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Garden Club of Virginia Research Fellowship reports

Collection number: ahc.MSS1205

Scope and Contents

This collection contains reports written by graduate fellows that document a variety of historic sites across Virginia. Reports include a history of the site, research documentation, landscape details, and site plans. Sites include houses, plantations, parks, farms, and other historic properties. Many reports include historic photographs, maps, sketches, and landscape drawings.


  • 2000-2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

The Garden Club of Virginia was founded in 1920 by eight Virginia garden clubs to promote and conserve the natural beauty of Virginia and to challenge the public and future generations to join its preservation efforts. One of the club's many preservation programs is the Research Fellowship program which began in 1996. This initiative gives graduate students an opportunity to conduct research in three fields of study: conservation, environmental affairs, and landscape architecture. The program helps to document historic Virginia garden and landscape sites through two fellowships, the Rudy J. Favretti Fellowship and the William D. Rieley Fellowship, offered annually and guided by professionals in the fellows' area of study. Students are given three months and a stipend to research and compile documentation in a final report, which is then published by the Garden Club of Virginia. The fellowship promotes conservation and restoration of historic gardens and landscapes, while offering research and field experience to students preparing for their professional careers.


2.5 linear ft.




This collection is arranged chronologically by fellowship year.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2015, with subsequent additions.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.

Garden Club of Virginia Research Fellowship reports
Jennie Oldfield
January 2021
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