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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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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 I. General Administration Files, 1900-2007. 20.92 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

Series I: General Administration Files, includes minutes of the HSNY’s Council and Board of Directors for 1900–2007 (with gaps noted in the container list below), as well as scattered files for board committees and various initiatives. The Society’s financial statements are present for 1959–1974, with accompanying reports for the International Flower Show for 1930–1942. The working documents of several HSNY Executive Directors—among them Alexander Allport, Larry Pardue, David Harrington, Barbara Earnest, and Charles D. Webster—for the 1960s through 1990s are interfiled by topic, as are those for the HSNY President’s office. A group of miscellaneous material rounds out Series I: guestbooks for HSNY exhibits and library use, and some correspondence and rendering for the proposed Lillian Gish Garden at the foot of East 56th Street in Manhattan. Also with the miscellaneous material is documentation on the HSNY’s invaluable collection of botanical books and illustrations, bequeathed by lawyer Kenneth K. Mackenzie in 1934 but ultimately sold.

Arrangement Note

Series I. General Administration Files, 1900-2007 is divided into the following subseries:

Subseries I.A. Board Minutes & Working Files, 1900-2007
Subseries I.B. Financial, 1933-1994
Subseries I.C. Executive Directors' Files, 1960s-1990s
Subseries I.D. Presidents' Files, 1930s-1990s
Subseries I.E. Miscellaneous, 1933-1984

Subseries I.A. Board Minutes & Working Files, 1900-2007. 5.92 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

Subseries I.A encompasses minutes of the HSNY's Board of Directors (1915-1926; 1932-1939; 1952-2007), preceded by the Council's minutes (1900-1915, with gaps). Also included are working files for various board committees and initiatives (1900s-early 2000s; scattered).

Arrangement Note

The Council and Board meeting minutes are arranged chronologically. The working files are alphabetized by topic.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: FF-7 Temporary Minutes
1900
Box: 29 Folder : 1-3 Council Minutes (3 folders)
1905-1909
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Council Minutes
1914-1915
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1915-1918
Box: 29 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1919-1920
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Board Minutes (index)
1921 August - 1924 April
Box: 29 Folder : 8 Board Minutes
1921-1923
Box: 29 Folder : 9 Board Minutes (index)
1924 May -1926 December
Box: 29 Folder : 10 Board Minutes
1924
Box: 29 Folder : 11 Board Minutes
1925-1926
Box: 29 Folder : 12 Board Minutes
1932-1939
Box: 29 Folder : 13 Board Minutes
1952 March
Box: 29 Folder : 14 Board Minutes
1954
Box: 29 Folder : 15 Board Minutes
1955-1956
Box: 29 Folder : 16 Board Minutes
1957
Box: 29 Folder : 17 Board Minutes
1958
Box: 29 Folder : 18 Board Minutes
1959-1960
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1961
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1962
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1963
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Board Minutes
1964
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1965
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1966
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Board Minutes
1967
Box: 30 Folder : 8-9 Board Minutes (2 folders)
1968
Box: 30 Folder : 10 Board Minutes
1969
Box: 30 Folder : 11 Board Minutes
1970-1971
Box: 30 Folder : 12 Board Minutes
1972-1973
Box: 30 Folder : 13 Board Minutes
1974-1975
Box: 30 Folder : 14 Board Minutes
1976-1977
Box: 30 Folder : 15 Board Minutes
1978-1979
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1980-1981
Box: 31 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1982-1983
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1984
Box: 31 Folder : 4-5 Board Minutes (2 folders)
1985
Box: 31 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1986
Box: 31 Folder : 7 Board Minutes
1987
Box: 31 Folder : 8 Board Minutes
1988
Box: 31 Folder : 9 Board Minutes
1989-1990
Box: 31 Folder : 10 Board Minutes
1991
Box: 31 Folder : 11 Board Minutes
1992
Box: 31 Folder : 12 Board Minutes
1993-1994
Box: 31 Folder : 13-14 Board Minutes (2 folders)
1995
Box: 32 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1996
Box: 32 Folder : 2-3 Board Minutes (2 folders)
1997
Box: 32 Folder : 4-6 Board Minutes (3 folders)
1998
Box: 32 Folder : 7-8 Board Minutes (2 folders)
1999
Box: 32 Folder : 9 Board Minutes
2000 September - 2001 June
Box: 32 Folder : 10 Board Minutes
2001 September - 2002 February
Box: 32 Folder : 11 Board Minutes
2002 February - 2003 June
Box: 32 Folder : 12 Board Minutes
2003 September - 2004 November
Box: 32 Folder : 13 Board Minutes
2005-2007
Box: 32 Folder : 14 Working file: Alternative Sentencing "Court Program"
1993
Box: 32 Folder : 15 Working file: Annual meeting notices
1943-2007 (with gaps)
Box: 32 Folder : 16 Working file: Board giving lists
1993-1995
Box: 33 Folder : 1 Working file: Board meetings
1988
Box: 33 Folder : 2 Working file: Board planning sessions
1995
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Working file: Community services advisory committee
1984-1995
Box: 33 Folder : 4 Working file: Development committee
1992-1995
Box: 33 Folder : 5 Working file: Executive committee
1970s-1990s
Box: 33 Folder : 6 Working file: Exhibits committee
1983
Box: 33 Folder : 7 Working file: Finance committee
1987-1993
Box: 33 Folder : 8 Working file: Horticultural Society & Board information
1992-1994
Box: 33 Folder : 9 Working file: Membership committee (board)
1992-1995
Box: 33 Folder : 10 Working file: Nominating committee (prospective board members)
1980s-1990s
Box: 33 Folder : 11 Working file: Officers lists
1900-1967[?]
Box: 33 Folder : 12-15 Working file: Program committee (4 folders)
1980s-1990s

