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Grounds Subject Files, 1879-[ongoing]
11 boxes (3.4 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 24

Abstract:
The Grounds Subject Files contain information relating to the history, composition, and physical features of the Smith College Campus.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

In 1892, plans designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted were adopted by President Seelye to turn the Smith College campus into a single large botanic garden, labeling all trees and shrub for aesthetic and educational purposes. Francis Ganong was appointed the first director of the botanic garden in 1894, and a systematics garden, based on the theories of Adolf Engler and Karl Prantl was added to the plan under his direction. The master plan has undergone numerous changes, including new systems of walkways and lawns, the expansion of the Lyman Plant House, the construction of a Japanese tea hut and garden, and the reorganization of the herbaceous garden according to more current evolutionary theories.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Grounds Subject Files contain materials describing the history of the campus as a botanic garden and the changes to the master plan, lists of plantings and specimen placement, as well as information regarding the physical features of the campus, such as Paradise Pond, and structures and memorial pieces such as the Grecourt Gates and Lanning fountain. Types of materials include photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, pamphlets, lists, and letters.

The Grounds Subject Files are housed in 11 boxes and cover approximately 3.4 linear feet.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Grounds Subject Files, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Grounds Subject Files were created by the various departments and donated to the College Archives.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Athletic Fields



Allen Field #1 and Clubhouse
1882-1981

Box 263: folder 1
Allen Field #2-West St.
1922, 1956, n.d.

Box 263: folder 2
Field #3
1993, 1965, n.d.

Box 263: folder 3
Botanic Garden


Box 263
General
1895-1995

Box 263: folder 4
Plant Collections and Specialty Gardens
1974-1997

Box 263: folder 5
Correspondences
1892-1937

Box 263: folder 6
Maps
1895-1981

Box 263: folder 7
Plant Collections and Specialty Gardens- Capen Garden
1974-1999

Box 263: folder 8
Plant Collections and Specialty Gardens- Rock Garden
1925, 1991-1996

