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2014

July 24, 2014

Incense burner with a building in the background

China – Peking. Incense burner. Temple in Western Hills. Peking. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] For a similar view and subject see Hedda Morrison, Summer Palace, Jade Fountain, hills temples album. 16.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Peking Incense burner

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Incense burner with a building in the background
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Tan zhe si, Beijing, Hebei Sheng, China
Xiang Hills, Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China
April 30, 1912

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880–1921) papers, 1909-1912.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

July 17, 2014

E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials from the forestry department (Korea) 1914

Mr. E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials and members of the forestry department. The Japanese took a keen interest in the botanist’s explorations and extended to him every courtesy. The Gendarmes in the outlying sections of Korea rendered him valuable aid. Mr. Wilson says Korea is in a better condition under Japanese rule than it has been for 300 years. [Title from verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 13.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials from the forestry department (Korea) 1914

[Title from recto of sleeve.]
Alternate Title: Group of men in both traditional and Western dress on lawn
[Korea] 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-
1952
.

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

July 10, 2014

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var.) beside Meadow Road

Meadow Road AA [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.

Roads, summer, Meadow Road, ca. 1987

Alternate Title: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var.) beside Meadow Road
Photograph by Carl Lobig (n.d.)
Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1987

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretumís landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

July 3, 2014

Two women walking on Hemlock Hill Path

Tsuga Path & Ferns [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Hemlock Hill, summer, Hemlock Hill Path, ca. 1920

Alternate Title: Two women walking on Hemlock Hill Path
Photograph by J. Horace (John Horace) McFarland (1859-1948), United States
Hemlock Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1920

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

J. Horace McFarland was a prolific publisher (primarily concerning horticulture of the rose cultivar), environmentalist, and a leading proponent of the “City Beautiful Movement” in the United States. He frequently emphasized in print the importance of the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections and public parkland, and was a frequent correspondent with Charles Sprague Sargent.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

June 26, 2014

Meyer, Frank Nicholas (1875-1918)

Ligustrum lucidum. Village of Sze men, Kansu, China.
A near view of the trunk of an evergreen privet tree, measuring 8 feet in circumference 5 feet above the ground. This shows that, in case olives could be successfully grafted on this species, they would have enough trunk space to develop into old trees. October 18, 1914. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Ligustrum lucidum China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk and bark with Frank Meyer standing
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Gansu Sheng, China
October 18, 1914.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

June 19, 2014

Flooded Meadow, Arnold Arboretum

Meadow flooded [Title from recto and verso of mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

North Meadow, early spring, flooded, 1936

Alternate Title: North Meadow flooded with four parked cars in the foreground
Photograph by Donald Wyman (1903-1993), United States
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
March 12, 1936

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Donald Wyman (1903-1993) was the Arnold Arboretum horticulturist from 1935-1969. His papers reflect his years of dedication to the study and advancement of horticulture within the academic community and in service of the gardening public. In 2004, a collection of plant records pertaining to genera grown in the living collections, which included files created by Donald Wyman and by succeeding horticulturalists Gordon P. DeWolf, Robert Hebb, and Gary Koller, was discovered and deposited in the archives. These plant records are arranged alphabetically by genera and are available in the Office of the Horticulturist records, 1938-1996.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

June 12, 2014

Arnold Arboretum Expedition - the twelve Nashi assistants

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). The twelve Nashi assistants of the Arnold Arboretum-Harvard University West China Expedition photographed in the Cho-ni Lamasery. Photo by J. F. Rock. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 16 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Arnold Arboretum Expedition – the twelve Nashi assistants.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Co ne Bshad grub gling, Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
ca. 1924-1927

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962. This collection includes Rock’s published Na-khi-English Encyclopedic Dictionary, Part I. Roma: Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1963 ( Serie orientale Roma ; v. 28 ).

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library also holds and recommends Ancestral realms of the Naxi : Quentin Roosevelt’s China. Stuttgart : Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2011.

Photographs by Joseph Francis Charles Rock in the Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers: Copyright © 1924-2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved. Photographs and images from the collection may be reproduced only with written permission. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

June 5, 2014

Woman in traditional dress

Peasant girl. Tow river district. Photo by Wm. Purdom. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 11 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Peasant girl

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Woman in traditional dress
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Tao River Valley, Gansu Sheng, China
July – October 1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

May 29, 2014

Forest Hills Gate

Forest Hills Gate Restored 5/5/85 [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Restored Forest Hills entrance [Title from verso.] 9 x 13 cm. Color photography on paper.

Forest Hills Gate restored, 1985

Alternate Title: Forest Hills Gate looking towards the Arborway
Photograph by Peter S. Ashton (n.d.), United States, United Kingdom
Forest Hills Gate, Arborway, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 5, 1985

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Peter Shaw Ashton (1934- ) served as Director of the Arnold Arboretum from 1978-1987. Under his leadership, the Arboretum revised its accession policy to favor species of wild origin over nursery or garden origin plants. Documentation of plant identification, health and hardiness was upgraded through computerization of records. As a safe harbor for rare or endangered species, the Arboretum collaborated with other botanical gardens to collect species from a specific geographical area. This work was coordinated by the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC).

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretumís landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Peter Shaw Ashton (1934- ) papers, 1950- .

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

May 22, 2014

Betula luminifera

Betula lumininifera Winkler. Forests of West Romi-Chango, West Szechuan, China. Height 100 ft. Circumference 12 ft. Altitude 8,500 ft. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Emulsion on glass.

Betula luminifera China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree habit
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Danba, Sichuan Sheng, China
July 3, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Copyright © 2005, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

May 15, 2014

azaleas

Rhododendron japonicum Bussey Hill [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on polyester.

