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The Garden Club of Old Greenwich Collection Edit


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Leslie Albamonte
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Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1924-2010 (Creation)


  • 10 Linear Feet (Whole)
    10 Letter size document boxes 3 Boxes of Meeting Minutes 6 Boxes of Scrapbooks 5 Boxes of Photographs/Albums 2 Boxes of Books

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  • Scope and Contents

    The Garden Club of Old Greenwich Collection includes a variety of historical material dating back to the Club’s beginning in 1924. Record types include constitutions and by-laws, as well as meeting minutes from general club, board, executive, and other committees, appear here. The minutes are by far the most consistent chronologically within the Collection and run from 1931 to 2010. Other administrative records include financial notebooks and registers, membership records and lists, correspondence, and yearbooks. Of particular interest is a special grouping of Helen Binney Kitchel’s journals from 1930-1967. Also of interest is a trophy for "The Most Successful Garden Club" presented in 1930 to The Garden Club of Sound Beach, which was the original name of the The Garden Club of Old Greenwich until 1931.

    There is a large volume of records documenting activities including the various garden projects, walking tours, event programs, awards, and flower shows or exhibitions. A variety of scrapbooks, created by members, help document the Club’s early history from 1929 to 1981. Some contain early organization minutes, photographs and press. There are extensive newspaper clippings and press releases from 1970’s through the 1990’s.

    Finally, there are five boxes of photographs and albums dating from 1962 to 2008. Photographs are both in color and black & white prints, some are matted, some Polaroid.

  • Condition Description

    Most materials are in good condition. There are a few Meeting Minute journals that have significant wear and are in poor condition.

  • Arrangement

    Collection is arranged into 5 Series: 1. Administrative Records, which includes 4 subseries: Meeting Minutes, Reports, General Admin (with a grouping of Helen Binney Kitchel records), Yearbooks 2. Club Activities, which includes 3 subseries: Club Programs, Shows, Awards and Certificates 3. Press 4. Scrapbooks 5. Photographs

  • Related Items

    The Garden Club of Old Greenwich Website

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], The Garden Club of Old Greenwich, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Leslie Albamonte, March 2021

  • Administrative History

    Since 1924 The Garden Club of Old Greenwich has nurtured interest in the cultivation of plants and flowers, in the making of gardens and to promote community and civic betterment.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    This collection consists mostly of paper documents, which do not require any additional technology for access, as well as a large number of photographs. One Garden Show folder includes a 3 1⁄2-inch, high-density floppy disk which will require suitable hardware to view it.

  • General

    Associated accession numbers: A.2019.007, A.2022.013, A.2023.009