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The Bartlett Arboretum Herbarium, housed in the Silver Education Center, is a collection of more than 6,500 sheets of preserved plants from around the world. The Herbarium houses specimens from 1887 to the present and has had several growth spurts during its existence: 1887-1892: 200 sheets were added. 1967-1969: 150 specimens from the former Soviet Union were added.1979-1981: 500 sheets from the Bartlett Arboretum living collections and the surrounding region were added. Gaps in accession numbers suggest the possibility that many specimens were lost or destroyed over the past 100 years and that the herbarium may have been significantly larger in prior years.
In 2006, a renewed effort to properly maintain the herbarium began and collections from several new geographic areas were added to the herbarium, including the first type specimen the Bartlett Arboretum has ever had. To accommodate its expansion, the herbarium was moved to the south wing of the former education center from its previous home in the education department office. Nine new cabinets, donated by the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY, accommodated the herbarium’s continued rapid growth until it was temporarily closed in 2010.
During the period of construction of the new Silver Education Center at the Bartlett Arboretum, the herbarium was closed to visotors, but remained open to loans and continued to expand its collections. Several research trips in 2010 and early 2011 resulted in over 1000 sheets being added, including many which were used in published research papers.
Significant Collectors in the Bartlett Arboretum Herbarium
Collector; number of sheets; major years; locations of 100 or more collections
E. P. Felt; 200 sheets; 1886-1889; Massachusetts and Connecticut
T. Lockwood; 300 sheets; 1979-1981; Bartlett Arboretum Horticultural Collections
C. Levine; 300 sheets; 1980-1981; Stamford CT region
E. C. Morgan; 2,300 sheets; 2006-present; Caribbean, Stamford CT, Arizona, Amazonian Peru, US Coastal Plain, New York City and Long Island
J. A. Sperling; 100 sheets; New York City bryophytes
J. Borysiewicz;500 sheets; 2007-present; Caribbean, Florida, Stamford CT
E.J. Jannings; approx 19 sheets; Long Island region; Caribbean