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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 ArchivesSpace on March 09, 2020 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V. Photographs, 1917-2006. 22.73 Linear feet

Arrangement Note

Series V. Photographs, 1917-2006 is divided into the following subseries:

Subseries V.A. Events, 1959-2006
Subseries V.B. Programs, 1969-1995
Subseries V.C. Facilities and Staff, 1941-2003
Subseries V.D. Images used in HSNY publications, 1980-2000
Subseries V.E. Other Images, 1917, 1940s-2002 (bulk, 1950s-1970s)

Scope and Contents Note

This series is composed of photographs of the activities, places, people and plants associated with the Horticultural Society of New York. The formats include glass plate lantern slides (4-1/2" x 3-1/2"), 35mm slides, transparencies, photographic prints (both black and white and color), and negatives. The series is arranged into subseries by subject, including: Events, Programs, Facilities and Staff, Images Used in HSNY publications, and Other Images. The photographs in subseries A through D provide snapshots of the workings of the HSNY from the 1960s to 2000s. Photographs in subseries E focus on plants, and very few relate to identifiable Horticultural Society activities.

Events consists of photographs featuring events organized by HSNY. There are images of annual meetings, classes for children and adults, library benefits, staff parties, exhibits, and tours. One set of images documents the HSNY's participation in the annual "New York is Book Country" street fair on 5th Avenue from 1996-2002. (Note that photographs of the many Flower Shows HSNY was a part of are housed separately in Series III, Flower Show records).

Programs documents HSNY's public outreach gardening and planting programs. The majority of the images are slides of urban community gardens created in neighborhoods lacking access to green space. It includes photos of the garden at Riker's Island prison, as well as images of the Green Team, an internship program designed to help people released from prison transition back into their communities.

Facilties and Staffincludes images of the HSNY's offices, library, archives and collections storage space. It includes many snapshots of staff and volunteers at work. A number of photographs document incidents of water and fire damage to the facilities.

Images Used in HSNY Publicationsis comprised of visual materials that were used to illustrate various HNSY publications, including the newsletter. Some images are mounted to boards, with notes indicating crop marks and other editing instructions.

Other Images primarily includes images that emphasize plants, either as individual specimens or in the context of gardens, landscape architecture, and floral arrangements. It contains many images associated with international and domestic United States locations. Of note are a captioned photograph album of World War I scenes of warfare and the related destruction of trees in France (1917); lantern slides of Mrs. Louis Levy's azalea and rock garden in Dobbs Ferry, NY; a photograph album documenting a trip to Japan (1967); sets of educational slides about planting; and two photograph albums of cacti cultivated by Richard Weiler. There are also sets of photographs arranged by the name of the photographer, including those by Ralph Bailey of  House & Garden.

Subseries V.A. Events, 1959-2006

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries consists of photographs featuring events organized by HSNY. There are images of annual meetings, classes for children and adults, library benefits, staff parties, exhibits and tours. One set of images documents the HSNY's participation in the annual "New York is Book Country" street fair on 5th Avenue from 1996-2002. The subseries also contains 3 folders of slides of various events that were housed together in a binder, in no particular order. These have been kept together. There is also one folder of oversize material.

Most images in this series are dated, and some are captioned; however, for the most part, people in the photos are not identified

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 Annual meetings
1994-1995
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2 Annual meetings
1998, 2006
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3 Book Country
1996
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 4 Book Country
1997
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 Book Country
1998
Offsite-Box: 6 Book Country
1999
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7-8 Book Country
2000
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9 Book Country
2002
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 10 Book Country
undated
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 11 Classes
1979-1995
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 Classes
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 13 Classes
undated
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 14 Exhibits
1970-1988
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 15 Exhibits
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 16 Exhibits
2001-2002
Offsite-Box: 107 Box : FF-4 Folder : 2 Exhibits (oversize)
undated
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 17 Festivals
1969, 1985
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1 Flower composition album
1967
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1a Flower arranging competition entries
undated
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 2 Library benefits
1994-1996
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 2a Library benefits
1997
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 3 Library benefits
1998
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 4 Library benefits
1999
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 5 Library benefits
2000
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 6 Library benefits
2004
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 7-8 Library benefits
undated
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 9 Parties and receptions
1994
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 11 Parties and receptions
1995
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 12 Parties and receptions
1998-2002
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 13-15 Parties and receptions
undated
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 16 Press events
1994
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 16 Tours
1959-1995
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 17 Tours
1994-2002
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 18-20 Miscellaneous Events

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of the orchid named for Patricia Murphy, owner of the Candlelight Restaurant in Westchester, one photo with Murphy.

