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University of Arizona Krutch Garden controversy collection, 2001-2002

MS 753

Collection Summary

Creator: Holdridge, Randall
Creator: Quist, Tanya
Collection Name:University of Arizona Krutch Garden controversy collection,
Inclusive Dates: 2001-2002
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear Feet
Abstract:This collection contains information related to the Krutch cactus garden controversy that took place at the University of Arizona in 2001-2002. When the University of Arizona contemplated removing the cactus garden to extend the campus mall, protests surrounding the cactus and the historical significance of its presence at the university began. It was later decided to retain the Joseph Wood Krutch memorial cactus garden.
Collection Number:MS 753
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

When the University of Arizona campus was founded in 1891, Dr. James Toumey, a botanist for the campus, began planting a cacus garden dedicated to Sonoran Desert vegetation. The garden remained but was moved to a new location in 1929, from the west side to the east side of Old Main, and at that time had over 600 species of desert plants and cactus. It was during this time that the famous boojum trees were added to the garden. When the Student Union was erected in the 1950s, several specimens were moved across campus to make way for new construction. The Joseph Wood Krutch Garden was dedicated to Joseph Wood Krutch in 1980 and continues to promote desert plants and environmental sustainability. In 2001, plans were being made to create a new Alumni Plaza and several individuals suggested moving the cactus garden back to the west side of Old Main. However, those against the move suggested that several species could not survive being uprooted and moved across campus. Others noted that the historic pieces of the campus should not be relocated to make way for 'modern' additions, but rather additions should work around existing spaces. Additionally, many suggested moving, and potentially damaging, the garden would go against the University's sustainability goals. It was decided that the garden would remain in its current location and a care plan was established in 2004, with several additions to the garden being added in 2007.

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection includeArizona Alumnus magazines that discuss Krutch Garden, newspaper clippings and online articles that discuss the controversy surrounding the potential move of the garden, a large selection of correspondence between Randall Holdridge and others regarding the garden, sustainability, and possible detrimental outcomes of moving different species within the garden, policy meeting notes, and publications about the Krutch garden. Items have been arranged alphabetically within the collection.


This collection is organized alphabetically.



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Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
University of Arizona

Krutch, Joseph Wood, 1893-1970
University of Arizona

Administrative Information

Credit Line

University of Arizona Krutch Garden controversy collection (MS 753). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries

Processing History

Processed by Michelle Nicole Boyer-Kelly in 2021.

Container List

11 Arizona Alumnus magazine, 2001-2002
12 Controversy newspaper clippings, 2001-2002
13 Controversy online articles and clippings, 2001-2002
14 Correspondence, 2002
15 Hannawacker, Robbie. "The University of Arizona's Joseph Wood Krutch Garden: Its Significance to the Community," an ethnobotanical study, 2002
16 Krutch Garden history essay correspondence, 2002
17 Policy meetings and correspondence, 2001-2002