GRETCHEN HARSHBARGER (1906-1989)
1.25 linear feet
The papers (donor no. 281) were donated by Additional material donated by Ruth and Sam Becker (donor no. 186) in 1997.Fritz Harshbarger.
The papers are open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
Special Collections staff and Natalie S. Brody, 1995.
Gretchen Fischer Harshbarger
was born on
Gretchen Harshbarger was a nationally recognized
professional landscape architect, author and photographer. She wrote the McCall's Garden Book (1968) and the Flower Family Album, with her mother, Helen Field, in 1940. She was also the garden editor for Household Magazine and American Homes and president of the
Garden Writers' Association of America and the American Hemerocallis
Society. Harshbarger received numerous
national and local awards for her contributions to horticulture. In
Scope and Content Note
The Gretchen Harshbarger papers date from 1900 to 1991 and measure 1.25 linear feet. The papers are arranged in four series: Biographical information, Landscape design, Publications, and Photographs.
The Biographical information series (1906-1991) pertains primarily to the career of Gretchen Harshbarger. The series includes many newspaper clippings about her professional activities as well as information about her family, education, and awards; and correspondence.
The landscape plans that Harshbarger
Harshbarger was a prolific writer. The Flower Family Album (1940) and articles she wrote for Household Magazine and other magazines are included in the Publications series (1935-1989), as are advertisements and reviews of McCalls's Garden Book (1968).
The Photographs series (1900-1987) is devoted primarily to those of Harshbarger, her family and friends.
Nancy Seiberling oral history
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American Horticultural Society Citation Certificate, 1960 [shelved in map case: drawer 5]
Garden Writers Association
Correspondence, 1906-1991 and undated
Education, Cornell University, 1928-1929
Family information and memoirs, 1945-1975 and undated
Family genealogy, 1934, 1975, and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1909-1989 and undated
Poems and art, 1929 and undated
Professional notes and activities, 1930s-1960s
Letters of condolence upon her death, 1989
Hillel House, 1972
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1972
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1977-1978
Interstate 80 interchange, undated
Baker, Marilyn and George, 1980
Ellis, Sandra and Dorsey, 1974
Hayes, Jim, 1980-1982
Hayford, Jack, 1980
Johnson, George and Sally, 1977
Jordison, Randall, 1977
Koch, Larry, 1978-1980
Long, John Paul, 1972
Newman, Jack, 1972-1977
Rossi, Nicholas, 1972
Schoderbek, Peter and Clara, 1972-1973
Summy, Tom, 1977
Photographs and slides
White, Carl, 1977-1979
Wockenfuss, James, 1974, 1979
Shimek Elementary School, 1971-1972, 1978
The University of Iowa North Hall Grounds
Better Homes and Gardens, 1937 (editor’s telegram)
Capper's Farmer, 1954-1955
Flower Family Album, 1940
Gallery of Summer Flowers, 1939
Household Magazine, 1951-1958 (3 folders)
Magazine articles, 1935-1983
Magazine covers, 1957-1965
McCall's Garden Book, 1967-1968
Project Green, 1988-1989
Family and friends
1960-1969 (2 folders)
Miscellaneous, undated (2 folders)
Harshbarger garden and house, undated
Harshbarger, Gretchen, undated (2 folders)