Oct. 7, 2010

Special Collections

Landscape history on display Oct. 12

Bob Harvey, an Iowa State alum and professor emeritus of landscape architecture, has donated a collection of unique and rare books to ISU Special Collections. A selection from the 91 books will be on display during an Oct. 12 open house (4-5:30 p.m., 403 Parks Library), and Harvey will be on hand to answer questions. Library conservator Melissa Tedone also will be available to talk about her work to restore the bindings.

The exhibit reflects Harvey's lifetime of collecting volumes on landscape architecture, plant taxonomy and related subjects. He combed through bookstores wherever he traveled, using the books for reference, research and practice. The oldest volume dates back to 1724, and many others were printed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Photo by Bob Elbert.