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Library Info

A world-class botanical library, the RSABG Library specializes in systematic, floristic and evolutionary botany and the botany, horticulture, natural history and ethnobotany of California. It provides library support services for the staff and students of RSABG, members and volunteers of the organization, members of The Claremont Colleges and the general public.

Founder Susanna Bixby Bryant’s plan for her botanic garden included a research-quality library. She built a considerable personal collection in her lifetime and that collection continues to be the foundation of the library today. Some of her personal books can still be found in the library.

The library contains nearly 50,000 bound volumes and 750 current print and electronic journals and other periodicals related to the mission of RSABG. The collection is designed for education and research purposes and is geared towards graduate students and advanced researchers. It is composed of books, periodicals, reprints, microforms, pamphlets, article reprints and digital resources.

 

Online Searchable Catalog

 The holdings of the library are included in the online catalog of The Claremont Colleges.

 

Archive Info

The archive at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden houses 242 linear feet of institutional records, original manuscripts, botanical field notes, original botanical illustrations, glass slides, and photographs.  Notable collections include Susanna Bixby Bryant’s original Collection, the Clara Mason Fox Collection, the Marcus Jones Materials, and the Samuel Parish Collection.  The latter two were both local botanists in the late 19th century.

 

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 Collections 

Our Holdings Info The collections are divided into two major sections: the general collection and special collection. The special collection includes rare books and archival materials, while the general collection includes volumes of monographs, periodicals and reference works.

 

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Archives 

The Archives houses 242 linear feet of institutional records, original manuscripts, botanical field notes, original botanical illustrations, glass slides, and photographs.

 

Susanna Bixby Bryant Collection: From the beginning, Susanna Bixby Bryant envisioned an extensive botanic collection.  Writing to Willis Linn Jepson for advice in late 1926, she declared, “The ambition I have for the native garden at Rancho Santa Ana is to make it the best and most complete botanical garden which we can develop for our California trees, shrubs and flowers.”  Jepson responded a few days later, “Of all the countries in the world, no other at the present time offers so much promise for a botanical garden as California.”  Today, Bryant’s original collection is housed at RSABG’s Archive.photographs.

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Marcus Jones Materials: Among the most prominent botanists of the American West working from the late 19th century through to the early 20th century, Marcus Jones’ plant collections, writings, glass plate photographs and sundry other items of historical and botanical interest are held in the extensive herbarium and other archival collections at RSABG.

 

 

 

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Samuel Parish Collection: Parish (1838-1928) was a noted amateur southern California botanist.  Although he had little formal training in botany, Parish developed an interest in the flora of the San Bernardino region which was relatively uncataloged at the time.  His plant collections (including many new species named for Parish) led to correspondence and collecting trips with noted botanists.

Parish's herbarium was sold to Stanford University in 1917 and his library was sold to Pomona College in 1920. Samuel and Eliza Parish moved to Berkeley at this point where Samuel was appointed Honorary Curator in the University Herbarium. Their house, as well as Parish's unpublished manuscripts and papers, was lost in the Berkeley fire of September 17, 1923.  His personal library collection is housed here at the library.



 

 

 

Clara Mason Fox: Ms. Fox was born in Ohio in 1873 and an Orange County until her death in 1959.  She found artistic inspiration in Silverado Canyon, Santiago Canyon and the Santa Ana Mountains.  Many of her impressive paintings of California flora have meticulous, technical descriptions of foliage density, height of shrubs and textures of fruits.  Ms. Fox’s detained botanical work represents the skill women could attain at a time when botanical exploration was generally considered men’s work.

fox works

 

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 Special Collection

 The Special Collections holds 2,200 rare herbals, historic scientific literature, and illustrated botanical books.

Lists every species of plant known at the time, classified into genera. It is the first work to consistently apply binomial names and was the starting point for the naming of plants.Species Plantarum by Carl Linnaeus, (1762): 

 

 

 

 

Current Periodicals: The library continually receives and stocks significant periodicals and publications from around the world.  These are all available to the public.

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Library

The library at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) specializes in systematic, floristic and evolutionary botany and the botany, horticulture, natural history and ethnobotany of California. It provides library support services for the staff and students of RSABG, members and volunteers of the organization, members of The Claremont Colleges and the general public.

Founder Susanna Bixby Bryant’s plan for her botanic garden included a research-quality library. She built a considerable personal collection in her lifetime and that collection continues to be the foundation of the library today. Some of her personal books can still be found in the library.

