University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Houston Council of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Texas Garden Clubs. Houston Council
Collection Title Houston Council of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. Records
Dates 1943-2003
Identification 2003-002
Physical Description 5.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

The Houston Council of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. was organized and federated April 22, 1943. A number of Houston garden clubs united to establish a Council with the responsibility of coordinating the activities of local clubs at the state and national levels. A Constitution and By-Laws were adopted at the second Council meeting, in May 1943. After sixty years, the Council dissolved in June 2003 due to decreasing attendance of member clubs.

The Houston Council of Texas Garden Clubs was very active in the community throughout its existence. The Council’s two major community service projects regarded the United States Veterans Administration Hospital and the Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club. These were ongoing projects over many years. The Council was involved in several activities at the hospital. Beginning in 1951, the Council provided weekly flower arrangements at the hospital chapel, maintained planter boxes, and created several gardens for use as garden therapy for the patients. The Council sponsored the Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, founded in 1949. The club provided transportation and activities for its members and Braille transcriptions of club rosters. The Council was also involved in smaller community service projects over the years.

For much of its existence, the Council met once a month, September through May, at the Houston Garden Center in Hermann Park. Officers were elected for two year terms, with elections held in May. Activities included instructional programs and presentations at the meetings, and annual flower shows.


Scope and Contents

The collection arrived in generally good order and condition. Some material from the late 1950s to early 1960s was very brittle, and has been placed in protective mylar. The collection includes an almost complete run of minutes, financials, and yearbooks.

The collection includes several large, typical scrapbooks and several smaller types of scrapbooks. These scrapbooks were compiled and submitted for various awards at the local and state levels. Most of the information on the Council’s two major activities, the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, as well as smaller projects, are contained in these books. The scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, ribbons, correspondence, newsletters, and other material documenting the Council’s involvement in various community service projects.

The large scrapbooks were in very fragile condition. Items had been glued or taped onto the pages, most of the tape was no longer sticky, and items were loose throughout the books. The pages were very acidic and some had torn; some of the photographs had begun to discolor. Several of the scrapbooks contained loose material at the end. These scrapbooks have been disassembled for preservation purposes: pages with newsprint copied onto acid free paper, tape removed if possible, acid free tissue paper placed between the pages of the most fragile scrapbooks. The other type of scrapbook is a small, three-clasp pocket folder. These pocket folders have been disassembled and the material kept in original order.

The collection is divided into five series: Administrative, Projects and Activities, Awards, Yearbooks, and Memorabilia. The material in the collection has been arranged, for the most part, chronologically.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for Research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Even though the material in this collection is in the public domain, the University of Houston Libraries owns the physical items. Copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs, and the researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of University of Houston Libraries’ material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate curator.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Texas Garden Clubs. Houston Council
Genre/Form of Material:
Administrative records
Scrapbooks
Yearbooks
Topical Term:
Gardening
Women -- Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Houston Council of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Donation by the Houston Council of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc., 2003


Detailed List of Contents

Administrative

Scope and Contents
This series contains material concerning the administration of the Council, including a history, correspondence, legal documents, newsletters, and an almost complete run of meeting minutes and financials. Financial information was included in the minutes until 1959. The minutes include those of the board of directors, the executive committee, and the general Council meetings, arranged chronologically. The minutes and financial material are arranged in two year increments corresponding to each president’s tenure.
Box Folder
1 1 History 1943-1983
2 Legal Documents 1958-2003
3 Minutes 1943-1945
4 Minutes 1945-1947
5 Minutes 1947-1949
6 Minutes 1949-1951
7 Minutes 1951-1953
8 Minutes 1953-1955
9 Minutes 1955-1957
10 Minutes 1957-1959
11 Minutes 1959-1961
12 Minutes 1961-1963
13 Minutes 1963-1965
14 Minutes 1967-1969
15 Minutes 1969-1971
16 Minutes 1973-1975
17 Minutes 1975-1977
18 Minutes 1977-1979
19 Minutes 1979-1981
20 Minutes 1981-1983
21 Minutes 1983-1985
22 Minutes 1985-1987
23 Minutes 1987-1989
24 Minutes 1989-1991
25 Minutes 1991-1993
26 Minutes 1993-1995
27 Minutes 1995-1997
28 Minutes 1997-1999
29 Minutes 1999-2001
30 Minutes 2001-2003
31 Financials 1959-1961
32 Financials 1961-1962
33 Financials 1961-1963
34 Financials 1965-1967
35 Financials 1967-1969
36 Financials 1969-1971
37 Financials 1973-1975
38 Financials 1975-1977
39 Financials 1977-1979
40 Financials 1979-1981
41 Financials 1981-1983
42 Financials 1983-1985
43 Financials 1985-1987
44 Financials 1987-1989
Box Folder
2 1 Financials 1989-1991
2 Financials 1991-1993
3 Financials 1993-1995
4 Financials 1995-1997
5 Financials 1997-1999
6 Financials 1999-2001
7 Financials 2001-2003
8 Expenses 2000-2003
9 Dissolution Ballots 2003
10 Correspondence 1957-1978
11 Correspondence 1983-1999
12 Correspondence 2001-2003
13 Newsletters 1963-1971
14 Newsletters 1979-1983
15 Newsletters 1990-1993, 1996-1999
16 Newsletters 2000-2003
17 Newsletter Production 2000-2002



