Arnold Arboretum. Records of Landscape-based Education Curriculum "Landscape Explorers:
Uncovering the Power of Place"
Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
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Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
Title: Arnold Arboretum. Records of Landscape-based Education Curriculum "Landscape Explorers:
Uncovering the Power of Place."
Date(s): 1988-1999 (inclusive).
Quantity: 0.67 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: The collection includes the published work Landscape Explorers: Uncovering the Power
of Place, Teachers Guide and Field Journal, printouts of web pages from the Arnold
Arboretum and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site describing the program.
Copies of articles and reviews about the program, and the original artwork for the
project by Andrea Eberbach. Of special interest are the over 50 prints, transparencies
and negatives of the Arboretum landscape, Bussey Mansion, and Bussey family portraits.
Provenance: The published work was placed in the library collection in 1997 and in
1999 the remaining items including the original artwork was deposited in the Archives
from the Arboretum's Education department. The HOLLIS # for this collection is 009411370 The file name is ajp00046.
Processed: Feb. 1999
Compiled by: Carol David, Library Assistant.
Edited by Sheila Connor
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In 1996, building on a prior collaboration between the Arnold Arboretum and the National Park Service that began in the early 1990s, Diane Syverson, Arnold Arboretum Manager of School Programs, and Liza Stearns, Olmsted National Historic Site Education Specialist, began a project to design an
elementary school curriculum. The curriculum was developed to engage students in defining
and reading a landscape, and to reveal the stories of how people came to know the
land and then collectively shape and care for its landscape. The education departments
of both organizations jointly published Landscape Explorers: Uncovering the Power of Place, the first known landscape curriculum, in 1997. This landscape-based education curriculum is intended for 4th through 6th graders
and includes a teachers' guide with background information and lesson plans, 11"x14"
photographs of landscapes, and a student field journal to record exploration and observation
of the landscape. At its inception the full Landscape Explorers program included a
teacher orientation workshop and a visit to the Arnold Arboretum. Landscape Explorers
supports learning standards identified in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
and National Standards for Social Studies, History, Art, and Science and won the 1998
Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
This collection is arranged into the following series: Series I: Invoice and Published Material Series II: Photographs and Flashcards
The collection includes the published work Landscape Explorers: Uncovering the Power of Place, Teachers Guide and Field Journal, printouts of web pages from the Arnold Arboretum and the Frederick Law Olmsted National
Historic Site describing the program. Copies of articles and reviews about the program,
and the original artwork for the project by Andrea Eberbach. Of special interest are the over 50 prints, transparencies and negatives of the
Arboretum landscape, Bussey Mansion, and Bussey family portraits.
- Series: I. Invoice and Published Material
- Box 1
- Folder 1
- Invoice from Andrea Eberbach for the contracted artwork dated January 23, 1997 with
Memo from Diane Syverson citing copyright restrictions dated February17, 1999 attached.
- "Two Collaborative projects of the AA/NPS [Arnold Arboretum/National Park Service]
Win ASLA Awards" Arnoldia 58 (3) 1988.
- "Learning about the Land" Landscape Architecture 88 (11) Nov. 1998. Landscape Explorers
publication and program. Arnold Arboretum Web page. [printed 2/18/1999]
- Landscape Explorers publication and program. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic
Site Web page. [Printed 2/18/1999]
- Landscape Explorers Uncovering the Power of Place Teachers Guide 1997. 10x11½ 3-ring
- Landscape Explorers Field Journal 1997 10x7 ½ 3-ring binder.
- Series: II. Photographs and Flashcards
- Box 2
- Folder 1
- Photographic prints, negatives and transparencies by James Higgins, 1996.
- a. Two b/w 8x10 prints and 4 color prints of the Hunnewell building
- b. Two color transparencies of the Hunnewell Building
- c. Eighteen color transparencies of the Hemlock Hill area
- d. Six color transparencies of arch over Bussey Brook
- e. Four color transparencies of the Dudley Street Cliffs
- f. Four color transparencies of the Central Square area
- g. Three color transparencies of Bussey Hill overlook to Blue Hills
- h. Sixteen color transparencies of the Bussey Brook landscape
- i. Two color transparencies of weeping beech
- j. Six color transparencies of giant sequoia
- k.Six color transparencies of miscellaneous landscape features
- Folder 2
- Nine transparencies and 1 slide of Marcia Lloyds painting used to produce set of 9
large format prints
- "Hunnewell Building at Entrance to Arnold Arboretum 1892"
- "Bussey Brook and Meadow from Spruce Woods, Arnold Arboreum, 1996"
- "Hunnewell Building at Entrance to Arnold Arboretum, 1996"
- "Central Square, Cambridge, 1996"
- "View of the Blue Hills from Bussey Hill Overlook, Arnold Arboretum, 1996"
- "Dudley Street Cliffs below Timilty Middle Shool, Roxbury, 1996"
- "Hemlock Forest with Hemlock Cutaway, Arnold Arboretum, 1996"
- "Hemlock forest - goes with Hemlock Cutaway"
- "Weeping Beech on Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, 1996"
- Slide "Arboretum Summer II, 40"x66" o/c 1988"
- Folder 3
- Photographic prints, negatives and contact sheet prints of the interior and exterior
of Bussey mansion. 1 portrait of Eleanor Head all reproduced from images from the
"Benjamin Bussey Mansion and Benjamin Bussey [great] Granddaughter [Eleanor Head]
Collection" Permission to Publish Photographs signed by Mrs. George Skinner, December
Eleanor [Head] Skinner (Mrs. George Skinner) now lives in Groton Massachusetts. Her
mother was the grand daughter of Maria Bussey Motley. Maria Motley was the daughter
of Elizabeth Bussey. These photos are of her as a child, and the Bussey mansion exterior
and interior. No date on interior photo.
- Folder 4
- Three b/w 31/2x5" prints and 3 35mm b/w negative strips of 4 images each.
- Folder 5
- One 8x10 b/w prints of Benjamin Bussey portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Portrait at Harvard
University sees Harvard Portrait Collection.
- Folder 6
- Fourteen 4x5 color prints and 15 color negatives of the Cobb painting of the Benjamin
Bussey mansion. The Arnold Arboretum holds the painting.
- Folder 7
- Two packets of photographs and negatives of Hemlock Hill and Bussey Brook Ca 1996
by Richard Schulhof and Diane Syverson for Landscape Explorers development phase.
- Packet 1 contains 36 photographs and 16 strips of negatives
One photo is labeled "Puddingstone (Hemlock Hill)"
- Packet 2 contains 35 photographs and 27 strips of negatives
- Folder 8
- Set of 5 laminated flashcards for Landscape Explorers Field Study with draft of text
attached on verso
- Benjamin Bussey/Bussey Estate - photo and text
- Hurricane Damage at the Arboretum, 1938
- "The Bussey Institution at West Roxbury" Boston Journal, 1878
- Benjamin Bussey/Bussey Estate - all text
- Folder 9
- Set of 7 laminated flashcards for Landscape Explorers Field Study (Drafts)
- Folder 10
- Two sets of "Landscape Explorers Photo Prints"
- Each set contains eight full color prints, 11x15; one set includes related student
- Folder 11
- Set of 10 prototype flashcards for Landscape Explorers Field Study
- Folder 12
- One set of production transparencies for layout of Landscape Explorers Teachers Guide and Field Journal by Andrea Eberbach.