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Rhode Island School of Design

About Special Collections: Collections

A guide to the items and collections in Special Collections

About the Collection

The Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture, Gardening and Horticulture for Women opened in 1901 in Groton, Massachusetts, as the first school of landscape architecture for women.  In 1945 the school merged with RISD. 

Upon the merger, the RISD Library received 1,213 books from Lowthorpe Library.   In 1948, Lowthorpe alumni raised funds to honor Lowthrope's former Dean Louise Hetzer and donated the money to the RISD Library.  Today the Library continues to use that funding to purchase landscape architecture books.


To find items in the online catalog search for "Lowthorpe Collection".  To limit to items in Special Collections, select "RISD Special Collections" from the Location drop down menu.  The oldest book in the collection is The History of Succulents published in 1739.

Focus on Women Authors

About 20% of the books in the Lowthorpe Collection are by women authors.  Below is a selection of those books.


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