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Guide to the Horticultural Society of New York Records
1811-circa 2010 (bulk, 1900-circa 2010)
 MS 3033

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta, Marybeth Kavanagh, & Larry Weimer.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 21, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series III. Flower Show Records, 1908-2000s. 17.67 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

Series III. Flower Show Records, 1908-2000s is divided into the following subseries:

Subseries III.A. Meeting Minutes & Working Files, 1915-2000s
Subseries III.B. Print Matter and Ephemera, 1908-1996
Subseries III.C. Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1916-1998

Scope and Contents Note

This series documents the various Flower Shows organized by the HSNY from 1916-1998. These include the International Flower Show, the New York Flower Show, the Bryant Park Flower Show and the HSNY Flower Show. The records are arranged into three subseries based on format: Meeting Minutes & Working Files; Print Matter and Ephemera; and Photographs and Scrapbooks. The subseries are arranged by event.

Meeting Minutes and Working Files primarily includes the minutes of the meetings related to the planning of the International Flower Shows and the New York Flower Shows. For the years 1942 to 1970 these records include the Board of Directors meeting minutes for International Flower Show, Inc., the corporate body created to organize and run the shows over that period. Prior to 1942, and for the New York Flower Shows, informal committees conducted the planning. These minutes provide insight into the strategic, financial, legal, and other issues surrounding the various Flower Shows.

This subseries also includes various working files and publicity files, especially for the New York Flower Shows. The files include floor plans for some of the International Flower Shows of the 1960s, held at the New York Coliseum building; a 1969 memo from Horticultural Society of New York Executive Director Alexander Allport titled "The Future of the International Flower Show," which expressed concerns that would eventually lead to the termination of those shows; publicity packets for the New York shows; sponsor lists; logistical notes; and other items.

Print Matter & Ephemera includes bound and loose copies of International Flower Show (IFS) official programs (1913-1970); IFS schedules (1913-1970); Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) schedule of classes and premiums (1908-1935); HSNY programs/flower show books (1922-1965); HSNY Autumn exhibition programs (1946-1953); HSNY Narcissus & Spring show programs (1936-1958); HSNY Flower Show Schedules (1956-1973); New York Flower Show programs (1985-1996; note that there was no 1994 New York Flower Show); Rockefeller Center Flower Show program (1994); flower show promotional ephemera (1984-1996).

Photographs and Scrapbooks includes images (i.e., photographic prints, slide, glass lantern slides, negatives, and contact prints) of the International Flower Show (1916-1969), the New York Flower Show (1936-1996, with scrapbooks for the 1988, 1992, 1993, and 1995 shows), the Bryant Park Flower Show (1969-1978, with a scrapbook honoring the achievements of Henrietta Sedgwick Lockwood, creator of the Bryant Park Flower Show), and a handful of smaller shows, like the Rockefeller Center Flower Show (1994), Boston Flower Show (1995), and Philadelphia Flower Show (1981, 1998).

Subseries III.A. Meeting Minutes & Working Files, 1915-2000s. 6.75 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged by flower show, which also advances in rough chronological order. The subseries opens with the records related to the International Flower Show (1915-1970), a few miscellaneous flower shows of the 1970s, and the records related to the New York Flower Shows of the 1980s and 1990s.

Scope and Contents Note

The subseries primarily includes the minutes of the meetings related to the planning of the International Flower Shows for the years 1916 to 1970 (though there were no shows in some years) and for the New York Flower Shows of the 1980s and 1990s. For the years 1942 to 1970 these records include the Board of Directors meeting minutes for International Flower Show, Inc., the corporate body created to organize and run the shows over that period. Prior to 1942, and for the New York Flower Shows, informal committees conducted the planning. These minutes provide insight into the strategic, financial, legal, and other issues surrounding the various Flower Shows.

The subseries also includes various working files and publicity files, especially for the New York Flower Shows. The content of these various files is uneven across the years. The files include floor plans for some of the International Flower Shows of the 1960s, held at the New York Coliseum building; a 1969 memo from Horticultural Society of New York Executive Director Alexander Allport titled "The Future of the International Flower Show," which expressed concerns that would eventually lead to the termination of those shows; publicity packets for the New York shows; sponsor lists; logistical notes; and other items.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 20 Folder : 6-11 International Flower Show Committee Minutes (6 folders)
1915-1942
Box: 20 Folder : 12-13 International Flower Show, Inc. Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws (amended to 1954), 501(c)(5) Tax Exemption (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an original endorsed copy of the 1942 certificate of incorporation.

