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Swarthmore College. Scott Arboretum Records

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Arthur Hoyt Scott Horticultural Foundation was established at Swarthmore College in 1929 as a memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott (1874-1927). He was a member of the Swarthmore College Class of 1895, president of the Scott Paper Company, and an avid amateur gardener. Interest in establishing a horticultural center on the Swarthmore campus which focused on planting appropriate to Eastern Pennsylvania began in the mid 1920s with discussions between Scott and John C. Wister, a prominent local horticulturist. In 1925, Samuel C. Palmer , a classmate of Wister in the Class of 1895 and professor of botany at the College, submitted a plan to the Board of Managers to establish an arboretum on the campus, Discussions with Swarthmore College President Frank Aydelotte resulted in Aydelotte's approval of the plan in November 1925, but the project was delayed by lack of funding. Arthur Scott died in 1927 at the age of 52, and in 1929, the Arthur Hoyt Scott Horticultural Foundation was established by Edith Wilder Scott (Mrs. Arthur Hoyt Scott and Class of 1896) and Owen (Class of 1894) and Margaret Moon (sister of Arthur Scott). The intention of the Foundation was to focus on plantings appropriate to Eastern Pennsylvania, creating a practical "garden of ideas" for amateur gardeners while at the same time improving the campus.

John C. Wister (1887-1982) became director of the Scott Foundation on January 1, 1930. He was a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard's School of Landscape Architecture and a noted horticulturist, writing books on irises and lilacs and editing many others. He was succeed in 1969 by Joseph Oppe. Judith Zuk served as director from 1983-1990. She was succeeded by Claire Sawyers.

Plant acquisitions were accessioned with consecutive numbers through 1950. In 1951, plants were catalogued by the year followed by a consecutive number beginning with the number one each year. This system continued until 1957. Gifts were numbered consecutively up through #1432 in 1968. The last plant order placed by John C. Wister were 914 for the Upper Campus and 921 for Harvard Avenue. In 1969, the system was changed when Joseph Oppe became director of the Foundation.

The name was changed to Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in 1986 to reflect that the foundation is actually an operating arboretum.

Contains the records of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College from the proposal for its formation to the present. Of special interest is the correspondence concerning the controversy concerning the planning of Interstate 476, "The Blue Route," as well as plant records and landscape plans. The Introduction to John Wister's typescript manuscript Swarthmore Plant Notes, 3rd version, 1954-1955 (Series 3), presents a history of the Arboretum as well as a more general history of horticulture and plant collecting.

Organized into six series.

  1. Scott Office and administrative records
  2. Plant records and landscape plans
  3. Publications
  4. Clippings and press releases
  5. Scott Associates
  6. John C. and Gertrude Wister

Donor: Scott Arboretum

Date: On-going

Accession number: 2000-007,-008, 2002-001. 2000-020 Wister books and articles. Later deposits not given accession numbers.

Accruals: Deposited on irregular basis.

Formerly catalogued in Swarthmore College Archives as RG 6/Series 6.1. Arthur Hoyt Scott Foundation. In 1997, Friends Historical commenced a reorganization of the College Archives. In 2002, Scott Foundation papers were re-processed, united with recent deposits from the Scott Arboretum, and a new finding aid was created. The series in College Archives was renamed RG6/, Associated Departments, Series S. The slide collection is stored with FHL Pictures as PA 111. Additional copies of published material available in McCabe Swarthmoreana collection and in the office of the Scott Arboretum.

In August 2003, bound and loose copies of John C. Wister's typed manuscript Swarthmore Plant Notes, were deposited at Friends Historical Library. A complete set was added to Series 2. Some of the early volumes were damaged by silverfish when received.

October 2003, additional accession lists, papers and correspondence relating to the Frorer Holly Collection and specific plant collections deposited. January and February 2004, recent records and plant inventories were added to collection. In March 2004, office files concerning the Scott Medalists were added to Series 1.

In 2008 records of the Scott Associates and additional John Wister papers were deposited and added as Series 5 and 6 to the inventory. Wister's unpublished manuscripts include some of the same chapters, used in two draft publications.