Bussey Hill, spring, azaleas, 1940

Alternate Title: Japanese Azaleas (Rhododendron japonicum) on Bussey Hill
Photographer unknown
Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 1940

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also be sure to visit The Arboretum Through Time, which records the evolution of the Arnold Arboretumís landscape and its living collections as well as its buildings, paths, and roadways since 1889.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

May 8, 2014

Lilacs

Syringa vulgaris varieties Looking southeast. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Lilacs, spring, Bussey Hill Road, 1899

Alternate Title: Lilacs (Syringa) in bloom along Bussey Hill Road
Photograph by Alfred Rehder (1863-1949), United States, Germany
Lilac Collection, Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1899

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 11, 2014, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection.

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Mollerís Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of Associate Editor. Intending only to stay in America for half a year, he was persuaded to join the Arboretumís staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940. He was appointed Curator of the Arboretumís Herbarium in 1918, became editor of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum in 1927, and Harvard appointed him Associate Professor of Dendrology in 1934.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) papers, 1898-1949.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

May 1, 2014

Lilacs

Syringa Views (Collection) Lower walk [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Lilacs, spring, Bussey Hill Road, 1934

Alternate Title: Lilacs (Syringa) in bloom along Bussey Hill Road
Photographer unknown
Lilac Collection, Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1934

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 11, 2014, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection in full spring splendor.

You may also enjoy Retired Horticultural Research Archivist Sheila Connor’s history of Lilac Sunday, published in Silva on the 100th anniversary of the event.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

April 24, 2014

Lilacs

Syringa [Title from recto of mount.] Lilac collection. [Title from verso of mount.] / 20 x 24.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Lilacs, spring, 1908

Alternate Title: Lilac (Syringa) collection
Photograph by Thomas E. Marr (active ca.1890-1910), United States
Lilac Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 23, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 11, 2014, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection in full spring splendor.

Thomas E. Marr was a professional, in-demand photographer working throughout Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. Additional views of our Lilac Collection are available in our exhibit, The Arboretum Through Time: Historic Views of Our Landscape.

April 17, 2014

Greengrocer's stall with vegetables in baskets for sale

China – Peking. A green-grocer’s shop. The upright standing stalks in the basket are the fleshy roots of a Zizania. The lower basket to the left is filled with tubers of a dryland taro or dasheen, while yams and lotus rhizomes are clearly discernible. October 18, 1913. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China – Peking

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Greengrocer’s stall with vegetables in baskets for sale
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Beijing Municipality, China
October 18, 1913

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

April 10, 2014

Bussey Hill, spring, Cedar of Lebanon, 1926

Cedrus libanotica [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Bussey Hill, spring, Cedar of Lebanon, 1926

Alternate Title: Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) Collection
Photograph by Herbert Wendell Gleason (1855-1937), United States, photographer
Bussey Hill, Cedar of Lebanon Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
June 12, 1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Herbert Wendell Gleason was official photographer for the Arnold Arboretum for several years during the 1920s and 1930s. He is perhaps best known for his extensive work on Thoreau and the New England wilderness. His biography published in Arnoldia includes a listing of his published works.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

April 3, 2014

Hunnewell Building, spring, climbing hydrangea, 1927

Hyrangea petiolaris on Administration Bldg. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Hunnewell Building, spring, climbing hydrangea, 1927

Alternate Title: Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) in bloom on the north wall of the Hunnewell Building
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
June 15, 1927

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images of The Hunnewell Building, along with details on the life and legacy of Ernest Henry Wilson.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

March 27, 2014

Bussey Hill, spring, steps, 1975

Bussey Hill Arnold Arb. [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.

Bussey Hill, spring, steps, 1975

Alternate Title: Bussey Hill steps with an andromeda (Pieris) shrub on the right
Photographer unknown
Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 1975

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Arnold Arboretum originated on the land of Benjamin Bussey (1757-1842). A self-educated and successful merchant, Bussey donated his considerable estate in Jamaica Plain to Harvard College for the creation of the Bussey Institution, where students would learn agriculture and horticulture. You can also read about the Arboretum’s early history in Arnoldia.

The library also recommends Master of Woodland Hill : Benjamin Bussey of Boston (1757-1842) by Mary Jane McClintock Wilson.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

March 20, 2014

Charles S. Sargent and Ernest H. Wilson standing in front of a Higan Cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella)

Prunus subhirtella C.S. Sargent & E.H. Wilson [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.

Cherries, spring, Sargent and Wilson, 1915

Alternate Title: Charles S. Sargent and Ernest H. Wilson standing in front of a Higan Cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella)
Photograph by Oakes Ames (1874-1950), United States, photographer
Cherry Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 2, 1915

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Oakes Ames (1874-1950), became an Instructor of Botany at Harvard University in 1900. During the course of his decades-long career, he became a full Professor of Botany in 1926 and later Arnold Professor of Botany and Research Professor of Botany. Following the death of Charles Sprague Sargent in 1927, Ames worked as Supervisor of the Arnold Arboretum until 1935. You can read more about his legacy and collections at the Botany Libraries of The Harvard University Herbaria.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds papers and images of Oakes Ames, Ernest Henry Wilson, and Charles Sprague Sargent. Please contact the library for assistance.

You can also read more about the history of Japanese Flowering Cherries at the Arnold Arboretum in Arnoldia.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

March 13, 2014

Tree trunk with a man and a boy in traditional dress

Fagus sylvatica asiatica. Japan, Lake Chuzenji. Trunk over 3 ft. diam. Photo by J.G. Jack, Aug. 10, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Fagus sylvatica asiatica Japan, Lake Chuzenji

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with a man and a boy in traditional dress
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Chuzenji, Lake, Tochigi, Japan
Tochigi ken, Japan
August 10, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

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

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

March 6, 2014

flower show

35 mm. color slide.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society,

Spring Flower Show

“The Arnold Arboretum presents: Some cultivated plants in their place of origin.”
Photographer unknown
1977

In addition to hosting Lilac Sunday since 1908, The Arnold Arboretum has also participated in the Boston Flower and Garden Show over the years. Varying exhibit themes, plant lists, and images dating back to 1953 can be viewed in our Archive Collection. Please contact the library for additional information about our holdings.

