Arboretum Association records
Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
A year after its founding in 1833, Haverford College's Managers hired English gardener William Carvill to convert sixty acres of farmland into a campus landscape. In 1901 a group of students and alumni formed the Campus Club to help preserve the campus landscape after discovering Carvill's original landscape drawing. Their work eventually led to the founding of the Haverford College Campus Arboretum Association (now the Haverford College Arboretum Association) in 1974, which continues to perpetuate the landscape's original design. The Arboretum Association provides educational programming and horticultural advice. The mission of the Haverford College Arboretum is to steward the College's historic tree collection while fostering a connection between Haverford's 216-acre campus and those who work, visit, study, and reside there.
Van Artsdalen, Martha J. Images of America: Haverford College Arboretum. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2016.
Haverford College Arboretum Strategic Plan 2020-2024 (accessed December 11, 2019)
The Haverford College Arboretum Association records include materials related to Arboretum programming, events, membership, finances, and campus initiatives from its founding in 1974 to 2018. The collection also includes a smaller amount of materials related to the Arboretum Association's predecessor, the Haverford College Campus Club.
The records are arranged into thirteen series based on their function and format.
The reports and audits series includes the Arboretum Association's annual reports, reports regarding the Arboretum from Haverford College Physical Plant, and a report related to a 1995 audit of the Arboretum.
The meetings and committees series consists primarily of annual meeting minutes and agendas and the minutes of the Arboretum Association Executive Committee. There are also materials related to meetings of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA).
The policies and planning series contains a document outlining the responsibilities of the Arboretum Association, an Arboretum manual, and other planning materials used by the Association.
The records of campus plantings series consists of a record book of campus plantings kept by the Campus Club between 1929 and 1964.
The courses and campus initiatives series consists primarily of materials related to courses offered by the Arboretum Association, including Environmental Perspectives, Tree Identification, and a botany course for students. There is also information on the Biology Department's use of the greenhouse.
The grants, gifts, and funds series includes information on the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and American Association of Museums grants awarded to the Arboretum Association as well as a small amount of information on other funds and donations related to the Arboretum.
The membership and outreach series primarily contains membership solicitation and fundraising materials pertaining to the Arboretum Association.
The correspondence series consists of letters from John Silver, the founder of the Campus Arboretum Association, and Florence "Floss" Genser, Director of the Arboretum from 1979 to 1996.
The awards and honors series includes honors and citations awarded to the Haverford College Arboretum.
The events and programming series is the largest in the collection. It includes information on lecture series, exhibits, and other programming implemented by the Arboretum Association. It also includes materials on events sponsored by the Arboretum for Arbor Day and Earth Day and materials related to its involvement with alumni weekend, commencement, and various Haverford anniversaries.
The publications series includes issues of the Arboretum Association newsletter, volumes of "Plant of the Week," and other materials published by or about the Arboretum Association and the Campus Club.
The publicity series contains a small number of clippings and press releases pertaining to the Arboretum Association.
The photographs and slides series consists of photographs and slides, mostly depicting the Haverford campus and members of the Arboretum Association staff.
The materials in this collection are arranged into series according to their purpose and format. Most of the folder-level arrangement reflects the original arrangement by Arboretum staff.
Processed by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, completed December 2019.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger
- Finding Aid Date
- December, 2019
- Access Restrictions
Records of the Arboretum Association are closed for a period of 25 years from the date of the creation of the record.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)