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Judith B. Tankard visual arts material

Collection number: ahc.VIS410

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, slides, and postcards that document Tankard's career in landscape history research, lecturing, and writing. Included in the collection are images of Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia, owned by John Lee Pratt (1879-1975) and Lillian Thomas Pratt (1876-1947). Also a part of the collection are house and garden images documenting Tankard’s research and travels in North America and Europe. These images highlight the work of landscape architects such as Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), Ellen Shipman (1869-1950) and landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), and architect Edwin Luytens (1869-1944).


  • 1869-2019, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use for most items must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Permission to use some items as noted in Series III inventory must be cleared through other institutions including The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California,; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.,; and Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript collections, Ithaca, New York,

Please contact the Cherokee Garden Library for more information regarding permission for use.

Biographical / Historical

Judith B. Tankard (1942- ), originally from New York, is an author, lecturer, preservation consultant, and independent scholar specializing in American and British garden history. She is the author of several landscape history books, such as Ellen Shipman and the American Garden (2018) andGardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement (2019) as well as numerous articles and book reviews. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a Master of Arts degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Tankard taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University from 1988 to 2007. She also served as president and long-time board member of the Beatrix Farrand Society. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society awarded her a Gold Medal for her work in the promotion of historic New England gardens. Tankard is a frequent lecturer on topics such as the preservation of historic landscapes and pioneer landscape architects.


34,695 item(s) (33,825 slides, 822 black and white photographic prints, 19 color photographic prints, 14 photocopies, seven postcards, two black and white negatives, two clippings, two inventories, one color negative, and one bound book of color images)




This collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Chatham Manor and Pratt Family, arranged by photograph number as they were in an orginal album; Series II: Houses and Gardens, Travel Collection; and Series III: Book Research. Series II and III are arranged in alphabetical order and some control numbers are intentionally out of numerical order to maintain alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2018, with subsequent additions

Related Materials

Judith B. Tankard papers, MSS 1081, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed in 2023.

Judith B. Tankard visual arts material
Jennie Oldfield
July 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305