Copyright © 2011, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

February 27, 2014

Lamasery with a two men in traditional dress in the foreground and a steep slope in the background

Thuja orientalis. Mongolia, (Palakai). In the background a lamasery of inner Mongolia. Photo by Joseph Hers. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]

8 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Thuja orientalis Mongolia, (Palakai) China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Lamasery with a two men in traditional dress in the foreground and a steep slope in the background
Photograph by Joseph Hers (1884-1965), United States, Belgium
Subject: Platycladus orientalis (L. f.) Franco / Cupressaceae
Inner Mongolia, China
Palakai, Nei Mongol Zizhiqu, China
ca. 1923

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Arnold Arboretum has 63 images of botanical subjects taken between 1919 and 1924 by Hers. He also collected seed and herbarium specimens for the Arnold Arboretum that amounted to over 2,000 species. See the Harvard University Herbaria Index of Botanical Specimens for a sample of these acquisitions. Between 1922 and 1938, Hers also published papers on the cultivated and indigenous woody plants of China, Manchuria, and the Pacific provinces of Russia, and on Chinese names of plants.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Hers, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Hers (1884-1965) papers, 1919-1992.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

February 20, 2014

Two pears and a descriptive card

Pyrus ussuriensis ovoidea. Tsun hua chou, Chili Prov., China. A variety of pear which is an improvement over the ones shown in photos 13236 and 13237. Chinese name Ta suan li meaning big sour pear. Tsun hua chou, Chili Prov., China. December 9, 1916. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Pyrus ussuriensis ovoidea China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Zunhua, Hebei Sheng, China
December 9, 1916

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

February 13, 2014

Flowering plant

Cypripedium luteum, Fr. Flowers yellow, native of alpine woods around Sungpan, 9000-11,500 ft. Photograph of first flowers to open under cultivation in Arnold Arboretum. [Information from label in photograph album.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Arnold Arboretum

[Title from label in photograph album.]
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
May 7, 1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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

February 6, 2014

Bussey Brook in the snow

Bussey Brook [Title from recto.] / Bussey Brook Snow [Title from verso.] / 11.5 x 17 cm. 1 duplicate, 12 x 16.5 cm. 1 negative, 5.5 x 5.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Bussey Brook, winter, snow, 1950

Photograph by Heman Arthur Howard, United States
Bussey Brook, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
February 19, 1950

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Herman Howard joined the Arnold Arboretum staff in 1929 and, with the exception of 3 years served with the armed forces (1943-1945), spent the next 38 years working as the Arboretumís unofficial photographer. In his official capacity as Assistant Horticulturist under Donald Wyman, Howard was responsible for checking, mapping and labeling the plants in the living collections.

In July 1970, Howard retired from the Arnold Arboretum to accept the full-time position as Horticulturist at Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He retired from Heritage Plantation in 1977.

Howard’s decades of Arboretum photography can be also viewed in issues of Arnoldia from that period. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds Howard’s collection of Ektachrome transparencies (Series K), 1952-1970.

January 30, 2014

Trail in forest below Camp 1 along the south side of Hailuo Gou on the east slope of Gongga Shan

35 mm. color slide.

Trail in forest below Camp 1 along the south side of Hailuo Gou on the east slope of Gongga Shan

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941 -)
Gongga Mountain, Sichuan Sheng, China
Hailuo Gorge, Sichuan Sheng, China
August 14-22, 1997

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia. Read more about David, his contributions to Arnoldia, and this interview in Silva (Fall 2005). Also be sure to view his contributions to the Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains project, an interactive biodiversity portal for China’s Sino-Himalayan region supported by the National Science Foundation.

Copyright © 1997-2003 David E. Boufford

January 23, 2014

Man in native dress performing religious dance

Moso wizard in the act of dancing a religious dance, at the village of Nguluke. Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, August 27, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 16 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

[China (Yunnan)]

Alternate Title: Man in native dress performing religious dance
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Yunnan Sheng, China
August 1922

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

Copyright © 2005, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

January 16, 2014

Lamas blowing trumpets at Chone Lamasery

China. Trumpet used in devil dancing, Chone Monastery, ten ft. long. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11 x 15.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper. For a similar view and subject see the photographs of Joseph Rock, Cho-ni Lamasery.

China – Trumpet, Chone Monastery

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Lamas blowing trumpets at Chone Lamasery
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Gansu Sheng, China
Tao River Valley, Gansu Sheng, China
Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
Co ne Bshad grub gling, Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
July 1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

January 9, 2014

Bussey Hill

Bussey Hill Winter [Title from recto of slide.] Emulsion on polyester.

Bussey Hill, winter, summit, snow, 1983

Alternate Title: Bussey Hill summit in the snow with the Blue Hills in the distance
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009), United States
Blue Hills Reservation, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
January 1983

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009) was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. Her beautiful color photographs of the landscape can be seen in The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987. Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

January 2, 2014

Junipers

Juniper Collection [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Juniper Collection [Title from verso.] / 1 duplicate, 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Conifers, winter, junipers, snow, 1978

Alternate Title: Junipers (Juniperus) in the snow with a single snow covered juniper shrub to the left
Photograph by Michael Dirr, United States
Juniper Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
December 1978

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D is a horticulturist and a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. He has written extensively on woody plants for Arnoldia and his books, considered crucial to the technical understanding of horticulture and dendrology, are available in our library. This photograph coincides with his 1978 article, “First Impressions of the Arnold Arboretum” [pdf].

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2013

December 19, 2013

China Prayer mills

China. Prayer mills, village gate entrance, Tow river district. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

China Prayer mills

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Roofed gate with two prayer wheels in the snow
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Topics: gates; snow; prayer wheels
Tao River Valley, Gansu Sheng, China
1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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December 12, 2013

Row of tree trunks

Koshun botanical garden, Formosa, Japan. Areca catechu. Photo by J.G. Jack, 1905: presented by him Mar. 7, 1936. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Koshun botanical garden, Formosa, Japan

Areca catechu

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Row of tree trunks
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Subject: Areca catechu L. / Palmae / betel palm
Koshun Botanical Garden, Hengchun, Taiwan
1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

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

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December 5, 2013

Woman in traditional dress between two trees looking at lake and islets

Japan – Hondo. Sandstone islets clothed with Pinus thunbergii Parl. with four Pinus densiflora S. & Z. in foreground. Matsushima, Rikuzen province. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.

Japan – Hondo

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Woman in traditional dress between two trees looking at lake and islets
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
June 30, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

This photograph was taken during Wilson’s Fifth Expedition for the Arnold Arboretum, to Japan (February 1914-January 1915). His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices. Special attention was directed to Japanese flowering cherries and Kurume azaleas. Wilson also made important contacts with Japanese colleagues. His notes from this expedition are available in the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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November 28, 2013

Glacier southeast of Rawu on the road to Zay¸

35 mm. slide.

Glacier southeast of Rawu on the road to Zay¸

Photograph by Susan L. Kelley (1954 -)
Highway from Rawu to Zay¸, Tibet, China
Baxoi Xian, Tibet, China
July 25, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Susan L. Kelley is Manager of Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region project, part of Field Studies in China at Harvard University Herbaria.

Copyright © 2000-2003 Susan L. Kelley

November 21, 2013

Ernest Henry Wilson reading in the library of the Hunnewell administration building at the Arnold Arboretum

Side view. 16.5 x 21.5 cm. (photograph), 24 x 30 (mount). Gelatin silver process on paper.

Ernest Henry Wilson reading in the library of the Hunnewell administration building at the Arnold Arboretum

Photograph by A.E. Christiansen (n.d.)
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA, United States
November 5, 1924

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

This rare photograph of Ernest Wilson (1876-1930) offers a glimpse of how the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library looked in 1924. The mission of the library is to “acquire and maintain, in a secure and environmentally sound condition, a body of literature and photographic images that fulfills the institutional mission of the arboretum. The mission of the archive collection is to preserve and make available for research, materials that document the founding, development, organization, management, and achievements of the Arnold Arboretum and its staff. The archive also acquires, when practical, materials which document the history of taxonomic research, plant exploration, and horticulture.”

More details about the life, studies, travels, and achievements of Ernest Wilson can be found in the Ernest Henry Wilson papers, 1896-1952, held by the Archive Collection.

November 14, 2013

Tree trunk with two men in traditional dress

Elaeagnus angustifolia. An extraordinarily large Oleaster tree, probably more than a century old, growing on the edge of a corn field in a mellow, sandy soil. A right graceful ornamental tree this Oleaster is, with its silvery, olive-like leaves, livened up in autumn by thousands of fruits, mostly orange or orange-red color. Near Ism-sala, Chinese Turkestan. December 7, 1910. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.

Elaeagnus angustifolia Turkestan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with two men in traditional dress.
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Subject: Elaeagnus angustifolia L. / Elaeagnaceae / oleaster
Ism-sala, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
December 7, 1910

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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November 7, 2013

Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho.

View of tree-lined river and road. 11.5 x 17 cm. (photo),
24 x 30 cm. (board). Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho. Poplars growing along the stream, northwest of Cho-ni. Elevation: 8,500 ft. Photo by J. F. Rock, Sept. 10, 1926. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Gelatin silver process on paper.

Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Subject: Populus Linnaeus / Salicaceae / poplar / yang shu
Tao River, China
Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
October 10, 1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, October 13, 1926:
“On the 10th we had glorious sunshine, the hills opposite Cho-ni on the other side of the Tao River were clothed in the most beautiful autumn garb, every tree stood out plainly…. We went out on that day and took some pictures of the willows and poplar groves on the Tao River, the trees were resplendent in their pale golden yellow foliage.” (115)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 7, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

Photographs by Joseph Francis Charles Rock in the Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers: Copyright © 1924-2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved. Photographs and images from the collection may be reproduced only with written permission. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.

October 31, 2013

Paths, fall, Oak Path, 1981

Oak Path [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.

Paths, fall, Oak Path, 1981

Alternate Title: Oak Path in shadow
Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947 -), United States
Oak Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 1981

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1970, and retired in 2012 as Horticultural Research Archivist. Sheila’s visionary leadership brought the library and its collections into the digital age. Along with creating and curating the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum in 1984, Sheila supervised renovations to the Hunnewell Building in 1993, and wrote New England Natives, a defining book about the Arnold Arboretum and the trees of the New England. Sheila also wrote numerous articles for Arnoldia, was recognized as a Harvard Hero in 2007, and is currently Senior Ambassador at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This photograph was taken during the renovation of Oak Path at the Arnold Arboretum. Richard E. Weaver, Jr. wrote about the restoration for Arnoldia [pdf].

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October 24, 2013

Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1984

Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1984

Alternate Title: Rehder Pond with Tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica) in fall color and people walking in the background
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009), United States
Rehder Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 1984

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Rehder Pond is named in honor of renowned Arnold Arboretum taxonomist Alfred Rehder (1863-1949).

Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009) was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. Her beautiful color photographs of the landscape can be seen in The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987. Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

October 17, 2013

Rehder Pond and Meadow Road in the background

Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1978

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Rehder Pond and Meadow Road in the background
Photograph by Edward S. Gray (n.d.), United States
Rehder Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
October 31, 1978

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Rehder Pond is named in honor of renowned Arnold Arboretum taxonomist Alfred Rehder (1863-1949).

Lisa Pearson, Head of the Arnold Arboretum Library and Archives has plenty to tell about Rehder’s life and legacy in Silva and in our blog.

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October 10, 2013

Peking, China - Imperial Gardens

Peking, China – Imperial Gardens

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Bridge over lake
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Peking, China – Imperial Gardens
April 10, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

The Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing, of which this bridge is a part, dates back to 1750 and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

October 3, 2013

Fruit of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle at Basong Hu

Fruit of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle at Basong Hu

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941 -)
Basong Lake, Gongbo’gyamda Xian, Tibet, China
August 15, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia. Read more about David, his contributions to Arnoldia, and this interview in Silva (Fall 2005).

