Nichols Arboretum (University of Michigan) records: 1921-2006 (Majority of material found within 1995-2004)
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Container / Location Title
 
Administrative [series]

The Administrative series (0.6 linear feet and one oversize folder) consists mostly of correspondence and work-related files maintained between 1966 and 1969, although it also includes several scattered folders of information from the late 1990s. Several folders of historical material and staff meeting minutes are also included.

Box   1  
Academic Advisory Committee 1999-2002
Box   1  
Acquisitions
Box   1  
ARB Provost 1997, 1999, 2001
Box   1  
Budget 1992-1997
Box   1  
Educational and research activities 1998, 2000
Box   1  
Excerpts and summaries of Regents' Proceedings regarding Nichols Arboretum
Box   1  
Goals and Objectives 2000
Box   1  
Grounds Committee 1999-2003
Box   1  
Histories of Nichols Arboretum and Department of Landscape Design / Architecture 1935-1945, undated
Box   1  
Lists of Maps and Proposals
Box   1  
Meeting Minutes 1991-1993
Drawer   240 Folder   1
Meeting notes on Arboretum mission, goals, strengths and threats circa 2001
Box   1  
Mountain Bike Problem 1989
Box   1  
Personnel 1935-1945
Box   1  
Police Reports, Damage and Restitution 1970-1988
Box   1  
Policies 1934-1999
Box   1  
Position Analyses undated post-1968 Word-processed lists of maps and proposals, undated undated
Box   1  
Programming 1997-2003
Box   1  
Public Relations 1991-1993
Box   1  
Public Safety 1999
Box   1  
Rules of the Arb
Box   1  
Sanitary Sewage 1988
Box   1  
Security and Vandalism 1928-1994 (scattered)
Box   1  
Space Management 2001-2002
Box   1  
Staff 1994-2004
Box   1  
Staff and Committees 2000
Box   1  
Staff Duties 1958
Box   1  
Staff Meetings 1988-2001 (8 folders)
Box   1  
Steering Committee 1972-1989
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Stewardship 2002
Box   1  
Strategic Planning 1999-2001
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Survey 1988
Box   1  
Theft Reward 1988
Box   1  
Tribute Committee 2002
Box   1  
Usage Studies 1988-2000
Box   1  
Visitor Survey 1988-2000
Box   1  
Work activity reports 1966-1967
Box   1  
Work Orders 2000-2002
 
Correspondence [series]

The Correspondence series (0.2 linear feet) contains communications to and from the faculty of the Nichols Arboretum, as well as topical correspondence regarding information about the President's House and the closing of Nichols Drive.

Box   1  
Brady, James J. 1992
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Braman, Arlie 1969
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Closing Nichols Drive 1974-1989
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Donor Letters 1993, 1997-1998, 2004
Box   1  
Elliott, Marian J. 1994
Box   1  
General 1991, 1997 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Hanson, Richard (Asst. Prof. of Landscape Arch.) to Walter Chambers (Director of Nichols Arboretum) 1968-1969
Box   1  
President's House 1968-1969
Box   1  
Wilson, Michelle 1993
 
Display Materials [series]

The Display Materials series (0.2 linear feet and one oversize folder) consists of items that were used as informational displays at the arboretum. Of particular note in this series are clippings from the arboretum's regular column in the Ann Arbor News from 1994 and 1995, and a display that included several photographs of volunteers.

Box   1  
Newspaper Clippings 1994-1995
Box   1  
Volunteers and Friends of Nichols Arboretum 1994
Box   1  
Wild Ones Conference 2000
Box   1  
"Winter in the Arb-Beauty and the Beast"
Drawer   240 Folder   2
Laminated map showing trails and benches undated
Drawer   240 Folder   2
Laminated map showing trail distances undated
 
Events [series]

The Events series (0.3 linear feet) contains information about the various programs and events put on at the arboretum. This includes workshops, the 5K run, the Centennial, and Shakespeare at the Arb.

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5K Run 2003
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Backyard Wildlife Habitat Tour 2001
Box   2  
Borders Benefit Days 1998
Box   2  
Centennial 2000
Box   2  
Conifer Tree Sale 2000
Box   2  
Environmental Education Program 1997
Box   2  
"Imagine/Align," 2004
Box   2  
MI Big Ten Run 2004, 2006
Box   2  
Natural Areas Workshop 2000-2001 (2 folders)
Box   2  
NRE 445 Activities 1995-1998
Box   2  
Shakespeare in the Arb -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 2002, 2005
Box   2  
Sustainable Architecture 2001
Box   2  
UM Art Department Activities 1997-2002
Box   2  
Winter Sports 1921-1994
 
Friends of Nichols Arboretum [series]

The Friends of NA series (0.7 linear feet) consists of information from the Friends of the Nichols Arboretum organization. The series primarily consists of information from meetings of the board of directors.

