Ernest L. Scott Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Scott, Ernest Lyman, 1877-1966.
Title: Ernest L. Scott Papers (PP)
Dates: ca. 1935-1965
Abstract: Contains black and white photographs; additional text is included on corresponding paper.
Quantity: 8 folders; 1 box.
Call Phrase: Ernest L. Scott (PP)

Biography of Ernest Lyman Scott

Ernest Lyman Scott is most well known for developing the Standard Blood Test for Diabetes in 1914. Both he and his wife held PhD.'s in Physiology with minors in Botany. Scott was a member of the faculty at Columbia University from 1912 until his retirement in 1942. Upon his retirement, Scott truly began his second career as a horticulturist. Dr. Scott was one of the founders and first president of the National Chrysanthemum Society of America. Mrs. Aletia Scott was on of the founders of the American Primrose Society. In addition to these activites, Scott published a book called Chrysanthmums For Pleasure, which is unfortunately out of print.

Scope and Content

This collection cosists of 3 bound scrapbooks. Two scrapbooks document the building of the Scotts' garden at their home in Bogota, New Jersey, while the third book documents a variety of trees from around the country; includes detailed locations.


The collection is organized into one series:
Series 1: Scrapbooks. ca. 1935-1965.


Access restrictions

This collection is open for research with permission from Mertz Library staff.


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be submitted in writing to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Scott, Ernest Lyman, 1877-1966.
Gardening--New Jersey.
Gardens--Design--United States.
Bogota (NJ).
New York (State).
New York Botanical Garden.
Document Types
black and white photographs.
titles, captions.

Related Material

National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Scott, Ernest Lyman. Ernest Lyman Scott papers. 1897-1966. Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. MS C 165.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ernest L. Scott (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift to the New York Botanical Garden from Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Scott, Bogota, New Jersey.

Processing Information

Processed May 2005 by Kathleene Konkle under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-50678-04.

Container List


Series 1. Scrapbooks.

Scope and Content:

This series contains three unpublished scrapbooks. Two of the scrapbooks, Watch Our Garden Grow document the building of the gardens on the estate of Ernest L. Scott. Each page depicts a section of the house or the property and has a narrative for each describing an aspect of the photo that was used or could be used, with details, for the garden property. One scrapbook entitled Some Arboreal Friends documnents trees at various ages and states in a variety of geographic locations. Each page was removed from all scrapbooks and rehoused in folders for preservation purposes.

Folder Title
1.1 Watch our Garden Grow Part I
1.2 Watch our Garden Grow Part II
1.3 Watch our Garden Grow Part III
1.4 Watch our Garden Grow Part IV
1.5 Watch our Garden Grow Part V
1.6 Some Arboreal Friends
1.7 Some Arboreal Friends
1.8 Some Arboreal Friends

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