Copyright © 2000-2003 David E. Boufford

September 26, 2013

Conifers, summer, 1945

Conifers, summer, 1945

Alternate Title: Conifers on a slope
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
September 1945

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Details about the life and travels of Joseph Rock are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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September 19, 2013

Peter del Tredici standing next to a tree in the Bonsai House

Greenhouses, fall, Dana Greenhouses, Bonsai House, 1983

Alternate Title: Peter del Tredici standing next to a tree in the Bonsai House
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009), United States
Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
November 1983

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Peter Del Tredici is Senior Research Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum and Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is the curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, which celebrates its centennial anniversary in America this year. Visit our Image Collection, which includes The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987 by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009).

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September 12, 2013

Oak Path

Paths, summer, Oak Path, 1980

Alternate Title: Azalea (Rhododendron) bank by Oak Path
Photograph by Richard E. Weaver (1943 -), United States
Subject: vegetation; paths; shrubs
Oak Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1980

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Richard E. Weaver joined the Arnold Arboretum in 1970 as horticultural taxonomist and held various positions including editor of Arnoldia and acting director before his departure in 1983. Weaver worked closely with the living collections, directing planting for many years and organizing collecting expeditions to South America, Asia, and the Soviet Union.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Richard Edwin Weaver (1943-) papers, 1971-1983, and you can read his article in Arnoldia regarding the 1980 restoration of the Arnold Arboretum Oak Path.

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September 5, 2013

Roger Coggeshall adjusting the wire frame of a propagating case

Greenhouses, fall, Arnold Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, 1955

Alternate Title: Roger Coggeshall adjusting the wire frame of a propagating case
Photographer unknown
Subject: plants; men; greenhouses; cases (containers); horticulturists
Arboretum Greenhouses on Bussey Institution Site, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1955

This week we celebrate the life and legacy of Roger Coggeshall (1927-2013), graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and propagator at The Arnold Arboretum from 1950 to 1958. He went on to join Cherry Hill Nurseries in West Newbury, Massachusetts, and became its president five years later. In 1994, he formed Syringa Plus Nursery, with his partner, Evelyn A. King, to make lilacs available to growers and the public.

Roger was also a leader in New England horticulture, serving as president of the New England Nursery Association, and a member of the Massachusetts Nursery Association, Horticultural Club of Boston, and the International Lilac Society. In recognition of his professional achievements, he received the Jackson-Dawson Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Award of Merit from the International Lilac Society, and was made fellow of the International Plant Propagators Society.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

The Bussey Institution was created in 1870 through a bequest from Benjamin Bussey, which established an endowment at Harvard for an undergraduate school of agriculture and horticulture. Its research and greenhouse facilities stood adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum near its South Street border, a site now occupied by the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute of UMASS Medical School. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Bussey Institution records, 1872-2007.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

August 29, 2013

Chengdu, Sichuan Sheng, China

Cheng-tu City

[Title from label in photograph album.]
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England, photographer
Subject: Derived from AAE-03011 / Sophora japonica L. / Leguminosae / Japanese pagoda tree
Chengdu, Sichuan Sheng, China
July 31, 1910

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

This photograph was taken during Wilson’s Fourth Expedition to China–The Second for The Arnold Arboretum, 1910-1911. You can view Wilson’s diary from this expedition here.

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

August 22, 2013

Carya cathayensis China

Carya cathayensis China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Subject: Carya cathayensis Sarg. / Juglandaceae / Chinese hickory / Chinese name ‘Shang ho to’ meaning ‘mountain walnut’
Changhua, Zhejiang Sheng, China
July 10, 1915

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 15, 2013

Horse dressed for the summer horserace festival east of Xiaquka

Horse dressed for the summer horserace festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka]

Photograph by Susan L. Kelley (1954 -)
Xagquka, Biru Xian, Xagquka, Tibet, China
August 11, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Susan L. Kelley is Manager of Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region project, part of Field Studies in China at Harvard University Herbaria.

Copyright © 2000-2003 Susan L. Kelley

August 8, 2013

Group of people in native dress with two mounted on horses

China (Yunnan)

Alternate Title: Group of people in native dress with two mounted on horses
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Yunnan Sheng, China
June 2, 1922

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

Copyright © 2005, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

August 1, 2013

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons, summer, shrub, ca. 1920

Alternate Title: Rhododendron shrub in bloom with hemlocks (Tsuga) in the background
Photograph by William Francis Dawson (1868-1939), United States
Rhododendron Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1920

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

We also invite you to visit the Rhododendron Dell at the Arnold Arboretum. Our Image Collection also includes historical landscape images along with The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987.

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July 25, 2013

arborway gate

Gates, summer, Arborway Gate, ca. 1916

Alternate Title: Decorative ironwork gatepost of the Arborway Gate
Photographer unknown
Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1916

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images and The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987.

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July 18, 2013

greenhouses

Greenhouses, summer, Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, 1940

Alternate Title: Greenhouse and propagator’s house with flowers blooming in the foreground
Photographer unknown
Arboretum Greenhouses on Bussey Institution Site, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1940

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

The Bussey Institution was created in 1870 through a bequest from Benjamin Bussey, which established an endowment at Harvard for an undergraduate school of agriculture and horticulture. Its research and greenhouse facilities stood adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum near its South Street border, a site now occupied by the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute of UMASS Medical School. The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Bussey Institution records, 1872-2007.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

July 11, 2013

Castanea japonica

Castanea japonica Japan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with man in traditional and western dress holding a fan
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Subject: Castanea crenata Seib. & Zucc. / Fagaceae / Japanese chestnut
Kiso-fukushima, Nagano, Japan
Nagano ken, Japan
September 4, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the

John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

July 3, 2013

Conifers

Conifers, summer, junipers, 1899

Alternate Title: Juniper (Juniperus) group
Photograph by Alfred Rehder (1863-1949), United States, Germany
Juniper Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Summer 1899

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images and The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987.

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Mollerís Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of Associate Editor. Intending only to stay in America for half a year, he was persuaded to join the Arboretumís staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940. He was appointed Curator of the Arboretumís Herbarium in 1918, became editor of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum in 1927, and Harvard appointed him Associate Professor of Dendrology in 1934.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) papers, 1898-1949.

