Swarthmore College. Scott Arboretum Records
Scope and Contents
Organized into six series.
- Scott Office and administrative records
- Plant records and landscape plans
- Clippings and press releases
- Scott Associates
- John C. and Gertrude Wister
- Wister, John C. (John Caspar), 1887-1982 (Contributor, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
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.
23 Linear Feet (46 boxes ( plus oversized items and photographs))
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2000-007,-008, 2002-001. 2000-020 Wister books and articles. Later deposits not given accession numbers.
Accruals: Deposited on irregular basis.
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 Wister's unpublished manuscripts include some of the same chapters, used in two draft publications.
- Arboretums -- Swarthmore
- Arthur Hoyt Scott Horticultural Foundation
- Plants -- Pennsylvania
- Swarthmore College
- Swarthmore College. Scott Arboretum
- Tree planting -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore
- Universities and colleges
- Universities and colleges -- Landscape architeture -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore
- Wister, John C. (John Caspar), 1887-1982
- Swarthmore College. Scott Arboretum Records, 1925-2017
- Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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