Guide to the Blue Ridge Garden Club Records, 1903 - 1999, undated

Summary Information

Title: Blue Ridge Garden Club Records, 1903 - 1999, undated
Collection: AC.226
Extent: 7 linear feet (14 boxes)
Abstract:

The Blue Ridge Garden Club Records includes newspaper articles, scrapbooks, minutes, and treasurer and secretary papers from the Blue Ridge Garden Club. This collection showcases Watauga County, North Carolina's first organized garden club and its activities. Originally an exclusive group, the Blue Ridge Garden Club was active in Beautification Projects and coordinating a junior club. One of their main projects was the creation of the Daniel Boone Garden in 1961. The project books and club scrapbooks contain many photographs from the 1950s through the 1990s and illustrates the development of the town of Boone, North Carolina.

Creator: Blue Ridge Garden Club

Biographical/Historical Note

The Blue Ridge Garden Club was founded in Boone, North Carolina, in 1949 with sixteen members. It sprung out of the Worthwile Woman's Club, which created Boone's first official garden between First Baptist Church of Boone and the former Boone United Methodist Church (now the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts) in 1949.

The Blue Ridge Garden Club aimed to promote horticulture in the Boone community, promote town and roadside beautification, protect and aid conservation of local natural resources. In 1959, the North Carolina Garden Club Convention proposed and helped create the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. In 1960, the Blue Ridge Garden Club, the Gardenerettes, and the Junior Woman's Club joined to form the Council of Boone Garden Clubs.

The club's projects focus on local community, civic and environmental appeal, such as the maintenance of multiple flowerbeds, "Clean Up Boone," floral arrangements at the hospital and visitors center, financial support to public school teachers who incorporate gardening into their curricula, recycling projects, the landscaping of the Tatum Cabin and the Squire Boone Cabin, and sponsoring the Blue Bonnet Junior Garden Club.

The Blue Ridge Garden Club is a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, the Garden Club of North Carolina, and Watauga Council of Garden Clubs.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Club-generated and collected materials between 1949 and 1999. It consists primarily of information about beautification projects in Watauga and the garden club movement on a statewide level. Included are club papers such as correspondence and minutes; scrapbooks constructed by members; photographs of flowers, club functions, and members; awards given to the club; and the club's annual yearbooks, which lists members, officers, club song, and each meeting's activity.

Arrangement

The Blue Ridge Garden Club Records is organized into four series: History, Business and Correspondence, Projects and Awards, and Scrapbooks and Photographs. Boxes 1-9 contain copies of scrapbooks and/or color photographs with boxes 10-16 holding the color photos and some original scrapbooks in cold storage.

Copies of the periodical, North Carolina Gardener, were bound and shelved onto the Appalachian Collection's main stacks.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. Photographs are stored in a cold storage unit and need additional time to return to room temperature.

Acquisitions Information

The Blue Ridge Garden Club donated this collection to the Appalachian Cultural Museum in 1996, having transferred them from Worthwhile Woman's Club Office. Museum director Charles Watkins transferred the materials to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. This collection was opened to the public in August 2005. Additional materials were donated by the Blue Ridge Garden Club in August 2005 and November 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, Ian Cotter, Rachel Critzer, 2005, 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, Rachel Critzer, Rosemary Ulrey, 2005, 2008; Re-processed by Anita Elliott, Nov. 2012; A 2007 accession was assimilated into the larger collection in 2010. The North Carolina Gardener was moved to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection main stacks. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.226: Blue Ridge Garden Club Records, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: History, 1949-1999

Series Description

Series I: History, 1949-1999, includes the Club's Constitution, revised in 1968; records and programs of dedications, memorials, and celebrations, as well as many newspaper clippings about the events; and typed/printed annual yearbooks from 1952-1997. Each fiscal year has a report of meetings, events, participating members, financial records, and other memorabilia.

