Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 1, 2019

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform

Lewis Hine, Play Ground in Tenement Alley, Boston, 1909

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform June 20 – September 15, 2019 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Hostetter Gallery Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform examines how landscape architects and photographers advocated for social reform in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using city plans, […]

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E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 27, 2018

E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

Dove tree

Each year, the Explorer’s Garden is a riot of white when the Davidia involucrata, or dove trees, are in bloom. Before his employment at the Arboretum, a young Englishman named Ernest Henry Wilson was hired in 1899 by the Veitch Nursery firm to collect plants in China. In particular he was tasked with bringing back […]

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Ernest Henry Wilson at Harvard Asia Center

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 26, 2018

Ernest Henry Wilson at Harvard Asia Center

Harvard Asia Center

Magnificent Trees of Asia The Asia-related centers at Harvard periodically spotlight some of the vast Asian resources at the University. Featured in this exhibit are a selection of photographs of trees in Asia by Ernest Henry Wilson from Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold […]

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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 be […]

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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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