Guide to the Linden Garden Club Papers and Photographs 1924-2004

Senator John Heinz History Center

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Linden Garden Club Papers and Photographs
Creator
Linden Garden Club
Collection Number
MSS 0805
Date [inclusive]
1924-2004
Extent
3.5 linear feet (Four boxes)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
The Linden Garden Club was founded by Mrs. William H. Mercur in 1924 for women who lived near Linden Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pa. The club has held programs in conjunction with its meetings, participated in exhibitions, and completed civic projects. The Linden Garden Club Papers and Photographs include president, committee, and treasurer reports, meeting agendas, presentation ideas, flyers, meeting minutes, garden market programs, and photographs. Materials document the clubs projects and participation in garden markets, and how the club planned them.
Sponsor Note
This collection has been made accessible as part of an NHPRC-funded Basic Processing grant.

Preferred Citation

Linden Garden Club Papers and Photographs, 1924-2004, MSS 0805, Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

The Linden Garden Club was founded by Mrs. William H. Mercur in 1924 for women who lived near Linden Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pa. Along with its monthly meetings, the club held programs that included presentations on gardening or decorating, and tours of historic sites. It also collaborated with other garden clubs to hold garden and flower shows, and it participated in an annual spring garden show in Pittsburgh, initially called the Garden Market, but later called May Market. In addition to participating in exhibitions and holding programs, the club engaged in civic projects, such as growing a victory garden, showing a yearly garden exhibit at Sterritt School, planting flowers at Linden School, and planting at Neill Log House, a restored eighteenth century home in Schenley Park.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Linden Garden Club Papers and Photographs include president, committee, and treasurer reports, meeting agendas, programs for annual meetings, presentation ideas, flyers, meeting minutes, garden market programs, and photographs. The reports and meeting minutes in the collection document how the club planned for the annual garden market and for the club’s programs. The club’s participation in the garden market is documented with schedules of events, participant forms, kick-off meeting minutes, flyers, correspondence from organizers, and financial information. Club projects mainly from the late 1970s are documented by a written summary of the club’s participation in the Neill Log House project, planting in the lobby of the Pittsburgh Blood Bank, and planting flowers at Lemington Home for the Aged. Of note, are the club by-laws with 1979 revisions. The photographs document club meetings, parties and garden market exhibits.

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Arrangement

The Linden Garden Club Papers and Photographs are arranged into four series: administration, garden market, projects, and photographs. The administration series is further divided into meeting minutes, presidents’ reports, and treasurer and committee reports. Boxes one and two contain the administration, garden market, and projects series. Box three includes the directories. Box four contains the photographs. The folders or binders are arranged chronologically within each group.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Senator John Heinz History Center Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania , July 2012

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift from Carol Lee Daniel in 2006.

Archives accession # 2006.0248

Processing Information

Preliminary processing by Kelly J. Smith on 06/19/2012.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

MFF 1159 Programs and Yearbooks from the Linden Garden Club1972-1976

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Linden Garden Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Subject(s)

  • Gardening – Societies, etc.
  • Civic improvement – Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh
  • Horticultural exhibitions

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