Building on Henry E. Huntington’s legacy of renowned collections and botanical gardens that enrich the visitor, The Huntington today encourages research and promotes education in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences through the growth and preservation of its collections, through the development and support of a community of scholars, and through the display and interpretation of its extraordinary resources to the public.
The Huntington has assembled primary materials, art objects, and living collections which reflect the development of Western culture, from the ninth century to the present. These collections embody the diverse and interwoven contributions of many cultures, peoples, and nations. The Huntington’s holdings of rare books, manuscripts, art objects, and botanical specimens speak to our contemporary audiences because they reveal the complexity of the human experience.
With its outstanding collections in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences, The Huntington has the responsibility to preserve and protect for posterity Mr. Huntington’s legacy and to insure its growth and financial health. Stewardship extends as well to the buildings, grounds, and infrastructure of the institution, not only because they protect the collections and facilitate their use, but because Mr. Huntington’s estate is an important historical document of great significance to the public and to the understanding of the history of Southern California.
The Huntington’s Communities
The Huntington is a hub for communities whose boundaries extend from the local to the international. As a local institution, it serves school children, families, and scholars with a broad array of programs centered in the collections. To the national and international communities, The Huntington serves as a haven for independent scholarship and as a repository for a broad fund of knowledge represented in the collections. One of The Huntington’s great strengths, however, is the reciprocal nature of its relationship with its communities. Volunteers provide leadership, stewardship, and resources. Scholars bring their own intellectual depth and diverse interpretations to the collections. Staff supply expertise and energy. And visitors bring curiosity, expectations, and experiences which challenge The Huntington to the greater fulfillment of its mission.