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June 27, 2013

Climbing Hydrangea

Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

Alternate Title: Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) in the side of the Hunnewell Building
Photographer unknown
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Summer 1936

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, which includes historical landscape images of The Hunnewell Building.

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

June 20, 2013

ficus lacor

Ficus lacor China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree with buttressed roots with a dog on the path in the foreground
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Subject: Ficus lacor Buch.-Ham. / Moraceae
Wan Xian, Sichuan, China
Sichuan Sheng, China
Yangtze River, China
April 1, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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

June 13, 2013

sheep

Tibet (Radja) – The head of a blue sheep

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Ra rgya dgon pa, Ra’gyagoinba, Qinghai Sheng, China
July 24, 1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, July 24, 1926:
“”We started over the steep trail back of the monastery; hundreds of blue sheep were grazing around the hills….I shot a large buck. It is not supposed to be done as these blue sheep are supposedly sacred….Photographed Ho Shui-san holding the head of the blue sheep.” (252-253)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 6, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

Photographs by Joseph Francis Charles Rock in the Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers: Copyright © 1924-2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

June 6, 2013

Men laden with tea

Men laden with tea

[Title from label in photograph album.]
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Sichuan Sheng, China
July 30, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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

May 30, 2013

Stack of large bamboo poles

Phyllostachys pubescens, China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Subject: Phyllostachys edulis (Carr.) Houz. / Gramineae / moso bamboo / Chinese name ‘mao cho’
Tianjin, Tianjin Municipality, China
March 27, 1913

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

Copyright © 2004, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

May 23, 2013

Tree habit with a building in the background

Salix matsudana China, Chung-pin-cho

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Subject: Salix matsudana Koidz. / Salicaceae / Hankow Willow
Changping, Beijing Municipality, China
October 6, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the

John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990.

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May 16, 2013

 Yang T'u-ssu, Prince of Cho-ni

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni).

Yang T’u-ssu, Prince of Cho-ni.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Subject: Yang Chi-ching (n.d.), Tibetan
Co ne Bshad grub gling, Liulin, Gansu Sheng, China
April 24, 1925

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, April 24, 1925:
“I photographed the Prince of Cho-ne in his native Tibetan dress, he wore high boots with red and blue borders, a blue fur-lined coat, and a fur cap with a cornucopia-like extension. A huge sword in his belt.” (150)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 2, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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May 9, 2013

Lilacs

Lilacs, spring, 1981

Alternate Title: Lilac (Syringa) Collection in bloom with Bussey Hill Road on the right.
Photograph by Richard E. Weaver (1943 -), United States
Lilac Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 15, 1981

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Richard E. Weaver joined the Arnold Arboretum in 1970 as horticultural taxonomist and held various positions including editor of Arnoldia and acting director before his departure in 1983. Weaver worked closely with the living collections, directing planting for many years and organizing collecting expeditions to South America, Asia, and the Soviet Union.

In addition to many images of Syringa and other taxa, the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Richard Edwin Weaver (1943-) papers, 1971-1983.

In celebration of Lilac Sunday taking place at the Arnold Arboretum on May 12, 2013, we invite you to view another fascinating image of the lilacs in full splendor in May 1908, captured along Bussey Hill Road looking east. Note the impeccable fashions of the day!

Also remember to visit our Lilac Collection.

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May 2, 2013

Willows

North Meadow, spring, willows, 1972

Title: Willows (Salix) in the North Meadow.
Photograph by Pamela Bruns (n.d.), United States
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1972

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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April 25, 2013

Hickory Path

Paths, spring, Hickory Path, 1926

Alternate Title: Nippon Spiraea (Spiraea nipponica), Deutzia and Waterer Laburnum (Laburnum Watereri) in bloom by the Centre Street Path.
Photograph by Walter R. Merryman (ca. 1926), United States
Hickory Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
1926

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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April 18, 2013

Yaks in China

Yaks grazing in previously glaciated saddle between peaks with north side of Daxue Shan in background between Zhongdian and Xiangcheng [Hexi] in the Sichuan-Yunnan border area

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941- )
Daxue Mountains, Sichuan Sheng, China
Elevation: 4,500 m.
July 23-28, 1998

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia. Read more about David, his contributions to Arnoldia, and this interview in Silva (Fall 2005).

Copyright © 1998-2003 David E. Boufford; all rights reserved.

April 11, 2013

Snow covered ravine with a stream flowing at its base

China – Peling Range Ravine

[Title from recto of mount.]

Alternate Title: Snow covered ravine with a stream flowing at its base.
Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Gansu Sheng, China
Xiqing Shan, Qinghai Sheng, China
1911

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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April 4, 2013

Tree trunk with a signboard in front and a wall behind

Thuja orientalis China, Shansi, (Tsin tze)
[Title from recto of mount.]

Alternate Title: Tree trunk with a signboard in front and a wall behind.
Photograph by Joseph Hers (1884-1965), United States, Belgium
Subject: Platycladus orientalis (L. f.) Franco / Cupressaceae
Changchi, Shanxi Sheng, China
October 1923

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Hers, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Hers (1884-1965) papers, 1919-1992.

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March 28, 2013

Forest Hills Gate

Gates, spring, Forest Hills Gate, 1940

Alternate Title: Forest Hills Gate with crabapples (Malus micromalus) in bloom
Photographer unknown
Forest Hills Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
May 1940

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection, in addition to the Arnold Arboretum’s Crabapple Collection [Malus].

