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The arboretum exists to curate and maintain a recognized collection of woody plants (trees, shrubs and groundcovers) that enhance the campus environment, provide research and educational opportunities and promote sustainability. The mission of the Chester M Alter Arboretum is to provide structure and methods to preserve, manage, and enhance the historic urban forest on the University of Denver's campus. Sound and effective land stewardship practices shall be demonstrated through curation and...
Chester M. Alter served as Chancellor of the University of Denver (DU) for 14 years, from 1953 until 1967, the second longest tenure of a chancellor at DU. The collection includes Alter's professional and personal papers, photographs, awards and memorabilia.