The library contains nearly 50,000 bound volumes and 750 current print and electronic journals and other periodicals related to the mission of RSABG. The collection is designed for education and research purposes and is geared towards graduate students and advanced researchers. It is composed of books, periodicals, reprints, microforms, pamphlets, article reprints and digital resources.

New Acquisitions The RSABG Library regularly acquires new resources that compliment and enhance the collection. Whether we purchase material, receive gifts, donations or exchange with other botanical institutions, the RSABG collections continue to grow. Read more about new acquisitions at the library.

Online catalog The holdings of the library are included in the online catalog of The Claremont Colleges, BLAIS.

Table of Contents (Jump Menu):

Library InfoOnline Searchable CatalogArchive InfoCollections | Our Holdings Info | New Acquisitions

Projects | Library History | Awards | Library News | Policies and Protocols | Hours and Contact Info

 

Library Image

Photograph by Eli Feldman

Library Info

A world-class botanical library, the RSABG Library specializes in systematic, floristic and evolutionary botany and the botany, horticulture, natural history and ethnobotany of California. It provides library support services for the staff and students of RSABG, members and volunteers of the organization, members of The Claremont Colleges and the general public.

Founder Susanna Bixby Bryant’s plan for her botanic garden included a research-quality library. She built a considerable personal collection in her lifetime and that collection continues to be the foundation of the library today. Some of her personal books can still be found in the library.

The library contains nearly 50,000 bound volumes and 750 current print and electronic journals and other periodicals related to the mission of RSABG. The collection is designed for education and research purposes and is geared towards graduate students and advanced researchers. It is composed of books, periodicals, reprints, microforms, pamphlets, article reprints and digital resources.

 

Online Searchable Catalog

 The holdings of the library are included in the online catalog of The Claremont Colleges.

 

Archive Info

The archive at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden houses 242 linear feet of institutional records, original manuscripts, botanical field notes, original botanical illustrations, glass slides, and photographs.  Notable collections include Susanna Bixby Bryant’s original Collection, the Clara Mason Fox Collection, the Marcus Jones Materials, and the Samuel Parish Collection.  The latter two were both local botanists in the late 19th century.

 

Archive Image

 

 Collections 

Our Holdings Info The collections are divided into two major sections: the general collection and special collection. The special collection includes rare books and archival materials, while the general collection includes volumes of monographs, periodicals and reference works.

 

Our Holdings Susanna Bixby Bryant Image

 

Archives 

The Archives houses 242 linear feet of institutional records, original manuscripts, botanical field notes, original botanical illustrations, glass slides, and photographs.

 

Susanna Bixby Bryant Collection: From the beginning, Susanna Bixby Bryant envisioned an extensive botanic collection.  Writing to Willis Linn Jepson for advice in late 1926, she declared, “The ambition I have for the native garden at Rancho Santa Ana is to make it the best and most complete botanical garden which we can develop for our California trees, shrubs and flowers.”  Jepson responded a few days later, “Of all the countries in the world, no other at the present time offers so much promise for a botanical garden as California.”  Today, Bryant’s original collection is housed at RSABG’s Archive.photographs.

Our Holdings Marcus Jones Collection Image

 

Marcus Jones Materials: Among the most prominent botanists of the American West working from the late 19th century through to the early 20th century, Marcus Jones’ plant collections, writings, glass plate photographs and sundry other items of historical and botanical interest are held in the extensive herbarium and other archival collections at RSABG.

 

 

 

Samuel Parish Image

 

Samuel Parish Collection: Parish (1838-1928) was a noted amateur southern California botanist.  Although he had little formal training in botany, Parish developed an interest in the flora of the San Bernardino region which was relatively uncataloged at the time.  His plant collections (including many new species named for Parish) led to correspondence and collecting trips with noted botanists.

Parish's herbarium was sold to Stanford University in 1917 and his library was sold to Pomona College in 1920. Samuel and Eliza Parish moved to Berkeley at this point where Samuel was appointed Honorary Curator in the University Herbarium. Their house, as well as Parish's unpublished manuscripts and papers, was lost in the Berkeley fire of September 17, 1923.  His personal library collection is housed here at the library.



