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The Morton Arboretum Records

Collection, 2014/1


Repository Name: Sterling Morton Library, The Morton Arboretum
Repository Location: 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532


1887 – 2020 Date created


70 linear feet

Custodial history

Bulk of collection was transferred directly from creating staff members or their departments to Sterling Morton Library staff. In some cases, records came to the Sterling Morton Library from successor staff members long after the creating staff member had left the Arboretum.


Accruals expected continuously.

Scope and content

This collection contains the records of The Morton Arboretum from its founding in 1922 to the present, including some land deeds that predate the founding of the Arboretum. Records include living collections records, construction and landscape design plans, reports, correspondence, publications, ephemera, photographs, audio visual materials, and official meeting minutes.

System of arrangement

Collection is arranged into series by document type. Series and subseries are arranged by document type, alphabetically, or chronologically depending on the material. Arrangement for each series or subseries is recorded in the record for that series or subseries.

Conditions governing access

Bulk open for research. Some access restrictions apply and are noted where appropriate at the series, subseries, or folder level.

Technical access

The reel to reel and tape audio and video recordings require special equipment to playback. CDs and DVDs must be viewed on a computer with the correct software.

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