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Records of Arnold Arboretum Websites, 1995-2008: Guide.

Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University


The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Archives.
Call No.: IG-5
Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
Creator: Arnold Arboretum
Title: Records of Arnold Arboretum Websites, 1995-2008: Guide.
Date(s): 1995-2008
Quantity: 0.6 linear feet
Abstract: The Arnold Arboretum website has undergone numerous revisions since its creation, including initiatives to add other projects to the website. This collection contains statistics, reports, and e-mails about Arnold Arboretum websites, as well as many printouts of actual webpages as they appeared at different times. Information includes discussions on web design, statistics on site traffic and searches, and business information from technology contractors. The collection ranges from 1995 to 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Provenance: This collection was transferred to the Arboretum's Archives in 2008 after Sheryl Barnes, the Web Project Manager, left her position in the Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies.

Processing Information:

Processed: Sheila Connor. June/July 2011, Sara Beneman.

Terms of 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.

Terms of 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.

Historical Note

The Arnold Arboretum first launched its website in April 1996. The site used the same domain name as it uses in 2011 (arboretum.harvard.edu) and had information on living collections, library/archives, membership, public programs, and visitor information. Chris Strand(1993-1998), the Outreach Horticulturalist, was involved a great deal in the creation of the site. Although the internet was only beginning to be popular, the Arboretum felt that it was important to take advantage of this new medium for information. The website has undergone several design and content revisions since that time, most of which took place under the aegis of Sheryl Barnes, (2000-2007). Sheryl joined as Web Project Manager for the Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies, but orchestrated many other projects like the Arboretum website redesigns and the digitization of Arnoldia. Notable projects are 2000's redesign by Aries New Media and 2007's by iFactory. The site has added many other features for users and patrons, ranging from online publications to staff profiles to improved plant lists and maps. The website has been and continues to be a powerful tool for supporting the Arboretum's mission of distributing botanical information to the Harvard community and beyond. Donna Tremonte is the current webmaster (2011).
The Arboretum has also had a part in other web-based projects, including Harvard's Library Digital Initiative, the Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies website, and the digitization of Arnoldia. The Arboretum joined the LDI program in 1999, when it received a grant to digitize and make available some East Asian materials. The Joseph C. Rock collection on Western China and Tibet was chosen to be put online. More ast Asian materials were examined as well. This project was a joint effort between Arboretum library staff and staff at the Harvard University Herbaria. The Arboretum has strong ties with East Asia; many plants from East Asia are similar to those in the Northeastern United States. This can have productive results for protecting against disease, for example. Early Arboretum contributors such as Joseph C. Rock were also very interested in East Asian plants, bringing back many samples to the Arboretum from their travels.
The Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies was founded to create a community to understand and manage cultural landscapes. Cultural landscapes are unique because they have history attached to them. The Arboretum is a clear example of a cultural landscape. The ICLS wanted to spread knowledge and educate people about the specific challenges of cultural landscapes, which require consideration of historic preservation, natural conservation, and land use planning. The ICLS was integrated into the Arboretum's education department in July 2002.
Arnoldia is the quarterly magazine of the Arnold Arboretum. It was previously published as The Bulletin of Popular Information, but changed its name in 1940. It contains articles about current happenings at the Arboretum, botany, landscape design, and other plant science. All back issues of the magazine, in both iterations, were digitized in 2004-2005. All subsequent issues are now made available online immediately. The collection is searchable and can also be browsed by date, author, or title. This makes the magazine available to the general public, greatly increasing its circulation.


The Records of Arnold Arboretum Websites, 1995-2008 collection is organized in four series:

Scope and Contents

This collection contains web-related materials including printouts of web pages, development plans, search statistics, visitor traffic, e-mails, and committee meeting minutes. Folders within series are in rough chronological order; however, items within folders are not always in chronological order. In some cases, this is because the items are meant to be compared, as in Series I, Folder 3, where different iterations of the library homepage are placed sequentially. The collection spans 1995-2008.


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