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Finding aid of the Alfred Carl Hottes Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alfred Carl Hottes Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1915-1955
    Collection number: 57
    Creator: Hottes, Alfred Carl, 1891-1955.
    Extent: 12 boxes (6.0 linear ft.) 18 oversize boxes (19.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. History and Special Collections Division
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1798
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alfred Carl Hottes Papers. 57. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, History & Special Collections Division, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Horticulturalist. Born in Ithaca, N.Y., March 16, 1891. Instructor at Cornell University (floriculture, 1914-1916) and Ohio State University (floriculture and ornamental horticulture, 1916-1929). Garden editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, 1929-1942. Moved to La Jolla, Calif., where he continued to edit garden pages for several national magazines, write and revise books, give lectures on horticultural topics, collect succulents, and sketch and paint ornamental trees and shrubs. Died in La Jolla on February 28, 1955.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of photographic portraits; correspondence; newspaper and magazine tear-sheets and clippings, some in scrapbooks; newletters; publication contracts and agreements; collected chromolithographs and colored engravings (many by Mary E. Eaton); and watercolor, oil color, and scratchboard illustrations by Hottes, which form the bulk of the collection. Many of the illustrations by Hottes were for a book on California plants which he never published, because of the prohibitive cost of color printing at the time.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Plant and flower illustrations by Hottes are arranged in alphabetical order by scientific (genus-species) name.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Hottes, Alfred Carl, 1891-1955.
    Horticulturalists--United States--Archives.
    Botanical illustration.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Eaton, Mary E.
    Better homes and gardens.