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Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS988

Scope and Contents of the Records

Nursery catalogs offer a wide variety of horticultural information, including plant introductions, agricultural development and examples of plant illustration. The Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection represents over 500 Seed, Nursery, and Supply companies. Using this collection, researchers can learn about plant cultivar introductions, verify when and how plants were used, study various types of gardening equipment, as well as gain insight into the changes in printing technology and the Nursery business in America through the years. This collection contains catalogs, price lists and other company information from Nurseries and Seed companies located chiefly in the North and Southeastern United States, but also includes a select number of international companies. Material within the collection is both historical and contemporary, with a significant gap between the late 1930s to the mid 1940s. Various types of illustrations are evident throughout this collection, from plant illustrations to photos of prominent business officers and nursery operations. Several nurseries are well represented, such as W. Altee Burpee Company, Geo W. Park, (also know as Park Seed Company), and Wayside Gardens. Also in the collection are a smaller number of catalogs, price lists and other company information from Equipment and Horticultural Supply companies selling horticultural chemicals, fertilizers and garden implements. Additions to the collection are ongoing.


  • 1827-current, undated

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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


32.94 linear ft. (76 document cases and 1 oversize box)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is divided into two series. (1) Seed and nursery catalogs arranged alphabetically according to the name of the Nursery or Seed Company. (2) Equipment and horticultural supply catalogs arranged alphabetically according to the name of the Equipment and Supply Company.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired from multiple sources by the Cherokee Garden Library including the De Renne Collection, the Edward Daugherty Collection, the Elizabeth Lawrence Collection, the Florence and William Griffin Collection, the Georgia Daffodil Society Collection, the Henry Hicks Collection, the Larry Gulley Collection, the Norma K. Seiferle Collection, the Philip Trammell Shutze Collection, the Southern Garden History Society Collection, the Southern Nursery’s Association Collection, the S. Van Beck Collection, and the Virginia Hand Callaway Collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2009 with subsequent additions.

Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection
Jennie Oldfield
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