Projects and Activities

Scope and Contents
This series contains material pertaining to the projects and activities of the Council, including community service projects and flower shows. It contains four sub-series: Community Service Projects, Flower Shows, Activities, and Related Organizations. Other projects are listed chronologically following the two main; the three other sub-series are also arranged chronologically. The Padre Island material contains original letters from Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson, Representative Albert Thomas, and Representative Bob Casey.
Community Service Projects
Box Folder
1 18 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Garden Therapy Projects, (red scrapbook loose material and copies) 1952-1958
19 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Garden Therapy Projects, (red scrapbook loose material and copies) 1959-1960
20 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital Chapel 1960-1961
21 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital Chapel 1966-1967
22 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital Chapel 1966-1967
23 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital Chapel 1968-1969
24 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital Chapel 1969-1970
25-26 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, (white scrapbook loose material and copies) 1955-1961
27-28 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, (black roses scrapbook loose material and copies) 1956-1963
29 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, (brown scrapbook loose material and copies) 1963-1964
30 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club 1966-1967
31-32 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club 1967-1968
33-34 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club 1967-1969
37 Blue Star Highway Memorial 1955
35-36 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club 1968-1969
38 Fragrant Garden for the Blind 1959-1969
39 Padre Island National Park 1959-1961
40 Padre Island National Park, Congressional Record, 86th Congress, vol. 105, no.159 September 9, 1959
41 High School Gardeners 1961
42 Huweiler Memorial Fountain 1965-1970
Box Item
5 1 U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Garden Therapy Projects, (red scrapbook) 1952-1960
2 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, (white scrapbook) 1955-1961
3 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, (black roses scrapbook) 1956-1963
4 Lighthouse for the Blind Garden Club, (brown scrapbook) 1963-1964
Flower Shows
Box Folder
3 1 First Houston International Flower and Garden Show 1952
2 Living with Flowers 1957
3 Song of the Sea 1958
4 Houston-International Gateway in the Spring 1961
5 Blossomtime Houston 1968
6 Showers of Flowers 1969
7 Fall Fantasy 1973
8 Springtime Jewels 1975
9 A Prelude to Twenty 1976
10 The Wonder of Christmas 1976
11 Magic, Myth, Mystery 1979
12 Carnival 1982
13 A Time to… 1982
14 Honky Tonk USA 1983
15 Small and Beautiful 1993
16 Houston! NCS has Landed 1994
17 Cliches of the 90s 1995
18 Blossomtime Houston 2000
19 Wild and Free 2001
20 Flower Shows undated
Activities
Box Folder
3 21 Meeting and Program September 2001
22 Meeting and Program October 2001
23 Meeting and Program November 2001
24 Meeting and Program January 2002
25 Meeting and Program February 2002
26 Meeting and Program March 2002
27 Meeting and Program April 2002
28 Meeting and Program May 2002
29 Meeting and Program November 2002
30 Meeting and Program May 2003
31 Meeting and Program undated
32 Inner Circle 1953-1957
33 Houston Garden Center 1955-2001
34 Judges Council 1956-1992
35 Library 1959-1961
36 Miscellaneous Horticulture 1963-2003
37 Pilgrimages/Trips 1985-1994
Related Organizations
Box Folder
3 38-39 Garden Study Club of West University Place, (scrapbook loose material and copies) 1940-1941
40 District IV Coastal Prairie Council of Texas Garden Clubs 1950s-2001
41 Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. 1956-2003
42 Houston Botanical Society 1969
43 Hunters Creek Garden Club Hunters Creek Heritage 1976
44 Arts and Flowers Garden Club Minutes 1991-1994
45 Arts and Flowers Garden Club Minutes 1994-1995
46 Arts and Flowers Garden Club Minutes 1995-1997
Box Item
5 5 Garden Study Club of West University Place, (scrapbook) 1940-1941



Awards

Scope and Contents
This series contains material pertaining to various awards received by the Council. It is divided into two sub-series: Community Service, and Gardening, both arranged chronologically.
Community Service
Box Folder
3 47 San Jacinto Girl Scouts, Inc., Certificate of Appreciation March 12, 1962
48 National Council of State Garden Clubs, Garden Therapy February 1965
49 Veterans Administration Voluntary Service April 15, 1965
50 Lighthouse Community Service Award May 12, 1966
Box Item
5 6 Houston American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Particpation and Appreciation Awards 1976
Gardening
Box Folder
3 51 Arbor Day 1960-1961
52 Yearbook 1963-1969
53 Garden Club of the Year 1963-1997
54 Garden Council of the Year 1968-1970
55 Flower Show Schedule 1969-1970
56 Award Certificates 1950s
Box Folder
4 1 Award Certificates 1960s
2 Award Certificates 1970s
3 Award Certificates 1980s
4 Award Certificates 1990s
5 Award Certificates 2000s
6 Award Certificates undated



Yearbooks

Scope and Contents
This series contains the Yearbooks of the Council, published every two years to coincide with the president’s tenure. 1973-1974 and 1989-1990 are missing.
Box Folder
4 7 1959-1960
8 1960-1961
9 1961-1962
10 1962-1963
11 1963-1964
12 1964-1965
13 1965-1966
14 1966-1967
15 1967-1968
16 1968-1969
17 1969-1970
18 1970-1971
19 1971-1972
20 1972-1973
21 1974-1975
22 1975-1976
23 1976-1977
24 1977-1978
25 1978-1979
26 1979-1980
27 1980-1981
28 1981-1982
29 1982-1983
30 1983-1984
31 1984-1985
32 1985-1986
33 1986-1987
34 1987-1988
35 1988-1989
36 1990-1991
37 1991-1992
38 1992-1993
39 1993-1994
40 1994-1995
41 1995-1996
42 1996-1997
43 1997-1998
44 1998-1999
45 1999-2000
46 2000-2001
47 2001-2002
48 2002-2003



Memorabilia

Scope and Contents
This series contains miscellaneous items, such as the Council banner and seal, and four slides.
Box Folder
4 49 Four Slides, Fragrant Garden for the Blind 1961
Box Item
5 7 Organization's Official Pocket Seal
8 Organizational Banner (OVS, outside of box)