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Beatrix Farrand: A Bibliography of Her Life & Work

Beatrix Farrand is considered one of the most important 20th century American landscape architects. Her work encompasses more than 200 known private gardens, estates, and institutions, in the United States and elsewhere. Beatrix Farrand: A Bibliography of Her Life & Work is a selective bibliography of books, journal articles, and newspaper reports by and about Farrand. It updates Lamia Doumato's 1988 bibliography on Farrand; please refer to Doumato's work for items not repeated here, especially journal articles. While this bibliography is not a comprehensive list of everything written about Farrand, it does attempt comprehensive coverage of information about Farrand's contributions to the University of California, Berkeley. This guide also lists resources for readers interested in uncovering additional information about Farrand.

Quick Facts
Bibliographies
Farrand's Writings
Farrand's Work
FARRAND AT UC BERKELEY
The Farrand Gift
Books & Periodicals
Drawings, Prints, & Documents
Plant Specimens
RESEARCHING FARRAND
Finding Books
Finding Articles
Finding Unpublished Material
Links

For additional assistance please consult The Library's catalogs or the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall. UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by using The Library's off-campus access services.

Compiled by Deborah Sommer. Content reviewed: June 2010

Quick Facts

Beatrix Cadwalader Jones was born in 1872 into a family of socially prominent New Yorkers, who maintained a summer home called Reef Point in Bar Harbor, Maine. She had a close relationship with writer Edith Wharton, her paternal aunt. In the early 1890s she received private tutoring in landscape design from Charles Sprague Sargent, director of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum in what is now the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. After establishing her office in New York City in 1896, she rapidly achieved recognition in her self-styled profession as a landscape gardener. In the 1898 publication Noted Women the World Over, she is described as "an authority on forestry, as well as a skilled landscape architect. She has received satisfactory recognition and due patronage, though she has not long practiced her profession." (p.49) The following year Farrand worked with Frederick Olmsted, Jr., Warren Manning, and others, to found the American Society of Landscape Architects.

By 1900, Jones was noted as an example of the 'gifts' women could bring to the practice of landscape architecture, in an article in the The American Architect and Building News; she also contributed a design for a formal garden to the 15th annual exhibition of the Architectural League of New York. In 1913 Jones married Max Farrand, and maintained offices in New Haven, Connecticut, New York City, and Bar Harbor. In 1927, the Farrands relocated to San Marino, California, where Max Farrand served as the director of the Huntington Library. Beatrix Farrand later lived at Reef Point, and moved to Garland Farm on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, in 1955, where she lived until her death in 1959.

Please consult the following items for additional factual information about Farrand's life and work.

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Bibliographies

Specialized bibliographies can help you find publications on your topic. Also look for bibliographies in books as well as in journal and encyclopedia articles. To find additional bibliographies, search the Melvyl online catalog: subject = Landscape architecture--History--Bibliography or Landscape gardening--History--Bibliography.

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Farrand's Writings

Here is a selected chronological list of Farrand's published writings. Her personal and professional correspondence, and other unpublished writing, are held in the Environmental Design Archives, and other archival collections (see the Finding Unpublished Material section of this guide).

Farrand's Writings 1893-1900

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Farrand's Writings 1901-1910

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Farrand's Writings 1911-1920
Farrand's Writings 1921-1930
Farrand's Writings 1931-1940

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Farrand's Writings 1941-1950

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Farrand's Writings 1951-1955

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Farrand's Work Project Lists | Writings about Farrand's Work | Images

Project Lists

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Writings about Farrand's Work

Listed here are monographs published about Farrand and her work, and a very limited selection of journal articles. To identify additional monographs and articles, use the strategies in the Researching Farrand section of this guide.

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Images

Additional images may be found in the archival collections listed elsewhere in this guide. Photographs and drawings of Farrand's work turn up in secondary sources; see the Finding Books section of this guide for ideas on how to search the library catalogs. See also Image Sources for the Built Environment for links to print and web-based images.

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Farrand at UC Berkeley The Farrand Gift | Books & Periodicals | Drawings, Prints, & Documents | Plant Specimens | UC Berkeley Campus Collections

The Farrand Gift

Farrand bequeathed her large estate to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1955. Her gift included the Reef Point Gardens Library; her private and business papers and correspondence; her collection of plant specimens; prints and photographs; and, an endowment for landscape architecture library collections, as well as other endowments.

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Books & Periodicals

The 2,700 books and periodicals from Farrand's Reef Point Gardens Library are housed in the Environmental Design Library as well as other campus libraries. There is no single definitive list of the titles from Farrand's library. In addition to using the resources below, you can search OskiCat using the Quick Search→search for reef point as Keyword(s)→limit the location to Environmental Design Library.

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Drawings, Prints, & Documents

The unpublished (archival) materials from the Reef Point Gardens Library are housed in the Environmental Design Archives. Among these materials are Farrand's personal and professional papers, Reef Point papers, research records, and more than 150 prints, primarily 17th and 18th century engravings. Note that the former name for the Archives, Documents Collection, is cited in earlier publications about Beatrix Farrand.

Plant Specimens

The Reef Point Herbarium is housed in the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium. The herbarium comprises approximately 2,000 specimens of plants grown in the Reef Point gardens, and is accompanied by planting plans. http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/jeps/

UC Berkeley Campus Collections

These campus libraries and archives house unique collections pertaining to Beatrix Jones Farrand.

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Researching Farrand Finding Books | Finding Articles | Finding Unpublished Materials | Links

Finding Books

Here is a selected list of subject terms which may be useful in searching the Melvyl online catalog to discover additional materials on Farrand and her work. Check also for subheadings, such as Bibliographies, Design and Construction, History, Handbooks, etc.

To find materials in libraries across the United States and beyond, search the WorldCat database (UCB Only), a database of more than 88 million records in all disciplines from more than 57,000 libraries worldwide. Request items via WorldCat or Interlibrary Borrowing.

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Finding Articles Journal Indexes | Newspaper Indexes

Use journal and newspaper indexes and databases to discover articles on Farrand not listed in this guide. Some online databases include the full text of the articles or the icon which may lead you to the full text elsewhere. In many cases, however, you will need to locate the print journal in the Library's collections; search the Library's catalogs by the journal title in order to find the shelving location and call number for the journal. For UC or UCB Only titles, go to the Library's home pageFind InformationArticles.

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Journal Indexes

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Newspaper Indexes

In addition to the indexes listed here, some newspapers are available full text on the web; information regarding archives of older issues is sometimes available at these sites. See the Library's home pageFind InformationElectronic ResourcesElectronic Resources by TypeNews Databases for a list of links to online full-text local and international newspapers, and other news media.

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Finding Unpublished Materials (Archives)

Unpublished materials (also known as archival materials) pertaining to Farrand's life and work, such as correspondence, garden plans, etc., may reside in archives, historical societies, and local libraries. Most state libraries also maintain archival collections of public and other records. To locate materials in libraries not listed in the Melvyl catalog, use WorldCat - UC Only via OCLC FirstSearch or WorldCat.org.

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Links

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