1960s-1996
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1-2a Various Events (slides from binder)
1969-1984

Subseries V.B. Programs, 1969-1995

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries documents HSNY's public outreach gardening and planting programs. The majority of the images are slides of urban community gardens created in neighborhoods lacking access to green space. Also included are photos of the garden at Riker's Island prison, which is part of a job-training program. In addition this subseries features images of the Green Team, an internship program to help people released from prison transition back into their communities. The subseries contains one folder of oversize material.

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 3 Community gardens: Bronx
1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 4-5 Community gardens: Brooklyn
1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 6 Community gardens: Gateway
1977
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 7 Community gardens: Manhattan
1969-1979
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 8 Community gardens: Queens and Staten Island
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 9 Community gardens: Rikers Island
1988-1989
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 10 Community gardens: Unidentified
undated
Offsite-Box: 107 Box : FF-4 Folder : 3 Community gardens: Oversize
1975-1980
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 11 Green Team
1995
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 12 NYPL planting
1990
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 13 Tree Corps
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 14A Tree Corps
1980-1986
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 14B "Our Work in Bellvue"
1976

Subseries V.C. Facilities and Staff, 1941-2003

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries is comprised of images of the HSNY's offices, library, archives and collections storage space. It includes many snapshots of staff and volunteers at work. A number of photographs document incidents of water and fire damage to the facilities. There is one folder of oversize material.

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Offsite-Box: 107 Box : FF-4 Folder : 1 Architectural design drawings (oversize)
undated
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 15 Library and archives
1941-2002
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 16-17 Staff and volunteers
ca. 1960-1995
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 18 Water and fire damage
1995-2003

Subseries V.D. Images used in HSNY publications, 1980-2000

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains images that were used to illustrate various HNSY publications, including the newsletter. Some images are mounted to boards, with notes indicating crop marks and other editing instructions.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1 Photos mounted on board
1980-2000
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 2 Slide, negatives and prints
1980-2000

Subseries V.E. Other Images, 1917, 1940s-2002 (bulk, 1950s-1970s). 17.82 Linear feet

Scope and Contents Note

The subseries primarily includes images that emphasize plants, either as individual specimens or in an aesthetic context, such as with gardens, landscape architecture, interiors, topiaries, or floral displays. The subseries includes many images associated with international or domestic United States locations; while these images often emphasize plants they also include commercially-produced souvenir images of built structures and general tourist travel snapshots. While many of the images have some basic level of identification, most lack a more detailed context and few seem to relate to identifiable Horticultural Society activities (see subseries V.A. for those). Most of the images seem to date from the 1960s to early 1980s, but there are earlier and later views. The formats in the subseries include glass plate lantern slides (4-1/2" x 3-1/2"), 35mm slides, transparencies, photographic prints (mostly black and white), and negatives.

Although much of the subseries has a certain degree of randomness to it and ambiguity as to context, several portions are well-defined and substantive. These include a captioned photograph album of World War I scenes of troop movements and trench warfare with their related destruction of trees in France (1917); lantern slides of Mrs. Louis Levy's azalea and rock garden in Dobbs Ferry, NY; a photograph album documenting a trip to Japan (1967); sets of educational slides concerning sowing and repotting and turfgrass diseases; images by recognized photographers Ralph Bailey of House & Garden and Bruce Cratsley; an organized set of slides depicting seasonal wildflowers; and two photograph albums of cacti cultivated by Richard Weiler.

Processing Information Note

The subseries was processed primarily by archivist Larry Weimer. Archivist Joseph Ditta processed the lantern slides. Only a minimal level of processing was performed for much of the subseries; consequently, many of the 35 mm slides remain in their original containers.

Arrangement Note

There was no overall original order to the images in this subseries. They were compiled together and arranged by the processing archivist. Nonetheless, images found together in slide cases, sleeves, folders, etc., were kept together as found. The overall subseries is arranged roughly in the following sequence, though there is considerable overlap at points:

1) Images emphasizing places or travel, including gardens and grounds

2) Images emphasizing the work of a particular photographer or of a particular subject

3) Images emphasizing particular plants or types of plants.

