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I A-6

Boston Parks Department. Records of the Boston Parks Department, (1890-1995)

Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
August 2003

© 2003 The President and Fellows of Harvard College


Last update 2016 June 16

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Arnold Arboretum Archives of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
Call No.: I A-6
Title: Records,
Date(s): (1890-1995)
Creator: Boston Parks Department
Quantity: 0.33 Linear Feet (1 Box)

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Access to Finding Aid record in Hollis Classic or Hollis.

Other descriptions of this material

Current version of this finding aid is available at the Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Lisa Pearson
July 2001

Acquisition Information:

In 1872 it was proposed that the Arboretum be combined with the Boston Parks System, with the hope that the lands would be protected from encroachment, taxation and seizure by eminent domain. These records were created as a result of the Arboretum's involvement in that process. The HOLLIS # for this collection is 008911492 and the file name is ajp00034.

Access Restrictions:

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.

Use Restrictions:

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.

Historical Note

The Arnold Arboretum was founded in 1872 according to the will of James Arnold on land willed to the Harvard College by Benjamin Bussey. Very soon after, the director Charles S. Sargent engaged Frederick Law Olmsted to begin planning the design of the grounds. At the same time it was proposed that the Arboretum be combined with the Boston Parks System, with the hope that the lands would be protected from encroachment, taxation and seizure by eminent domain. The plan was approved by the Boston City Council in December 1881 and ratified by the Boston parks commissioners and the president of Harvard College in 1882. The plan called for the College to sign the title of the land over to the City of Boston and the City to lease the land back to Harvard for $1 per year for 1000 years with the lease renewable at that time. The City retained lease to the land that was to be made into the Arboretum driveways. They also agreed to spend $75,000 to construct those driveways. They were to provide policing and promised not to tax the lands or allow any encroachments on the property. Harvard agreed to maintain the Arnold and Bussey trusts, maintain the living collections and open the grounds to the public at reasonable times.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the materials consist of administrative papers relating to the interaction between the Arnold Arboretum and the Boston Parks Department, including general correspondence, and correspondence relating to the acquisition of the South Street tract and the installation of donations canisters. In addition there are several folders of copies of historical papers, including a copy of the indenture of 1882 between the City and Harvard College

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