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Jarvis Van Buren autographed notecard

Collection number: ahc.MSS790f

Scope and Content

This collection contains an autographed notecard by Van Buren which includes his place and date of birth.


  • undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Horticulturist and apple grower, Jarvis Mudge Pieterse Van Buren (1800-1885) was born in Schenectady, New York, to Abigail Mudge Van Buren (1778-1805) and Pieter Van Buren (1773-1828). Van Buren married Nancy Sanford (1801-1830) in 1827 and together they had one child, David Halsey (1829-1913). After Nancy's death, Van Buren married Eliza Adair (1805-1884) in 1831, and together they had one son, James H. (1836- ). Van Buren was involved with the first New York railroad operation before moving to Clarkesville, Georgia, in 1838 to manage the Stroop Iron Works as railroad engineer. Van Buren also designed many residences in Clarkesville as well as furniture for the homes he built.

Administrative/Biographical History

Van Buren founded Gloaming Nursery, one of the earliest nurseries in Georgia where he grew fruit trees, in particular, apple trees. Van Buren cultivated and classified a large collection of Southern seedling apples and helped establish the apple industry in the Habersham County area. In 1853, Van Buren helped organize the Georgia State Horticultural Society (later forming the Georgia Pomological Society) and was an active member and exhibitor of apple varieties. Van Buren was influenced by the work of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing and corresponded to Downing's publication The Horticulturist. He wrote articles forSouthern Cultivator, The Soil of the South, and The South Countryman, advocating for the Southern fruit industry. In 1868, Van Buren wrote the book,Scuppernong Grape, Its History and Mode of Cultivation, with a Short Treatise on the Manufacture of Wine from It, which included his detailed fruit drawings and plans for arbors, a wine press and tub.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2018

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Jarvis Van Buren autographed notecard
Jennie Oldfield
April 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305