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|History of the Bartlett Arboretum Herbarium
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. From 1887-1892, the first two hundred plus sheets were added to the collection. From 1892-1965, no new specimens were added to the collection. From 1967-1969, approximately 150 specimens from the former Soviet Union were added, and from 1979-1981, over 500 sheets from the Bartlett Arboretum living collections and the surrounding region of Stamford Connecticut were added bringing the collection to well over 1000 sheets total. Due to many gaps found in accession numbers it is suspected that many specimens have been 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. In 2007, due to the rapid growth of the collection, the herbarium was moved to the south wing of the former education center from its previous home in the education department office. With the addition of nine new cabinets, donated by the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY the herbarium has continued its rapid growth through its temporary closing 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.
The Herbarium of the Bartlett Arboretum will reopen on July 1 2011. Herbarium hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, however visits must be confirmed in advance by contacting a member of the staff. Additional hours can be arranged by appointment.
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