All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
The Nichols Arboretum records comprise of 3 linear feet and 12 oversize folders of materials spanning the years from 1921 to 2006. The bulk of the collection dates from 1995 to 2004. The records document a brief period of the arboretum's administration from the late 1960s, plans and proposals for the arboretum grounds from throughout the late 20th century, and publications and events at the arboretum from the mid-1990s to the very early 2000s. The records have been divided into ten series: Administrative, Correspondence, Display Materials, Events, Friends of NA, Projects, Publications and Printed Materials, Topical Files, Maps, and Plans and Proposals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.