Large photograph of John Morton McIlvain, Class of 1890, donor of the Arboreal Fund. SCA 1998.004.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
2009
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Archives staff at archives@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Collection Inventory

Memorial issue, Arthur Hoyt Scott, Scott Paper, 1927.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence concerning proposal and founding of the Scott Foundation, 1925-1931.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister's preliminary report and Ten Year History, 1930, 1939.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Summary of Arboretum history and its funding, 2017.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Compiled by Claire Sawyers, Director

Edith Wilder Scott Estate court papers, 1956, 1994.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Biographical information on Edith Wilder Scott (Mrs. Arthur Scott).
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott family and estate "Todmorden".
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Announcement of name change, 1986.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

History, brochures.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal sample and articles.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Awards to the Scott, 1955-1990.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Move of Foundation offices from Martin to student observatory (1969) and subsequently into entire Cunningham House, 1969-1977.
Box 1
Oral History Project, 1978-1979.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Blue Route Controversy, Correspondence, John Wister and copies of concerned organizations and individuals, 1957.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Blue Route controversy, 1960-1965-.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Borough planting by Scott Foundation, 1936.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Royal Horticultural Society certificates, 1985.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Reports on the collection, 1933-1949.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Reports to the President of Swarthmore College, 1970-1974.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Reports by John Wister, 1945-1946.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Manpower studies, Harry Woods, 1960, 1970.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, Advisory Committee, 1948-1975.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, titled "History", 1927-1967.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "A", 1953-2004.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "B", 1983-2004.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "C", 1983-2004.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "D", 1974-1999.
Box 32
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "E", 1980-2001.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "F", 1967-2002.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "G", 1970-2001.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "H", 1968-1993.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "I", 1969-1993.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "J-K", 1968-2003.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "L", 1969-2004.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "M", 1969-2001.
Box 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "N", 1969-1997.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "O", 1973-2003.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "P", 1974-2001.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "Q-R", 1973-2001.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "S", 1973-2002.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "T", 1969-1989.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "U", 1969-1978.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "V", 1969-1974.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, filed alphabetically: "W-Z", 1969019923.
Box 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: John Wister, (See also clippings and Series 6).
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: John Wister, typed mss, history of the Scott Foundation.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: John Wister, Notes on an interview, ca. 1969.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: John Wister, 90th birthday celebration, 1977.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: John Wister, letter to Joe Oppe with handwritten copy, 1977.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: John Wister, Horticultural Spring Greetings, 1982.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: John Wister, death, 1982.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: Gertrude Wister.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: Joseph Oppe.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: Judy Zug.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: Claire Sawyers.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Staff: Applications, etc.
Box 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Lectures, announcements, 1931-1950.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Television program, 1953.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Notes for talks (Wister and Zuk?).
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Blue Route Appeal, campus planning, 1957.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Harry Woods, talks and reports, 1959-1966.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous events, 194801980.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Map Building, 1987.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Josephine's Gates, 1996.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Survey of Oaks for the Oak Knoll by Kunso Kao, Longwood Graduate Program, 1991.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Wister Greenhouse, senior project, Mark Michels, 1980.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Borough plantings by Scott Foundation, 1936.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Rose Garden, 1958-1983.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Foundation evaluation and planning, 1965.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Jane G. Pepper, thesis on plant collection policy and proposed staff policy, 1975-76.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Grounds Maintenance Manual by Joseph Oppe, 1980-1981.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Manual of plant records, 1994.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection policies, revised, ca. 1995.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden plots on Harvard and Yale Avenues, 1972-2001.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Special exhibitions, 1977-2000.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

50th Anniversary Celebration, 1979.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Action Plan for the Crum Creek Woods, 1988.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Damage to plantings.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Internship Program: Restricted, See Curator, 1978-2004.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden Collaborative, 1990.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Assistants and volunteer appreciation events, 1990-2003.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Special Events: Rose Day, 1977-78, 1989.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Special Events: 50th Anniversary, 1979.
Box 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Tree Jamboree, 1983-1984.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

International Crabapple Society, 1986.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Integrated Pest Management conferences, 1990, 1992, 1994.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

