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Spotswood Garden Club Papers

SC# 3090


Carrier Library, James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, September, 1997; Scrapbook Additions 2001

Updated, July 2008

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of two Hollinger boxes, one Record Storage box, one half-sized Hollinger box and one flat box of minutes, files, and scrapbooks, 1924-2001.

The Spotswood Garden Club was founded in Harrisonburg in 1924, with twenty-four charter members and Mrs. James C. Johnston as president. The goals of the club were "the culture and study of flowers, to aid in conservation of forests, native shrubs, wildflowers and birds, and to foster civic improvements." In 1929, the club was elected to membership in the Garden Club of Virginia, and has frequently participated in that organization's annual Historic Garden Week by securing the cooperation of owners of historic homes in the area to open those homes and grounds for public appreciation. Community work has been an important focus through the years. The club emphasized "Victory Gardens" during World War II and later worked for legislation to remove unsightly billboards. It has sponsored a variety of activities to enhance appreciation of native wildflowers, and has planted gardens at nursing homes, schools, hospitals, cemeteries, and throughout the city. Spotswood Garden Club has also sponsored or co-sponsored many flower shows. In 1983 the club undertook the restoration of the historic garden at Fort Harrison in Dayton, including its continuing maintenance. In 1991 the club joined Greener Harrisonburg and intensified its city beautification efforts.

Provenance: Deposited by contract signed Sept. 10, 1997. RESTRICTION: The current five years of minutes are restricted to Club members only.

Organization:

Box 1
Minute Books, bound:
No. 1:  July 8, 1924 - February 11, 1926; February 10, 1928 - January 17, 1931 (see 1A)
No. 1A (pamphlet, not bound as others): March 19, 1926 - November 18, 1927
No. 2:  February 13, 1931 - July 1935
No. 3:  August 1935 - March 15, 1940
No. 4:  April 12, 1940 - November 8, 1946
No. 5:  January 10, 1947 -  May  13, 1949
No. 6:  June 10, 1949 - June 6, 1952

Box 2
No. 7:  July 11, 1952 - June 11, 1954
No. 8:  July 9, 1954 - August 1957
No. 9:  September 1957 - July 8, 1960
No. 10:  August 1960 - September 13, 1968
No. 11:  October 11, 1968 - May 11, 1977

Box 3
No. 12:  October 14, 1983 - March 9, 1990
No. 13:  April 9, 1990 - September 11, 1995
No. 14:  September 14, 1995 - November 2001

Garden Gossip, 1929-1939
Scrapbooks: 10 scrapbooks, 1925-1957; 1946-1953; 1948-1951; 1951-1955; 1954-1960; 1960-1970; 1960-1971; 1992-1994; 1994-1996; 1996-1998. (see Flat Box for additional coverage)

Box 4
Folder 1 - Annual Reports, 1926-34; 1942-1944; 1950-1958 (1959? undated); 1961-1968.
Folder 2 - Contracts
Folder 3 - Flower Show Programs, 1926; 1929-1931; 1949.
Folder 4 - History

Flat Box
Scrapbooks: 4 scrapbooks, 1957-1966; 1967-1982; 1980-1987; 1987-1992.

  
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