Spotswood Garden Club Records, 1924-2018

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Spotswood Garden Club
Title:
Spotswood Garden Club Records
Collection No.:
SC 0146
Date:
1924-2018
Extent:
7 boxes, 3.47 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Spotswood Garden Club Records, 1924-2018, are comprised of the administrative records of the club and include meeting minutes, files, and scrapbooks.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Spotswood Garden Club Records, 1924-2018, SC 0146, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Administrative History

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.

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Scope and Content

The Spotswood Garden Club Records, 1924-2018, are comprised of the administrative records of the club and include meeting minutes, files, and scrapbooks. Additonal materials include annual reports and flower show programs.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by item type and further arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Scrapbook AdditionsConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.UpdatedScrapbook addition 20012013-11-21July 20082018-07-22

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 Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

This collection was placed on deposit with Special Collections on September 10, 1997 by club representative Electra C. Julias. Additional donation of scrapbooks was made on July 23, 2018, by Sandra Hodge.

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 3090.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Subject

  • Spotswood Garden Club (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • Gardens -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Flower gardening -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Societies, etc
  • Flower arrangement -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Flower shows -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Victory gardens
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Food supply
  • Historic gardens -- Virginia
  • Gardens -- Conservation and restoration
  • Fort Harrison (Va.)
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Societies, etc
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Social life and customs
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Minute Book No. 1, 1924 - 1926, 1928 - 1931 box 1 folder 1
Minute Book No. 1A, 1926 - 1927 box 1 folder 2
Minute Book No. 2, 1931 - 1935 box 1 folder 3
Minute Book No. 3, 1935 - 1940 box 1 folder 4
Minute Book No. 4, 1940 - 1946 box 1 folder 5
Minute Book No. 5, 1947 - 1949 box 1 folder 6
Minute Book No. 6, 1949 - 1952 box 1 folder 7
Minute Book No. 7, 1952 - 1954 box 2 folder 1
Minute Book No. 8, 1954 - 1957 box 2 folder 2
Minute Book No. 9, 1957 - 1960 box 2 folder 3
Minute Book No. 10, 1960 - 1968 box 2 folder 4
Minute Book No. 11, 1968 - 1977 box 2 folder 5
Minute Book No. 12, 1983 - 1990 box 3 folder 1
Minute Book No. 13, 1990 - 1995 box 3 folder 2
Minute Book No. 14, 1995 - 2001 box 3 folder 3
Minute Book, January 2002-June 2010 box 5
Minute Book, September 2010-June 2018 box 5
Garden Gossip, 1929-1939 box 3 folder 4
Scrapbook, 1925-1957 box 3 folder 5
Scrapbook, 1946-1953 box 3 folder 6
Scrapbook, 1948-1951 box 3 folder 7
Scrapbook, 1951-1955 box 3 folder 8
Scrapbook, 1954-1960 box 3 folder 9
Scrapbook, 1957-1966 box OV 1
Scrapbook, 1960-1970 box 3 folder 10
Scrapbook, 1960-1971 box 3 folder 11
Scrapbook, 1967-1982 box OV 1
Scrapbook, 1980-1987 box OV 2
Scrapbook, 1987-1992 box OV 2
Scrapbook, 1992-1994 box 3 folder 12
Scrapbook, 1994-1996 box 3 folder 13
Scrapbook, 1996-1998 box 3 folder 14
Annual Reports, 1926-1968 box 4 folder 1
Contracts, 1993 box 4 folder 2
Flower Show Programs, 1926-1949 box 4 folder 3
History, undated box 4 folder 4