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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: July 2010 to September 2015)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$320,000 (approved)
$320,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2011 – 8/31/2015

Cataloging and Digitizing the LuEsther T. Mertz Library's Nursery and Trade Catalog Collection

Cataloging of 58,000 nursery and seed trade catalogs dating from 1804 to the present and digitization of 1,700 catalogs in the public domain to be freely accessible online.

The New York Botanical Garden's The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the Americas, seeks funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to catalog all 58,000 items in its Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection and digitize the complete contents of 1,700 catalogs that were printed before 1923 and are in the public domain. The collection, one of the largest and most important of its kind in the United States, provides some of the earliest information available on the history and development of botany, horticulture, and commercial agriculture in the country. The proposed project is the largest cataloging and digitizing effort ever for a Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection in the United States, and will create an accessible, navigable, and comprehensive image and information resource for researchers studying plant science, horticulture, and related humanities fields.