The Hort Records Archived by New-York Historical Society

Chrysanthemums at the Fall 1909 exhibition

The New-York Historical Society has digitally archived The Hort’s gift of a collection documenting over a century of our organization’s history. The archive’s contents, which fill 110 boxes, are a veritable treasure trove of information and memorabilia chronicling The Hort, dating back to it’s founding in 1900.

This comprehensive archive covers a number of areas, including early documentation of our extensive library, in addition to a large amount of audiovisual material. One can find recordings of programs and lectures given at the Hort, along with film reels of Flower Shows dating back to 1964. Early photos of our Green Team at work and community gardens across the five boroughs are also present.

The collection also boasts a wide variety of printed material, such as The Hort’s periodical publications and bulletins dating back to our organization’s inception, as well as oversize prints donated by esteemed botanical artist Niki Goulandris in 1983. Also included is an album of original photographs from 1917, which expansively detail the effects of World War I on trees and greenery in France.

We are thrilled to contribute our organization’s historical records to the N-YHS’ collection. The Hort thanks the N-YHS team and especially Ted O’Reilly, Curator of Manuscripts, for their careful and thorough preservation of our history. 

Click here to view the contents of the archive.