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Iris Garden Club photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS253

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographic prints and negatives that document the social and civic activities of the club. Meetings, floral arrangements, and garden scenes are part of the material. Some of the floral arrangements were from club members' participation in local flower shows. Also included are photographs of the club's landscaping project at the Iris Garden and Woodland Glen in Winn Park, Atlanta. Of special interest are photographs of the club's Orchard Terrace project at the Thornton House in Atlanta.


  • approximately 1930-1963, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is 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 Iris Garden Club of Atlanta, Georgia, was formed in 1928 and became a member of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. in 1929. The purpose of the club was "to stimulate among amateurs the knowledge and love of gardening, the study and culture of flowers, landscape gardening, protection of native trees, plants, and birds, and the encouragement of civic planting." One of the club's earliest civic projects was the creation of the Iris Garden and Woodland Glen in Winn Park of the Ansley Park neighborhood, which the club continues to maintain. In 1958, the club supported the replanting of the garden at the Orchard Terrace around the historic Redman Thornton House on the grounds of the Atlanta Art Institute. The club has also hosted and participated in many local and regional flower shows, winning numerous awards.


372 image(s) (156 color negatives, 110 color photographic prints, 79 black and white photographic prints, and 27 black and white negatives)



System of Arrangement

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1977

Related Archival Materials

Iris Garden Club records, MSS 669, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2017.

Iris Garden Club photographs
Jennie Oldfield
May 2017
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 Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305