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 4-7 Places: Greece, Corsica and Other Europe; Caribbean, Central and South America; Middle East and Africa. (Slides) (4 folders)
1960s-1981
Offsite-Box: 6 Slide-case : 1-3 Places: Italy (Slides) (3 cases)
1960s
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 8 Places: Japan Travel Photo Album
1967
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 9-10 Places: Tucson (transparencies) (2 folders)
undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 11 Places: Rooftop Garden
undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 12 Places: Scott Appel's Florida Trip
2002
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 13 Places: Washington Cathedral Grounds (Photos by Bonde & Sons)
undated
Box: 11 Item : 1-72 Places: Mrs. Louis S. Levy's Azalea and Rock Garden, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Glass Lantern Slides #1-72 (1 of 2 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a descriptive key to the slides in this box and the next, prepared in 2008.

undated
Box: 12 Item : 1-19 Places: Mrs. Louis S. Levy's Azalea and Rock Garden, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Glass Lantern Slides #73-91 (2 of 2 boxes)
undated
Box: 12 Item : - Places: Mrs. Louis S. Levy's Azalea and Rock Garden, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Glass Lantern Slides. Extras, Sections 1-8 (1 of 2 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a descriptive key to the additional Levy slides found in this box and the next.

undated
Box: 13 Item : - Places: Mrs. Louis S. Levy's Azalea and Rock Garden, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Glass Lantern Slides. Extras, Sections 9-15 (2 of 2 boxes)
undated
Offsite-Box: 106 Box : FF-2 Slide-case : 1-21 Places: Europe, United States, Other. (Slides) (21 cases in flat box)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 21 small boxes of 35mm slides, mostly of Europe, but also many of the eastern U.S. Many are also of unidentified locations.

1950s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 14 Places: Italy/Austria, Miscellaneous (Negatives)

Scope and Contents Note

Tentatively identified as the Netherlands, Japan, and the southern U.S.

1962
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 15 Places: Unidentified Tours
undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 16 Places: Miscellaneous Prints

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Mohonk Mountain House, Trinity Church (Manhattan) graveyard, Old Westbury Gardens, Frelinghuysen arboretum, Stamford arboretum & nature center, and private gardens.

undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 17 Places: Miscellaneous Slides
1960s-1980s
Offsite-Box: 77 Folder : 18-19 Places: Wilton Gardens (2 folders)
1979
Offsite-Box: 77 Folder : 20 Places: Port Washington?
1970s
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 18 Photographer: Ralph Bailey. Correspondence
1960, 1968
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 19-24 Photographer: Ralph Bailey. Photographs (6 folders)
undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 25 Photographer: Ralph Bailey. Duke Foundation Gardens (Negatives)
undated
Offsite-Box: 106 Box : FF-2 Slide-case : 1 Photographer: Ralph Bailey. (Slides in Flat Box)
undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 26 Photographer: Bruce Cratsley. Photographs. (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photos of Lincoln Center's Henry Moore Sculpture Pool and Beaumont Theatre.

1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 107 Folder : 6 Photographer: Bruce Cratsley. Photographs. (2 of 2). (Flat Box)
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 107 Folder : 5 Photographer: Peter Fink (Flat Box)
undated
Offsite-Box: 108 Folder : 3 Photographer: Chris Phinney (Flat Box)
undated
Offsite-Box: 107 Folder : 4 Photographer: Ellen Stockdale-Wolfe (Flat Box)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the color photograph Purple Loose Strife, Millbrook, NY, print 1/50, in memory of Eleanor Lamanna Stockdale.

2003
Offsite-Box: 108 Folder : 4 Photographer: John Yang (Flat Box)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one photograph of the garden of Schneider and Parnas in Wilton, CT, inscribed to Luther Greene from Yang (negative #326-11, 5/11/82).

1982
Offsite-Box: 105 Box : FF-1 Item : 1 Subjects: WWI Scenes in France (Flat Box)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photo album with images from France in World War I. Includes photos of troops, troop movements, and troops in trenches. A focus of many of the photos is the destruction of fruit and other trees. The photos are captioned in French. The pages are fragile. Separate sheets include captions in English and background documents.

1917
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 27 Subjects: Bird Houses (Transparencies)
undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 28 Subjects: Jimmy Carter, Peanut Farmer

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one photograph of future U.S. President Jimmy Carter holding some of a peanut crop in Plains, Georgia.

