A celebration of the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture.



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...Frederick Law Olmsted's work has passed the test of time; his work in Druid Hills set the stage and continues to influence metro Atlanta...
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These are some of the many books on Olmsted.
Anson, Melanie D. Olmsted's Sudbrook: The Making of a Community. Baltimore, MD: Sudbrook Park, Inc., 1997.
An examination into the development of a Maryland Community. Includes a forward by Charles Beveridge.
Beveridge, Charles E. and Paul Rocheleau. Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape. New York: Rizzoli, 1995.
This a splendid resource that presents the breadth of Olmsted's work in expansive, beautiful color photographs. The engaging text illuminates Olmsted's role as an indefatigable social resource. This book was rereleased as a paperback in late 1998.
Bryan, John M. Biltmore Estate : The Most Distinguished Private Place. New York: Rizzoli, 1994.
An engaging look at the last project that Olmsted worked on.
Burley, Robert, Lee Friedlander, and Geoffery James. Viewing Olmsted. Boston: MIT Press, 1997.
A book of photographs cataloging the present condition of many of Olmsted's commissions around North America.
Conkling, Edgar. Frederick Law Olmsted's Point Chautauqua. Buffalo, NY: Canisus College Press, 2001.
A book tracing the history and development of a community (originally a religious retreat) in upstate New York. It is the only project of its kind that Olmsted designed.
Fabos, Julius G., and Gordon T. Milde, and V. Michael Weunmayer, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.: Founder of Landscape Architecture in America. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1968. 
A Biography of Olmsted that is currently out of print.
Hall, Lee. Olmsted's America: An "Unpractical" Man and His Vision of Civilization. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1995.
Chronicle of Olmsted's checkered career with narrative flair, fluid interpretation, and a superb set of illustrations.
Kelly, Bruce and Gailk Traivs Guillet, Mary Ellen W. Hern. Arts of the Olmsted Landscape. New York: New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and The Arts Publisher, Inc., 1981.
A look at the Olmsted Park's as they appeared in the late 1970's, early 1980's. Currently out of print.
Newton, Norman T. Design on the Land: The Development of Landscape  Architecture. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1971.
A detailed history of Landscape Architecture, showcaseing Olmsted as well as many others.
Olmsted, Frederick Law. Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, located in the Manuscript Division, Library Of  Congress, Washington, DC.
Correspondences from Olmsted to associates and commissions. Many of his reports and letters are available in collected forms.
Olmsted, Frederick Law. The Cotton Kingdom: A Traveler's Observations on Cotton and Slavery in the American Slave States. Da Capo Pr, 1986.
This collection of Olmsted writings chronicle his travels through the South prior to the Civil War. Originally these appeared as a series of writings in the New Yorker magazine.
Olmsted, Frederick Law. Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove: A Preliminary Report, 1865. Yosemite, California: Yosemite Assn., 1995.
A collection of Olmsted's early reports on his time spent in California.
Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow. Frederick Law Olmsted's New York. New York: Praeger, in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1972.
A look at the various projects the Olmsted had a hand in in the state of New York.
Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow. Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan. Boston: MIT Press, 1987.
A proposal for how to go about cleaning up and restoring Central Park.
Roper, Laura Wood. FLO A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.
For a long time this excellent book was the definitive book on Olmsted. Today it still stands as an important discussion on Olmsted's life and work.
Rosenzweig, Roy with Elizabeth Blackmar. The Park and the People: A History of Central Park. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1992.
A discussion on the importance of Central Park and a look at it's development and current existence.
Rybcznski, Witold, A Clearing in the Distance : Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century New York: Scribner, 1999.
An intriguing and interesting look at the Olmsted's life and work and how it reflected and influenced the 19th Century
Sutton, S. B. ed. Civilizing American Cities: A Selection of Frederick Law Olmsted's Writings on City Landscape. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1971.
. Collection of Olmsted's plans for many of his important projects, as well as a generous helping of his writings on urban landscape in general.
Zaitzevsky, Cynthia. Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1982.
A comprehensive look into the design, politics, history and eventual creation and modification of Boston's Emerald Necklace.
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