Perry H. Wheeler collection, 1880-1984
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAG.WHE
Creators:
Wheeler, Perry H., 1914-1989
University of Georgia
Garden Club of America
Emory University
American Society of Landscape Architects
Dates:
1880-1984
bulk 1950-1965
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
25.75 Cubic Feet
3,958 photographic items
Repository:
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garden in collaboration with Rachel Lambert ('Bunny') Mellon during the Kennedy administration.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Perry H. Wheeler Collection includes the design, client and business records of Perry H. Wheeler, a landscape architect best known for his work on numerous townhouse gardens in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. during the 1960s as well as the redesign of the White House Rose Garen in collaboration with Rachel Lambert ('Bunny') Mellon during the Kennedy adminstration. The collection includes photographic images, plans, drawings, client correspondence, plant lists, invoices, newspaper and magazine clippings, certificates, awards, and invitations. The bulk of the collection and most of the professional papers date from about 1950 to 1965 and relate to various garden design projects by Wheeler, many of them located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Of particular note are documents for Wheeler's public design work including the White House grounds, Washington National Cathedral, U. S. National Arboretum, President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, and the British and Cambodian Embassies in Washington, D.C. Noteworthy correspondents include President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Ladybird Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, and Margaret Truman.
There are also over 3,000 35mm slides dating from the 1950s and 1960s that document Wheeler's personal travels to Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the American West.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Perry Hunt Wheeler (1913-1989), a Georgia native, began his higher education at Emory University, going on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1937. Immediately afterward Wheeler enrolled in Harvard University from which he earned a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture in 1938. After graduation Wheeler collaborated on garden projects in Atlanta, Georgia with fellow landscape enthusiast and friend Helen Clarke. He also worked for the Office of Strategic Services doing camouflage planning during WWII. He went on to establish his own landscape architecture practice in Washington, D.C. and designed in the area from 1948 to 1979. Wheeler moved to 'Budfield,' a property in Rectortown, Virginia, in the late 1970s.
Wheeler is best known for his work on private gardens in Washinton's Georgetown neighborhood. He frequently employed the use of intricate brickwork, low-maintenance planting, and simple water features in creating his charming and functional designs. His most noteworthy commissions outside the private realm include collaboration with Bunny Mellon on the White House Rose Garden, designing a Garden Club of America-commissioned gazebo and its surroundings for the U.S. National Arboretum, and plantings for the National Cathedral and President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Conditions Governing Use note
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Preferred Citation note
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Perry H. Wheeler collection.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Immediately prior to their being donated to the Smithsonian, the holdings making up the Perry H. Wheeler Collection were in the possession of Millicent West, a member of the Garden Club of America and a friend of Wheeler's.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Mesta, Perle Skirvin, 1889-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Truman, Margaret Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palmer, Bertha Honoré, 1849-1918 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bonnet, Henri, Ambassador Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Estes, Billie Sol Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bonnet, Henri, Madam Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harriman, Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward, 1920-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mellon, Paul Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mellon, Paul, Mrs. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Gardens
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Capital Gallery West, Suite 3300, MRC 506
Washington, DC 20013-7012
aag@si.edu
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