Library of American Landscape History 

William E. O’Brien / Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South

Library of American Landscape History is the leading publisher of books that advance the study and practice of American landscape architecture—from gardens and parks to city plans. LALH books educate the public, motivating stewardship of significant places and the environment, and they inspire new designs that connect people with nature.

Founded in 1992, LALH is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing in the field of American landscape history. Our books are informative, engaging, and priced affordably, thanks to the generous gifts of our supporters. LALH texts are written by the foremost historians in the field. Richly illustrated, they appeal to general readers as well as specialists. LALH touring exhibitions reach large and diverse audiences in museums, galleries, and botanical gardens across the nation. LALH documentary films are posted on and YouTube, shown in university classrooms throughout the United States, screened at special events, and used at public landscapes to educate visitors.


    Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr / Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea

    Frederick Law Olmsted / Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England

    Ethan Carr / Boston’s Franklin Park: Olmsted, Recreation, and the Modern City


The Olmsted Network

Our organization works with partners across the globe to champion Olmsted parks and places.