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Southern Nursery Association Photographs

Identifier: ahc.VIS169

Scope and Contents of the Records

The bulk of this collection visually documents activities and members present at the Southern Nursery Association’s annual conventions. Images of receptions, awards ceremonies, business breakfast meetings, past presidents’ club dinners, and other festivities are featured here. A few photographic prints in the collection document activities and members of the American Association of Nurserymen


  • 1916-1987


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is a non-profit, professional trade organization that was formed when nine southern members of the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN) envisioned a regional organization to negotiate with the railroads that served the southern nursery business. These charter members appointed a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws and in August 1899, nearly fifty southern nurserymen met to discuss the problems they faced. At the time, the survival of the nursery business in the South was threatened by unfavorable freight rates to Northern and Midwestern markets as well as a lack of cooperation between various states on issues of interstate trade. The newly formed association would combat these issues into the 1940s when agreements made between various states finally made the movement of plants across state borders easier and less financially taxing. In 1937, the SNA had allowed the first commercial exhibit at its annual convention. This small display slowly evolved into an annual trade show that has become the major source of funding for the association’s programs and a main focus of its annual convention. Headquartered in Atlanta, the SNA continues to provide wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape architects, and allied suppliers with educational, marketing and networking opportunities to advance the horticultural industry in the South.


605 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

The original order of the photographic prints, once housed in photograph albums, has been maintained. The prints are grouped together and arranged in chronological order by year.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The color photographic prints in this collection are located in cold storage (CS) as indicated in the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of cold storage item(s) before viewing material.

Acquisition Information

Gift of of the Southern Nursery Association, 1999 (CGL 1999.01)

Related Materials

Southern Nursery Association Records, MSS 985, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

General Physical Description note

541 black and white photographic prints, 63 color photographic prints, and 1 photocopy (42 folders and 1 cold storage box)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2008.
Southern Nursery Association Photographs, 1916-1987ahc.VIS 169
Inventory prepared by Erica Danylchak
December 2009
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305