75th Anniversary: Order form for book by Ben Yagoda and Delaware County Historic Preservation Award, 2004.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Text for exhibition in McCabe Library, Quakers in Horticulture, Friends Historical Library, Nov. 2003-Jan. 2004, relating to Scott Arboretum and its 75th Anniversary. Preservation Award for book, 2003-2004.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Gala planned for 75th Anniversary, 2004.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Grant Applications, 1974-1977.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Grant Applications, 1986-1988.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Grant Applications, 1989-1992.
Box 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Grant Applications, 1993-1999.
Box 38
Physical Description

1 folder

Grant Applications, 2000.
Box 38
Physical Description

1 folder

Grant Applications, 2002.
Box 38
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters of recommendation, 1977-2000.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Frorer Holly Collection correspondence, 1952-1990.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Essay on Frorer Holly Collection by Joseph Oppe and Harry F. Foulke, ca. 1974.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Move of Frorer hollies to Swarthmore with plant lists, 1974.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Secondary publications used by James Frorer in building his holly collection.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Biographical information on Scott Medal recipients, 1931-1967.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1930-1932.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1941-42, 1944, 1947, 1949.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1952-1953.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1956-1957.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1961-1967.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1970.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1971.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1972.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1973.
Box 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1974.
Box 30
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1975.
Box 30
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1976.
Box 30
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1977.
Box 30
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1978.
Box 30
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Medal, 1979.
Box 30
Physical Description

1 folder

Memberships, International Plant Propagators, International Dendrology Society, 1974-1982.
Box 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Series 2 Plant Cards and landscape plans (with exception of Crum Woods, Topography, and Wister's early plans) are stored off-site.

Wister 3x5" plant cards, Woody Plants.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-0094) Case 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Card accession card files, A-Lonicera.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-0094) Case 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Card accession card files, Ly-Rhod.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-0094) Case 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Card accession card files, Rhodo-Z.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-0094) Case 5
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Card accession card, dead plants, A-Hedera.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-0095) Case 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Card accession card, dead plants, Hep-Leu.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-0095) Case 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Card accession card, dead plants, Leu-Rho.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-0095) Case 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Card accession card, dead plants, Rho-Sy.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-0096) Case 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Cards, A-Rhod.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-0096) Case 10
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Cards, Rhod-Z, Wister Garden and Rhodo. Collection.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-0096) Case 11
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Cards, Helleborus-Hosta.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-0097) Case 12
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Cards, Iris-Phlox.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-0097) Case 13
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Cards, R (deposited 6/2002).
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-0097) Case 16
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Cards, S-Z (deposited 6/2002).
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-0098) Case 17
Physical Description

1 folder

1970 Accessions (computer printout), 1970.
Box Oe
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Cephalotaxus, 1971.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Chrysanthemum, 1920-1986.
Box 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Holly, 1953.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Hemercallis.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Holly, 1947-1974.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Holly, 1942-1991.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Holly maps.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Hosta.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Iris, 1920-1986.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Itea, 1981-1985.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Lespedeza.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Lilac (Syringa), 1955-1979.
Box 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Lilac, concerning Foundation's designation as International Registrar for Lilacs, 1936-1952.
Box 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Magnolia.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Malus, 1951-1969.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Melasequois.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Narcissus, 1947-1955.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: National Crabapple Evaluation, 1983-1996.
Box 17
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Peony, 1947-1975.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Peony, 1959-1991.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Rhododendron, Wister notes, essays, correspondence, etc.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: The Dexter Estate, by Eveleth C. Cowles, with many references to work of John and Gertrude Wister, 1980.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Rhododendron lists.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Rhododendron post Wister.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Rhododendrons named at Swarthmore and Tyler, 1972.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Rosa.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Wisteria.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant collection notes and correspondence: Witchhazel.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Alphabetical lists of plants, John Wister and Samuel Palmer, 1931-1940.
Box 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Plantings by location, 1936-1939.
Box 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, #1-200 with explanation of numbering system which changed with Joseph Oppe in 1969, pre-1930-1939.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, #1-100, pre-1930-1936.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, 101-200, 1936-1939.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, 201-300, 1939-1950.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, 301-383, 1950-1957.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, 1961-1964.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, 1965-1969.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Acquisition list, typed on loose-leaf, 1969-1978.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Working binder, pp. 1-100, ca.-1930-1936 Includes list of trees and shrubs believed to be native in woods at time of opening of College on Nov. 10, 1869; trees planted 1869; Trees and shrubs on campus before Jan. 1. 1930, c. 1930-1936.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Working binder #2, pp. 101-200, 1936-1939.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Working binder, #3 (part 1) pp. 201-275, 1939-1954.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Working binder, #3 (part 2) pp. 276-352, 1939-1954.
Box 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Working binder, #4 (part 1) pp. 353-425, 1955-1968.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Working binder, #4 (part 2) pp. 426-492, 1955-1968.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant shipments, 1930-1950.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Shipments, 1951-1968.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Campus records, by section, 1-7, ca. 1967.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Campus records, by section, 8-16, ca. 1967.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Avondale Road, Herschel Smith's plants, 1968.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Avondale Road, working copy, 1968.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

