]

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Maple tree trunk with man, Sapporo Park, Hokkaido, Japan. 1914.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 8, 2015

Maple tree trunk with man, Sapporo Park, Hokkaido, Japan. 1914.

Maple tree trunk with man, Sapporo Park, Hokkaido, Japan

Acer pictum Japan Alternate Title: Tree trunk with man Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English Sapporo Park, Hokkaido, Japan August 23, 1914 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Ernest Henry Wilson is one of the most prolific, renowned, and farthest traveled plant explorers associated with The […]

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China – Tibetan children

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 20, 2015

China – Tibetan children

Tibetan girl carrying small child

China – Tibetan children [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Girl carrying small child Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921) 1909-1911 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection. The Archive Collection […]

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