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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 series the following series and subseries.

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

Subseries 8a: Garden Club of the Year award applications; 1967, 1969, 1985
Subseries 8b: Standard Flower Show award applications; 1965-1993
Subseries 8c: Special exhibits/holiday flower show awards records; 1967-1992
Subseries 8d: Civic beautification award records; 1967-1984
Subseries 8e: Roadside Beautification Award records; undated, 1980-1993
Subseries 8f: Publicity press book award records; 1983, 1991-1993
Subseries 8g: Junior Gardener award records; 1979-1982
Subseries 8h: Sears Beautification Funds award records; undated, 1968-1970
Subseries 8i: Dedication and Service award records; 1980
Subseries 8j: Garden Therapy award records; 1979

Subseries 8k: Arbor Day Award records; 1991
Subseries 8l: Environmental Education Award records; 1972
Subseries 8m: Garden Club Growing Project award records; 1993
Subseries 8n: Achievement in Public Building and Garden Show award records; 1982
Subseries 8o: Environmental improvement award application; 1974-1975

Series 9: Subject files; undated, 1942-1994

Alternative formats: Some images from the scrapbooks have been digitized and placed on the Alaska’s Digital Archives website.

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

Minutes and financial reports.

1974

1/4

Minutes and financial reports.

1975

1/5

Minutes and financial reports.

1976

1/6

Minutes.

1977

1/7

Minutes and financial reports.

1978

1/8

Minutes and financial reports.

1979

1/9

Financial report

1980 April

1/10

Financial reports.

1981 March-November

1/11

Minutes and financial reports.

1982

1/12

Minutes and financial reports.

1983

1/13

Minutes and financial reports.

1984

1/14

Minutes.

1986

1/15

Minutes.

1987

1/16

Minutes.

1988

1/17

Minutes.

1989

1/18

Minutes.

1990-1995

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.

1956-1957, 1961-1965, 1968-1969, 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, thereunder chronologically.
Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8a: Garden Club of the Year award applications; 1967, 1969, 1985. 0.2 cubic feet.

Box/Folder

Date

12/1

1967

12/2

1969 May 25

12/3

1985 May 6

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8b: Standard Flower Show award applications; 1965-1993. 0.45 cubic feet.

Box/Folder

Date

13/1

1965?

13/2

1967 April 2

13/3

1972 April 24

13/4

1973 June 5

13/5

1975?

13/6

1976 May

13/7

1977?

13/8

1979 April 18

13/9

1980 April 30

13/10

1981 April 30

13/11

1982 April 28

13/12

1982 December 20

13/13

1984 May 20

13/14

1985 May 6

13/15

1987 April 6

13/16

1988 August 15

13/17

1991 July 1

14/1

1992 August 4

14/2

1993 July 17

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8c: Special exhibits/holiday flower show awards records; 1967-1992. 0.15 cubic feet.
Records include photographs, awards, clippings, reports, rules lists, and programs.  Arranged chronologically.

Box/Folder

Description

Date

14/3

Special exhibit award for the Christmas holiday show application; Programs for 7th and 10th Annual shows

1965-1986

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

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8d: Civic beautification award records; 1967-1984. 0.15 cubic feet.
Arranged roughly chronologically.  Series contains photographs, rules, programs, clippings, and awards.

Box/Folder

Description

Date

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 records.

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

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8e: Roadside Beautification Award records; undated, 1980-1993.  0.075 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.  Series contains photographs, programs, correspondence, and clippings.

Box/Folder

Description

Date

14/20

Roadside Beautification – School Beautification Award records.

Undated (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

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8f: Publicity press book award records; 1983, 1991-1993. 0.1 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.

Box/Folder

Date

15/3

1983

15/4

1991

15/5

1992

15/6-7

1993

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8g: Junior Gardener award records; 1979-1982. 0.05 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.  Records include photographs, correspondence, and clippings.

Box/Folder

Date

15/8

1979 April 18

15/9

1980 April 30

15/10

1981 April 30

15/11

1982 April 28

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8h: Sears Beautification Funds award records; undated, 1968-1970. 0.05 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.

Box/Folder

Description

Date

15/12

Application for Sears Beautification Funds including color photographs, program, and clippings.

1968

15/13

“(State) Civic Beautification Contest - Co-Sponsored by (State Garden Club Designation) and Sears, Roebuck and Co.” sample form.

1968

15/14

Alaska Civic Beautification Contest - Co-Sponsored by Alaska State Federation of Garden Clubs and Sears, Roebuck and Co. application form.

1969

15/15

Application for Sears Beautification Funds including photographs.

1970

15/16

Environmental Improvement Program/Sears, Roebuck and Co. application including color photos, correspondence, municipal Arbor Day proclamation, and clippings.

Undated (1974-1975)

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8i: Dedication and Service award records; 1980.  0.025 cubic feet.

Box/Folder

Description

Date

15/17

Award nomination for Grace Abbas.

1980 April 30

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8j: Garden Therapy award records; 1979. 0.025 cubic feet.
Series includes color photographs and a certificate of merit.

Box/Folder

Date

15/18

1979 April 18

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8k: Arbor Day Award records; 1991. 0.025 cubic feet.

Box/Folder

Date

15/19

1991

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8l: Environmental Education Award records; 1972.0.025 cubic feet. 
Series includes clippings and award ribbon.

Box/Folder

Date

15/20

1972 April 6

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8m: Garden Club Growing Project award records; 1993. 0.025 cubic feet.
Series includes color photographs and clippings.

Box/Folder

Date

15/21

1993 July 17

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8n: Achievement in Public Building and Garden Show award records; 1982. 0.025 cubic feet.
Series includes color photographs, a program, rules, and clippings.

Box/Folder

Date

15/22

1982 December 20

Series 8: Award application records. Subseries 8o: Environmental improvement award application; 1974-1975. 0.025 cubic feet.
Series includes color photographs and application form.

Box/Folder

Date

15/23

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

Award Certificates - Alaska State Federation of Garden Clubs.

Undated, 1968, 1992-1994.

16/7

Award Certificate - Atlantic Richfield Co.

1969

16/8

Award Certificates - National Council of State Garden Clubs.

1982, 1993

16/9

Award Winners List - National Council of State Garden Clubs.

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

Miscellaneous; ; “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