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Rudy Favretti Papers

Identifier: 1988-0009

Scope and Content

The Rudy Favretti Papers consists of landscape plans for various Connecticut towns drawn up between 1962 and 1979, including plans for schools, town greens, town halls, state parks, and libraries. The plans incorporate blueprints, pamphlets, photographs and maps. Specific plans include planting revisions for the Jonathon Trumbull House in Lebanon, CT, and for the Governor's mansion (CT). Also included in the collection are University of Connecticut departmental annual reports.


  • 1962-1979


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


Born in Mystic, Connecticut, on 3 December 1932, Rudy Favretti was professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut from 1955 until 1989. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut in 1954, and a Master's degree from Cornell University. In 1965, he received a second Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in Landscape Architecture, as well as a second Master's degree in the same subject in 1967.

In addition to his academic duties, Favretti participated in many professional societies, including the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Connecticut Horticultural Society, the American Horticultural Society, the American Garden History Society, the British Garden History Society, and the new England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Claremont Fellowship in 1967, the Fred Aamis Daniels Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society (1979), a Certificate of Achievement from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut (1981), and a 1982 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, Mr. Favretti was an appointed member of the Planning Committee for the Governor's Conference on Natural Beauty in 1966, and a member of the Governor's Commission to Keep Connecticut Clean and Beautiful in 1967. In 1979, Favretti was appointed to the State Board of Registration for Landscape Architects by Governor Ella Grasso>.

During his years at UConn, Mr. Favretti published a number of books and journal articles. His books include Growing for Showing (1961), Early New England Gardens—Old Sturbridge Village (1962), New England Colonial Gardens (1964), Colonial Gardens (1972), Once Upon Quoketaug (1974), Chronology of Mansfield (1974), Trails for the Future (1976), Highlights of Connecticut Agriculture (1976), For Every House a Garden (1977), and Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings (1979). In 1978, he produced a tape slide show called “Landscaping to Conserve Energy.”


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Rudy J. Favretti, professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut, from 1955 until his retirement in 1989.

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated by Mr. Favretti to Historical Manuscripts and Archives (now Archives & Special Collections) in 1988..

Rudy Favretti Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
1993 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US