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March 21, 2013

Wilson pheasants

Shot, Changyang Hsien

Alternate Title: Wilson and man with pheasants hanging from rack
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Subject: Phyllostachys edulis (Carr.) Houz. / Gramineae / moso bamboo
Changyang, Hubei Sheng, China
January 1909

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

In December 1906, Wilson signed an agreement to collect plants in China for the Arnold Arboretum. The main objective for this expedition was to collect seeds and herbarium specimens of as many woody plants as possible, but Wilson was also assigned to collect more broadly for private subscribers to the expedition. When Arnold Arboretum Director Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) instructed Wilson to document the expedition with photographs he set the precedent of asking all his future explorers to do so as well. Field cooperation was arranged with the United States Department of Agriculture, through David Fairchild, who had sent Frank Meyer to China in 1905 as an agricultural plant explorer for the Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction. Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology sent Walter Reaves Zappey (1878-1914), a trained collector and museum preparator to accompany Wilson and collect bird skins and animal pelts. Wilson’s photographs of these specimens can be viewed here.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

This finding aid contains links to digitized versions of Wilson’s field notes and travel diaries.

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March 14, 2013

Two pagodas

China (Yunnan)

Alternate Title: Two pagodas
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria, photographer
Yunnan Sheng, China
May 4, 1922

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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March 7, 2013

snow; meadows; deciduous trees

Snow Scenes, winter, North Meadow, ca. 1980

Alternate Title: Red Maple (Acer rubrum) in the snow in the North Meadow
Photographer unknown
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1980

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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February 28, 2013

Kingo Miyabe

Salix urbaniana Japan, Sapparo

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk with Professor Kingo Miyabe
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido ken, Japan
August 21, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Kingo Miyabe (1860ñ1951) was one of the foremost Japanese botanists of his generation. He was a member of the second class admitted to the Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University) which also included the future educator and diplomat Inazo Nitobe, and the theologian and pacifist Uchimura Kanzo, with whom he became close friends. In 1883, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Agricultural College and began work to establish a botanical garden there. Three years later he came to America to study at Harvard University and received a D.S. for his thesis The Flora of the Kurile Islands. In 1889, he returned to Hokkaido and was appointed Professor of Botany at the Sapporo Agricultural College. He retired in 1927. In 1946, he was awarded the Order of Culture for his contributions to botanical science. Three years later, the City of Sapporo made him an honorary citizen.

Professor Miyabeís contacts with Arnold Arboretum staff go back to Charles Sprague Sargentís expedition to Japan in 1892. They subsequently became regular correspondents and Sargent requested plant material from him on several occasions. John George Jack called upon him and they explored Hokkaido together in 1905. Likewise, Ernest Henry Wilson visited Miyabe both on his 1914 and 1917-19 trips to Japan.

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

Read and view more in Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927.

February 21, 2013

skier, snow, 1983

Conifers, winter, skier, snow, 1983

Alternate Title: Man cross-country skiing through the Conifer Collection
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009)
Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
January 1983

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009) was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. Her beautiful color photographs of the landscape can be seen in The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987. Also remember to visit our Image Collection.

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February 14, 2013

Japanese white pine

Pinus parviflora S + Z Japan, Kyoto

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree in the garden of a temple trained into the shape of a ship
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Subject: Pinus parviflora Sieb. & Zucc. / Pinaceae / Japanese White Pine
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto fu, Japan
ca. 1915

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

See this related article in Arnoldia about the The Ship Pine of Kyoto, in addition to recent photographs of the Gold Pavilion.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia are available in our Image Collection.

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February 7, 2013

Alnus

Alnus hirsuta var. sibirica Japan

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Habit of two trees with man.
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Near Hakone, Hondo, Japan
April 17, 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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January 31, 2013

walnuts

Juglans mandshurica China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Netherlands, United States
Xinglong, Hebei Sheng, China
Hebei Sheng, China
December 4, 1916

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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January 24, 2013

Dana Greenhouses

Dwarf Conifer Collection in the snow with the

Larz Anderson Bonsai house and Dana Greenhouses in the background

Photograph by Alfred James Fordham (1911-2000), United States
Arnold Arboretum
ca. 1968

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more in Arnoldia about Dana Greenouse, the Herbaria of the Arnold Arboretum, and the Dwarf Conifers of the Leventritt Garden.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Alfred J. Fordham (1911-2000) papers, 1943-2000, which reflect his contribution to horticulture, botany, and the Arnold Arboretum as a plant propagator, lecturer, teacher, and author of over 50 published papers.

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January 17, 2013

Muriel Wilson

Muriel in front of a mirror wearing a kimono

[Title from recto of sleeve.]
Alternate Title: Muriel in kimono looking at reflection
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), United States, England
Muriel Primrose Wilson Slate (1906 -), United States, England, subject
Tokyo, Japan
1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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January 11, 2013

Buddha

China, Kan-su (Ankur). Living Buddha of Labrang.

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
Ang ‘khor dgon pa, Ang ‘khor, Gansu Sheng, China
May 28, 1925

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Excerpt from Joseph Francis Charles Rock diary, May 28, 1925:
“I was ushered into the little room where he receives visitors of note. They were just dressing him up, a little boy of 10 years of age. We arranged a place in the main room which was full of guilded [sic] statues of Buddhas and Fuyes…They arranged him on a chair or low stool on a yellow carpet. He was carefully dressed in a gold brocade jacket, red mantle and large Tibetan boots. He sat very quietly while I took many photos of him…They changed his ja[c]kets and placed a yellow mitre on his head. I then photographed the old father, a tall Tibetan. They are Litang people from Sze-chuan…” (10-11)
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 3, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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January 3, 2013

Lilac Path in the snow

Snow Scenes, winter, Lilac Path, 1949

Alternate Title: Lilac Path in the snow
Photograph by Donald Wyman (1903-1993), United States
Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
1949

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Donald Wyman (1903-1993) was the Arnold Arboretum horticulturist from 1935-1969. His papers reflect his years of dedication to the study and advancement of horticulture within the academic community and in service of the gardening public. In 2004, a collection of plant records pertaining to genera grown in the living collections, which included files created by Donald Wyman and by succeeding horticulturalists Gordon P. DeWolf, Robert Hebb, and Gary Koller, was discovered and deposited in the archives. These plant records are arranged alphabetically by genera and are available in the Office of the Horticulturist records, 1938-1996.

