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Biographical / Historical

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Arboretum research and files

Series II:Texas Wild Flowers by Eliza Johnston

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum records, 1997-2004 UA 276



Title: Rice University Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum records
Dates: 1997-2004
Abstract: This collection consists of materials related to the Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum on the campus of Rice University. Included are records of the inaugural plantings in 1999, news clips, meeting minutes, correspondence, planning information, and oral interviews on videotape, conducted by the Conservation History Association of Texas for the Texas Legacy Project, 2004. Also included is Charles Tapley’s presentation copy of Texas Wild Flowers by Eliza Johnston.
Identification: UA 276
Quantity: 1.25 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The project of creating an arboretum at Rice University was spearheaded by architect and landscape architect Charles Tapley and Patsy and Mike Anderson, family members of Lynn R. Lowrey (1917-1997), in whose honor the arboretum is named. Dedication ceremonies took place on March 18, 1999. Initial plantings included two white oaks, two fringe trees, and a swamp chestnut oak. Lynn R. Lowrey, a well known Houston horticulturalist and collector, has been described as the founder of the native plant movement in Texas. He was best known for the use of native Mexican and Texas plants in landscapes. Thus, the arboretum is intended to feature native Texas trees and shrubs.

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Biographical / Historical

Born in Mansfield, Louisiana, in 1917, Lynn R. Lowrey was a graduate of Louisiana State University in 1940 with a degree in horticulture. After serving four years in the US Army during World War II, he came to Houston in the 1950s to work with an established Houston firm, Teas Nursery. He soon opened his own nursery on Westheimer and was known for his unusual native plants. He landscaped many Houston homes and businesses and made many trips to identify and collect plants from Mexico. He received a grant to study certain plant species in China and was instrumental in providing funding for cancer research on Camptotheca trees. Lowrey was the recipient of many awards: the American Association of Nurserymen National Landscape Award, the Houston Botanical Society Environmental Achievement Award, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Award, the Municipal Art Commission Award, and several plant conservation awards. He died in 1997.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials related to the Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum at Rice University. There is information about Lynn R. Lowrey, the inaugural planting, and the dedication ceremony on March 18, 1999. Also included are planning information, meeting minutes, correspondence, and the Arboretum Collection Guide. There are six videotaped oral interviews conducted by the Conservation History Association of Texas for the Texas Legacy Project in 2004. The individuals interviewed are John Fairey, Mike Shoup, Carl Schoenfeld, Mary Ann Pickens, Scooter Cheatham, and David Creech. Finally, the collection includes a copy of the illustrated Texas Wild Flowers by Eliza Johnston which was presented to Charles Tapley by the Garden Club of Houston.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum Records, 1999- must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Lowrey, Lynn R.

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Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donors include David Todd (2004, videotapes); Renee Paen (2006) and Charles Tapley.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Arboretum research and files

Box Folder
1 1 Lynn R. Lowrey biography
2 Inaugural planting invitation and news 1999
3 Newsclippings 2000-2004
4 Newsletter 2004
5 Interview releases 2004
6 Oral history interviews on VHS videotape, conducted by Conservation History Association of Texas, Texas Legacy Project 2004
General Note
Interview subjects: John Fairey, Mike Shoup, Carl Schoenfeld, Mary Anne Pickens, Scooter Cheatham, and David Creech
7 Oral interview transcripts (printed) 2004
8 Remarks on Lowrey by Mary Anne Pickens and David Creech 1997-1999
9 Dedication photographs 2005
CD-ROM and a sampling of prints
10 Arboretum Collection Guide to Trees of Special Interest
Box Folder
2 1 Informational program notes 2001
2 Lynn Lowrey memorial 1997
3 Endowment Fund 2002-2003
4 Planning 2004
5 Meeting minutes 2004
6 Correspondence, notes 2001-2004
7 Mapping project 1998-2001
8 Plant selection 1999-2003
9 Garden Club of America 2001
10 Arbor Day 2000-2003
11 Botany garden 2004
12 Biology 336 class project 2001

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Series II:Texas Wild Flowers by Eliza Johnston

Box
3 Texas Wild Flowers by Eliza Johnston (Charles Tapley’s presentation copy from Garden Club of Houston)

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