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Garden Club of Indiana records

Identifier: L564

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, videocassettes, cassette tapes, flags, and awards from the Garden Club of Indiana throughout Indiana, ranging from 1931 to 2021 regarding gardening, floriculture, arboriculture, and horticulture.


  • 1931-2021


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 Garden Club of Indiana was founded in 1930 as a part of the Indiana Federation of Art Clubs. The federation was founded in 1926 by Mrs. H.B. Burnet as a statewide organization to foster appreciation and promotion of art in Indiana. The Garden Club of Indiana became an independent organization in 1932 as the Indiana Federation of Garden Clubs, and became the Garden Club of Indiana in 1935. The club is a non-profit educational organization for people interested in horticulture, flower arranging, conservation, landscaping, and it has been involved in the beautification of highway roadsides, the improvement of the environment, and the sponsorship of the Junior Garden Club. Currently, there are approximately 2,000 members in The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc., with 86 member clubs in seven districts. The Garden Club of Indiana is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., with over 8,000 clubs and over 225,000 members from every state in the nation, plus National Plant Societies and International Affiliates. There are many junior, intermediate and high school gardeners as well. The fundamental objectives are expanded to meet the needs of today: community beautification; roadside development; good horticultural practices; litter control; aid in the protection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and birds; and preservation and restoration of historic sites.


27 Cubic Feet (51 manuscript boxes, 5 cubic foot boxes, 25 oversize boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1931-2013

Series 2: Audio visual materials, 1981-1993

Series 3: Awards, 1953-2000

Series 4: Oversized materials, 1941-2021

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Garden Club of Indiana on 1979/05/23, 1981/07/02, 1983/04/26, 1982/10/12, 1984/09/27, 1985/03/15, 1986/12/09, 1990/06/28, 1992/07/15, 1994/08/30, 1996/07/18, 1998/06/30, 2000/05/20, 2000/07/19, 2003/01/14, 2005/10/17, 2006/04/27, 2007/03/29, 2012/04/13; 2016/11/10; 2021/09/21.


Further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/08/04 by Hannah Vaughn. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/04 by Hannah Vaughn. EAD finding aid revised 2021/12/15 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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