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Humanities Institute

The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden, stimulates interdisciplinary studies at the intersection of science and the humanities. Generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute is a forum for innovative thinking that brings together scholarship related to nature, landscape, and the built environment. Through fellowships, academic events, and public programs, the Institute formalizes The New York Botanical Garden’s academic role among universities, museums, and libraries worldwide.

The purpose of the Humanities Institute is to create a public forum, stimulate discourse, and promote new, interdisciplinary thinking about our rapidly changing society, and its relationship with the natural environment, past, present and future. Through fellowships, academic events, and public programs, the Institute creates a lively research center that strengthens the academic role of The New York Botanical Garden. An intellectual community of students, visiting scholars, and fellows are invited to study areas within the environmental humanities in innovative ways, using the unique collections of the Mertz Library, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Garden’s Living Collections.

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Contact Us
Vanessa Bezemer Sellers,
Humanities Research Coordinator
The Humanities Institute
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, New York, 10458-5126


Important projects undertaken by Mellon Fellows during their research period at NYBG are published here to study and enjoy in further detail. They each express in their own unique way the vital relationships that exist between the arts and sciences through the ages.

Richard Spurce and the Trials of Victorian Bryology

Poetic Botany: Art & Science of the Eighteenth-Century Vegetable World

Support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation