Institutional Inventories

The archival collections include materials that document the administration and facilities of the various botanical herbaria and institutions. Researchers can consult correspondence, plans and blueprints, accession records, directors' reports, financial records, and photographs. 

Additional materials on the institutional histories can be found in personal papers of herbaria directors and at the Harvard University Archives.

Arnold Arboretum Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

Annual Reports
Arnold Will
Building & grounds plans
Budget
Case Estates
Controversy
        Bailey Plan
        Bailey Correspondence
        Petitions
        Court Briefs
        Opinions
        General Correspondence
        Drafts and Recommendations
        Memorandum
        Publications
Correspondence
Invitations
Library
Plant Records
Personnel 
Publications
The Sheet

Other Related Collections:

Administrative Correspondence Collection
Arnold Arboretum Horticulture Library Archives
Harvard University Archives

Botanic Garden Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

General History
Correspondence
Financial
Plans
Plant Records
Policies
Publications
Reports

Other Related Collections:

Historic Letters Collection
Administrative Correspondence Collection
Asa Gray Papers
Jane Gray Papers
Harvard University Archives

Botanical Museum Inventory

The Botanical Museum Papers is a wide-ranging collection comprised of materials pertaining to the Museum’s administrative, research, teaching, and public exhibition activities. A finding aid including detailed series lists is available here.

Other Related Collections:

Administrative Correspondence Collection
Harvard University Archives

Botany Libraries Inventory

The Botany Libraries is the administrative unit created in 1988 which manages the five libraries of the Harvard University Herbaria. Those libraries are the combined Arnold Arboretum Main Library and the Library of the Gray Herbarium, the Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, and the Oakes Ames Economic Botany and Orchid Libraries. The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in Jamaica Plain works in close cooperation with the Cambridge libraries, but is managed separately.

These papers are the consolidated records of all of the libraries found in the librarians' files and organized by Judith Warnement, the Botany Librarian appointed in September, 1989. Included are annual reports, financial records, lists of items transferred, sold, and/or withdrawn from the collections, and other documentation describing the policies, practices, and issues addressed by the librarians and their colleagues, primarily between the years 1970 through 1989.

Archives Holdings Include:

Administrative Papers
Conservation
Directors Files
Exhibitions
Guest Books
Materials Management
Monthly Budget Statements
Permissions

Other Related Collections:

Harvard University Archives

Bussey Institution Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

Annual Reports
Building and grounds plans
Correspondence
Photos

Other Related Collections:

Historic Letters Collection
Administrative Correspondence Collection
William Gilson Farlow Papers
Harvard University Archives

Economic Botany Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

Administrative Records
Building plans
Research Records

Other Related Collections:

Historic Letters Collection
Administrative Correspondence Collection
The Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka Glass Flower Archives
Harvard University Archives

Farlow Herbarium Indices and Exsiccatae

Series I: General Information.

This series contains diatom and bryophyte checklists, exsiccatae notes, endowment information, biographies, holdings and general information on the Farlow herbarium, publication and distribution lists, etc.

Series II: Herbaria, Collections & Specimens.

This series contains notes, correspondence, exsiccatae and indexes of specific herbariums. The information is arranged alphabetically by herbarium.

Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

Annual Reports
Budgets
Building
Correspondence
Directors
Exhibits
Financial
Funds
Grants
Herbarium Specimen Collections
Library - Accessions Ledgers
Library - Journal Vouchers
Organizations
Personnel files
Publications

Other Related Collections:

Historic Letters Collection
Administrative Correspondence Collection
William Gilson Farlow Papers
Harvard University Archives

Friends of the Farlow Papers

The collection consists of two boxes of material pertaining to the planning and administration of the Friends of the Farlow. Both typed and handwritten materials are included, covering the years 1982-1996.  A finding aid is available here.

Gray Herbarium Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

General History
Annual Reports
Accession Records
Asa Gray Stamp
Asa Gray House
Building and equipment records (including plans)
Construction
Concord Field Station
Correspondence
Financial (including related legal records)
Grays Index
Harvard Botany Club
Library
Personnel
Plant Records
Publications
Visiting Committee

Other Related Collections:

Historic Letters Collection
Administrative Correspondence Collection
Arnold Arboretum Horticulture Library Archives
Harvard University Archives

Harvard University Herbaria Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

Archives
Annual Reports
Awards
Budget
Blueprints and Architectural Drawings
Correspondence
Director's Papers
Emphemera
Grants
Photographs
Personnel
Proposals
Publications
Renovations and Space Planning Studies
Woodlab

Other Related Collections:

Administrative Correspondence Collection
Harvard University Archives

Orchid Herbarium Inventory

Archives Holdings Include:

Correspondence
Memoranda
Orchid Research Assistant
Proposals
Publication Notes
Publication Illustrations
Visitors Log

Other Related Collections:

Administrative Correspondence Collection
Oakes Ames Papers
Orchid Library Illustrations
Harvard University Archives