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Magnolia Garden Club records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1135

Scope and Content

The Magnolia Garden Club records include clippings, minutes, newsletters, and scrapbooks, which document the club's social and civic history and activities. The oldest scrapbook, 1922-1949, primarily contains material in reference to Mrs. John (Adelle B.) Harper's speaking engagements and activities with both the Perennial Garden Club (1922-1934) and the Magnolia Garden Club (1935-1949). Three scrapbooks from 1969 highlight the club's community project for the Sheltering Arms Day Care. Several scrapbooks detail the club's Tullie Smith House Garden restoration project.


  • 1922-2016, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The Magnolia Garden Club of Atlanta, Georgia, was formed in 1935 by several members from the Perennial Garden Club, including Mrs. John L. (Adelle Bartlett) Harper, popular horticultural speaker and the first woman to own and operate a florist shop in Atlanta. The purpose of the club was, "the study and culture of flowers, and the study of landscape gardening and its allied subjects, to promote or support when possible movements to increase the general interest in the cultivation, and improve the standard of excellence of garden flowers." The club has supported many community projects including the Sheltering Arms Day Care Center in Atlanta and the Tullie Smith House Garden restoration at the Atlanta History Center. The club has hosted several flower shows and has also participated in many local and regional flower shows, winning awards in many categories.


22.27 linear ft. (three document cases and 15 oversize boxes)



System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1997 with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Perennial Garden Club records, MSS 1080, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2012, with subsequent additions. MSS 1135 includes what was formerly MSS 917.

Magnolia Garden Club records
Jennie Oldfield
March 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305