During the past year work has concentrated on the History of Early American Landscape Design (HEALD; heald.nga.gov), a comprehensive digital repository of primary source materials, both visual and textual, documenting the history of American garden and landscape design from the early colonial period through the mid-19th century. This online archive of people, places, texts, and images will offer a comprehensive and extensively cross-referenced compendium of information on the social and geographical history of landscape design in early American history.
This digital project expands on the scholarly contribution of the 2010 publication of Keywords in American Landscape Design by the National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press. In 2011, this historical and visual reference work received the J. B. Jackson Book Prize and the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Award. The digital phase of the project will make available the research material gathered to date along with new scholarly essays, a gallery of almost two thousand images, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources that far exceeds what could be included in a single printed volume.