Subseries I.B. Financial, 1933-1994. 1.0 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

Subseries I.B contains the HSNY's financial reports for 1959-1974, as well as fundraising benefit material for 1993-1994. It also includes financial reports for the International Flower Show, 1930-1942, and the Garden Index Company, 1933-1934.

Arrangement Note

The financial reports are sorted chronologically, with those for the HSNY preceding the Garden Index Company's and International Flower Show's.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 33 Folder : 16 HSNY: Financial Reports
1959
Box: 33 Folder : 17 HSNY: Financial Reports
1960
Box: 33 Folder : 18 HSNY: Financial Reports
1961
Box: 33 Folder : 19 HSNY: Financial Reports
1962
Box: 33 Folder : 20 HSNY: Financial Reports
1963
Box: 33 Folder : 21 HSNY: Financial Reports
1964
Box: 33 Folder : 22 HSNY: Financial Reports
1965
Box: 33 Folder : 23 HSNY: Financial Reports
1966
Box: 33 Folder : 24 HSNY: Financial Reports
1967
Box: 34 Folder : 1 HSNY: Financial Reports
1968-1971
Box: 34 Folder : 2 HSNY: Financial Reports
1972-1973
Box: 34 Folder : 3 HSNY: Financial Reports
1974
Box: 34 Folder : 4-5 HSNY: Fundraising Benefit (2 folders)
1993 Fall
Box: 34 Folder : 6-7 HSNY: Fundraising Benefit (2 folders)
1994 Spring
Box: 34 Folder : 8 Garden Index Company, Inc.: Financial Reports
1933-1934
Box: 34 Folder : 9 International Flower Show: Financial Reports
1930, 1933-1934
Box: 34 Folder : 10 International Flower Show: Financial Reports
1935-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 11 International Flower Show: Financial Reports
1937-1938
Box: 34 Folder : 12 International Flower Show: Financial Reports
1939-1940
Box: 34 Folder : 13 International Flower Show: Financial Reports
1941-1942

Subseries I.C. Executive Directors' Files, 1960s-1990s. 8.63 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

Subseries I.C includes the working files of multiple HSNY Executive Directors, among them Alexander Allport, Larry Pardue, David Harrington, Barbara Earnest, and Charles D. Webster, for the 1960s through the 1990s. Because successive administrators absorbed their predecessors’ files, it is difficult to attribute documents to a specific creator, so the material is grouped instead by topic (e.g., “Exhibitors,” “Special Events,” “Trips & Tours,” etc.).

