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Mertz Library Archives

The Archives of The New York Botanical Garden provide a comprehensive history of the growth and development of The Garden since its inception in 1891 as well as chart the history of American botanical science and horticulture as fields of study.

The Archives are arranged in three main categories:

  • The institutional records were created as a result of official Garden activities.
  • The personal papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, and other materials from botanists, horticulturists, and landscape designers associated with the history of botany and horticulture in the U.S. and the growth and evolution of the Garden and its work.
  • The repository archives are the historical records of selected botanical and horticultural organizations, plant societies and plant-related business and industry.

For onsite access to materials from the Archives, email to schedule an appointment.