Box 263: folder 9
Friends of the Botanic Garden
1993-1996

Box 263: folder 10
Outreach Programs
1992-

Box 263: folder 11
Awards and Grants
1992-2001

Box 263: folder 12
Photographs
1901-1994

Box 263: folder 13
Photographs
c.1904-1975

Box 263: folder 14
Duplicates


Box 263: folder 15
Seed Lists
1939, 1957-1959, 1962-1964, 1966-1967, 1973

Box 263.1: folder 1
Plant Lists- Conifers and Herbs


Box 263.1: folder 2
Botanic Garden News - Publication
1998-

Box 263.1: folder 3
Index Seminum
1991/92-2001/02

Box 263.1: folder 4
Index Seminum
1975/76-1990/91

Box 263.1: folder 5
Conservatory Restoration- Lyman Plant House
2001

Box 263.1: folder 6
Centennial Celebration: Scrapbook
1995

Box 263.2: folder 1
Centennial Celebration
1995

Box 263.2: folder 2
Arboretum Planting Plans



General Areas


Box 263.3: folder 1
Areas 1-5


Box 263.3: folder 2
Areas 6-10


Box 263.3: folder 3
Areas 11-15


Box 263.3: folder 4
Buildings, General


Box 263.3: folder 5
By Buildings: A-B
1938

Box 263.3: folder 6
By Buildings: C-Cl
1938

Box 263.3: folder 7
By Buildings: Co-Cu
1938

Box 263.3: folder 8
By Buildings: D
1938

Box 263.3: folder 9
By Buildings: E
1938

Box 263.3: folder 10
By Buildings: F
1938

Box 263.3: folder 11
By Buildings: Ga
1938

Box 263.3: folder 12
By Buildings: Ge-Gi
1938

Box 263.3: folder 13
By Buildings: Ha
1938

Box 263.3: folder 14
By Buildings: He-Hi
1938

Box 263.3: folder 15
By Buildings: Ho
1938

Box 263.3: folder 16
By Buildings: I-J
1938

Box 263.3: folder 17
By Buildings: L
1938

Box 263.3: folder 18
By Buildings: Ma-Mo
1938

Box 263.3: folder 19
By Buildings: Mu
1938

Box 263.3: folder 20
By Buildings: N-O
1938

Box 263.3: folder 21
By Buildings: Par
1938

Box 263.3: folder 22
By Buildings: Park-Pars
1938

Box 263.3: folder 23
By Buildings: Sa-Se
1938

Box 263.3: folder 24
By Buildings: St-Su
1938

Box 263.3: folder 25
By Buildings: T
1938

Box 263.3: folder 26
By Buildings: W
1938

Box 263.3: folder 27
Plans
c.1960

Box 263.3: folder 28
Plans
c. 1960+

Box 263.3: folder 29
Plans
1963

Box 263.3: folder 30
Plans and Notes
1951-1969

Box 263.3: folder 31
Kiosk
1973

Box 263.3: folder 32
Campus



Back Campus
1895-1983

Box 264: folder A
General
1947, 1994, 2000

Box 264: folder B
Miscellaneous
1899-1994

Box 264: folder C
Front Campus
1880's-1935

Box 264: folder 1
Front Campus
1970's-1990's

Box 264: folder 2
Hurricane
1938

Box 264: folder 3
Ice Storm
c.1897

Box 264: folder 4
Large Outside Bulletin Board
1988

Box 264: folder 5
Snow Scenes
1891-1994

Box 264: folder 6
Capen Garden
1970's-1990's

Box 264: folder 7
Capen Garden - Mary Mattison van Schaik Tulip Garden
1985-1997

Box 264: folder 7a
Central Heating System
1946-1949, 1962

Box 264: folder 8
Chapin Lawn
1967

Box 264: folder 9
College Lane
1932

Box 264: folder 10
Dial Telephone
1932-1961

Box 264: folder 11
Garden: Alice O. Smith Memorial Rhododendron Garden
1983

Box 264.1: folder 1
Gates



College Hall Gates


Box 264.1: folder 2
College Lane Gates
1966

Box 264.1: folder 3
Green St. Gate
1928-1995

Box 264.1: folder 4
J. M. Greene
1910-1993

Box 264.1: folder 5
J. M. Greene - Individual photo


Box 264.1: folder 6
General Grounds Photographs
1979-1994

Box 264.1: folder 7
Grecourt Gates



Correspondence
1922-1923

Box 264.1: folder 8
Correspondence- Brown
1924

Box 264.1: folder 9
Dedication
1924

Box 264.1: folder 10
Dedication- Invitations
1924

Box 264.1: folder 11
Dedication- Misc
1924

Box 264.1: folder 12
Dedication- Program
1924

Box 264.1: folder 13
Dedication- Speeches
1924

Box 264.1: folder 14
First Position
1924-1953

Box 264.1: folder 15
France


Box 264.1: folder 16
Grecourt Gates from College Hall
1993

Box 264.1: folder 17
Grecourt Gates from behind- Individual Photo
1994

Box 264.1: folder 18
Pictures
1934-1977

Box 264.1: folder 19
Photographs
1924-1953

Box 264.1: folder 20
Photographs- First Position
1924-1953

Box 264.1: folder 21
Photographs- First Position
1924-1953

Box 264.1: folder 22
Photographs
1953-

Box 264.1: folder 23
Hospital Hill


Box 264.1: folder 24
Ivy
1978, 1990

Box 264.1: folder 25
Japanese Garden
1986-1999

Box 264.1: folder 26
Japanese Tea Garden: "The Japanese Tea Hut and Garden" by Mami Oyama
1997

Box 264.1: folder 27
Lamont Bridge
1930-1987

Box 265: folder 1
Lamont Bridge: Dedication
1931, 1985

Box 265: folder 2
Lanning Fountain
1911-1986

Box 265: folder 3
Lanning Fountain Photographs
1912-1995

Box 265: folder 4
Lanning Fountain Restoration- Adam Jenkins Files
1967-1998

Box 265: folder 5
Mill River
1998

Box 265: folder 6
Orchard


Box 265: folder 7
Outdoor Track and Field Facility
1986, n.d.

Box 265: folder 8
Paradise Road
1989-1999

Box 265: folder 9
President's Garden
1994, n.d.

Box 265: folder 10
Pump
1929

Box 265: folder 11
Sculpture
1988-1992

Box 265: folder 12
Seats: Class of 1883


Box 265: folder 13
Sprinkler System


Box 265: folder 14
State Hospital Property
1916 -1917, 1997

Box 265: folder 15
Sun Dial
1923, 1983, 1988

Box 265: folder 16
Trees
1939-2000

Box 265: folder 17
Trees: Elms
1900-1988

Box 265: folder 18
Vernon Street Lot
1997-

Box 265: folder 19
Paradise Pond


Box 266
General, Clippings
1952-2001

Box 266: folder 1
Photographs: Banks
1893-1986

Box 266: folder 2
Photographs: Banks
1891-1987

Box 266: folder 6
Photographs: Boat House
1919-1995

Box 266: folder 4
Photographs: Boat House
c.1900-1995

Box 266: folder 5
Photographs: Dams
1939-1986

Box 266: folder 6
Photographs: Drained
1952, 1960, 1981

Box 266: folder 7
Photographs: General
1889-1985

Box 266: folder 8
Photographs: General
1905-1989

Box 266: folder 9
Photographs: Hoe Factory
1884-1916

Box 266: folder 10
Photographs: Individual Photo of Path by Paradise Pond
1993

Box 266: folder 11
Photographs: Island
c.1880-1994

Box 266.1
Photographs: Islands
1879-1958

Box 266.1
Photographs: President's House
1950-1992

Box 266.1
Smith College Campus Landscape Master Plan


Box OV
Index Seminum the Botanic Garden of Smith College
1974/1975-1990/1991

Box OV
Index Seminum the Botanic Garden of Smith College
1991/1992-2000/2001

Box OV

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