Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Biology

Archives at Späth-Arboretum of Humboldt-Universität

At the Späth-Arboretum of the Humboldt University there are several archival collections of historico-scientific interest:

  • Kunstblätter_Blätterkunst_Kartei_180x110.jpg The card index of Gerd Krüssmann, who worked from 1935 to 1945 at Späth's tree nurseries as a dendrologist and was in charge of the arboretum, served as the basis for the compilaton of his multi-volume standard works "Handbuch der Laubgehölze" and "Handbuch der Nadelgehölze".



  • Kunstblätter_Blätterkunst_Fotoplatten_180x110.jpgThe glass photo plate collection of the former Späth nursery, partly at the Späth Arboretum, served to illustrate numerous publications of the nursery.




  • Numerous documents and photographs reflect the work of the Institute for Systematic Botany at Humboldt-Universität (since 1969 the Botany and Arboretum Department of the then founded Museum of Natural History at Humboldt-Universität, since 1991 the Institute for Systematik Botany and Arboretum) from 1960 to the 1990s.


  • Kunstblätter_Blätterkunst_Dia_180x110.jpgAn extensive archive of slides contains pictures from scientific excursions and from the living collection, mostly from the period 1960-1990. The large stock of photographs of plants and travel pictures from Cuba, which documents the close cooperation between Humboldt-Universität and the Botanical Garden of Havana since the 1960s, deserves special mention.


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