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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1872/03/00 James Arnold Benefactor Led by George Emerson, the trustees of Arnold's will give $100,000 to Harvard to establish a place for the study of woody plants: trees, shrubs and vines. Arnold had bequeathed the funds for the study and research in either agriculture or horticulture.
1872/05/00 Charles Sprague Sargent Work In 1872, Harvard University establishes the Arnold Arboretum on the former farm of Benjamin Bussey. Bussey had willed his land to Harvard University. Shortly thereafter they appoint Charles Sargent as its first director.
1874/06/00 Frederick Law Olmsted Sr Landscape Architect Not realizing the difficulties involved in establishing an arboretum, Sargent writes to Frederick Olmsted that the City of Boston might provide the needed money. For the rest of their careers, Olmsted and Sargent will remain frequent collaborators.
1874/06/00 Charles Sprague Sargent Work Not realizing the difficulties involved in establishing an arboretum, Sargent writes to Frederick Olmsted that the City of Boston might provide the needed money. For the rest of their careers, Olmsted and Sargent will remain frequent collaborators.
1878/00/00 Frederick Law Olmsted surveys and designs the Arnold Arboretum, construction began in the 1880s.
1882/12/30 Harvard and Boston agree that the arboretum would be open to the public as a park where the city would own the land and lease it to Harvard for a dollar and install Olmsted's walkways and drives. Harvard would create and maintain the collection of plants.
1883/01/00 Charles Sprague Sargent Work After more than nine years as Director, an agreement with the City of Boston frees Charles Sargent to proceed with the Arnold Arboretum.
1905/00/00 Charles Sprague Sargent Supervisor From 1905 to 1926, Thomas Harbison travels throughout the American South and Southwest as a plant collector for the Arnold Arboretum under the direction of Charles Sargent.
1905/00/00 Thomas G Harbison Work From 1905 to 1926, Thomas Harbison travels throughout the American South and Southwest as a plant collector for the Arnold Arboretum under the direction of Charles Sargent.
1922/00/00 Thomas G Harbison Researcher Thomas G Harbison work is critical to Dr Sargent's production of the second edition of his landmark Manual of the Trees of North America published in 1922.
1922/00/00 Charles Sprague Sargent Author Thomas G Harbison work is critical to Dr Sargent's production of the second edition of his landmark Manual of the Trees of North America published in 1922.

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Physiography
Physiographic feature Forest

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Particulars for Arnold Arboretum:
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Area of Significance Science
Sight Category Site
Owner State



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000127
Resource Type:
Owner: Private, State
Architect: Olmsted,Frederick Law
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Science
Applicable Criteria: Person
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1872
Associated People: Sargent,Charles Sprague
Historic Function: Landscape
Historic Sub-Function: Forest
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Forest

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