Box   2  
Annual Meeting 1998-2001, 2003 (5 folders)
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Award 1997
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Board of Directors 1990-2004 (15 folders)
Box   2  
Board of Directors Annual Lists 1991-2004
Box   2  
Board of Directors Meeting Papers 2002-2003
Box   2  
Board Responsibilities
Box   2  
Budget 1999-2000
Box   2  
Bylaws 1991, 1992, 2002
Box   2  
Charter Members 1991
Box   2  
Financial Reports 1991-1994
Box   2  
Formation 1988-1989
Box   2  
Fundraising and Development 1994-1997
Box   2  
Initial Member Solicitation 1991
Box   2  
Meetings 1989-1994
Box   2  
Member List 1993, 1995
Box   2  
Membership 1990-1992
Box   2  
Mission Statement 2000
Box   2  
Recruitment Letters 1993-1997
Box   2  
Welcome Letter 1997
 
Projects [series]

The Projects series (0.5 linear feet) contains information on the various developmental projects at the arboretum, including construction projects and specific site development. This includes sites such as the Appalachian Glen and the development of the walkways through the medical campus.

Box   3  
Amphitheater Project 2004
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Appalachian Glen 1997
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Burnham House/Gateway Garden Development 1995-1999
Box   3  
Conrail Underpass 1994-1995
Box   3  
Dow Field Prairie Burns 1998-2000
Box   3  
Dow Prairie 1993-1994
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Gateway Garden Development 2002
Box   3  
Gateway Garden -- Iron Fence 1998-2002
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General 1981-1992
Box   3  
Horticultural Programs 1955
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"Landscape Explorers" Project 2003-2004
Box   3  
Medical Campus Walkways 2002
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Michigan Heritage Route 1999
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Plant Collection -- Appalachian Glen
Box   3  
Residential College Projects 1998
Box   3  
Rhododendron Glen 1991
Box   3  
School Girl's Glen 1973-2003
Box   3  
Student Projects 1992-1998 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Study Center 1963-1965, 1968
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Study Center Promotion
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Tunnel between Park 2000
Box   3  
Urban Environmental Education Center 1997
Box   3  
Washington Heights Road 1992-1998
Box   3  
Work Space 1964-1979
 
Publications and Printed Material [series]

The Publications and Printed Materials series (0.2 linear feet and one oversize folder) consists of items printed or published by the Arboretum or the Friends of Nichols Arboretum. The bulk of the items are pamphlets, mailers or publicity materials from the 1990s and early 2000s. Nearly a full run of Tree Line, the newsletter of the Friends of Nichols Arboretum is collected in this series. Tree Line is useful for the information it provides on significant events that occurred between 1991 and 2004, such as the acquisition of the Burnham House and its transformation into an educational center. Other items of interest include guides to the Peony Garden from 1995 and 2000, and a list of plant donations with location information.

A non-exhaustive list of items about the Arboretum that were published by entities other than the Arboretum or the Friends has been included below. These items were previously acquired by the Bentley Historical Library and are separately cataloged.

Box   3  
8 1/2" x 11" flyers 1993-2003
Box   3  
Educational program announcements and material 1995-1999
Box   3  
Events materials 1995-2004
Drawer   240 Folder   3
Event posters 1993-2004
Box   3  
Fundraising and Volunteer Opportunities 1996, 1999 undated
Box   3  
General brochures, etc. undated
Box   3  
Guides to local arboreta, gardens and educational organizations 1995, undated
Box   3  
Lists and bloom information regarding plants in Arboretum 1996, undated
Box   3  
Master Plan 1988
Box   3  
Peony Garden Guide 1995, 2000
 
Tree Line

(Newsletter of the Friends of Nichols Arboretum)

Box   3  
1991-1995
Box   3  
1996-1999
Box   3  
2000-2002
Box   3  
2003-2004
Box   3  
Urban Environmental Education Center 1994-1999, undated
 
Topical Files [series]

The Topical Files series (0.3 linear feet) includes items that do not fall easily under any of the other series. These include the original design drawing for the Arboretum's main gate and the guest comment book from Arbfest 2001, as well as press clippings and lists of various plants acquired by the arboretum.

