Guide to the Anchorage Garden Club records
Collection number: HMC-0449.
Creator: Anchorage Garden Club.
Title: Anchorage Garden Club records.
Dates: Undated, 1942, 1953-2003.
Volume of collection: 10.5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Records of a civic organization dedicated to gardening.
The Anchorage Garden Club first began to hold meetings under the auspices of the U. S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service in 1944. The club formally organized and adopted a constitution and by-laws in May 1947. In 1951, the club became affiliated with the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs and with the National Council of State Garden Clubs. The club’s first annual flower show was held in 1944. Other annual events held by the Anchorage Garden Club include Arbor Day celebrations, wildflower shows, and winter holiday flower shows.
The collection consists of the records and scrapbooks of the Anchorage Garden Club. Included are minutes, financial reports, correspondence, scrapbooks, garden club award applications, flower show records, and subject files. Also included are records of the Business Beautification Leader Committee of 1981, when the club provided assistance to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce in recognizing business beautification efforts.
Arrangement: Materials are arranged in following series:
Series 1: Reports; 1976-1980, 1989
Series 2: Minutes and financial reports; 1974-2003
Series 3: Correspondence; undated, 1956-1983
Series 4: Membership records; undated, 1955, 1982-1984
Series 5: Business Beautification Leader committee records; 1981
Series 6: Scrapbooks; 1953, 1956, 1958-2002
Series 7: Flower show records; Undated, 1955-1994
Subseries 7a: Administrative files; undated, 1956-1994
Subseries 7b: Show scrapbooks; 1955-1970
Series 8: Award application records; Undated, 1965-1993
Series 9: Subject files; undated, 1942-1994
Digitized copies: Some images from the scrapbooks have been digitized and placed on the Alaska’s Digital Archives website (https://vilda.alaska.edu/digital/collection/cdmg13/search/searchterm/UAA-HMC-0449). For information about obtaining copies please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: The Archives owns rights to this collection.
Preferred citation: Anchorage Garden Club records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by the Anchorage Garden Club. A deed of gift was signed in 1993. Additional records were added in 2007.
Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey A. Sinnott in 2007.
Series 1: Reports; 1976-1980, 1989. 0.05 cubic feet.
The reports are arranged by type, thereunder chronologically.
|1/2||President’s reports||1978, 1980, 1989|
Series 2: Minutes and financial reports; 1974-2003. 0.3 cubic feet.
|1/3-5||Minutes and financial reports||1974-1976|
|1/7-8||Minutes and financial reports||1978-1979|
|1/11-13||Minutes and financial reports||1982-1984|
|1/19-22||Minutes, financial reports, attendance reports, programs||1996-2003|
Series 3: Correspondence; undated, 1956-1983. 0.1 cubic feet.
|1/24||Correspondence||1956, 1965, 1968|
Series 4: Membership records; undated, 1955, 1982-1984. 0.05 cubic feet.
|1/30||Membership list||Undated (1950s)|
|1/31||Membership roll call||1955|
|1/32||Membership roll call||1982-1983|
Series 5: Business Beautification Leader committee records; 1981. 0.1 cubic feet.
Arranged by type of record.
|1/34||Business Beautification Leader committee minutes||1981 April-August|
|1/35||Business Beautification Leader applications (including 2 black and white photographs of the Mystrom Building at 808 C. Street and 3 color photographs of 921 W. 6th Avenue||1981|
|1/36||Business Beautification Leader program records (including 5 color photographs featuring the program speaker)||1981|
Series 6: Scrapbooks; 1953, 1956, 1958-2002. 7.1 cubic feet.
Scrapbooks include photographs, event publications, memorabilia, award ribbons, and clippings. Some scrapbooks were submitted as an application for Garden Club of the Year awards. Arranged chronologically.
Series 7: Flower show records; Undated, 1955-1994. 1.2 cubic feet.
Series 7: Flower show records. Subseries 7a: Administrative files; undated, 1956-1994. 0.2 cubic feet.
Arranged by type of record, thereunder chronologically.
|10/1||Flower show chairman and committee task descriptions||Undated|
|10/2||Flower show chairman’s reports||1968, 1977-1981, 1992|
|10/3||Flower show classification committee reports||1967-1968|
|10/4||Flower show financial report||1990|
|10/5||Flower show publicity||1968|
|10/6||Flower show publicity||1970|
|10/7||Flower show publicity report||1970|
|10/8||Flower show publicity||1971|
|10/9||Flower show publicity report||1972|
|10/10||Flower show program||1994|
|10/11||Flower show rules||1972|
|10/12||Flower show rules||1992|
|10/13||Flower show staging reports||1956-1971, 1991|
|10/14||Holiday flower show publicity||1972|
|10/15||Annual flower show entries book||1983-1987|
Series 7: Flower show records. Subseries 7b: Show scrapbooks; 1955-1970. 1.0 cubic feet.