1942, 1958
Box: 20 Folder : 14-18 International Flower Show, Inc. Minutes (5 folders)
1942-1951
Box: 21 Folder : 1-12 International Flower Show, Inc. Minutes (12 folders)
1951-1965
Box: 22 Folder : 1-5 International Flower Show, Inc. Minutes (5 folders)
1965-1970
Box: 22 Folder : 6-10 International Flower Show, Inc. Legal, Tax, & Corporate Matters (5 folders)
1942-1969
Box: 22 Folder : 11 "The Future of the International Flower Show" Memo from Executive Director Alexander Allport
1969 May
Box: 22 Folder : 12 International Flower Show History File
1990s-2000s
Box: 22 Folder : 13 Preliminary International Flower Show Schedule
1916
Box: 22 Folder : 14 International Flower Show Floor Plans (Folder 1 of 2)
1960s
Drawer: Oversize-Large International Flower Show Floor Plans (Folder 2 of 2). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the exhibition floor plans for the 47th, 48th, 49th, and 50th International Flower Shows, held at the New York Coliseum. Also includes the undated structural 3rd Floor plan of the Coliseum.

1960s
Box: 22 Folder : 15 International Flower Show. Exhibits at 50th IFS
1967
Box: 22 Folder : 16 Horticultural Society of New York Exhibits at the IFS
1969
Box: 22 Folder : 17 International Flower Show Clippings
1941-1968
Box: 22 Folder : 18 Flower shows. Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Bryant Park (1970); a general schedule of shows for 1970; Festival of Spring Flower Show rules (1972); and photostats of posters for Flower Show events (1979).

1970-1979
Box: 22 Folder : 19-22 Flower Show Committee minutes (4 folders)
1983-1986
Box: 23 Folder : 1-8 New York Flower Show Committee Minutes (7 folders)
1986-1993
Box: 23 Folder : 9-13 1985 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files (5 folders)
1985
Box: 23 Folder : 14-19 1986 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files (6 folders)
1986
Box: 23 Folder : 20 1987-1989 New York Flower Shows Working & Publicity Files
1987-1989
Box: 24 Folder : 1-2 1990 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files (2 folders)
1990
Box: 24 Folder : 3 1991 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files
1991
Box: 24 Folder : 4-5 1992 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files (2 folders)
1992
Box: 24 Folder : 6-8 1993 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files (3 folders)
1993
Box: 24 Folder : 9-18 1995 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files (10 folders)
1995
Box: 24 Folder : 19-21 1996 New York Flower Show Working & Publicity Files (3 folders)
1996
Drawer: Oversize-Large 1996 New York Flower Show Marketplace. Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an architectural drawing of the marketplace on the 2nd floor of the New York Coliseum.

1996
Box: 24 Folder : 22 1997 New York Flower Show (Cancelled)
1997
Box: 24 Folder : 23 New York Flower Show History. General
1983-1996

Subseries III.B. Print Matter and Ephemera, 1908-1996. 5.08 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes bound and loose copies of International Flower Show (IFS) official programs (1913-1970); IFS schedules (1913-1970); Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) schedule of classes and premiums (1908-1935); HSNY programs/flower show books (1922-1965); HSNY Autumn exhibition programs (1946-1953); HSNY Narcissus & Spring show programs (1936-1958); HSNY Flower Show Schedules (1956-1973); New York Flower Show programs (1985-1996; note that there was no 1994 New York Flower Show); Rockefeller Center Flower Show program (1994); flower show promotional ephemera (1984-1996).

Arrangement Note

This subseries is organized by name of flower show or sponsoring body, and then chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Volume: HSNY-57 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound)
1913-1921
Volume: HSNY-58 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound)
1922-1928
Volume: HSNY-59 & 60 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound) (2 copies)
1929-1935
Volume: HSNY-61 & 62 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound) (2 copies)
1936-1939
Volume: HSNY-63 & 64 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound) (2 copies)
1940-1942
Volume: HSNY-65 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound)
1946-1948
Volume: HSNY-66 & 67 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound) (2 copies)
1949-1951
Volume: HSNY-68 & 69 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound) (2 copies)
1952-1954
Volume: HSNY-70 & 71 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound) (2 copies)
1956-1958
Volume: HSNY-72 International Flower Show: Official Program (bound)
1959-1966
Box: 18 Folder : 19 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1928
Box: 18 Folder : 20 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1933-1935
Box: 18 Folder : 21 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1937, 1939
Box: 18 Folder : 22 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1947-1948
Box: 18 Folder : 23 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1951
Box: 18 Folder : 24 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1952-1954
Box: 18 Folder : 25 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1957-1958
Box: 19 Folder : 1 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1959-1966
Box: 19 Folder : 2 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1967-1968
Box: 19 Folder : 3 International Flower Show: Official Program (loose)
1969-1970
Volume: HSNY-73 & 74 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound) (2 copies)
1913-1915
Volume: HSNY-75 & 76 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound) (2 copies)

Scope and Contents Note

Copy 2 (HSNY-76) is incomplete.