Constitution, Appalachian Garden Club, Revised, 1968 Box 1.1
Dedications and Celebrations, 1951-1996, undated Box 1.2
Historical Accounts and Clippings, 1949-1989, undated  Box 1.3
History, Blue Ridge Garden Club, 1960-1962 Box 1.4
History, Blue Ridge Garden Club, 1962-1963 Box 1.5
History, Blue Ridge Garden Club, 1963-1968 Box 1.6
History, Blue Ridge Garden Club, 1975-1977  Box 1.7
History, Blue Ridge Garden Club, 1979-1986  Box 1.8
Memorials, for Deceased Members, 1964-1990 Box 1.9
Newspaper Clippings, 1951-1974, undated Box 1.10
Newspaper Clippings, 1981-1992  Box 1.11
Reports, Therapy, 1965-1969, undated Box 1.12
Yearbooks, 1952-1956, 1996-1997  Box 1.13
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Series II: Business and Correspondence, 1949-1997 

Series Description

Series II: Business and Correspondence, 1949-1997, includes the official administrative papers created during the club's normal operations, such as meeting minutes, rosters of officers and members, treasurers' reports, receipts, and banking information, as well as some correspondence. There are some programs and newspaper clippings of events sponsored by the Club with accompanying copies of photos. (Original color photos are stored in cold storage boxes.)

Bank Accounts, Northwestern Bank and Watauga Savings and Loan Association, 1960-1979, undated Box 2.1
Check Stub Books (3), 1961-1970 Box 2.2
Correspondence, General, 1960-1996, undated Box 2.3
Minutes and Clippings, 1959-1963 Box 2.4
Minutes and Clippings, 1963-1966 Box 2.5
Minutes and Clippings, 1966-1968 Box 2.6
Minutes and Clippings, 1968-1970 Box 2.7
Minutes and Records Book, 1949-1952 Box 2.8
Minutes and Records Book, 1952-1958 Box 2.9
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1970-1972 Box 2.10
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1972-1974 Box 3.1
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1975-1977 Box 3.2
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1977-1979  Box 3.3
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1980-1981 Box 3.4
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1982-1983  Box 3.5
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1984-1985  Box 3.6
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1986-1987  Box 3.7
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1988-1989 Box 3.8
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1990-1991 Box 3.9
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1992-1993  Box 3.10
Minutes, Financial Reports and Clippings, 1994-1995 Box 3.11
Minutes, Financial Reports, 1996-1997 Box 3.12
Officers & Programs (loose-leaf), 1960-1961 Box 3.13
Receipts and Notes, Various, 1961-1988, undated Box 3.14
Treasurer's Report Books (2), 1952-1960 Box 4.1
Treasurer's Report Books, 1961-1970 Box 4.2
Treasurer's Books, 1970-1982 Box 4.2A
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Series III: Projects and Awards, 1951-1999 

Series Description

Series III: Projects and Awards, 1951-1999, includes applications for and awards given to the Club in competitions up to 1999. Original awards and certificates are part of this series. Copies of companion color photos are included here, while the original color photography is housed in cold storage boxes.

