Cleveland Park Garden Club Collection, 1953-1984

Cleveland Park Garden Club Collection, 1953-1984

Finding Aid

Collection No. 38 (.7 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives

Provenance

Philip J. Stone donated the records of the Cleveland Park Garden Club.

History

In order to promote environmental conservation and horticultural interest, area residents founded the Cleveland Park Garden Club in 1953. Topics at the monthly meetings ranged from garden maintenance to community beautification projects. Slide and lecture presentations as well as garden tours were held throughout the year.

The club was also active in local volunteer and civic efforts including the maintenance of the National Cathedral grounds, the safeguarding of “green spaces” in the District, and the Cleveland Park Branch Library Landscaping and Beautification project. The group also protested the District’s use of DDT as a pesticide.

Although the club was advertised as a community organization for both men and women, membership was primarily female. When the club disbanded in June of 1984, the decline in membership was attributed not only to District families’ exodus to the suburbs but also to women working outside the home.

Scope and Content Note 

Records from the Cleveland Park Garden Club extend from 1953 through 1984.  The collection contains correspondence, financial materials, meeting minutes, by-laws, membership lists, and newsletters. Significant items in the collection are a letter signed by “Lady Bird” Johnson and the Garden Club scrapbook highlighting various projects undertaken by the group. Included are articles from The Washington Post and photographs of members and club projects.   

Box Inventory

Box 1

  • Annual Program Announcements, 1973-1984
  • Annual Report of the Secretary, 1976-1984
  • Audit Reports, 1974-1984
  • Cleveland Park Branch Library Beautification Project, 1965-1966
  • Cleveland Park Branch Library Landscaping Project (2 folders), 1965-1966
  • Constitution and By-laws, 1973
  • Correspondence, 1959
  • Correspondence, 1960
  • Dissolution Papers
  • Executive Committee Minutes, 1975-1983
  • Financial Reports, 1975-1984
  • Flyer
  • Ledger Book, 1960-1983
  • Membership List, 1959
  • Membership List, 1974-1984
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1953-1955
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1956
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1957
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1958
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1959
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1960
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1961
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1962
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1963
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1964
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1965

Box 2

  • Minutes and other Materials, 1966
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1967
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1968
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1969
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1970
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1971
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1972
  • Minutes and other Materials, 1973
  • Minutes, 1974
  • Minutes and other materials, 1975-1984
  • Scrapbook (2 folders), 1954-1961
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D.C. Community Archives
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Washington, D.C.  20001
202-727-1213

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