 

 

 

Clara Mason Fox: Ms. Fox was born in Ohio in 1873 and an Orange County until her death in 1959.  She found artistic inspiration in Silverado Canyon, Santiago Canyon and the Santa Ana Mountains.  Many of her impressive paintings of California flora have meticulous, technical descriptions of foliage density, height of shrubs and textures of fruits.  Ms. Fox’s detained botanical work represents the skill women could attain at a time when botanical exploration was generally considered men’s work.

fox works

 

Species Plantarum by Carl Linnaeus Image

 

 Special Collection

 The Special Collections holds 2,200 rare herbals, historic scientific literature, and illustrated botanical books.

Lists every species of plant known at the time, classified into genera. It is the first work to consistently apply binomial names and was the starting point for the naming of plants.Species Plantarum by Carl Linnaeus, (1762): 

 

 

 

 

Current Periodicals: The library continually receives and stocks significant periodicals and publications from around the world.  These are all available to the public.

Our Holdings Current Periodicals Image

 

 

 

Library

The library at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) specializes in systematic, floristic and evolutionary botany and the botany, horticulture, natural history and ethnobotany of California. It provides library support services for the staff and students of RSABG, members and volunteers of the organization, members of The Claremont Colleges and the general public.

Founder Susanna Bixby Bryant’s plan for her botanic garden included a research-quality library. She built a considerable personal collection in her lifetime and that collection continues to be the foundation of the library today. Some of her personal books can still be found in the library.

The library contains nearly 50,000 bound volumes and 750 current print and electronic journals and other periodicals related to the mission of RSABG. The collection is designed for education and research purposes and is geared towards graduate students and advanced researchers. It is composed of books, periodicals, reprints, microforms, pamphlets, article reprints and digital resources.

New Acquisitions The RSABG Library regularly acquires new resources that compliment and enhance the collection. Whether we purchase material, receive gifts, donations or exchange with other botanical institutions, the RSABG collections continue to grow. Read more about new acquisitions at the library.

Online catalog The holdings of the library are included in the online catalog of The Claremont Colleges, BLAIS.

Hours and Contact Info

The library is open to the public by appointment.
Please call to make an appointment one day before your visit.
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Staff: Irene Holiman
Phone: (909) 625-8767, ext. 210

Archives and Marcus Jones Materials, Picturesque California, The California Golden Poppy

In addition to its library collection, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is also the steward to many interesting and important archival holdings. Among these are the field notes, photographic images (from as early as the turn of the 20th century), as well as several unpublished manuscripts by noted plant collector, Marcus E. Jones. 

 

Marcus E. Jones Materials Takes New Form with Online Archive

With the help of Lisa Gluckstein, the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern at RSABG Summer 2011, turn-of-the-century photographs and archival documents from one of the leading botanists in the American West are getting the 21st-century treatment.

Gluckstein worked with RSABG staff to construct the initial phase of online access to the archives of the Jones collections.

Among the most prominent botanists of the American West working from the late 19th century through to the early 20th century, Jones’ plant collections, writings, glass-plate photographs and sundry other items of historical and botanical interest are held in the extensive herbarium and other archival collections at RSABG.

Undertaken between 1878 and 1923 the Jones collections represents a window into the regions, where previously there was with little or no botanical study. His exploration of the western states and parts of Mexico significantly contributed to the documentation of the flora of the American West. A graduate of Iowa College (now Grinnell College), Jones moved to Colorado Springs in 1878 and later to Salt Lake City in 1880. A part-time teacher, he spent much of his time botanizing in Utah and California. Jones’ work was important to the understanding of Western flora, including California. The Jones collection includes an estimated 100,000 botanical specimens from the western United States and Baja California, Mexico.

In addition to the support of The Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, images from the Jones archives were scanned using a high-resolution scanner provided by The Andrew W. Melon Foundation's Latin American Plants Initiative project.

Download a PDF copy of Marcus E. Jones' retrospective account of his botanizing expeditions 1875 through 1919.

To learn more visit the Marcus Jones website created by Gluckstein this summer. 

To learn more visit the Pictursque Califorina website created by Shanti Penprase.

To learn more visit the California Golden Poppy created by Shanti Penprase.

Library News

For more information, please call (909) 625-8767 ext. 210.

California Author Talk Series

The library staff and volunteers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are pleased to announce a series of presentations by published or soon-to-be-published authors. The California Author Series is free with standard Garden admission. Read more.

Library Page Turning

This event, which began in December 2011, highlights rare books and original art work held in Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s library special collections. A volume of "Les Roses" by Pierre-jmleph Redouté, the first book to be showcased, followed by “Birds in Print—Words and Pictures,” and many more. Read more.