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The Garden Club of America collection
Creators:
Garden Club of America
Dates:
circa 1920-present
Size:
37,000 Slides (35mm slides)
33 Linear feet ((garden files))
3,000 Lantern slides
37,000 Slides (35mm slides)
33 Linear feet ((garden files))
3,000 Lantern slides
Collection ID:
AAG.GCA
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

This collection contains over 37,000 35mm slides, 3,000 glass lantern slides and garden files that may include descriptive information, photocopied articles (from journals, newspapers, or books), planting lists, correspondence, brochures, landscape plans and drawings. Garden files were compiled by Garden Club of America (GCA) members for most of the gardens included in the collection. Some gardens have been photographed over the course of several decades; others only have images from a single point in time. In addition to images of American gardens, there are glass lantern slides of the New York Flower Show (1941-1951) and trips that GCA members took to other countries, including Mexico (1937), Italy, Spain, Japan (1935), France (1936), England (1929), and Scotland. A number of the slides are copies of historic images from outside repositories including horticultural and historical societies or from horticultural books and publications. The GCA made a concerted effort in the mid-1980s to acquire these images in order to increase its documentation of American garden history. Because of copyright considerations, use of these particular images may be restricted.

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Richard Marchand historical postcard collection (35mm slides)
Creators:
Marchand, Richard
Dates:
circa 1900-1970
bulk 1910-1940
Size:
0.5 Cubic feet (1,200 slides, 35mm)
Collection ID:
AAG.MAR
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The Richard Marchand Historical Postcard Collection contains approximately 1,200 35mm slide reproductions of postcard images depicting early twentieth century architectural and garden views of over 600 private estates throughout the United States. The collection includes views of estates owned by popular movie stars of the 1920s and 1930s, including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Claudette Colbert and Buster Keaton.

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Lewis & Valentine company records
Creators:
Lewis & Valentine Company
Lewis, Hewlett Withington
Dates:
1916-1971
Size:
2.5 Cubic feet (documents, 366 photographs, 1 videotape.)
Collection ID:
AAG.LVC
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The Lewis & Valentine Company Collection contains records of the Lewis & Valentine Company dating from 1916 to 1971 including photographs, negatives, brochures, books, trade catalogs, company papers, letters from clients, customer lists and a history of the company written by Harold Carman Lewis. Photographs document the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, estates in Long Island, New York, and the properties of Hugh D. Auchincloss, Eugene du Pont, Walter P. Chrysler, Otto H. Kahn, F. W. Woolworth, Pierre S. du Pont (Longwood Gardens), Charles M. Schwab and Edward T. Stotesbury. This collection contains only a sampling of the records of Lewis & Valentine and should not be considered comprehensive.

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J. Horace McFarland Company collection
Creators:
McFarland, J. Horace (John Horace), 1859-1948
American Rose Society
Dates:
1899-1974
Size:
30 Cubic feet (2718 photographs: black and white; 450 glass lantern slides; 41 glass negatives; color records; plant patents; publications. )
Collection ID:
AAG.MCF
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The J. Horace McFarland Collection includes over 3,100 photographic images of private and public gardens throughout the United States, as well as some from foreign countries, dating from 1899 to 1963. Many of these images, generated for Mount Pleasant Press (later the J. Horace McFarland Company), were used to illustrate trade catalogs published by the firm as well as journal and newspaper articles. The collection also contains color records that were used as reference aids during the printing process, plant patents, and various publications of the McFarland Company.

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Smithsonian Gardens field collection
Creators:
Smithsonian Gardens
Dates:
1988-present
Size:
0.66 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
AAG.SGF
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

Garden documentation including images and plans generated or compiled by Smithsonian Gardens employees, volunteers, interns, and fellows during the course of research or garden visits.

Lois W. Poinier slide collection
Creators:
Poinier, Lois W.
Wodell, Helen Page
Cottrell, Lois Page
Dates:
circa 1920-1999
Size:
154 Lantern slides
1 Album
2,243 Color slides
2.25 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
AAG.PNR
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The Lois W. Poinier Collection documents the work of Lois W. Poinier, a self-taught garden designer who designed scores of gardens, most of them in New Jersey.

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Eleanor Weller collection
Creators:
Weller, Eleanor
Dates:
circa 1978-2006
bulk 1981-1991
Size:
49.25 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
AAG.ECW
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The Eleanor Weller Collection dates from circa 1978-2006 and consists of photographic images and research files relating to The Garden Club of America's Slide Library of Notable American Parks and Gardens (later donated to the Smithsonian Institution as The Garden Club of America Collection) and the book, The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940, co-written by Weller and Mac Griswold, as well as thousands of photographic images of historic and contemporary gardens compiled or taken by Weller. Materials include correspondence, research notes, clippings, brochures, lecture scripts, photocopied images from archival repositories, and original and duplicate 35mm slides.

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Maida Babson Adams American garden collection
Creators:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003
Dates:
circa 1960-1994
Size:
Photographic prints (color, 4 x 6 inches)
Photographic prints (black and white, 3 1/2 x 5 inches)
Photographic prints (black and white, 8 x 10 inches)
Contact sheets (black and white)
35mm slides (photographs) (color, 2 x 2 inches)
Negatives, 35mm negatives (color)
Negatives (black & white, 4 x 5 inches)
Negatives, 120mm negatives (black and white, 2 x 2 inches)
Film transparency (color, 4 x 5 inches)
Transparencies, 120mm transparencies (color, 2 x 2 inches)
Collection ID:
AAG.ADM
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection documents the work of Molly Adams, a free-lance garden photographer who photographed hundreds of private and public gardens, many of them in the mid-Atlantic region, from the late 1950s through the mid-1990s. It includes slides, photographic prints, negatives and transparencies. A significant number of images document the work of landscape designers Nelva M. Weber, Alice Recknagel Ireys, and Friede Stege. Roughly 50 gardens do not have an identified location. Some images have captions and other information written on them.

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Robert M. Fletcher slide collection
Creators:
Fletcher, Robert M., d. 1995
Dates:
circa 1979-1995
Size:
0.25 Cubic feet (268 35mm slides., color, 35mm)
Collection ID:
AAG.FLE
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The Robert M. Fletcher Collection contains 268 35mm color slides documenting Southern California gardens designed by landscape architect Robert M. Fletcher.

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John Hiller lantern slide collection
Creators:
Hiller, John
Dates:
circa 1910-1920
Size:
0.75 Cubic feet (216 lantern slides:, color autochromes; , 3.25 x 4 inches.)
Collection ID:
AAG.HLR
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The John Hiller Lantern Slide Collection contains 216 glass autochromes dated circa 1910-1920 documenting homes and gardens, house interiors, scenes from domestic and foreign travel, flower arrangements, and people in Europe and unidentified locations.

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