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MC 594; T-107; Vt-162

Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-2008 (inclusive), 1934-1998 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association and the Radcliffe College Class of 1956.

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 594; T-107; Vt-162
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Woman's National Farm and Garden Association
Title: Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-2008 (inclusive), 1934-1998 (bulk)
Date(s): 1913-2008
Date(s): 1934-1998
Quantity: 11.05 linear feet (11 file boxes, 1 folio box, 4 folio+ boxes) plus 22 photograph folders, 10 audiotapes, 1 videotape, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Additional records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, "an environmental group comprised of branches, garden clubs, and special interest environmental organizations," founded in 1914 to promote agricultural and horticultural interests among women.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 74-41, 74-194, 75-77, 75-135, 76-381, 78-M64, 78-M61, 78-M141, 81-M155, 84-M135, 85-M224, 89-M200, 92-M58, 92-M156, 92-M219, 94-M20, 97-M52, 98-M162, 2000-M80, 2000-M111, 2003-M44, 2005-M11, 2008-M120
These addenda to the records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association between 1974 and 2008.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 2009
By: Cat Lea Holbrook

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other records in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Woman's National Farm and Garden Association Additional records, 1913-2008; item description, dates. MC 594, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-1980 (B-4).

History

The following information is from the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association (WNFGA) website http://www.wnfga.org/index.html (July 2009).
The WNFGA was established in 1914 to connect women from around the country who shared a love of gardening and agriculture. Louisa King, the main force behind WNFGA's founding, served as president (1914-1920), and, "during her presidency the broad purposes of the organization found expression in education and scholarship; the setting of high marketing standards and in conservation. It also saw the establishment of Woman's Land Army Units (The Farmerettes) of World War I fame." Today, the WNFGA is "an environmental group comprised of branches, garden clubs and special interest environmental organizations. We gather for an Annual Meeting to share ideas on growth, program speakers and activities, learn about new environmental issues and seal friendships with other organizations and their members."
For more information about the past, present, and future of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, see A Chronicle: History of Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, Incorporated, 1914-1984, by Martha Nolan.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in five series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

These addenda to the records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association provide details about annual and executive committee meetings, fundraising, educational activities, and conservation efforts. The bulk of the records consists of minutes, reports, programs, correspondence, and photographs; president's books and scrapbooks highlight yearly activities such as horticultural therapy, civic improvements, flower shows, and the Frysinger Fellowship. The Grace Frysinger Fellowship Exchange makes it possible for two recipients, one from the Associated Country Women of the World and one from WNFGA, to visit rural and urban homes, attend association meetings, and travel throughout the exchange country for one month. The arrangement and most folder headings were created by the processor; headings by the WNFGA appear in quotation marks. Materials in different series may overlap and duplicate each other. For earlier records, see Records of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, 1913-1980 (B-4).
Series I, ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, 1913-2008 (#1.1-9.1, E.1), is arranged in four subseries.
Subseries A, History, organization, and related material, 1914-1988 (#1.1-2.10), includes by-laws and constitutions; project notes; awards; correspondence; articles; histories; information about scholarships and the Grace Frysinger Fellowship Exchange; reports, articles, and programs from the Associated Country Women of the World; biographies of long-standing members; and copies of the Declaration of Independence that were signed by 1377 members for the Bicentennial project. The files are arranged alphabetically. The WNFGA's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.
Subseries B, Meetings, 1934-2008 (#2.11-7.23), contains minutes, annual reports, correspondence, programs, articles, project notes, and agendas. Five meetings have audio recordings, filed separately; see Series V.
Subseries C, Divisions and branches, 1929-2008 (#8.1-8.17), includes minutes, reports, histories, yearbooks, and articles.
Subseries D, Correspondence, 1913-2005 (#8.18-9.1), includes letters and literature sent to Louisa King from English agricultural training schools for women, letters and reports from WNFGA's archivists about the records, letters about publications, and e-mails from members regarding WNFGA's website.
Series II, PRESIDENTS, 1928-1998 (#9.2-10.14), is arranged in two subseries.
Subseries A, Biographies, 1927-1991 (#9.2-9.8), contains articles about and biographies of WNFGA's presidents.
Subseries B, President's books, 1962-1998 (#9.9-10.14), contains dismantled binders presented to the out-going presidents. Included is material distributed by the president to members of WNFGA, minutes, financial reports, annual reports, and photographs.
Series III, SCRAPBOOKS, 1931-1978 (#10.15-10.18, 11FB.1-11FB.6, 12F+B.1-16F+B.2), contains dismantled scrapbooks assembled by WNFGA's national historian, and various branches. They include meeting minutes, photographs, articles, publicity clippings, programs, member lists, invitations, newsletters, and letters to WNFGA.
Series IV, PUBLICATIONS, 1917-1985 (#17.1-17.13), includes documents relating to the writing and publication of A Chronicle: History of Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, Incorporated, 1914-1984, and other publications by WNFGA. For access to periodicals issued by WNFGA, consult the library's catalog.
Series V, PHOTOGRAPHS, AUDIOVISUAL, AND OVERSIZED, 1939-1989 (#PD.1-PD.11, T-107.1 - T-107.10, Vt-162.1, 11FB.7), includes photograph albums, loose photographs, audiotapes, one videotape, and oversized items found within the collection.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Agriculture--United States
Agriculture--United States--Societies, etc.
Audiotapes
Biographies
Electronic records
Gardeners--United States
Gardening--Societies, etc.
Horticulture--United States
Minutes
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Videotapes
Web sites
Women in agriculture--United States
Women farmers--United States
Women gardeners--United States
Women--United States--Societies and clubs
Associated Country Women of the World
Ford, Clara Bryant, 1866-1950
Frysinger, Grace E. (Grace Elizabeth), 1885-1973
King, Francis, Mrs., 1863-1948
New England Farm and Garden Association
Nolan, Martha

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