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Descriptive Summary

Organization History

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Yearbooks

Administrative

Photographs

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

River Oaks Blossom Club Records, 1939-1999



Descriptive Summary

Creator River Oaks Blossom Club
Title River Oaks Blossom Club Records
Dates: 1939-1999
Abstract The River Oaks Blossom Club was organized in 1939 to promotes gardening as both an enjoyable social activity and an activity that benefits the community. The records consist of yearbooks, administrative documents, and photographs.
ID uhwrob99
Extent 3 boxes; 1.5 linear feet
Language English.
Repository Special Collections & Archives, University of Houston Libraries

Organization History

The River Oaks Blossom Club was organized in 1939 by a group of River Oaks women who felt the area needed a third garden club. The Club promotes gardening as both an enjoyable social activity and one that benefits the community. The Club meets monthly, October through May, at member's houses to plan activities and conduct Club business. Guest speakers at the monthly meetings have included experts on local and state horticulture. The Club also participates in field trips and provides tours through members' gardens. The Blossom Club's main activity each year is the annual flower show in May at the home of a member. Each show has a particular theme, such as First Ladies or International. In addition to the meetings and flower show, the Blossom Club also promotes civic responsibility. Members have donated their time and gardening talents to local hospitals and nursing homes by preparing decorated Christmas trees, cookie jars, and stamped cards. Although not included in the collection, the Blossom Club has received certificates for its cooperation during World War II with the USO, the Red Cross, the Bond Drive, and the Victory Vegetable Gardens.

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Scope and Contents

The River Oaks Blossom Club collection contains material dating from the Club's inception in 1939 through 1999. The collection is divided into three series: Yearbooks, Administrative, and Photographs. The Yearbooks and Photographs series are arranged chronologically. The Administrative series is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically.

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Restrictions

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

River Oaks Blossom Club Records, Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition

Donated by River Oaks Blossom Club, 2000

Processed by

Joanie South-Shelley, March 2000

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Location: Range E; Section 7; Shelf 3

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Detailed Description

 

Yearbooks

This series consists of twenty-five folders, and contains the yearbooks of the Club, dating from 1939-1990. The yearbooks list the officers, the programs for that year, the committees for the programs and the flower show, and the active members. The yearbooks are dated to coincide with the Club's year, which runs October through May. There are a few yearbooks missing: 1948-1949, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1989-1990, and from 1991 on. One yearbook from the River Oaks Rose Club 1951-9152 is included in the collection.
box folder
1 1 Yearbooks, 1940-1942
2 Yearbooks, 1942-1944
3 Yearbooks, 1944-1946
4 Yearbooks, 1946-1948
5 Yearbooks, 1949-1951
6 Yearbooks, 1951-1953
7 Yearbooks, 1953-1955
8 Yearbooks, 1955-1957
9 Yearbooks, 1957-1959
10 Yearbooks, 1959-1961
11 Yearbooks, 1961-1963
12 Yearbooks, 1963-1965
13 Yearbooks, 1965-1967
14 Yearbooks, 1967-1969
15 Yearbooks, 1969-1971
16 Yearbooks, 1971-1973
17 Yearbooks, 1973-1975
18 Yearbooks, 1975-1977
19 Yearbooks, 1977-1979
20 Yearbooks, 1979-1981
21 Yearbooks, 1981-1983
22 Yearbooks, 1983-1985
23 Yearbooks, 1985-1988
24 Yearbooks, 1990-1991
25 Yearbooks, River Oaks Rose Club, 1951-1952

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Administrative

This series contains sixteen folders. Items include minutes, the constitution and by-laws, correspondence, newspaper clippings, information about the Club and its officers, and general horticultural information. The minutes from 1950-1960 are bound in a book. The minutes from 1973-1982 were in a three-ring, leather binder. They have been removed from the binder for preservation purposes, and the binder has been boxed separately in box 4. Some loose materials have been categorized.
box folder
2 1 Minutes, 1950-1960
2 Minutes, October 1960-May 1964
3 Minutes, October 1964-May 1968
4 Minutes, October 1968-May 1971
5 Minutes, October 1971-May 1975
6 Minutes, October 1975-May 1979
7 Minutes, October 1979-May 1981
8 Constitution and By-laws, 1996
9 Officers, 1989
10 Officers, 1996
11 Correspondence, 1974-1999
12 Flower Shows, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999
13 Newspaper Clippings, 1970
14 Activities, 1996
15 Schedule, 1996-1997
16 Gardening Information, 1978-1999
box folder
4 - Three-ring Leather Binder, 1973-1982

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Photographs

This series contains fifty folders of photographs. The photographs are of the 1985, 1993, 1995, and 1997 flower shows. The negatives from the 1993 show are included in a separate folder. The 1995 photographs are arranged in a photo album, which has not been taken apart. The 1997 photographs were in an album, which has been taken apart. There is one photo of a guest speaker at a Club meeting in 1997. The speaker was the chef from Brennans, a Houston restaurant. Other than this one photograph, all the others are of people and arrangements at the flower shows. Photographs in which people can be identified are placed earlier in the series. Some of the Blossom Club members identified in the photographs include Bootsie Martin, Katherine Manatt, Jeannette Jawarski, Barbara Taitt, Leah Tucker, Grace Gandy, Karol Barnhart, Ann Phenicie, Claire Johnson, and Betsy Anderson.
box folder
3 1 Flower Show, 1985
2 Flower Show, 1993
3 Flower Show, 1993
4 Flower Show, 1993
5 Flower Show, 1993
6 Flower Show, 1993
7 Flower Show, 1993
8 Flower Show, 1993
9 Flower Show, 1993
10 Flower Show Negatives, 1993
11 Flower Show Processing Envelopes, 1993
12 Photograph Album-1995 Flower Show, 1995
13 Meeting, 1997
14 Flower Show, 1997
15 Flower Show, 1997
16 Flower Show, 1997
17 Flower Show, 1997
18 Flower Show, 1997
19 Flower Show, 1997
20 Flower Show, 1997
21 Flower Show, 1997
22 Flower Show, 1997
23 Flower Show, 1997
24 Flower Show, 1997
25 Flower Show, 1997
26 Flower Show, 1997
27 Flower Show, 1997
28 Flower Show, 1997
29 Flower Show, 1997
30 Flower Show, 1997
31 Flower Show, 1997
32 Flower Show, 1997
33 Flower Show, 1997
34 Flower Show, 1997
35 Flower Show, 1997
36 Flower Show, 1997
37 Flower Show, 1997
38 Flower Show, 1997
39 Flower Show, 1997
40 Flower Show, 1997
41 Flower Show, 1997
42 Flower Show, 1997
43 Flower Show, 1997
44 Flower Show, 1997
45 Flower Show, 1997
46 Flower Show, 1997
47 Flower Show, 1997
48 Flower Show, 1997
49 Flower Show, 1997
50 Flower Show, 1997

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