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Avondale Estates Garden Club records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1019

Scope and Content

This collection contains the records of the Avondale Estates Garden Club from 1931 to 2011. The collection chiefly consists of the Club's scrapbooks from 1944-1999. Also included is a yearbook from 2011 and a history of the Club from 1972. These materials document the Club's civic and social activities as well as special projects.


  • 1944-2011


Conditions Governing 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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 Avondale Estates Garden Club was organized in June 1931 by Mrs. Germaine McGovern with the objective to "advance gardening and the development of home grounds; to aid in the protection of forest, wild flowers and birds; to encourage the art of flower arranging". The Club became a member of the Garden Club of Georgia in 1937, helped to organize the Dekalb County Federation of Garden Clubs in 1948, and is also a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. They have particpated in many civic beautification projects such as conserving the Avondale Park and Bird Sanctuary Park as well as contributing to landscape improvements at local schools. In 1932, the Club planted 253 Abelia bushes along a three-block stretch of Avondale Road to create a hedge that stands today and is a focal point in the community. The Club has given support to many local organizations including the Egleston Memorial Childrens' Hospital, the American Red Cross, and The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The Club has received numerous awards at local and regional flower shows such as the Dekalb County Federation of Garden Clubs Flower Show.


15.96 linear ft. (1 half document case and 28 oversized boxes)



System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff, except for oversized scrapbooks which are listed chronologically at the end of the descriptive inventory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2011.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2011.

Avondale Estates Garden Club records
Jennie Oldfield
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