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