Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Lanier Garden Club
Lanier Garden Club Records
Collection No.:
SC 0115
3 boxes , 1.90 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
The Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, consist of ten scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photos, club programs, and one yearbook.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, SC 0115, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Administrative History

The Lanier Garden Club came into existence on October 15, 1954, and was named after the poet Sidney Lanier, a former confederate soldier, who had visited Rockingham County on several occasions. The club flower was the rose and the club's motto was "Nature is the Art of God." In December of 1954 the club became a member of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. In 1957 the Harrisonburg Council of Garden Clubs was formed and 7 local garden clubs, including the Lanier Garden Club, became members. The group participated in flower arrangement contests, organized social events, held film showings and instructional sessions on different aspects of growing and arranging flowers, and contributed to "community beautification" by planting flowers at various locations and participated in community service at local hospitals and nursing homes.

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Scope and Content

The Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, consist of ten scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photos, club programs, and yearbooks that detail club activities and list members and elected officers. The 1989 yearbook, listed in the original inventory of materials, is missing.

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This collection of scrapbooks is arranged chronologically in three oversize boxes.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Revised by Kate MorrisConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. September 20132013-11-21

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in October 1989.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2080.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Index Terms


  • Lanier Garden Club (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • Gardens -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Flower gardening -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Societies, etc
  • Flower arrangement -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Flower shows -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Societies, etc
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Social life and customs
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Scrapbook, 1955-1956 box OV 1
Scrapbook, 1956-1957 box OV 1
Scrapbook, 1958-1959 box OV 1
Scrapbook, 1959-1960 box OV 1
Scrapbook, 1960-1961 box OV 2
Scrapbook, 1961-1962 box OV 2
Scrapbook, 1962-1963 box OV 2
Scrapbook, 1963-1964 box OV 2
Scrapbook, 1964-1965 box OV 3
Scrapbook, 1965-1966 box OV 3
Yearbook [MISSING], 1987-1989 box OV 3