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2012

December 13, 2012

Tree habit in a graveyard with people in traditional dress

Ulmus pumila var. pendula China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918)
Fengtai, Beijing Municipality, China
March 27, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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December 6, 2012

Lumbering Yoshino

Japan – Lumbering Yoshino

[Title from recto of mount.]
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949)
Yoshino, Nara, Japan
1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

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

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November 29, 2012

Tibetan village

Tibetan village along small tributary of the Lancang Jiang [Mekong River] on Highway 214 between Bangda [Bamda] and Qamdo

Photograph by David E. Boufford (1941- )
Mekong River, Tibet, China.
August 5, 2000

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia. Read more about David, his contributions to Arnoldia, and this interview in Silva (Fall 2005).

Copyright © 2000-2003 David E. Boufford; all rights reserved.

November 21, 2012

China - Strong men

China – Strong men

[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Six strong men in traditional dress.
Photograph by William Purdom (1880ñ1921)
Weichang Xian, Hebei Sheng, China, 1909.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880ñ1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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November 15, 2012

Japan - Lumbering

Mrs. E.H. Wilson, Muriel [Wilson], and Amah. Karasawa, Kyoto, Japan. 1914

[Title from recto of sleeve.]
Alternate Title: Mrs. Wilson in rickshaw with Muriel to left and woman in traditional dress to right.
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Kyoto, Japan. 1914

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of Ernest Henry Wilson and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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November 8, 2012

Japan - Lumbering

Japan – Lumbering [in] Etchu

[Title from recto of mount.]
Large openwork baskets filled with stones on a riverbank with squared lumber in the foreground.
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), United States, Canada
Kurobe River, Toyama, Japan
1905

The large cylindrial baskets in this photograph are called “jakago” and were used to reinforce riverbanks during flooding.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of John George Jack and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

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

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November 1, 2012

Phyllostachys sp. China

Phyllostachys sp. China

[Title from recto of mount.]
Two men in traditional dress and 3 boys, two of whom are holding bamboo shoots and are in western dress.
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918)
Tangqi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
April 20, 1908

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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October 25, 2012

Tibet (Koko Nor). Lammergeier.

Tibet (Koko Nor). Lammergeier

[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), United States, Austria
China, Tibet (Koko Nor region)
September 27, 1925

“After leaving the dunes…we reach a grassy plain…here I spied a huge bird (Lammergeier: Gypaetus barbatus grandis Storr. see birds p. 328) feeding on a cadavar. A well-directed bullet made an end to its existence. I took 3 photos of the bird with spread out wings held by my Moslem soldiers. The wings measured ten feet from tip to tip. The outer part of the eye was a beautiful orange, the iris was a pale drab color and the pupil black.”
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 4, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library. / Excerpt from September 27, 1925.

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Read more about the life and travels of Joseph Rock and other plant explorers in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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October 18, 2012

Rehder Pond with tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica) in the background

Rehder Pond with tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica)
in the background

Rehder Pond, Arnold Arboretum
October 14, 1936

Nyssa sylvatica Tree in autumn color.” [Title from card index.]

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

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October 11, 2012

Woman in traditional dress with her hair dressed in two long braids

Woman in traditional dress with her hair dressed in two long braids.

Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921)
Xiqing Shan, Qinghai Sheng, China
1911

“Tibetan woman from South Peling range, showing method of hair dressing. Photo by William Purdom, 1909-1911.” [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of William Purdom, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the William Purdom (1880-1921) papers, 1909-1912.

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October 4, 2012

north meadow fall maple

Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’) in fall color in the North Meadow beside Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum. (Emulsion on glass).

Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’)

in fall color in the North Meadow

beside Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum

October 18, 1936

Bird’s-eye view. Read more about this tree and its history at the Arnold Arboretum.

A larger version of this image is available

in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

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September 27, 2012

Cymbidium sinensis Tientsin, China. Cylindrical baskets with openwork tops.

Cymbidium sinensis Tientsin, China

Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918)
Tianjin Municipality, China
March 31, 1907
Cymbidium sinensis. Baskets with Cymbidium sinensis which are greatly valued by the Chinese as flowering plants. Said to come from Canton and Swatow.” [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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September 19, 2012

China, Kan-su (Ch'ing-shui). Natives listening to a phonograph.

Natives Listening to a Phonograph

Photograph by Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
China, Kan-su (Ch’ing-shui)
April 11, 1925
“A mob in front of my inn at the village of Ch’ing-shui, between Kai-chow and Min-chow, listening to my phonograph.” [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]

Excerpt from Joseph Rock’s Diary, April 11, 1925:
“We go to an inn about the second house to the left, where I stop in a room containing the family shrine, grains, etc. I opened the phonograph and gave the people of Ch’ing-shui a concert. They had never seen such a thing as a phonograph and stood in amazement massed around the music box listening to Caruso’s “Celeste Aida,” the Quartet of “Rigoletto,” etc. I took several pictures of the mob while they listened to the phonograph. I then took the phonograph to the top of the roof and photographed the throng that gathered on the roofs of the houses across the narrow dirty street.”
[Citation/References: Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 2, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.]

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Joseph Rock, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.

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August 20, 2012

E.H. Wilson with reformed headhunters

E. H. Wilson (front row, center) with reformed headhunters and armed policemen in the mountains of Formosa, 1918. From the Arboretum Library’s Eastern Asian Historical Photograph Collections. (Emulsion on glass.)

E. H. Wilson with Reformed Headhunters and Armed Policemen

Photograph by Ernest Herny Wilson (1876-1930)
Formosa (Taiwan/Republic of China)
1918
Between 1907 and 1922, Ernest Henry Wilson photographed 2,488 images for the Arnold Arboretum. He used a large format, Sanderson wholeplate field camera, complete with bellows, a cumbersome wooden tripod, and crates of heavy, fragile, glass-plate negatives that captured both breathtaking detail and broad, undistorted perspectives. These photographs provide a rare visual record of China before its revolution, highlighting not only plants but also documenting elements of cultural heritage including temples, houses, boats, and people going about their daily lives.

A larger, interactive version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Visual Information Access (VIA) catalog.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, Ernest Henry Wilson, and other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection and archives.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) papers, 1896-1952.

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