IV A-3 DW
Wyman, Donald, 1904-1993. Records of Horticulturist Donald Wyman, 1935-1970 (inclusive):
A Finding Aid.
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Call No.: IV A-3 DW
Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
Creator: Donald Wyman, 1904-1993.
Title: Records of Horticulturist Donald Wyman, 1935-1970 (inclusive).
Quantity: 10 boxes
Abstract: Donald Wyman served as the Arnold Arboretum horticulturist from 1935-1970. His papers
reflect over 35 years of dedication to the study and advancement of horticulture within
the academic community and in service of the gardening public at large. Wyman authored
several books, including the acclaimed Shrubs and Vines for American Gardens, Trees for American Gardens, and the widely used and respected Wyman's Gardening Encyclopedia.
Provenance: The majority of the material was acquired upon Dr. Wyman's retirement
in 1970 with a small amount of biographical material added after his death in 1993.
This collection was transferred from the Arnold Arboretum's departmental holdings
to the Arboretum's Archives in 1984.
Processed: June 1988 Carol David
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Donald Wyman (1904-1993) served as Horticulturist of the Arnold Arboretum from 1935-1970. Taking responsibility at a difficult period, following the deaths of founding director
Charles Sprague Sargent in 1927 and Keeper of the Arboretum E. H. Wilson in 1930,
in the midst of the Great Depression Wyman lead a comprehensive plant labeling and
mapping program and initiated a thinning of old and declining specimens. As head of
living collections, Dr. Wyman promoted and introduced many species and varieties of
plants new to the Arboretum and in some cases to the United States.
Wyman received a B.A. in horticulture from Pennsylvania State College, and at Cornell
University received an M.A. in forestry, and a Ph.D. in horticulture in 1935. His
work at theArnold Arboretum focused on the scientific evaluation of ornamental trees and shrubs, and the practical
application for public consumption through lectures, publications, publicity, and
various means including field classes at the Arboretum for 35 years. A prolific writer,
Wyman published hundreds of articles and as editor of the Bulletin of Popular Information and Arnoldia, which achieved broader circulation for the Arboretum publication. Wyman wrote several
books, including the acclaimed Shrubs and Vines for American Gardens, Trees for American Gardens, and the widely used and respected Wyman's Gardening Encyclopedia.
Donald Wyman was president, director, and trustee of the American Horticultural Society
and trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. His contributions to horticulture
were recognized with the top medals of the American Horticultural Society—the Liberty
Hyde Bailey Medal, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society--the George Robert White
Medal, and the Royal Horticultural Society of London--the Veitch memorial Gold Medal.
The collection is maintained in the alphabetical sequence created by Dr. Donald Wyman.
Dr. Wyman was concerned with maintaining and developing the living collections, editing
the Arboretum's Bulletin of Popular Information andArnoldia, and promoting the Arboretum through publicity, publications, and lectures. Wyman focused
on advancing the science of horticulture and the practice of gardens and arboreta
through published books and articles. Wyman's papers reflect these activities. The
research files he created are arranged in alphabetical sequence. Topics include detailed
lists of hurricane damage to Arboretum plants for the years 1954, 1960, and to Mt.
Auburn Cemetery for 1938; plant propagations of William H. Judd, 1945-1947; guides,
brochures, postcards, and lists of special plant collections of arboreta and botanical
gardens of the world; Arboreum plant collection notes 1948-1969; current Arboretum
planting lists, 1968-1970; and lilac fertilizer experiments, 1938.
Additional (firstname lastname) correspondence can be found by searching the Arnold Arboretum Correspondence Index.
- Folder 1 -. Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
- Folder 2 -. U. S. National Arboretum / Botanical Gardens Questionnaire
- Folder 3 -. Arboreta - Golden Gate Park / Highland Park
- Folder 4 -. Arnold Arboretum Collections - Notes
- Folder 5 -. Arboretums and Botanical Gardens 1957
- Folder 6 -. Seeds collected by Jose Diem in Argentina 1952 (Summary)
- Folder 1 -. Biographical Sketches
- Folder 2 -. Autumn Color Notes
- Folder 4 -. Columnar Trees
- Folder 5 -. Sources for Columnar Trees
- Folder 6 -. Conifers - Dwarf, etc. Including Bonsai
- Folder 8 -. Current Planting Lists
- Folder 9 -. Dutch Elm Disease
- Folder 11 -. Export Regulations
- Folder 3 -. Massachusetts Horticulture Flower Show 1977
- Folder 4 -. Flower Show - Christmas 1956
- Folder 5 -. Flower Show 1958 - 1959
- Folder 6 -. Christmas 1960
- Folder 7 -. Bound personal notes on plant genera
- Folder 1 -. Fragrant Plants
- Folder 2 -. Fruits and Nuts
- Folder 3 -. Ground Covers
- Folder 6 -. Hurricane Damage to the Arnold Arboretum
- Folder 8 -. Instructions to Secretary
- Folder 1 -. Landscape Judges Course 1960, 1963 Pittsburgh, PA and Boston, MA
- Folder 2 -. Miscellaneous
- Folder 1 -. Plant Introduction and Introducers
- Folder 2 -. Plants that have died in the nursery
- Folder 3 -. Mulches, Peat Moss , Etc.
- Folder 4 -. List of important Nursery Catalogues 1964
- Folder 5 -. Arnold Arboretum Plant Introductions 1923 -1972
- Folder 6 -. 1953 list of plants requested from nurseries
- Folder 1 -. Plant Propagation - Notes
- Folder 3 -. Plants given to Harvard University
- Folder 4 -. Plant and Seed Distribution
- Folder 5 -. Plants to be given away
- Folder 6 -. Plant Quarantine - Interstate
- Folder 7 -. Plants from European Nurseries prior to 1960 - 1966
- Folder 8 -. Plant Quarantine - Importations from Foreign Countries
- Folder 9 -. Information about New Plants requested in the Arnold Arboretum
- Folder 1 -. Plants requested for the Arnold Arboretum
- Folder 2 -. Propagation 1945 -1947 (plants propagated by William H. Judd.)
- Folder 3 -. Sources for Plants Requested
- Folder 4 -. Positions opened or wanted
- Folder 5 -. Sources for rare plants
- Folder 7 -. Soil Sterilization and Testing
- Folder 1 -. Photographs of Donald Wyman
- Folder 2 -. Arnoldia 53 (3) 1993 p. 2. Remembering Donald Wyman
- Folder 3 -. Letter to Gary Koller from D.W. (May 1990)
- Folder 4 -. The Arboretums and Botanical Gardens of North America
- Folder 5 -. Memorandum 1969
"Making a planting List" memorandum from Dr.Wyman October 28, 1969. "Searching for
New Plants" memorandum from Dr. Wyman October 30, 1969.
- Folder 9 -. Weeds and Weed Eradication
- Notebook containing Crab Apple Notes
sent to Donald Wyman by Arie F. den Boer from Des Moines, Iowa. Received June 16,