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Arnold Arboretum. Records of James Russell Lowell Memorial Park (Cambridge, Mass.) (1995-1996): A Finding Aid

Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University


The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: VI LMP
Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
Creator: Arnold Arboretum
Title: Records, 1995-1996
Date(s): 1995-1996
Quantity: 1 collection (2 Linear Inches)

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

These records were collected as part of a discussion involving the Arnold Arboretum in the restoration of the James Russell Lowell Memorial Park. The HOLLIS catalog number is # 009132315 and this file is ajp00015.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 2003
By: Jessica M. Parr

Conditions Governing Access:

Researchers seeking to examine archival materials are strongly encouraged to make an appointment. The Director, or an office of origin, may place restrictions on the use of some or all of its records. The extent and length of the restriction will be determined by the Director, office of origin, and the Archivist and will be enforced equally for all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright is held by The President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Arnold Arboretum Archives of Harvard University. The copyright on some materials in the collection may be held by the original author or the author's heirs or assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining written permission from the holder(s) of copyright and the Arnold Arboretum Archives prior to publishing any quotations or images from materials in this collection.
Photocopies may be made at the discretion of the Arnold Arboretum Archives staff. Permission to make photocopies does not constitute permission to reproduce or publish materials outside the bounds of the fair use guidelines.

Biographical / Historical

Lowell Memorial Park (Cambridge, Mass.) was created in 1898 as a memorial to James Russell Lowell, who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 22, 1819. An 1838 graduate of Harvard College, Lowell succeeded Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as a Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Harvard in 1855. Lowell also served as editor of the Atlantic Monthly (1857-1862) and the North American Review (1863-1872). He was American minister to Spain for 3 years (1877-1880) and ambassador to England (1880-1885). In addition to his teaching and diplomatic service, Lowell was the composer of several sonnets and hymns. He died on August 12, 1891 and is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The park, which is located at the end of Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, encompasses 140,000 square feet of land behind the area where James Russell Lowell's estate once stood. It is held in trust by the Metropolitan District Commission.


The Collection is organized into one alphabetical sequence.

Scope and Contents

These records include copies of the original deed and correspondence from the park's creation. Also included is some contemporary correspondence regarding the park. In addition, there are recent color photographs of the park taken by Gary Koler, an Arnold Arboretum horticulturalist, and a folder with a small amount of biographical material on James Russell Lowell.

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