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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables, FL 33156-4233)
Brett Anthony Jestrow (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Planning for the future of the Fairchild Archives

A preservation assessment for the Fairchild Archives, comprising 150,000 documents, 30,000 photographs, and audiovisual recordings depicting the history of botany in in the southeastern United States and the Bahama Archipelago. The collection includes the papers of noted plant explorer David Fairchild and several other prominent plant taxonomists, illustrators, and growers. Highlights include sources documenting the history of the mango and avocado industries in the United States as well as handwritten field notes and photos chronicling the flora and topography of the Florida Everglades in the early 1900s.

The Fairchild Archives serve as the cornerstone of the institutional knowledge of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. By maintaining the work of Dr. David Fairchild and other accomplished plant explorers, the archives are fundamental for understanding the history of exploration, introduction, and breeding of plants. The archives have directly served scholarly articles in affiliation with colleges and universities in numerous ways. Furthermore, the archives are often the basis of popular articles found in Fairchild’s publication “The Tropical Garden.” In order to maintain the collections, a professional consultation for a preservation assessment is critical for making decisions as we move forward. With both staff changes and planned building renovations, the time for a preservation assessment is now. This grant application requests to funds for such a preservation assessment.

Project fields:
History of Science

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,890 (approved)
$5,890 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019