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Rhode Island School of Design

The Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture, Gardening and Horticulture for Women

The Archives and Special Collections Departments hold records, books, and lantern slides for the Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture.

Guide to the Lowthorpe Historical records

The records document real estate transactions for the Groton, MA property (1887-1934) and incorporation (1909/1929). Publications include Endowment Campaign materials (1923-1925), course catalogs (1910-1945; incomplete), and Annual Reports (1928-1931). The bulk of the collection is comprised of the catalogs which document courses offered, the academic calendar, tuition and room/board, corporation officers, members, patrons, and advisors, administrators and instructors, School background and history, pictures and illustrations of student/alumni projects, and photographs of the School grounds and individuals. One folder contains alumni survey postcards returned by students, 1935-1937. The cards record the name, address, dates of attendance, graduate/non-graduate, and work history. Three Library accession books record the publications acquired by the School, 1926-1945. See the RISD-Providence Athenaeum Catalog for works transferred to the RISD Library. A complete finding aid for the collection is posted on