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Harlan Page Kelsey

landscape architect

Harlan Page Kelsey, American landscape architect.


Kelsey, Harlan Page was born on July 9, 1872 in Pomona, Kansas, United States. Son of Samuel T. and Katherine E. (Ricksecker) Kelsey.


Educational public schools. Private tutors; Doctor of Science, honorary, University of Massachusetts, 1948.


Nurseryman, since 1885. Prepared city plans for Columbia, Greenville, South Carolina., 1911-1913, plans for Salem, Massachusetts. Pioneer in city planning.

Organizer, chairman of pioneer planning board, Salem, Massachusetts. Chairman, pioneer joint conference Massachusetts Planning Bds. Secretary-treasurer, American Joint Committee on horticultural nomenclature.

Collaborator, National Park Service. Mentor Southern Appalachian National Park Commission. Member National Arboretum Advisory Council.

Charge of planning Hampton Road District, United States HousingCorp. Trustee, public reservations, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, director, Council on National Parks, Forests and Wild Life. Consultant to the Mississippi River Parkway Survey.


Member National Arboretum Advisory Council. Served in World War I, planning Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, World World War II, mission for United States Navy to Newfoundland on stabilization of peat hog areas for airport and other uses. Member Massachusetts Nurserymen’s Association (past president), New England Nurserymen’s Association (past president), American Association of Nurserymen (president, 1923-1924), New England Conference for Protection of National Parks (chairman), American Ornamental Growers Association, American Civic Association (past chairman, nuisance committee), American Society of Park Executives, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Forestry Association, American Forestry Association, National Municipal League, National Conference on City Planning, National Economics League (counseller), Salem Civi League (past president), Massachusetts Federation of Planning Bds.

(past chairman), Salem Planning Board (past chairman). Clubs: Appalachian Mountain (past president), Cosmos, Horticultural (Boston), Economic of Boston (member Executive Committee). Co-editor: Standardized Plant Names.


Married Florence Low, November 25, 1902. Children: Harlan Page, Seth L., Katherine (Mistress.

Samuel T. Kelsey

Katherine E. (Ricksecker) Kelsey

Florence Low

Harlan Page Kelsey

Seth L. Kelsey

Katherine (Mrs Kelsey