The scrapbooks functioned as award applications. Arranged chronologically.
|11/1||“Symphony of Flowers” – 12th Annual Flower Show.||1955 August 13-14|
|11/2||“Through the Looking Glass” – 13th Annual Flower Show.||1956 August 18-19|
|11/3||“Around the World With Flowers” – 14th Annual Flower Show.||1957 August 17-18|
|11/4||“Treasures of the Tundra” – 15th Annual Flower Show.||1958 August 16-17|
|11/5||“On Wings of Song” – 19th Annual Flower Show.||1962 August 18-19|
|11/6||“Anthem of the North” – 24th Annual Flower Show.||1967 August 12-13|
|11/7||“This Land We Love” – 25th Annual Flower Show.||1968 August 3-4|
|11/8||“Holidays U.S.A.” – 12th Annual Holiday Show.||1970 November 21-22|
Series 8: Award application records; Undated, 1965-1993. 1.4 cubic feet.
Records include photographs, programs, correspondence, proclamations, awards, clippings, and certificates. See also the Scrapbooks. Arranged by award or document type, thereunder chronologically.
|12/1||Garden Club of the Year award applications||1967|
|12/2||Garden Club of the Year award applications||1969 May 25|
|12/3||Garden Club of the Year award applications||1985 May 6|
|13/1-14/2||Standard Flower Show award applications||1965-1993|
|14/3||Special exhibit award for the Christmas holiday show application and programs for 7th and 10th Annual shows||1965-1968|
|14/4||Christmas holiday show award application||1974|
|14/5||Special exhibit flower records||1976 May|
|14/6||Special exhibit flower show records||1979 April 18|
|14/7||Special exhibits records||1986 June 17|
|14/8||Holiday show award records||1987 May 1|
|14/9||Holiday Show award records||1988 August 15|
|14/10||Standard holiday flower show records||1992 August 4|
|14/11||Atlantic Richfield Civic Beautification Award rules.||1973|
|14/12||Richfield Award – Conservation of Civic Beauty application||1967|
|14/13||Richfield Civic Beautification Award application||1968|
|14/14||Atlantic Richfield Civic Beautification Award application||1974|
|14/15||Atlantic Richfield Civic Beautification Award record||1976 May|
|14/16||Atlantic Richfield Roadside Beautification Award records.||1979 April 30|
|14/17||Civic Beautification Award records||1982 April 28|
|14/18||Civic Beautification/Atlantic Richfield Award records||1983 May 31|
|14/19||Civic Beautification/Atlantic Richfield Award records||1984 May 20|
|14/20||Roadside Beautification–School Beautification Award records||1967-1968?|
|14/21||Roadside Beautification Award (and Atlantic Richfield Award) records||1980 April 30|
|14/22||Roadside Beautification Award records||1981 April 30|
|15/1||Roadside Beautification Award records||1992?|
|15/2||Roadside Beautification/ARCO Beautification Award records||1993 July 17|
|15/3-7||Publicity press book award records||1983, 1991-1993|
|15/8-11||Junior Gardener award records including photographs, correspondence and clippings||1979-1982|
|15/12-16||Sears Beautification Funds award records including photographs, programs, clippings, application forms, and municipal Arbor Day proclamations||1968-1975|
|15/17||Dedication and Service award nomination for Grace Abbas||1980 April 30|
|15/18||Garden Therapy award records including photographs and certificate of merit||1979 April 18|
|15/19||Arbor Day Award records||1991|
|15/20||Environmental Education award records including clippings and award ribbon||1972 April 6|
|15/21||Garden Club Growing Project award records including photographs and clippings||1993 July 17|
|15/22||Achievement in Public Building and Garden Show award records including photographs, program, rules, and clippings||1982 December 20|
|15/23||Environmental improvement award application including photographs||1974-1975|
Series 9: Subject files; undated, 1942-1994. 0.2 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
|16/1||Alaska Federation of Garden Clubs newsletters||1973-1974|
|16/6||Alaska State Federation of Garden Clubs award certificates||Undated, 1968, 1992-1994|
|16/7||Atlantic Richfield Co. award certificate||1969|
|16/8||National Council of State Garden Clubs award certificates||1982, 1993|
|16/9||National Council of State Garden Clubs award winners lists||1993|
|16/10||Christmas Party programs||1965, 1967|
|16/11||Club participation questionnaire results||Undated|
|16/12||Garden Club poem by Della E. Colver||1962?|
|16/13||Marigold Star (15th & L) clipping and 5 color photos||1979|
|16/14||“So you think you will have a flower garden in AK?”||circa 1953, 1979|
|16/16||Newsletters||1975 December-1976 July|
|16/17||Newspaper clippings||Undated, 1942-1994|
|16/18||Photographs of club activities||Undated, 1971|
|16/19||Pioneer Hall policies and relocation||1965|
|16/20||State Garden Week proclamation||1992|
|16/21||Street trees for Anchorage, City Planning Commission||1955 May|