List of Avondale nursery, 1957-1962.
Box 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Accession book (photocopy), 1969-1984.
Box 21
Physical Description

1 folder

Accession book (photocopy), 1985-1991.
Box 21
Physical Description

1 folder

Accession book (photocopy), 1992-1994.
Box 21
Physical Description

1 folder

Accession book (photocopy), 1995-2000.
Box 21
Physical Description

1 folder

Accession book (photocopy), 2001-2003.
Box 21
Physical Description

1 folder

Propagation records, ilex and rhododendron, 1949-1964.
Box 22
Physical Description

1 folder

Map master of Wister Garden.
Box 22
Physical Description

1 folder

Dupont, map of rhododendron, ca. 1971.
Box 22
Physical Description

1 folder

Map and key, Director's Office, ca. 1983.
Box 23
Physical Description

1 folder

2001 Woody Plant Inventory, 12/31/2000.
Box 23
Physical Description

1 folder

2002 Woody Plant Inventory with Locations, 1/7/2002.
Box 23
Physical Description

1 folder

2003 Woody Plant Inventory with Locations, 1/3/2003.
Box 23
Physical Description

1 folder

2003 Woody Plant Taxa List, 1/3/2003.
Box 23
Physical Description

1 folder

2004 Woody Plant Inventory with Locations, 1/22/2004.
Box 23
Physical Description

1 folder

2004 Woody Plant Taxa List, 1/22/2004.
Box 23
Physical Description

1 folder

Landscape Plans: Topographic.
Tube OE
Landscape Plans: Crum Woods, 1959-1967, n.d.
Tube OE
Physical Description

1 folder

Wister campus landscape plan, 1932.
Box OE
Physical Description

1 folder

Landscape Plans: Planting Plan (4 copies), 1939.
Box OE
Physical Description

1 folder

Landscape Plans: South campus, dorm area, 1935.
Box OE
Physical Description

1 folder

Cunningham House landscaping, 1979-1980.
Box 45
Swarthmore College Facilities Needs Assessments , 1989.
Box 45
Campus plant maps updated by Jim Janczewski on mylar, 1990.
Box 45
Scope and Contents

Note from Rhoda Maurer in 2005 reports that maps are currently digitized and paper print copies from the mylar sheets are kept for reference at Scott