Arrangement Note

These files are sorted alphabetically by topic.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 34 Folder : 14-16 Board of Directors: Meetings & minutes (3 folders)
1968-1993
Box: 34 Folder : 17 Board of Directors: Committees
1992-1993
Box: 34 Folder : 18 Board of Directors: Miscellaneous
1960s-1970s, 2000s
Box: 35 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence (2 folders)
1970s-1980s
Box: 35 Folder : 3-6 Exhibitions (4 folders)
1970s-1980s
Box: 35 Folder : 7 Exhibitors on file
1970s-1980s
Box: 35 Folder : 8 Exhibitors: A

Scope and Contents Note

Abendschein, Ken
Adzema, Robert
Amory, Megan
Angell, Bobbi

1970s-1980s
Box: 35 Folder : 9-10 Exhibitors: B (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Becker-Wegeli, Friedy
Bernadotte, Lennart
Bleicken, Janet
Bolt, Carolyn
Bothwell, Mary
Bronson, Emerick
Brown, John
Bushnell, Ken

1970s-1980s
Box: 35 Folder : 11 Exhibitors: C-E

Scope and Contents Note

Cameron, Elizabeth
Conzo, James
Dowden, Anne Ophelia
Echols, Margit
Egee, Marjorie

1970s-1980s
Box: 35 Folder : 12 Exhibitors: F

Scope and Contents Note

Fenn, Patricia
Fong, Constance Tang
Freedman, Eric
Friedman, Dolores

1970s-1980s
Box: 35 Folder : 13 Exhibitors: G-H

Scope and Contents Note

Grant, Karen Lee
Grundy, Jane
Guilliatt, Lee
Hildebrand, June
Hubbard, Celia

1970s-1980s
Box: 36 Folder : 1 Exhibitors: J-L

Scope and Contents Note

Jordon, Shelley
Katz, Michael
Keane, Bob
Key, Pat
Lawford, Valentine
Loewer, H. Peter

1970s-1980s
Box: 36 Folder : 2 Exhibitors: M-R

Scope and Contents Note

Mintzer, Judi
Moynihan, Helen S.
Nicolary, Kevin
Pastorelli, Mario
Phillips, Susan
Rokach, Allen
Rosenthal, Roberta

1970s-1980s
Box: 36 Folder : 3 Exhibitors: S-T

Scope and Contents Note

Sabarese, Anita
Scheeline, Lanette
Scott, Roberta
Sticht, Rosemary
Sudran, Deborah
Tcherepnine, Jessica

1970s-1980s
Box: 36 Folder : 4 Exhibitors: W-Z

Scope and Contents Note

Walsh, Janet B.
Walworth, Joseph
Wolf, Louise Lindenmeyr (sister of Henry Lindenmeyr III)
Yang, John
Zerner, Charles