1968
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 29 Subjects: Clarence L. Hay

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the unframed photograph and related label from the HSNY room named in memory of Hay (1884-1969).

circa 1970
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1-2 Subjects: Various Slides (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes miscellaneous slides depicting gardening, types of gardens, plants in a garden setting (e.g., shrubs, vines, lawns, topiaries, etc.), decorative fixtures, and the like.

1960s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 106 Slide-case : 1 Subjects: Sowing, Pricking Out & Repotting (Slides in Flat Box)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a set of slides for an educational program by J.S. Dakers.

undated
Offsite-Box: 106 Slide-case : 1 Subjects: Diseases of Turfgrass (Slides in Flat Box)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a set of slides for an educational program compiled by the New York State Turfgrass Association, by R.W. Smiley of Cornell.

undated
Offsite-Box: 7 Slide-case : 6 Subjects: Trelease Selenium Lecture

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a case with a set of slides that appears to be a lecture on selenium content of plants (black-taped slides). Also in the case are other slides that may or may not be related. Some of these slides are of plants and rocks seen on a trip in the western U.S. Other slides are of miscellaneous plants.

1940s?
Offsite-Box: 106 Slide-case : 1 Subjects: Zoo Animals (Slides in Flat Box)
undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 3-4 Plants: Richard Weiler Photograph Albums of Cacti (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of the cacti as displayed in the solarium of the New York Athletic Club.

1960-1965
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 5 Plants: Cannabis (Transparencies)
undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 6 Plants: Plant Propagation
undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 7 Plants: Carnivorous
1974
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 8 Plants: Ferns, Lichens, Manuscript Images (Slides)
1960s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 9 Plants: Flower Arrangements
1935-1951
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 10 Plants: Flower Arrangements (from albums)
1961-1962
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 11 Plants: Flower Arrangements
1967
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 12 Plants: Flower Arrangements
undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 13 Plants: Tulipieres from Tulipomania
1979
Offsite-Box: 10 Slide-case : 1-3 Plants: Wildflowers Slides

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three sets of slides of wildflowers, labelled, organized and donated to HSNY by Robert York.

1986
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 14 Plants: Miscellaneous Gardens & Arrangements
undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 15-18 Plants: Miscellaneous Photographic Prints (4 of 6 folders)
undated
Offsite-Box: 77 Folder : 21-22 Plants: Miscellaneous Photographic Prints (2 of 6 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a photograph of an olive grove by Jesse Tarbox Beals (used on the cover of a Bulletin in 1937), various flower arrangements that won prizes in the 1930s, Mayor Edward Koch with tulips at City Hall Park, and spring garden pilgrimage in 1938.

1930s-1980s
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 19 Plants: Miscellaneous Transparencies
undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 20 Plants: Miscellaneous Negatives
undated
Offsite-Box: 7 Slide-case : 1-6 Plants: Miscellaneous Slides (1 of 3 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

This box and the next two include various sets of 35mm slides concerning various plants. Most of the slides are undated, but those that are dated are from 1940-43. Most of the slides are unidentified. Those with identification are of plants, with identification as to where the photo was taken. These locations are generally New Jersey (e.g., Brielle, Matawan) and New York City parks or the greater metropolitan area. The sets are numbered from 1-55, 106-109, and 121-139; each individual slide is marked as part of a particular set.

1940s, undated
Offsite-Box: 8 Slide-case : 1-5 Plants: Miscellaneous Slides (2 of 3 boxes)
1940s, undated
Offsite-Box: 9 Slide-case : 1-4 Plants: Miscellaneous Slides (3 of 3 boxes)
1940s, undated
Offsite-Box: 106 Box : FF-3 Slide-case : 1-35 Plants: Miscellaneous Slides

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one flat box with several small cases, boxes, and envelopes of 35mm slides.

1960s-1990s
Box: 25 Item : 1-48 Plants: Miscellaneous Lantern Slides (1 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a set of 24 slides produced by J. Horace McFarland Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; a set of 11 slides depicting gardens with Tudor-style houses; and 13 slides of men working in gardens.

undated
Box: 26 Item : 1-47 Plants: Miscellaneous Lantern Slides (2 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 47 slides of gardens and houses.

undated
Box: 27 Item : 1-53 Plants: Miscellaneous Lantern Slides (3 of 4 boxes)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 53 slides of plants, gardens, redwood forests, and other similar, varied images. These continue into the next box. Some slides are negatives.

undated
Box: 28 Item : 1-67 Plants: Miscellaneous Lantern Slides (4 of 4 boxes)
undated

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