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New York Botanical Garden Historical Photos

A photographic history of the development of the Garden.

New York Botanical Garden Historical Photos

Latin American Plant Literature

The Library's Latin American plant literature holdings are among the richest in the world, due in large part to NYBG's very active research and conservation programs in the American tropics. Material in this collection has been digitized with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Latin American Plant Literature

Nursery and Seed Catalogs

Selected Nursery and Seed Trade Catalogs - digitized as part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Nursery and Seed Catalogs

Great Flower Books

An assortment of larger botanical works of uncommon visual appeal and interest.

Great Flower Books

Journal of the New York Botanical Garden

Complete run of the Journal published from 1900 - 1950.

Journal of the New York Botanical Garden

About the collections



Supporting research and study in the fields of botanical science, horticulture, and landscape and garden design, the Mertz Library is noted for the importance, breadth, and accessibility of its holdings. The General Research Collection consists of over 550,000 volumes including nearly 12,000 serial titles. The Library’s Rare Book Collection of pre-Linnean manuscripts and printed books includes one-of-a-kind works dating back to 1190 AD. The Folio Collection has exceptional holdings of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century books featuring fine botanical plates from paintings and drawings by renowned artists. The Art and Illustration Collection contains over 22,000 original works encompassing a broad range of media including line drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, and sculpture, and the Archival Collections contain over 4,500 linear feet of archival materials.

The Mertz Digital collections represent a fraction of the library’s vast holdings, but these digital offerings grow every month.

As part of its digitization efforts, the Mertz Library is a major contributor to the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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In addition, the Mertz Library has collaborated with the Wildlife Conservation Society Library, which houses the archives of the Bronx Zoo, to digitize some 410 postcards—300 from the Bronx Zoo and 110 from the Garden—ranging in date from 1905 through 1988. These digitized items are available at the Bronx Park Postcard Collection website, made possible via a grant from METRO.

METRO has also funded the creation of three Mertz Library digital sub-collections, available on the Internet Archive website: State and Local Floras, New York State Natural History, and Diatom Research.

For general information, please visit the Mertz Library and The New York Botanical Garden.

Funding for these digital collections come from:
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
New York Metropolitan Library Council (METRO)
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The Reed Foundation
The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

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