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RECORDS, 1950-2004
8 linear inches


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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Flora Garden Club of Manchester Iowa Records, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The records (donor no. 781) were donated by Helen Schmidt in 2002 and 2004.
The records are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
In Box 2.
Processed by:

Lisa Mott, 2003; Janet Weaver 2004. [FloraGardenClub.doc]



The Flora Garden Club of Manchester, Iowa was organized on February 11, 1949. During the early years, the Club was affiliated with the National Council for State Garden Clubs, Incorporated. The Flora Garden Club originally met on the first and third Friday of every month from February through December. Membership was not to exceed twenty-four. Officers of the club included a president, vice-president and a secretary-treasurer. In the beginning committees included membership, program, flower, park, and calling committees. Dues were fifty cents per year and paid for membership in the City Federation as well as other expenses. Early programs included “Plant Shrubs for Color All Season,” “Birds in Your Backyard,” and “Conservation.”

Scope and Content Note

The Flora Garden Club of Manchester, Iowa records date from 1950 to 2002 and measure 8 linear inches. The records include notebooks the club maintained for flower shows. The notebooks recorded participants, their entries and whether or not they won or placed in the competitions. The records also include newspaper articles about the club’s activities; a program planning book issued by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Incorporated; program books spanning the years 1957-2002 listing the programs for each meeting; and secretary-treasurer records for 1950-1963 and 1976-1999. The scrapbook covers the period 1949-1951 and includes photographs. The club decided to disband in 2004 due to declining numbers and a lack of younger membership.

Box List

Box 1                          
  Flower shows          
    Division I Section A Horticulture and Section B Fruits and vegetables, undated
Division II Artistic, Division II Door hanging and Division III Tables, undated
Registration book, 1968-1975
  National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. – Program plans, undated
Newspaper articles, undated
President’s pin
Program books, 1957-1983 [1963 and 1975-1979 lacking]
Box 2                          
  Program books, 1984-2002 (folder 2)
Secretary-Treasurer records
  Scrapbook, 1951            

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