Campus plant maps updated by Jim Janczewski on mylar (additions), 1990.
Box 45
North Campus Plan and Trotter Hall Expansion, Margaret Helfand Architects. Project and team presentation, 1992.
Box 45
Proposal for 1995 ADA Projects of Swarthmore College, 1995.
Box 45
Landscape plan: Alice Paul, 2001-2003.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 1
Landscape plans: Amphitheater, Beardsley, Benjamin West, 1941-1998.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 2
Landscape plans: Cherry Border, Cunningham Field, Cunningham House, Cosby Courtyard, 1955-2007.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 3
Landscape plans: Scott Educational Center, 1999-2004.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 4
Landscape plans: Kemp Dormitory, College Inn/Town Center.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 5
Landscape plans: South Campus, Wister/Harvard Avenue (daffodils, colchicum).
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 6
Landscape plans: Sharples, Pinetum, former fraternities, 1921-1997.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 7
Landscape plans: Paths, Magill Walk, Wharton, Avondale (Herschel Smith Rhodendron).
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 8
Landscape plans: LPAC, Dupont/Science Center.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 9
Landscape plans: Terry Shane Teaching, Entrance Garden.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 10
Landscape plans: Allee (1994), Sproul Alumni, Map Building.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 11
Landscape plans: 1932 Wister, Harvard Ave., 1954-1969.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 12
Landscape plans: Benjamin West, Trotter, McCabe Terrace, Willets.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 13
Landscape plans: All campus.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 14
Landscape plans: Ewing Park, Des Moines, Iowa. John Wister.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 15
Landscape plans: Crum Woods and rhododendron plantings.
Box FHL-1240 (offsite) Tube 16
Landscape plans: Campus topographic.
Tube 17
Landscape plans: Crum Woods, 1959, 1967, 1959, 1967.
Tube 18

Swarthmore Plant Notes, by John C. Wister, second typescript edition, Vol. 1, Trees, Shrubs, and Vines (bound, 2 c.), 1942-1943.
Box 24
Physical Description

1 folder

Swarthmore Plant Notes, by John C. Wister, second typescript edition, Vol. 2, Herbaceous Plants (bound and damaged by silverfish), 1942-1943.
Box 24
Physical Description

1 folder

Swarthmore Plant Notes, 1930-1956, by John C. Wister, Introduction (1 bound and 1 loose), 1955-1956.
Box 24
Physical Description

1 folder

Swarthmore Plant Notes, by John C. Wister, third typescript version, Vol. 1, Part 1 and 2: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines (1 c. bound, 1 c. loose), 1955-1956.
Box 25
Physical Description

1 folder

Swarthmore Plant Notes, by John C. Wister, Vol. 2, Parts 1 and 2: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines (2 c. bound), 1955-1956.
Box 26
Physical Description

1 folder

Annual Reports, 1932, 1971-74.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Spring Bulletin, 1936, 1944.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Year in Review, 1992- (with gaps).
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Hybrid (bound), Vol. 1-21, 1972-1992.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Hybrid, (loose) vols. 22-25, 1993-1996.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Hybrid, 1998-2006.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Hybrid, scattered loose issues, 1972-1992.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant information.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Guides.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Arthur Hoyt Scott Foundation Award.
Box 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Events, announcements.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Events, announcements, ca, 1973-1982.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Sales.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Dutch elm disease, 1979, 1984.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Ten Year History by John Wister, 1940.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

People's Garden, reprinted from The Saturday Evening Post, 4/14/1945.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

National Horticulture Magazine featuring article Tree Peonies by John C. Wister and Harold E. Wolfe, Jan. 1955.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Lilacs for America, published for the American Assoc. of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums by the Scott Foundation, 1942, 1953.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Guides, landscape plans.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

School Guide, published by the Gardens Collaborative, n.d. [ca. 2000].
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Swarthmore College Calendar featuring Scott Arboretum in honor of its 75th Anniversary, 2004.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

The Most Beautiful Campus in America, introductory package material for the Scott Arboretum, 2003.
Box 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Articles and books owned by Gertrude and John Wister, many with articles by them., 1930-1970.
Box 28, 28a
Scope and Contents

Includes: Hardy Garden Bulbs by Gertrude Wister (1964); American Peony Society Bulletin, Sept. 1944, issue devoted to Tree Peonies by John Wister; scattered issues of The American Daffodil Yearbook 1938-1964; Iris Growing as a Hobby by John Wister in Hobbies, April 1930; Lilac by John Wister in Arboretum Bulletin, Summer 1948; Garden Notes by Gertrude Wister, Summer 1970.