Application for Scroll, Best Open House Without Certification Card (Copy), 1962 Box 4.3
Application for Scroll, Best Open House Without Certification Card (original), 1962  Box 4.4
Award, 51-A Civic Concern Award Application, 1976 Box 4.5
Award, 60th Anniversary Club of the Year Award Application (original), 1985  Box 4.6
Award, 60th Anniversary Club of the Year Award Application (copy), 1985 Box 4.7
Award Addendum, Nichols Bird Award, Tracing of Overlook Hillside Preliminary Landscape Plan, 1979 Box 4.8
Award, Blue and Gold Chip Awards, 1975-1979 Box 4.9
Award, Certificates of Appreciation, 1972-1993  Box 4.10
Award, Certificates of Award, 1975-1979 Box 4.11
Award, Certificates of Honor, 1951-1998 Box 4.12
Award, Certificates of Recognition, 1985-1999, undated Box 4.13
Award, Hannah McMillan Memorial Gardens Award Applications, 1979 and 1985 Box 4.14
Award, Katie B. Hines Horticulture Award for Civic Achievement Application, 1976 Box 4.15
Award, Kay Zatkiewicz Life Membership Award, 1968 and 1979 Box 4.16
Award, Lanie H. Bryan Memorial Bird Award Application (copy), 1998 Box 4.17
Award, Marjorie J. Doub Silver Bowl for Beautification Application (original), 1970 Box 4.18
Award, Marjorie J. Doub Silver Bowl for Beautification Application (copy), 1970 Box 4.19
Award, Nichols Bird Award and Application, 1978-1979  Box 5.1
Award, Powell Bowl for Beautification Program Application (original), 1961 Box 5.2
Award, Powell Bowl for Beautification Program Application (copy), 1961 Box 5.3
Award, R-21 Civic Improvement Award (original scrapbook pages), 1983-1984 Box 5.4
Award, R-21 Civic Improvement Award Application (copy), 1984 Box 5.5
Award, R-21 Civic Improvement Award Application (original), 1985  Box 5.6
Award, R-21 Civic Improvement Award Application (copy), 1985 Box 5.7
Award, Service for Bountiful Beauty Certificates, undated  Box 5.8
Award, Silvia Galloway Blue Bird Award Application, 1979 Box 5.9
Award, The Flemming Award, 1970 Box 5.10
Certificate, American Land Trust Honorary Trustee, 1977  Box 5.11
Certificate and Citation, Blue Ridge Garden Club Activities (copy), 1984-1985 Box 5.12
Directories, South Atlantic Region of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., 1987-1993 Box 5.13
Programs, Annual District Meetings, 1953-1969 Box 6.1
Programs, Annual District Meetings, 1970-1991  Box 6.2
Project Entry, Northwest Blue Chip Community Recognition Program, 1977 Box 6.3
Project, Horticulture Predominate (copy), 1963-1964 Box 6.4
Project, Horticulture Predominate #2 (original & copied pages-glue issue), 1963-1964 Box 6.5
Project, Life Membership Description, 1963 Box 6.6
Project, Life Membership Description (original), 1963 Box 6.7
Project, Operation Beautiful, History, Achievement and Ongoing Projects, 1979  Box 6.8
Project, Operation Beautiful Entry Form (copies-photos and clippings), 1973-1980 Box 6.9
Projects Report, Environmental Committee of Watauga Resource Development Council, 1975-1985, undated Box 6.10
Rating Sheets, State, Annual, 1959-1977  Box 6.11
Ribbons and Awards, 1958-1994  Box 6.12
Rules, Flower Show Competitions, 1951-1957, undated Box 6.13

 

 


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Series IV: Scrapbooks and Photographs, 1949-1997

Series Description

Series IV: Scrapbooks and Photographs, 1949-1997, contains nine Garden Club scrapbooks, copies and originals (originals housed in cold storage boxes). The scrapbooks include photography, fliers/programs, and three volumes of Garden Club newspaper clippings from 1949-1982. There are also two scrapbooks assembled by Club members covering the years 1955, 1989-1993, and 1995-1997, and a scrapbook of the Appalachian Garden Club from 1957-1973. They contain photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, events, and fliers.

There is a box of black & white (Box 10), mostly unidentified and undated, photographs, taken of members, events, and flower shows and arrangements.

The original color photos, loose or glued on scrapbook pages, are stored in cold storage boxes (Boxes 11-16). These require advance notice to view. Copies of them are found in other manuscript boxes.

