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Collection of John Hagstrom Images

Collection, 2020/01


Repository Name: The Sterling Morton Library
Repository Location: Lisle, Illinois


The majority of the photographs taken in this collection were taken by Photographer and The Morton Arboretum Volunteer, John Hagstrom, with some photographs also taken by former Photographer and Arboretum Volunteer, Jeff Franklin. 

From 2005-2012, John and other Volunteers set out to photograph all flora associated with The Morton Arboretum, including the following characteristics: total shape, outline, form etc.; closeup of leaf, branch, flower, fruit, pod or cone, and bud; and bark. It was also decided that all four seasons should be considered as the plant so evolves. John was often being asked to supply photos for classroom lectures, research projects, Plant Clinic use, and even marketing images. As a result it was felt that a formal sanctioned program was needed and that all plants (trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous plants ) that grow at The Morton Arboretum should be included. The original title of the photograph project is MAPP (Morton Arboretum Photographic Program).

To do so required that the team go through the entire Plant Catalog as, supplied by Ed Hedborn (Plant Records Manager), to locate each and every plant on the grounds (using tag coordinates), and then use professional level cameras and lenses to shoot all the characteristics.

MAPP continued in the field 3 to 5 times a week and an equal amount of time was spent processing and editing the photos. Over 105,000 photos were taken, which resulted in close to 13,000 finished images. The MAPP photograph have received and continue to receive worldwide attention, gaining anywhere from 200-2000 page views daily on their Flickr account. 

The program is not yet complete, but was last active in 2012. 


2005 – 2012 Date created
2020 Date accessioned

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