Three women digging for shellfish, Japan, circa 1900

August 3, 2017

Three women digging for shellfish, Japan, circa 1900

Three women digging for shellfish, Japan, circa 1900

Three women digging in sand on shore by cliff

[Women digging for shellfish. Slide purchased in Japan by J.G. Jack, 1905. (colored).] Photograph J-12. 8 x 8 cm. Lantern slide.

Women digging

Alternate Title: Three women digging in sand on shore by cliff
Slide purchased by John George Jack (1861-1949)
Japan
circa 1900

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ 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 the Far East 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].

Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

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