1970s-1980s
Box: 36 Folder : 5 Facilities: Floor plans, general
1970s
Box: 36 Folder : 6 Facilities: Floor plans, library
1970s
Box: 36 Folder : 7 Facilities: Floor plans, office
1960s-1970s
Box: 36 Folder : 8 Facilities: Floor plans, Webster Hall
[1970s?]
Box: 36 Folder : 9 Facilities: Greenhouse (shop)
1992-1993
Box: 36 Folder : 10-11 Facilities: Leases (2 folders)
1960s-1990s
Box: 36 Folder : 12 Facilities: Relocation
1969
Box: 36 Folder : 13-15 Facilities: Renovations (3 folders)
1950s-1980s
Box: 36 Folder : 16-20 Facilities: General (5 folders)
1950s-1990s
Box: 37 Folder : 1 Financial: Insurance
1940s-1990s
Box: 37 Folder : 2 Financial: Treasurer's reports & tax exemptions
1940s-1970s
Box: 37 Folder : 3 Flower shows: Bryant Park
1971-1972
Box: 37 Folder : 4 Flower shows: International Flower Show (possibility)
1970
Box: 37 Folder : 5-6 Flower shows: New York Flower Show (2 folders)
1984-1990
Box: 37 Folder : 7-8 Flower shows: New York Flower Show tickets (2 folders)
1980s
Box: 37 Folder : 9 Flower shows: Rockefeller Center
1994
Box: 37 Folder : 10-11 Fundraising: Correspondence & appeals (2 folders)
1960s-1980s
Box: 37 Folder : 12-14 Fundraising: Contributions (3 folders)
1960s-1990s
Box: 37 Folder : 15 Fundraising: General
1990-1993
Box: FF-8 Fundraising: Linnaean Fellows
1967-1972
Box: FF-12 Fundraising: The Book of Trees

Scope and Contents Note

List of donors and amounts pledged to "A Tree for New York" tree-planting program. Includes price list and tree symbolism (e.g., linden = fidelity; ginko = longevity; etc.)

1967-1972
Box: 38 Folder : 4 Library
1991-1993
Box: 38 Folder : 5 Membership & mailing lists
1970s-1990s
Box: 38 Folder : 6 Master plans
1981-1982
Box: 38 Folder : 7-9 Master plan (3 folders)
1983-1992
Box: 38 Folder : 10 Master plan: Activities
1982-1993
Box: 38 Folder : 11 Mission statements
1970s-1996
Box: 38 Folder : 12 Operational
1980s-1990s
Box: 38 Folder : 13-14 Press Clippings
1970s-1990s
Box: 38 Folder : 15 Public Relations
1970s-1990s
Box: 38 Folder : 16 Programs, beautification: Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
1985
Box: 38 Folder : 17 Programs, beautification: Community Gardens
1970s-1980s
Box: 38 Folder : 18 Programs, beautification: Cooper-Hewitt
1980-1982
Box: 38 Folder : 19 Programs, beautification: Fall Harvest Festival
1982-1983
Box: 39 Folder : 1-2 Programs, beautification: Gracie Mansion grounds (2 folders)
1980s
Box: 39 Folder : 3 Programs, beautification: Lincoln West
1980s
Box: 39 Folder : 4 Programs, beautification: New York Cares
1993
Box: 39 Folder : 5 Programs, beautification: NYC Bicentennial
1973
Box: 39 Folder : 6 Programs, beautification: Port-a-Park
1970s-1980s
Box: 39 Folder : 7 Programs, beautification: Trees
1970s-1990s
Box: 39 Folder : 8-10 Programs, educational: General (3 folders)
1970s-1990s
Box: 39 Folder : 11 Programs, educational: Apple Seed
1992-1993
Box: 39 Folder : 12 Programs, educational: Children's Horticulture Program at Queens Botanical Garden
1973
Box: 39 Folder : 13 Programs, educational: City-as-School
1972
Box: 39 Folder : 14 Programs, educational: Compleat Gardener
1990s
Box: 39 Folder : 15 Programs, educational: Cornell Cooperative Extension
1970s-1980s
Box: 39 Folder : 16 Programs, educational: Cornell New York City Gardening Program
1970s
Box: 39 Folder : 17 Programs, educational: Courses
various
Box: 39 Folder : 18 Programs, educational: Department of Youth Services
1992
Box: 39 Folder : 19 Programs, educational: Great Cookie Lesson
1993
Box: 39 Folder : 20 Programs, educational: Greenworks
1992-1993
Box: 39 Folder : 21 Programs, educational: Harlem Project
1992-1994
Box: 39 Folder : 22 Programs, educational: Horticulture Magazine Lecture Series
1992-1993
Box: 39 Folder : 23 Programs, educational: House Plant Course
1970s
Box: 39 Folder : 24 Programs, educational: Project Oasis
1993
Box: 39 Folder : 25 Programs, educational: Rooftop Gardens
1988
Box: 39 Folder : 26 Programs, educational: Arthur Sheppard Programs
1983-1987
Box: 39 Folder : 27 Programs, educational: Street Fairs
1993
Box: 39 Folder : 28 Programs, educational: Harriet Tubman Center
1993-1993
Box: 39 Folder : 29 Programs: Ideas, possibilities
1970s-1990s
Box: 40 Folder : 1-2 Special events: General (2 folders)
1980s-1995
Box: 40 Folder : 3 Special events: Annual Awards Luncheon
1970s
Box: 40 Folder : 4 Special events: Battery Park Tour / Party
1993 September 8
Box: 40 Folder : 5 Special events: Colony Club Luncheon
1993 September 23
Box: 40 Folder : 6 Special events: Harvest Ball
1993
Box: 40 Folder : 7 Special events: Enid Annenberg (Mrs. Ira) Haupt
1970s
Box: 40 Folder : 8 Special events: Leland Hayward Benefit
1978
Box: 40 Folder : 9 Special events: Raffle Ideas
1995
Box: 40 Folder : 10 Special events: Reception
1994 June 13
Box: 40 Folder : 11 Special events: Receptions
1970s
Box: 40 Folder : 12 Special events: Republic National Bank
1993
Box: 40 Folder : 13 Special events: Spring Party (Sea Grill)
1994 April 11
Box: 40 Folder : 14 Staff
1970s-1990s
Box: 40 Folder : 15-17 Subject Files (3 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Conservatory Gardens
Concil on the Environment
Earth Day '95
Ellis Island
Environmental Construction Organization
Fresh Start
Garden Club of America
Garden Conservancy
Garden Magazine (correspondence)
Gateway National Park
Land Trusts
Marie Selby Botanical Garden
National Wildlife Research Center
New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketing
Royal Horticultural Society
Seatuck
Sleepy Hollow Restoration
Sotheby's
Miscellany