Ephemera, 1951-1996, undated Box 7.1
History & Scrapbook, Appalachian Garden Club (copy), 1957-1974 Box 7.2
History & Scrapbook, Appalachian Garden Club, 1958-1974 Box 7.3
Informational Brochures, Various Gardens and Organizations, 1974-1997, undated Box 7.4
Painted Yearbook Covers, 1958-1964 Box 7.5
Photos, B&W, Loose, Unidentified, undated Box 7.6
Plant List, North Carolina Native or Naturalized, undated  Box 7.7
Publicity Scrapbook #1 (copy), 1949-1974 Box 7.8
Publicity Scrapbook #2 (copy), 1949-1965  Box 7.9
Publicity Scrapbook #3 (copy), 1975-1982 Box 7.10
Publicity Scrapbook #4 1949-1950 (copy), 1949-1963  Box 7.11
Scrapbook, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club History, District Two, Boone, North Carolina,' (Vol. 1, pg. 1-25), 1949-1974 Box 8.1
Scrapbook, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club HIstory, District Two, Boone, North Carolina,' (Vol. 1, pg. 26-72), 1949-1974  Box 8.2
Scrapbook, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club History, District Two, Boone, North Carolina,' (vol. 1, pg. 73-119), 1949-1974  Box 8.3
Scrapbook, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club History, District Two, Boone, North Carolina,' (Vol. 2, pg. 120-220), 1949-1974  Box 8.4
Scrapbook, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club History, District Two, Boone, North Carolina,' (vol. 2, pg. 220-260), 1949-1974  Box 8.5
Scrapbook, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club History, District Two, Boone, North Carolina,' (vol. 2, pg. 261-end), 1949-1974  Box 8.6
Scrapbook, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club', 1989-1993  Box 9.1
Scrapbook, Blue Ridge Garden Club (copy from binder), 1995-1997  Box 9.2
Scrapbook, Blue Ridge Garden Club Loose Items, 1995-1997 Box 9.3
Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, 'Civic Concern' (copy), 1976 Box 9.4
Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, Memorials, Daniel Boone Park (copy), 1974-1984 Box 9.5
Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, Various Projects in Boone, NC (copy), 1978-1995  Box 9.6
*COLD STORAGE* Photos, Color, 16 envelopes, total 204 photos, some identified and/or dated, undated  Box 10
*COLD STORAGE* Award, Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, for Flemming Award, 1970  Box 11.1
*COLD STORAGE* Award, Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, for Hannah McMillan Award, 1978 and 1985  Box 11.2
*COLD STORAGE* Award, Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, for Nichols Bird Award, 1976  Box 11.3
*COLD STORAGE* Award, Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, for Powell Bowl for Beautification Award, 1952-1961  Box 11.4
*COLD STORAGE* Award, Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, for Silvia Galloway Award, 1979 Box 11.5
*COLD STORAGE* Awards, Clippings and Photos, 'Civic Improvement Award' (& copy), 1983-1984 Box 11.6
*COLD STORAGE* Certificate and Citation, Blue Ridge Garden Club Activities, 1984-1985 Box 11.7
*COLD STORAGE* History & Scrapbook, Appalachian Garden Club, Parts 1 & 2, (with color photos in #2), 1957-1974 Box 11.8
*COLD STORAGE* HIstory & Scrapbook #2, Appalachian Garden Club (original color photos only), 1957-1974  Box 11.9
*COLD STORAGE* Publicity Scrapbook #1, Part 1, 1949-1961 Box 12.1
*COLD STORAGE* Publicity Scrapbook #1, Part 2, October 1961-1974 Box 12.2
*COLD STORAGE* Publicity Scrapbook #2, 1949-1963 Box 13.1
*COLD STORAGE* Publicity Scrapbook #2, 1962-September 1965 Box 13.2
*COLD STORAGE* Publicity Scrapbook #3, 1975-1982 Box 13.3
*COLD STORAGE* Publicity Scrapbook #4 - 1949-1950, 1949-1963  Box 13.4
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook, Blue Ridge Garden Club (from dismantled sticky binder), 1995-1997  Box 14.1
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook, 'Horticulture Predominate', 1963  Box 14.2
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook and Newspaper Clippings, 'Civic Improvement', 1984 Box 14.3
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, 'Blue Ridge Garden Club History, District 2, Boone, North Carolina (Vols. I & II), 1949-1974  Box 14.4
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, 'Civic Concern', 1976 Box 15.1
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, Environmental Committee of Watauga County, 1977-1978  Box 15.2
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, Memorials, Daniel Boone Park, 1974-1984 Box 15.3
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, 'Operation Beautiful', 1976-1979  Box 15.4
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, 'Pictorial Evidence-Pictures from the Gardens of Club Members', undated  Box 15.5
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, Unknown Origin, 1963-1966, undated Box 15.6
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook Pages with Color Photos, Vairous Projects in Boone, NC, 1978-1995  Box 15.7
*COLD STORAGE* Scrapbook, 'Memorial Dedication, Blue Ridge Garden Club', August 13, 1978  Box 16
*COLD STORAGE* Wooden Scrapbook, '1955', 1952-1981 Box 16