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The Dawes Arboretum’s mission is to enrich lives through the conservation of trees and nature. Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum was inspired by the couple’s love of trees, history and the natural world. The Dawes Arboretum archival collections were established in The Dawes Arboretum Deed of Trust on June 1, 1929: In time there is to be erected in said Arboretum a building, or buildings, for the purpose of housing a reference library and laboratory for the study of trees and other plants, for the accumulation of data and relics pertaining to The Arboretum, as well as for the collection of historical data with reference to the parties who may have planted trees or been otherwise interested in said Arboretum, and for the dissemination of the knowledge thus obtained. The Dawes Arboretum archives’ collecting scope includes four areas: Dawes family history; The Pure Oil Company history; The Dawes Arboretum records and history; and items relating to our Tree Dedicators. Items include but are not limited to images, correspondence, journals and diaries, maps, and newspapers. Partial funding for the digitization of The Dawes Arboretum’s archival collections was generously granted by the Ohio Records Advisory Board (OHRAB).

 
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