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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

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 IV. Records from Other Horticultural Societies, 1925-1980. 0.75 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains records of organizations other than HSNY. The majority of the material is from the National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild and its various local branches, and includes records such as annual reports, legal and financial records, publications and correspondence. The records date from 1927 to 1980. It is not clear how these records came to be part of the HSNY's archive.

The NPFFG was founded in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1893 by Laura S. Stewart. The NPFFG's motto was "share your flowers" and its purpose was to get surplus garden flowers and fruits to people without access to gardens, especially those in hospitals, prisons and other institutions, as well as shut-ins at home. By the 1960s, there were local branches of the Guild across the United States. The records, though spotty, provide a good sense of the activities of the organization, and the letters of appreciation received testify to their impact.

Almost half of the records in this series are from the Brooklyn Plant Flower and Fruit Guild, which was founded in 1874 as the Brooklyn Flower and Fruit Charity, and joined the NPFFG as a local chapter in 1909. The Brooklyn chapter was dissolved in 1972, and records relating to the dissolution are included here.

Arrangement Note

The records are arranged by organization, and thereunder by subject.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 77 Folder : 1 National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild: History and By-laws
1928-1970
Box: 77 Folder : 2 National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild: Annual Reports
1965-1980
Box: 77 Folder : 3 National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild: Legal and Financial Records
1927-1973
Box: 77 Folder : 4 National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild: Stewart Foundation
1937-1967
Box: 77 Folder : 5 National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild: Letters of appreciation
1941-1979
Box: 77 Folder : 6-7 National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild: Branch reports (2 folders)
1938-1980
Box: 77 Folder : 8 National Plant, Flower and Fruit Guild: Publications
1925-1972
Box: 77 Folder : 9 City Gardens Club of New York City: Records
1929-1936
Box: 77 Folder : 10 Brooklyn Plant, Fruit and Flower Guild: Financial Records
1957-1972
Box: 77 Folder : 11 Brooklyn Plant, Fruit and Flower Guild: Minutes
1927-1939
Box: 77 Folder : 12 Brooklyn Plant, Fruit and Flower Guild: Minutes book
1934-1936
Box: 77 Folder : 13-14 Brooklyn Plant, Fruit and Flower Guild: General Correspondence (2 folders)
1963-1976
Box: 77 Folder : 15 Brooklyn Plant, Fruit and Flower Guild: Programs and related material
1929-1958
Box: 77 Folder : 16 Brooklyn Plant, Fruit and Flower Guild: Dissolution
1972
Box: 77 Folder : 17 Miscellaneous clippings and publications
1938-1969

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