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Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO)

Records from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted) in Brookline, MA, and the Olmsted Associates Collection at the Library of Congress can be searched together in one database.

The Olmsted Archives at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

The Olmsted Archives is one of the most widely researched collections in the National Park System, containing close to 1,000,000 original documents related to the work of the Olmsted firm.

Library of Congress Manuscript Division

There are two primary national sources for information on Olmsted and the Olmsted firm: the Olmsted Archives at Olmsted National Historic Site and the Olmsted Papers and Records at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.  The Manuscript Division contains most of the firm’s written correspondence and administrative files which support and explain the drawing files held at Olmsted National Historic Site.  It includes two important collections related to the work of the Olmsted firm: the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers and the Olmsted Associates Papers.  Detailed finding aids for both collections are available online.  The Manuscript Division also houses the papers of Laura Wood Roper, Frederick Law Olmsted’s first biographer.

Guide to the Olmsted Papers and Records at the Library of Congress pdf_icon4

Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens

The Archives of American Gardens, part of the Smithsonian Gardens, includes a collection of approximately 60,000 photographic images and records that document historic and contemporary gardens throughout the United States.

Frances Loeb Library at Harvard Design School—John Charles Olmsted Collection

The collection includes some 5,000 letters John Charles Olmsted exchanged with his wife, Sophia White Olmsted (1862-1956), during the years 1898-1920. During this period Olmsted traveled for lengthy periods on firm business and this correspondence provides insight into the realities of both practice and domestic concerns. There are also correspondence files with professional colleagues, scattered manuscript materials of professional interest, as well as family papers, ephemera and photographs.

New York Botanical Garden Catalog of Landscape Records in the United States

The Catalog of Landscape Records in the United States, formerly at Wave Hill and now located at the New York Botanical Garden, lists landscape records including plans, drawings and photographs that are contained in other repositories across the country. Information is still being collected and the Catalog focuses on landscape records generally, not just the work of the Olmsted firm.

Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

Based at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the Center perpetuates the traditions of the Olmsted offices and Frederick Law Olmsted's lifelong commitment to people, parks and public spaces.

As part of the National Park Service mission to provide technical assistance to national parks and other historic property managers, the Olmsted Center applies expertise in horticulture, landscape architecture and history to the preservation of cultural landscapes.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is the only not-for-profit foundation in America dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes. Through education, technical assistance and outreach, the Foundation broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes in hopes of saving our priceless heritage for future generations.

National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Historic Landscape Initiative

The National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative promotes responsible preservation practices that protect our nation's irreplaceable legacy—designed landscapes such as parks and gardens, as well as vernacular historic landscapes such as farms and industrial sites.

American Society of Landscape Architects

Frederick Law Olmsted was the leading landscape architect of the post-Civil War era and principal founder of the profession of landscape architecture in America. His sons, F. L. Olmsted Jr. and John Charles Olmsted, were founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects -- the national professional association for landscape architects.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation mission is to provide leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.