Anchorage Garden Club records

Guide to the Anchorage Garden Club records
1942-2003

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.

Organizational history:
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.

Collection description:
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.

Container list:

Series 1: Reports; 1976-1980, 1989. 0.05 cubic feet.
The reports are arranged by type, thereunder chronologically.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/1 Annual reports 1976-1979
1/2 President’s reports 1978, 1980, 1989

Series 2: Minutes and financial reports; 1974-2003. 0.3 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/3-5 Minutes and financial reports 1974-1976
1/6 Minutes 1977
1/7-8 Minutes and financial reports 1978-1979
1/9-10 Financial reports 1980-1981
1/11-13 Minutes and financial reports 1982-1984
1/14-18 Minutes 1986-1995
1/19-22 Minutes, financial reports, attendance reports, programs 1996-2003

Series 3: Correspondence; undated, 1956-1983. 0.1 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/23 Correspondence Undated
1/24 Correspondence 1956, 1965, 1968
1/25 Correspondence 1971-1972
1/26 Correspondence 1973
1/27 Correspondence 1974
1/28 Correspondence 1981-1982
1/29 Correspondence 1983

Series 4: Membership records; undated, 1955, 1982-1984. 0.05 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/30 Membership list Undated (1950s)
1/31 Membership roll call 1955
1/32 Membership roll call 1982-1983
1/33 Members list 1984

Series 5: Business Beautification Leader committee records; 1981. 0.1 cubic feet.
Arranged by type of record.

Box/Folder Description Date
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.

Box/Folder Date
2/1 1953
2/2 1956
2/3 1958
2/4 1959
3/1 1960
3/2 1961
3/3 1962
3/4 1963
4/1 1964
4/2 1965
4/3 1966
4/4 1967
4/5 1968
4/6 1969
4/7 1970
4/8 1971
5/1 1972
5/2 1973
5/3 1974
5/4 1975
5/5 1976
5/6 1977
6/1 1978
6/2 1979
6/3 1980
6/4 1981
6/5 1982
6/6 1983
7/1 1984
7/2 1985
7/3 1986
7/4 1987
7/5 1988
7/6 1989
7/7 1990
7/8 1991
8/1 1992
8/2 1993
8/3 1994
9/1 1995
9/2-3 1996
9/4 1997
9/5 1998
9/6 1999
9/7-8 2000
9/9-10 2001
9/11-12 2002

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.

Box/Folder Description Date
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.

Box/Folder Description Date
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.

Box/Folder Description Date
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.

Box/Folder Description Date
16/1 Alaska Federation of Garden Clubs newsletters 1973-1974
16/2 Arbor Day 1974
16/3 Arbor Day/AnchorTree 1978
16/4 Arbor Day/AnchorTree 1980
16/5 Arbor Day. 1991
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
16/15 Municipal proclamations 1990-1992
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
16/22 Yearbook 1990

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