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COLLECTION Identifier: B-4

Records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-1980


Financial records, scrapbooks, photographs, etc., of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, an organization to promote agricultural and horticultural interests among women.


  • Creation: 1913-1980

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other records in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


22.18 linear feet ((40 file boxes, 2 half file boxes, 1 folio box, 3 folio+ boxes) plus , 1 folio folder, 2 supersize items, 1 folio+ photograph folder, electronic records)

The records include correspondence, reports, financial records, membership lists, histories of the association and of the divisions, and scrapbooks showing the varied aspects of the work of the organization. Included are some papers of the Associated Country Women of the World, the United States Liaison Committee, and the Country Women's Council, U.S.A. Records received between 1955 and 1967 were processed circa 1967. Records received between 1970 and 1972 were added to the finding aid in 1973, and follow the arrangement of the original folder list; they begin with #198.

The Woman's National Farm and Garden Association's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.


The Woman's National Farm and Garden Association was established in 1914 to connect women from around the country who shared a love of gardening and agriculture. Louisa King, the main force behind the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association's founding, served as president (1914-1920), and, "during her presidency the broad purposes of the organization found expression in education and scholarship; the setting of high marketing standards and in conservation. It also saw the establishment of Woman's Land Army Units (The Farmerettes) of World War I fame." Today, the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association is "an environmental group comprised of branches, garden clubs and special interest environmental organizations. We gather for an Annual Meeting to share ideas on growth, program speakers and activities, learn about new environmental issues and seal friendships with other organizations and their members."

For more information about the past, present, and future of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, see A Chronicle: History of Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, Incorporated, 1914-1984, by Martha Nolan.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 55-5, 55-16, 55-22, 55-45, 55-84, 55-107, 57-40, 57-51, 58-71, 59-18, 57, 152, 218, 266, 620, 655, 665, 743, 832, 874, 893, 959, 1153, 70-6, 71-21, 71-25, 71-29, 71-61, 71-83, 72-13, 72-33

Gift of Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, beginning with Mrs. Herbert Hosmer (Archivist) in 1955, and including Mrs. Robert Person in 1961, the estate of Matilda R. Wilson, and others, through 1967. Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association were deposited in the Schlesinger Library from 1970 to 1972.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-2008 (inclusive), 1934-1998 (bulk) (MC 594).

Separated Material

The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. Red Cross Newsletters 1965-1966, and posters on safety.
  2. World Health September-October 1965, June-July 1965
  3. The American Legion Magazine, December 1965, Volume 79, Number 6.
  4. South African Scope, December 1964, May 1966.
  5. The International Altrusan, Volume 43, Number 9, May 1966.
  6. Papers presented at an informal seminar on American women during the winter, 1951-1952, at Radcliffe College under the joint sponsorship of the Radcliffe Seminars and the Women's Archives.
  7. Papers presented during the winter, 1952-1953

Materials removed from folders:

  1. Materials removed from folder 352: badges, novelties, etc. - Advertisements and samples sent by the following companies were removed: Antioch Bookplate Co., Ohio; Arthur Blank and Company, Inc., Mass.; M. P. Brown, Inc., Iowa; Crestline, Inc. NY; Flaghouse, Inc. NY; Jack-Bilt Corporation, Missouri; Midwest Badge and Novelty Co., Minnesota; Harold K. Oleet and Bros., NY; A. Dean Watkins Advertising Co., Michigan; Fred Wilmarth, Oklahoma.
  2. Materials removed from folder 353: convention bureaus - World Convention Dates October 1964, April 1965, March 1966, April 1966 removed.
  3. Materials removed from folder 359: President's Commission on Consumer Interests - The Most for Their Money: A Report of the Panel on Consumer Education for Persons with Limited Incomes, June 1965, PCCI. GSA DC 65-18386, USGPO: 1965 0-775-172; Conference Proceedings - Consumer Action and the War on Poverty, sponsored by OEO-CAP and PCCI, August 12, 13, 1965, Wash., D.C.
  4. Materials removed from folder 361: United Nations miscellaneous - "Strengthening International Cooperation in Outer Space," United Nations Office of Public Information, reprinted from UN Review, Vol. 10, No. 6, June 1963, OPI/140-10M-63-16977; "New Special Fund Projects," UNOPI, reprinted from UN Review, Vol. 11, No. 3, March 1964, OPI/166; "World Food Congress," UNOPI, reprinted from UN Review, Vol. 10, Nos. 6 and 7, June and July 1963, OPI/142; General Assembly Annotated Provisional Agenda 10 November 1964, 64-20239; General Assembly Press Release 1 Oct 1964, GA/2930; General Assembly, "Ethiopia: draft resolution," 23 April 1965, A/AC.121/L.1, 65-08715; "Report from UNESCO on Non-Governmental Organizations' Relationships and Activities,"' 65-39392; "Non-Governmental Organizations' Support of Programmes for Children," 65-39393; "Cooperation of NGO with the UN in the Field of Human Rights," 65-39465; "WHO and the Non-Governmental Organizations," May 1965, 65-39466; "Report on NGO Relationships and Activities in the Field of Social Affairs," May 1965, 65-39467; "15 Years and 150,000 Skills...," UNESCO, GENERAL E/TAC/153, 10 May 1965; Journal of the UN, Programme of Meetings and Agenda, 25 May 1965, No. 3654; Technical Assistance Newsletter, Vol.3, No. 3, May 1965, 10429-May 1965-10M; Freedom from Hunger, FAO, Vol. 6, No. 36, May-June 1965; Food Wonders of the World, Kellogg Company in cooperation with the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, Ruth Gelarie, Gateway Publishing Co., 1964.
  5. Materials removed from folder 362: UNA-USA - UNA-USA Publications Service, Spring 1965 Listings, 4/65/60M; 20th Annual National Student Leadership Institute on the UN, Sarah Lawrence College, New York, June 11-18, 1965, Collegiate Council for the UN; "International Cooperation Year," USGPO, 1965 0-107-519; President's Proclamation of ICY, USGPO, 1965 0-763-554; "The UN at Twenty: Asset or Liability?," reprinted from Great Decisions, 1965, UNA-USA; Report on Activities of the ICY, June 1966, USGPO 64-3550; "UN 20: The United Nations: Twenty Years," dummy edition, UNA-USA, and accompanying leaflets, March 1966; "UNA-USA What It Is, What It Does, and How It Works" - leaflet; "ICY, A Report on the White House Conference on International Cooperation Year," Alfred Balk, reprinted from Saturday Review of January 22, 1966; "Do You Need Speakers on the UN," UNA-USA - leaflet; "The United Nations: What the UN Is...," UNA-USA - leaflet; Leaders Guide for UN Day-UN Week-ICY, UNA-USA; UN-Related, no folder: Program 1963-1964, American Association for the UN, Oakland County Chapter, Mich.; UN 1964 Harlan Cleveland Event, Kittatas County UN Association, Ellensburg, Wash., October 1964, program.
  6. Materials removed from folder 363: United State government agencies - "The First Thirty: 5 Months Later," GSA DC 65-19118; "Poverty," Sargent Shriver, reprinted from Encyclopedia Americana 1965, Americana Corporation; OEO Public Affairs: 65-84, 64-92c, 65-219, 65-269, 65-344, 65-352, 65-374, 65-387, 65-390, 65-474, 65-585, 65-754, 65-789, 65-849; "Job Corps Facts, GSA 65-19338. "Education in Job Corps Youth Conservation Center," GSA DC 65-16377.
  7. Materials removed from folder 365: World's Fair, New York - publicity material from Better Living Center, Hilton Cafe International, New York World's Fair Corporation International Exposition at Flushing, Meadow Park, New York.


  1. Box 1: Folders 1-8
  2. Box 2: Folders 9-16
  3. Box 3: Folders 17-23
  4. Box 4: Folders 24-28
  5. Box 5: Folders 29-34
  6. Box 6: Folders 35-38
  7. Box 7: Folders 39-44
  8. Box 7a: Folders 45-51a
  9. Box 8: Folders 52-55a, Vol. 20
  10. Box 8a: Folders 56-60
  11. Box 9: Folders 61-67
  12. Box 10: Folders 68-79
  13. Box 11: Folders, Vol. 24
  14. Box 12: Folders 80-91
  15. Box 13: Folders 92-128
  16. Box 14: Folders, Vols. 22-23
  17. Box 15: Folders 130-142
  18. Box 16: Folders 143-149, Vols. 25-26
  19. Box 17: Folders 150-152a, Vols. 24, 27-29
  20. Box 18: Folders 153-170
  21. Box 19: Folders 171-191
  22. Box 20: Folders 192-197, Vols. 30-33; 41 photos from v.31 in Box 42
  23. Box 21: 198-206, Vols. 34-35
  24. Box 22: Folders 207-217
  25. Box 23: Folders 218-234
  26. Box 24: Folders 235-247
  27. Box 25: Folders 248-261, Vol. 38
  28. Box 26: Folders 262-277
  29. Box 27: Folders 378-296
  30. Box 28: Folders 297-308
  31. Box 29: Folders 309-325
  32. Folio+ Box 41: Vol. 16, Vol. 39
  33. Folio+ Box 42: Vol. 19, Vol. 36
  34. Folio+ Box 43: Vol. 37
  35. Box 33: Folders 368-385
  36. Box 34: Folders 386-400
  37. Box 35: Folders 401-405
  38. Box 36: Folders 406-409, Vol. 42, Mem.1-Mem.4
  39. Box 37: Vols. 1-6
  40. Box 38: Vols. 7-13
  41. Box 39: Vol. 14
  42. Box 39a: Vol. 15
  43. Folio Box 40: Vols. 18-33

Processing Information

Processed: ca.1967

By: Staff

Updated: November 1973

By: Katherine Gray Kraft

Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. Records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-1980: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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