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American Daffodil Society records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1029

Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative records and publications such as nursery catalogs, pamphlets, articles, and periodicals that document the history and activities of the American Daffodil Society. Board of directors minutes include financial and membership reports, as well as minutes from the executive committee meetings. These materials show the interests and areas of research that the society pursues.


  • 1810-2019, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Administrative/Biographical History

The American Daffodil Society Inc. (ADS) was formed in 1954 to encourage interest in daffodils and to support education and research in daffodil culture. The society has members in the United States and abroad; records horticultural information on daffodil varieties by registering new cultivars; and works with international organizations such as the Royal Horticultural Society. ADS holds annual conventions and is led by officers elected by a board of directors. ADS supports many daffodil shows and festivals and gives numerous awards to daffodil enthusiasts. The society published Handbook for Growing, Exhibiting and Judging Daffodils to provide rules and guidelines for show judges, as well as offering the ADS Judging Schools and Refresher Courses. To further support daffodil hobbyists and growers, the society publishes the quarterly The Daffodil Journal and has also published Daffodils to Show and Grow and other related titles.


20.92 linear ft. (44 document cases and two oversize boxes)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series: I. Adminstrative Records, II. Nursery Catalogs, and III. Publications and Articles. Each series is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff or alphabetically by nursery name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2012, with subsequent additions.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2015.

American Daffodil Society records
Jennie Oldfield
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