Physical Description

1 folder

Lilac Arboretum, Ewing Park, Des Moines, Iowa. Photocopy of brochure. See Series 2 for plan.
Box 28
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, articles concerning John Wister, 1928-1957.
Box 15
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, articles, 1929-1991.
Box 15
Physical Description

2 folders

Press releases, bloom times on campus, 1947-1962.
Box 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, news releases, 1970-1980.
Box 15
Physical Description

11 folders

Clippings, news releases, 1981-1986.
Box 16
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings, 1990.
Box 16
Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings on horticulturalists.
Box 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Scott Associates were founded by a group of volunteers in 1971 to support the goals of the Arboretum. In addition to the organizing the plant sales and other fundraising activities, volunteers also help maintain the gardens and publish Hybrid, the Arboretum newsletter.

Scott Associates, establishment, lists, 1972-1982.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1970-1978.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1979-1981.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Fall festivals, 1974-2004.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Fund raising, Evening at Longwood, Indian Summer Sellabration, 1981.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

25th anniversary celebration (photos included), 1996.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1979.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1981.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1983.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1985.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1986.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1987.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1988.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1989.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1990.
Box 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1991.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1992.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1993.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1994.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1995.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1996.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1997.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1998.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 1999.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 2000.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 2001.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Scott Arboretum Garden Day, 2002.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 1982-1987.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 1988.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 1989.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 1990-1991.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 1992-1993.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 1994-1995.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 1996-2000.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Associates' Dinner lectures, 2001-2004.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Sales, 1979-1997.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Sales:, 1999.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Sales:, 2001.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Plant Sales:, 2003.
Box 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: Atlanta, Georgia, 1989.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: California, 1990.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: Arizona, 1992.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: Finger Lakes, NY, 1993.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: Scotland, 1994.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: Maine, 1996.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: England and Scotland, 1998.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: New Mexico, 1999.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: South England, 2000.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: South Africa, 2002.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: Hudson, NY, 2003.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours: Japan, 2004.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden tours:.
Box 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Evenings in the Arboretum Concert Series posters, 2000 and undated.
Folder ++
Scope and Contents

Co-sponsored with the Swarthmore College Friends of Music and Dance.

Concerts held in the Amphitheater, with tours of the Arboretum preceeding and other activities.

Miscellaneous Wister correspondence, 1927-1992.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Wister non-Scott correspondence, 1939.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Wister correspondence with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 1950-1956.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Anniversary history by John Wister, 1952.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Wister office correspondence, Folder 1, ca. 1958-1968.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Wister office correspondence, Folder 2, ca. 1959-1968.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

American Horticultural Council and other activities.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: Horticultural Reminiscences, Preface - p.35.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: Horticultural Reminiscences, pp. 36-117.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: Horticultural Reminiscences, pp. 118-171.
Box 43
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter 1-IV.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter V-VI.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter VI-XI.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter XI-XIII.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: Reminiscences of History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter I-IV.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter V-VI.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: Reminiscences of History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter VII-XI.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

John C. Wister unpublished manuscript: Reminiscences of History of horticulture in first half of 20th century, Chapter XIII-XIV.
Box 44
Physical Description

1 folder

Series 7: Art.
Box 46 and Oversize
Scope and Contents

Prints, drawings used by the Arboretum in publications. Listed by artist and stored in RG6/S001 oversize folder and box 45. Also oversized posters, plans

Coit, Lara E.

Egee, Marjorie. Orginal signed prints.

Hess, Anna. Plant drawings, pen and ink, 1996-2000.

Hsu, Eric. Water color and pen and ink drawings, 2004-2005.

Morehouse, B. Pen and ink drawings, 1981-1982.

RDR, photocopy of Shane Teaching Garden, 1989.

Sears, Thomas W. Photocopy of of study sketch of Chinese Memorial Garden.

Seymour,Barbara. Pen and ink, color lithographs, color photographs of watercolors. 1987-2000.

Unknown artists, from Mrs. Wister: teaching sketches?, "Peony Artwork."

Unknown, pen and ink signed "Francesca, used in 1997 Plant Catalog.

Voran, Laurel. Drawings, ca. 2006-2007.

Wallace, Barb. Watercolor poster design for Perennial conference, 1998.

Dean Bond Rose garden design metal plates and oversized negatives

Schmidt Memorial Garden. Plan and photo negative.

Posters for Evenings in the Arboretum and Plant Sales.

Print, Suggest