1970s-1990s
Box: 40 Folder : 18 Trips & tours: General
1970s
Box: 40 Folder : 19 Trips & tours: General
1990s
Box: 40 Folder : 20 Trips & tours: Costa Rica
1978
Box: 40 Folder : 21-23 Trips & tours: England (3 folders)
1970s-1980s
Box: 40 Folder : 24 Trips & tours: France
1983-1984
Box: 41 Folder : 1-3 Trips & tours: Hawaii (3 folders)
1971
Box: 41 Folder : 4 Trips & tours: Ireland
1986-1987
Box: 41 Folder : 5 Trips & tours: Italy
1995-1996
Box: 41 Folder : 6 Trips & tours: Portugal
1973
Box: 41 Folder : 7 Trips & tours: Puerto Rico
1973
Box: 41 Folder : 8 Trips & tours: U.S. Virgin Islands
1973
Box: 41 Folder : 9-10 Webster, Charles D. (2 folders)
1960s-1990s

Subseries I.D. Presidents' Files, 1930s-1990s (bulk, 1990s). 2.5 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

Subseries I.D encompasses the administrative files of the HSNY President’s office. They are chiefly Millicent Johnson’s, who held the title in the 1990s, but possibly include material from others. Like Subseries I.E, these administrative documents are grouped by topic, rather than creator.