1916-1928
Volume: HSNY-77 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1929-1932
Volume: HSNY-78 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1929-1941
Volume: HSNY-79 & 80 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound) (2 copies)
1933-1936
Volume: HSNY-81 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1937-1947
Volume: HSNY-82 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1946-1954
Volume: HSNY-83 & 84 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound) (2 copies)
1948-1951
Volume: HSNY-85 & 86 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound) (2 copies)
1952-1956
Volume: HSNY-87 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1956-1967
Volume: HSNY-88 & 89 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound) (2 copies)
1957-1962
Volume: HSNY-90 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1963-1967
Box: 19 Folder : 4 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1959-1961
Box: 19 Folder : 5 International Flower Show: Schedule (bound)
1968-1970
Volume: HSNY-91 HSNY: Schedule of Classes and Premiums
1908-1918
Volume: HSNY-92 HSNY: Schedule of Classes and Premiums
1919-1935
Volume: HSNY-93 HSNY: Programs
1922-1950
Volume: HSNY-94 & 95 HSNY: Programs (2 copies)
1932-1950
Volume: HSNY-96 & 97 HSNY: Programs (2 copies)
1951-1958
Volume: HSNY-98 & 99 HSNY: Programs / Flower Show Book (bound) (2 copies)
1950-1958
Box: 19 Folder : 6 HSNY: Programs / Flower Show Book (loose)
1952-1956
Volume: HSNY-100 & 101 HSNY: Programs (2 copies)
1958-1964
Volume: HSNY-102 & 103 HSNY: Programs / Flower Show Book (2 copies)
1958-1965
Volume: HSNY-104 HSNY: Autumn Exhibitions (bound)
1946-1948
Volume: HSNY-105 HSNY: Autumn Exhibitions (bound)
1949-1953
Box: 19 Folder : 7 HSNY: Autumn Exhibitions (loose)
1946, 1949-1953
Volume: HSNY-106 HSNY: Narcissus & Spring Shows (bound)
1936-1949
Volume: HSNY-107 HSNY: Narcissus & Spring Shows (bound)
1950-1958
Box: 19 Folder : 8 HSNY: Narcissus Shows (loose)
1949-1950, 1952
Box: 19 Folder : 9 HSNY: Miscellaneous flower show programs

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among others, Brooklyn Botanic Garden leaflet on its exhibit of house plants at the International Flower Show (1939), Victory Garden Harvest Show (1943), Spring Show for the benefit of the Red Cross (1943, 1945), Gladiolus Show (1945), Calendar of Flower Compositions (1950-51).

1939-1952
Box: 19 Folder : 10 HSNY: Flower Show Schedule
1956-1959
Box: 19 Folder : 11 HSNY: Flower Show Schedule
1960-1963
Box: 19 Folder : 12 HSNY: Flower Show Schedule
1964-1967
Box: 19 Folder : 13 HSNY: Flower Show Schedule
1968-1970
Box: 19 Folder : 14 HSNY: Flower Show Schedule
1971-1973
Box: 19 Folder : 15 HSNY: New York Flower Show Program
1985-1986
Box: 19 Folder : 16 HSNY: New York Flower Show Program
1987-1988
Box: 19 Folder : 17 HSNY: New York Flower Show Program
1989-1990
Box: 19 Folder : 18 HSNY: New York Flower Show Program
1991
Box: 19 Folder : 19 HSNY: New York Flower Show Program
1992-1993
Box: 19 Folder : 20 HSNY: New York Flower Show Program
1995-1996
Box: 19 Folder : 21 HSNY: Rockefeller Center Flower & Garden Show Program
1994
Box: 20 Folder : 1 HSNY: Flower Show ephemera
1984-1989
Box: 20 Folder : 2 HSNY: Flower Show ephemera
1990-1992
Box: 20 Folder : 3 HSNY: Flower Show ephemera
1993
Box: 20 Folder : 4 HSNY: Flower Show ephemera
1995-1996
Box: 20 Folder : 5 HSNY: Flower Show ephemera
undated

Subseries III.C. Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1916-1998. 5.83 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes images (i.e., photographic prints, slides, glass lantern slides, negatives, and contact prints) of the International Flower Show (1916-1969), the New York Flower Show (1936-1996, with scrapbooks for the 1988, 1992, 1993, and 1995 shows; note that there was no 1994 New York Flower Show), the Bryant Park Flower Show (1969-1978, with a scrapbook honoring the achievements of Henrietta Sedgwick Lockwood, creator of the Bryant Park Flower Show), and a handful of smaller shows, like the Rockefeller Center Flower Show (1994), Boston Flower Show (1995), and Philadelphia Flower Show (1981, 1998).

