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Indiana Association of Accredited Flower Judges collection

Identifier: L526

Scope and Contents

This collection includes minutes, correspondence, financial records, newspaper articles, brochures, and realia from the Indiana Association of Accredited Flower Show Judges and other organizations and individuals in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1949 to 1988 regarding the organization's activities, accomplishments and business.


  • 1949-1988


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Indiana Association of Accredited Flower Show Judges was organized in Indianapolis, Indiana following the Flower Show School held in February 1949. Mrs. John Downing of Mooresville, Indiana, President of the Garden Club of Indiana from 1947 to 1949, presided at the meeting. Mrs. Thomas Ayton of Indianapolis, Indiana and Mrs. Chester Steed of Red Key, Indiana were elected president and secretary-treasurer. Thirty Garden Club members who were nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges signed the membership roster at the meeting.

The purpose of the organization was to make it possible for the group to study advanced theories in horticulture and flower arrangement. The constitution and by-laws approved November 9, 1949, added a) to interpret the standardized judging rules, c) to have available a list of accredited judges in Indiana and d) to furnish information or help necessary to the promotion of more efficient flower shows.

The association is still active as of 2012.


Information found within the collection.

The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. Indiana Gardens 74, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 5-6.


1 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 large oversize box )

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Barbara S. Bilby on 1993/05/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/05/20 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/05/20 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid updated 2023/04/20 by Lauren Patton.
Indiana Association of Accredited Flower Judges collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.