Arrangement Note

These files are sorted alphabetically by topic.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 41 Folder : 11 Awards
1990s
Box: 41 Folder : 12 Board of Directors: Meetings
1990s
Box: 41 Folder : 13 Board of Directors: Minutes
1994-1996
Box: 41 Folder : 14 Board of Directors: Committees
1990s
Box: 41 Folder : 15 Correspondence
1990s
Box: 41 Folder : 16 Development
1990s
Box: 41 Folder : 17 Executive Director: Barbara Earnest
1994-1996
Box: 41 Folder : 18-19 Executive Director: Search (2 folders)
1993-1996
Box: 42 Folder : 1 Exhibitions & Exhibitors
1990s
Box: 42 Folder : 2 Facilities
1997
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Facilities: Leases
1990s
Box: 42 Folder : 4-6 Financial: General (3 folders)
1990s
Box: 42 Folder : 7 Financial: Endowment
1990s
Box: 42 Folder : 8 Financial: Reports
1989-2000
Box: 42 Folder : 9 Flower Shows: New York Flower Show expenses
1985-1993
Box: 42 Folder : 10 Flower Shows: 1990 New York Flower Show
1990
Box: 42 Folder : 11 Flower Shows: 1991 New York Flower Show
1991
Box: 42 Folder : 12 Flower Shows: 1992 New York Flower Show
1992
Box: 42 Folder : 13 Flower Shows: 1993 New York Flower Show
1993
Box: 42 Folder : 14-15 Flower Shows: 1995 New York Flower Show (2 folders)
1995
Box: 42 Folder : 16-18 Flower Shows: 1996 New York Flower Show (3 folders)
1996
Box: 42 Folder : 19 Flower Shows: 1997 New York Flower Show
1997
Box: 42 Folder : 20 Flower Shows: Rockefeller Center Flower Show
1997
Box: 42 Folder : 21 Fundraising: Appeals
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 1 Fundraising: Contributions
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 2 Fundraising: Foundations & Trusts
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 3 Fundraising: John O'Donnell
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 4 Invitations
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 5 IT
1994
Box: 43 Folder : 6 Library
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 7 Membership
1990s-2000
Box: 43 Folder : 8-9 Mission & Constitution (2 folders)
1930s-1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 10 Operational
[1990s]
Box: 43 Folder : 11 Press Clippings
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 12 Programs, beautification: Green Branches
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 13 Programs, beautification: Metrotech
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 14 Programs, beautification: Midtown Community Court
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 15 Programs, educational: Green House (Rikers)
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 16 Programs, educational: Green Team
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 17 Programs: General
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 18 Publications
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 19 Public Relations
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 20 Special Events & Benefits: Fall Luncheon
1990s-2000
Box: 43 Folder : 21 Special Events & Benefits: Flowers in Design
1999
Box: 43 Folder : 22 Special Events & Benefits: Garden Cocktail Party
1997
Box: 43 Folder : 23 Special Events & Benefits: Gramercy Garden Antique Show
2000
Box: 43 Folder : 24 Special Events & Benefits: HSNY Centennial
1999
Box: 43 Folder : 25 Special Events & Benefits: Knickerbocker Benefit
1993
Box: 43 Folder : 26 Special Events & Benefits: Spring Party (Sea Grill)
1994 April 11
Box: 43 Folder : 27 Staff
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 28 Strategic Planning
1990s
Box: 43 Folder : 29 Trips & Tours
1990s

Subseries I.E. Miscellaneous, 1933-1984. 2.88 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The bulk of Subseries I.E regards the 6,000-volume library of botanical books and illustrations bequeathed to the HSNY by lawyer and collector Kenneth K. Mackenzie in 1934. Mackenzie's gift was particularly strong in the works of Swedish botanist and "father of modern taxonomy" Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778). That portion of the collection--known as the MacKenzie Linnaeana--was acquired by Kansas State University in 1966. The rest of the collection was sold in 1980.

