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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 594; T-107; Vt-162

Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-2014 (inclusive), 1934-1998 (bulk)

Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, "an environmental group comprised of branches, garden clubs, and special interest environmental organizations," founded in 1914 to promote agricultural and horticultural interests among women.

Dates

  • 1913-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1934-1998

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

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

Extent

12.3 linear feet ((14 file boxes, 1 folio box, 4 folio+ boxes) plus 22 photograph folders, 10 audiotapes, 1 videotape, electronic records)

19.406 Megabytes (5 files)

These addenda to the records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association provide details about annual and executive committee meetings, fundraising, educational activities, and conservation efforts. The bulk of the records consists of minutes, reports, programs, correspondence, and photographs; president's books and scrapbooks highlight yearly activities such as horticultural therapy, civic improvements, flower shows, and the Frysinger Fellowship. The Grace Frysinger Fellowship Exchange makes it possible for two recipients, one from the Associated Country Women of the World and one from Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, to visit rural and urban homes, attend association meetings, and travel throughout the exchange country for one month. The arrangement and most folder headings were created by the processor; headings by the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association appear in quotation marks. Materials in different series may overlap and duplicate each other. For earlier records, see Records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-1980 (B-4). The Woman's National Farm and Garden Association's web site is being captured periodically as part of the Schlesinger Library's web archiving program.

Additional material received between 2012 and 2015 (accession numbers 2012-M174, 2015-M165, 2015-M197) were added to the collection in June 2018. These materials are housed in #18.1-20.4, E.2. All other files remain in the same order. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numerical, order.

Series I, ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, 1913-2014 (#1.1-9.1, 18.1-19.6, E.1), is arranged in four subseries.

Subseries A, History, organization, and related material, 1914-2013 (#1.1-2.10, 18.1-18.4, E.1), includes by-laws and constitutions; project notes; awards; correspondence; articles; histories; information about scholarships and the Grace Frysinger Fellowship Exchange; reports, articles, and programs from the Associated Country Women of the World; biographies of long-standing members; and copies of the Declaration of Independence that were signed by 1377 members for the Bicentennial project. The files are arranged alphabetically.

Subseries B, Meetings, 1934-2008 (#2.11-7.23), contains minutes, annual reports, correspondence, programs, articles, project notes, and agendas. Five meetings have audio recordings, filed separately; see Series V.

Subseries C, Divisions and branches, 1929-2014 (#8.1-8.17, 18.5-19.6), includes minutes, reports, histories, yearbooks, and articles.

Subseries D, Correspondence, 1913-2005 (#8.18-9.1), includes letters and literature sent to Louisa King from English agricultural training schools for women, letters and reports from Woman's National Farm and Garden Association's archivists about the records, letters about publications, and e-mails from members regarding Woman's National Farm and Garden Association's website.

Series II, PRESIDENTS, 1928-2014 (#9.2-10.14, 20.1-20.3), is arranged in two subseries.

Subseries A, Biographies, 1927-1991 (#9.2-9.8), contains articles about and biographies of Woman's National Farm and Garden Association's presidents.

Subseries B, President's books, 1962-2014 (#9.9-10.14, 20.1-20.3), contains dismantled binders presented to the out-going presidents. Included is material distributed by the president to members of Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, minutes, financial reports, annual reports, and photographs.

Series III, SCRAPBOOKS, 1931-1978 (#10.15-10.18, 11FB.1-11FB.6, 12F+B.1-16F+B.2), contains dismantled scrapbooks assembled by Woman's National Farm and Garden Association's national historian, and various branches. They include meeting minutes, photographs, articles, publicity clippings, programs, member lists, invitations, newsletters, and letters to Woman's National Farm and Garden Association.

Series IV, PUBLICATIONS, 1917-2012 (#17.1-17.13, 20.4), includes documents relating to the writing and publication of A Chronicle: History of Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, Incorporated, 1914-1984, and other publications by Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. For access to periodicals issued by Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, consult the library's catalog.

Series V, PHOTOGRAPHS, AUDIOVISUAL, AND OVERSIZED, 1939-1989, 2007 (#PD.1-PD.11, T-107.1 - T-107.10, Vt-162.1, 11FB.7, E.2), includes photograph albums, loose photographs, audiotapes, one videotape, and oversized items found within the collection.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].

History

The following information is from the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association (WNFGA) website http://www.wnfga.org/aboutus/history/ (July 2009).

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 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.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in five series:
  1. Series I. Administrative records, 1913-2014 (#1.1-9.1,18.1-19.6, E.1)
  2. Series II. Presidents, 1927-2014 (#9.2-10.14, 20.1-20.3)
  3. Series III. Scrapbooks, 1931-1978 (#10.15-10.18, 11FB.1-11FB.6, 12F+B.1-16F+B.2)
  4. Series IV. Publications, 1917-2012 (#17.1-17.13, 20.4)
  5. Series V. Photographs, audiovisual, and oversized, 1939-1989 (#PD.1-PD.11, T-107.1 - T-107.10, Vt-162.1, 11FB.7, E.2)

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 74-41, 74-194, 75-77, 75-135, 76-381, 78-M64, 78-M61, 78-M141, 81-M155, 84-M135, 85-M224, 89-M200, 92-M58, 92-M156, 92-M219, 94-M20, 97-M52, 98-M162, 2000-M80, 2000-M111, 2003-M44, 2005-M11, 2008-M120. Accession numbers: 2012-M174, 2015-M165, 2015-M197 were added in June 2018.

These addenda to the records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association between 1974 and 2015.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-1980 (B-4).

Processing Information

Processed: September 2009

Updated and additional materials added: June 2018

By: Cat Lea Holbrook
Link to catalog
Title
Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-2014 (inclusive), 1934-1998 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, the Zetlin Sisters Fund and the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund.
EAD ID
sch00247

Repository Details

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