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Burlington Garden Club Records

Identifier: mss-334

Scope of Collection

The collection contains scrapbooks, subject files, and meeting minutes. In the first carton there are eleven scrapbooks in total but they vary in content. The first seven were found in binders but were then split into sections of folders and these follow the original order of the binder. There are three binders that are still in use. These seven scrapbooks have material from the outreach committees, correspondence, and then newspaper clippings are the most prominent. The next scrapbook is labeled “loose scrapbook” because it was found in a logical order just without a binder. This one has the same content as the first seven. The last three scrapbooks are picture scrapbooks. These scrapbooks contain pictures from varying events of the garden club.

The next carton contains subject files. These include Garden Club events, official papers, and clubs they were associated with. The bigger groups of files are the papers about the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont, newsletters, official programs, negatives and prints, and the rest are small groups and other events that the club held. There are also files on the National Council of State Garden Clubs and trips the club went on.

The final box contains minutes from 1984, 1986 and then 1990 to 2002. There are also executive board minutes which are more specific for the leadership of the club. These are from 1984 and 1998 to 2002. The minutes are the topics covered by each meeting held by the club.


  • 1962-2018



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Burlington Garden Club was founded in 1934 as the “Garden Group of the Fleming Art Association.” For the early years they were partnered with the Fleming Art Museum and they grew in membership. In 1937 they changed their name to the Burlington Garden Club and in 1962 the club was incorporated with the National Garden Clubs and hosted many of their annual meetings.

They took part in preventing Dutch elm disease in 1938 and promoted Victory Gardens during World War II. Many of their annual activities include Christmas contests, the Plant and Food Sale, Civic Beautification, flower shows, tray favors for hospital patients, Horticulture Therapy, and meals-on-wheels. They also help with the VA hospital gardens in White River Junction, the Ronald McDonald House, the Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, and gardens at UVM. They started a scholarship award for students at UVM in the Plant and Soil Science Department.

Today, they average about 100 members and are very active in the community. They are now members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont, the New England Region, and the National Garden Clubs.


4.4 Linear feet (2 cartons, 1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of slides, yearbooks (1963-1986), annual reports, scrapbooks, meeting minutes, pressbooks, journal, pamphlets, newsletters, publications, financial records, correspondence, and member lists that document the activities of the Burlington Garden Club, 1962-1996.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Guide to the Burlington Garden Club Records
Finding aid prepared by Fred Torde
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)