Subseries I.E also includes HSNY guestbooks and visitor logs for exhibits and the library (1933-2010, with large gaps), and material relating to the proposed Lillian Gish Garden in Manhattan. The latter was the brainchild of landscape designer Luther Greene (1910-1987), who in 1980 received approval from Community Board 6 and the Art Commission of the City of New York to plant a garden--with Horticultural Society of New York assistance--honoring actress and longtime Sutton Place resident Lillian Gish (1893-1993) at the foot of East 56th Street. The site, on a platform over the FDR Drive, remained barren since its creation around 1943. Today it has been absorbed by Sutton Place Park.

Arrangement Note

This subseries is split into three groups: guestbooks/visitor logs; Mackenzie Collection; and Lillian Gish Garden. The files in each group are organized chronologically.

Related Archival Materials Note

See Subseries II.A. Accession Records, 1926-1989 for additional documentation of the Kenneth K. Mackenzie accession.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: FF-8 Guestbook: Exhibits
1933-1940
Box: 37 Folder : 16 Guestbook: Exhibits
1980 July - 1982 June
Box: 38 Folder : 1 Guestbook: [Library]
1970-1981
Box: 38 Folder : 2 Guestbook: Library
1981-1989
Box: 38 Folder : 3A Guestbook: [Library]
1990-1995
Box: 38 Folder : 3B Visitor Log
2009-2010
Box: 64 Folder : 1 Mackenzie Collection: Bequest (will)
1934
Box: 64 Folder : 2 Mackenzie Collection: Biographical
1930s-1990s
Box: 64 Folder : 3 Mackenzie Collection: General
1930s-1960s
Box: 64 Folder : 4 Mackenzie Collection: Inventory
1940
Box: 64 Folder : 5 Mackenzie Collection: Inventory
1942
Box: 64 Folder : 6 Mackenzie Collection: Exhibits
1951-1952
Box: 64 Folder : 7 Mackenzie Collection: Correspondence
1953-1963
Box: 64 Folder : 8 Mackenzie Collection: Exhibits
1954
Box: 64 Folder : 9 Mackenzie Collection: Correspondence
1958-1968
Box: 64 Folder : 10 Mackenzie Collection: Exhibits, Grolier Club
1964
Box: 64 Folder : 11-12 Mackenzie Collection: Linnaeana sale (2 folders)
1963-1966
Box: 64 Folder : 13 Mackenzie Collection: Catalog promotional material
1969-1970
Box: 64 Folder : 14 Mackenzie Collection: Catalog (published volume)

Scope and Contents Note

A copy of Elizabeth Cornelia Hall's Printed Books, 1481-1900 in the Horticultural Society of New York (New York: the Society, 1970), annotated with sale prices for individual titles.

1970
Box: 64 Folder : 15 Mackenzie Collection: Catalog supplements
n.d.
Box: 64 Folder : 16 Mackenzie Collection: Sale (correspondence)
1977-1980
Box: 64 Folder : 17 Mackenzie Collection: Sale (correspondence)
1977-1982
Box: 64 Folder : 18 Mackenzie Collection: Sale (correspondence)
1979
Box: 64 Folder : 19 Mackenzie Collection: Sale (correspondence)
1979-1980
Box: 65 Folder : 1-2 Mackenzie Collection: New York State Attorney General exhibits (2 folders)
1980
Box: 65 Folder : 3 Mackenzie Collection: Inventory
1980
Box: 65 Folder : 4 Mackenzie Collection: Sale & Inventory
1980
Box: 65 Folder : 5-6 Mackenzie Collection: Sale (2 folders)
1980
Box: 65 Folder : 7-8 Mackenzie Collection: Inventory (2 folders)
[1980]
Box: 65 Folder : 9 Mackenzie Collection: Appraisal Prices
[1980]
Box: 65 Folder : 10 Mackenzie Collection: Sale
1981
Box: 65 Folder : 11 Mackenzie Collection: Sale (Christie's)
1997
Box: 65 Folder : 12-13 Lillian Gish Garden (2 folders)
1979-1984
Box: FF-11 Folder : 1 Lillian Gish Garden: Renderings (4 views)

Scope and Contents Note

Four artistic renderings of the projected landscape design.

1980

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