Box   3  
Aerial Photographs (oversize)
Box   3  
Arb Alumni 2005
Box   3  
Arbfest guest comment book 2001
Box   3  
Arboretum Videos 1997
Box   3  
Design for gates by the Department of Landscape Design (oversize)
Box   3  
Dow Field Species List
Box   3  
Drawing of Burnham House by Kemnitz undated (oversize)
Box   3  
Friends of Stinchfield Woods 1994
Box   3  
Hiroshima Plant Exchange 1998
Box   3  
Maps (2 folders)
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 2000
Box   3  
Original of Nichols Arboretum logo circa 1990 (oversize)
Box   3  
Peony Flowers 1991
Box   3  
Photograph of Entrance 1922
Box   3  
Plant Records
Box   3  
Press Clippings 1952-1964
Box   3  
Signage 1990-1994
Box   3  
Sounds of the Arb 2003 (CD)
Box   3  
Website Development 2000-2002
Box   3  
Woody Plant Material 1991
 
Maps [series]

The Maps series (four oversize folders) includes maps of the Arboretum as it existed at particular times. Of particular note in this series are a topographical map from 1947, a map of the Peony Garden from 2000, and a plant locations map from 1997. Several additional maps can be found in the Display Materials series. A list of other maps of the Arboretum that were previously acquired and catalogued by the University of Michigan Libraries is included below.

Drawer   240 Folder   4
Copy of June 1961 map of Arboretum, with indications added for forests, erosion, sled runs, high use areas and property lines, undated 1961, undated
Drawer   240 Folder   4
Copy of June 1961 map of Arboretum, with indications added for Ann Arbor City Park property and potential building sites, undated 1961, undated
Drawer   240 Folder   4
Planting Scheme 1921
Drawer   240 Folder   5
1927 Planting Scheme map, with foot trails added in red pencil, undated 1927, undated
Drawer   240 Folder   4a
Topographical Maps 1917-1961
Drawer   240 Folder   5
Topographical Map of Nichols Arboretum 1943
Drawer   240 Folder   5
Map of Arboretum showing location of 64 specimens 1997
Drawer   240 Folder   5
Peony Garden by A. Arscott 2000
Drawer   240 Folder   5
Peony Garden Identification Chart 1927
Drawer   240 Folder   5
Peony Garden (draft)
Drawer   240 Folder   5
Nichols Arboretum undated
Drawer   240 Folder   5
Proposed Winter Sports Arena 1927
 
Plans and Proposals [series]

The Plans and Proposals series (five oversize folders) also consists mainly of maps of the Arboretum. Unlike the Maps series, however, many of the items depicted in the Plans and Proposals series never came to exist. Although most of the items in this series date from the late 1990s, it also includes a set of drawings from 1965 showing different perspectives along the First Trail.

Drawer   240 Folder   10
Appalachian Cove
Drawer   240 Folder   6
Service Road 1947

(depicts existing and proposed topography)

 
"The First Trail" by the Department of Landscape Architecture 1965 (mounted on six presentation boards)
Drawer   241 Folder   7
"The First Trail" by the Department of Landscape Architecture 1965
Drawer   241 Folder   8
"The First Trail" by the Department of Landscape Architecture 1965

(continued)

Drawer   241 Folder   8
Copies of June 1961 map of Arboretum, showing alternative sites for a "Study Center," undated 1961, undated
Drawer   242 Folder   10
Arboretum Extension Plan 1997
Drawer   242 Folder   11
Burnham house as planned and with two parking alternatives undated
Drawer   242 Folder   11
Interpretive Center Proposal by CG Kunkle 1992
Drawer   242 Folder   11
Riverfront designed by Susan Litts 2000
Drawer   242 Folder   11
Conceptual diagram of problems and solutions undated
Drawer   242 Folder   11
Topographic analysis and potential land use undated
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Drawer   242 Folder   14
Aerial Photographs [folder 14]
Drawer   242 Folder   12
Design for gates by the Department of Landscape Design undated
Drawer   242 Folder   13
Drawing of Burnham House by Kemnitz undated
Drawer   242 Folder   13
Federated Commemorative Wild Flower Garden 1955
Drawer   242 Folder   13
Original of Nichols Arboretum logo circa 1990