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Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Records of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 1940-2002: 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 MHS
Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
Creator: Massachusetts Historical Society
Title: Records of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society,
Date(s): 1940-2002
Quantity: 2 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The majority of the records were acquired during Donald Wyman's tenure. The more recent material was deposited in the archives through the office of the director. The HOLLIS # for this collection is 009139898 and the file name is ajp00024.

Processing Information:

Processed by Sheila Connor, Archivist
January 2001

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

The Arnold Arboretum has had a long association with its sister institution the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. However, it was during Donald Wyman's (1904-1993) tenure as Horticulturist of the Arnold Arboretum which lasted from 1935 to 1969, that the relationship flourished. In addition to his being a Trustee of the Society, Wyman also served on many of the Society's committees. The various Prize Committees required visiting many Massachusetts' estates and gardens and these visits were often documented through photographs taken by Wyman. Many images of the award winning Massachusetts gardens can be found in the photographic Archives under Arboreta, Gardens, Parks, USA, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents

Most of the material consists of records and minutes of various committee meetings. While the earliest records in the collection cover the years 1939 and 1940, and there is some material from the 1970s and 80s. The bulk of the records span the 1960s.
The collection is organized into the following five series:
Series I: Prize Committee
Series II: Committee on Exhibitions
Series III: Awards Committee
Series IV: Meeting Notes of Trustee
Series V: MHS -General

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