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Frederick Law Olmsted Papers

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is perhaps best known as the acclaimed and influential landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York City, but his activities and influence extended far beyond that. In addition to being the founder of landscape architecture, Olmsted was also an urban and suburban planner, conservationist, writer, and reformer, as well as an early advocate of the need for public green spaces in urban environments. Readers interested in learning more about Olmsted's life and activities should visit this collection of his personal papers, which was digitized by the Library of Congress and made available to the public in July 2018. This broad-ranging collection contains about 24,000 items (approximately 47,000 images) and spans the years 1777 to 1952, with the majority of items dating from 1838-1903. Some of what readers will find here includes family journals and personal correspondence, documents from Olmsted's travels to Europe and China, and numerous items relating to Olmsted's career as a landscape architect, such as project proposals, drawings, maps, and design recommendations. Visitors will also find numerous links to relevant teaching resources and finding aids.
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May 3rd, 2019
Date Of Record Creation
April 30th, 2019 at 3:12pm
Date Of Record Release
April 30th, 2019 at 4:19pm
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