Arrangement Note

This subseries is organized by name of flower show, then chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 International Flower Show
1916-1933
Box: 16 Folder : 2 International Flower Show
1934-1939
Box: 16 Folder : 3 International Flower Show
1940-1949
Box: 14 Folder : 1-21 International Flower Show (lantern slides)
1948
Box: 14 Folder : 22-39 International Flower Show (lantern slides)
1949
Box: 15 Folder : 1-13 International Flower Show (lantern slides)
1949
Box: 16 Folder : 4 International Flower Show
1950-1958
Box: 16 Folder : 5 International Flower Show
1959
Box: 16 Folder : 6 International Flower Show
ca. 1960-1964, 1969
Box: 16 Folder : 7-8 International Flower Show (2 folders)
undated
Box: 16 Folder : 9 New York Flower Show
1936-1939, 1949
Box: 16 Folder : 10 New York Flower Show
1958-1961
Box: 16 Folder : 11 New York Flower Show
1962-1963
Box: 16 Folder : 12 New York Flower Show
ca. 1960s
Box: 16 Folder : 13 New York Flower Show
1976, 1980-1983
Box: 16 Folder : 14 New York Flower Show
1984
Box: 16 Folder : 15-16 New York Flower Show (2 folders)
1985
Box: 16 Folder : 17-19 New York Flower Show & Benefit (3 folders)
1985-1986
Box: 16 Folder : 20 New York Flower Show
1986
Box: 17 Folder : 1-5 New York Flower Show: "Garden Fantasies" (5 folders)
1986
Box: 17 Folder : 6 New York Flower Show
1987
Box: 17 Folder : 7 New York Flower Show
1988
Box: 17 Folder : 8-11 New York Flower Show (4 folders)
1989
Box: 17 Folder : 12 New York Flower Show
ca. 1980s-1990s
Box: 17 Folder : 13 New York Flower Show
1990
Box: 17 Folder : 14 New York Flower Show
1991
Box: 17 Folder : 15 New York Flower Show
1992
Box: 17 Folder : 16 New York Flower Show
1993
Box: 17 Folder : 17-21 New York Flower Show (5 folders)
1995
Box: 17 Folder : 22 New York Flower Show
1996
Box: 17 Folder : 23 New York Flower Show
undated
Box: 17 Folder : 24 New York Flower Show: Promotional pictures
undated
Box: 17 Folder : 25 New York Flower Show: Scrapbook (clippings)
1987
Box: 18 Folder : 13-14 New York Flower Show: Scrapbook (2 folders)
1988
Box: 18 Folder : 15-16 New York Flower Show: Scrapbook (2 folders)
1992
Box: 18 Folder : 17 New York Flower Show: Scrapbook
1993
Box: 18 Folder : 18 New York Flower Show: Scrapbook
1995
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Bryant Park Flower Show
1969
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Bryant Park Flower Show
1970
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Bryant Park Flower Show
1971
Box: 18 Folder : 4-5 Bryant Park Flower Show (2 folders)
1972
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Bryant Park Flower Show
1973
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Bryant Park Flower Show
1974
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Bryant Park Flower Show
1978 & undated
Box: FF-6 Bryant Park Flower Show: Scrapbook

Scope and Contents Note

Ephemera, photographs, and correspondence honoring the achievements of Henrietta Sedgwick Lockwood, creator and first chairperson of the Bryant Park Flower Show. Includes meeting minutes for the Bryant Park Flower Show Planning Committee (1969: Jan. 29, Feb. 19, May 26, Aug. 26) and the Executive Coordinator's Report (21 Nov. 1969).

1969-1973
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Rockefeller Center Flower Show
1994
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Ikebana Flower Shows
1981, 1987-1988
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Boston Flower Show
1995 March
Box: 18 Folder : 12 Philadelphia Flower Show
1981, 1998
Box: 15 Folder : 14-33 Miscellaneous Flower Shows (lantern slides)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes between one and seven images of various flower shows, such as the chrysanthemum shows of 1939, 1941, 1947, and narcissus show of 1948.

1939-1948

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