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Lenox Park Garden Club records

 Collection
Collection number: ahc.MSS672

Scope and Content

This collection contains histories, minutes, and correspondence that document the history of the social and civic activities of the club. Scrapbooks provide further detail on the programs and projects of the club. One scrapbook is devoted to the Expressway Beautification Association project that the club participated in from 1952 to 1956. Also a part of the collection are scrapbooks describing the club's support of the Eventide Home for Elderly Women. Much material highlights the club's interest in neighborhood and expressway beautification, and defeating the proposed I-485 interstate.

Dates

  • 1935-1977, undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Lenox Park Garden Club of Atlanta, Georgia, was organized in 1931 to "encourage the love, study, and culture of flowers, with the study of landscape gardening, and the cooperation in the improvement of public parks in Lenox Park when the Club deems necessary." The club is governed by a board of officers, elected by members, such as president, vice-president, and treasurer. The club joined The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. in 1933 and was also an active member of the Atlanta Garden Center. One of the club's early community projects was the Rose Bowl Garden in Sussex Park (now named the Sunken Garden Park) and nearby Conservation Garden near the intersection of Sussex Road and East Rock Springs Road. In 1951, the club worked to promote a bill prohibiting billboards on the new Atlanta expressway, which was passed by Atlanta City Council in November of that year. In 1952, past-presidents Jean H. Neely and Peggy F. Hughes formed the Expressway Beautification Association, of which they served as co-chairmen, with the goal of improving the landscaping of the new North-South Expressway, now referred to as the I-75/85 or Downtown Connector, from downtown Atlanta to the Brookwood Station. The club participated in this beautification project until its completion in 1956. The club has also supported other organizations such as the Eventide Home for Elderly Women, Grady Memorial Hospital, Fernbank Forest Association, and the American Red Cross. The club has hosted and participated in numerous flower shows, winning many awards.

Extent

18.96 linear ft. (one document case, one half document case and twelve oversize boxes)

Language

English

System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1981

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2014.
Title
Lenox Park Garden Club records
Author
Jennie Oldfield
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

Contact:
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305
404-814-4040