Norfolk Botanical Garden Records, 1937-2015
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Brief Description:

Records of the Norfolk Botanical Garden's history, facilities, daily operations, exhibits, gardens, plants, and various events from 1937-2015. Included are correspondence files, reports, ledgers, publications, news clippings, and photographs. Operations documentation includes internal correspondence, finances, and various committee records. The daily operations and income ledgers date from 1965-1993, with a gap from 1987-1988. Publications in the collection include Bloom (2002-2013), Norfolk Botanical Garden Society Newsletter (1963-1997), and Old Dominion Horticultural Society Bulletin (1940-1962).

The records also include 24 scrapbooks, of which 14 scrapbooks relate to the International Azalea Festival for the years 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, and 1981. The remaining scrapbooks cover history of the Norfolk Botanical Garden from 1961-1988, Federation of Garden Clubs from 1951-1970, Tidewater District Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs from 1952-1959, and Cape Henry Woman's Club from 1959-1961. There are also eight boxes of photographs primarily dating from the late 1980s to 2007 and two boxes of negatives from the 1990s-2000s. There are six boxes comprising approximately 7,000 slide photographs from 1940-2007. Finally, there are eight boxes of audiovisual materials including 16mm and 8mm film reels, VHS tapes, CDs, and other electronic media.

Held at:
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Slover Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 7574317429
Email: localhistory [at]
Record Series Number: 001/01/MSS 2015-044
Created by: Norfolk Botanical Garden (1938-)
Volume: 72.0 Boxes
Acquired: 11/18/2015.
Arrangement: Arranged by subject and record type. 1. History, 2. Operations / Facility, 3. Gardens / Plants, 4. Events, 5. Publications, 6. Clippings, 7. Scrapbooks, 8. Photographs, Negatives, and Slides, and 9. Audiovisual Materials.
Biographical Note for Norfolk Botanical Garden (1938-) : The Norfolk Botanical Garden began in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. It was called the Norfolk Azalea Gardens until 1958. The Garden is nationally recognized and was home to the city's International Azalea Festival from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.
Subject Index
Gardening--Societies, etc.
Gardening--Southern States
International Azalea Festival (Norfolk, Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
Compact discs
Histories (literature genre)
Ledgers (account books)
Negatives (photographs)
Publications (document genre)
Slides (photographs)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.
Acquisition Notes: Norfolk Botanical Garden by donation
PreferredCitation: Norfolk Botanical Garden Records, MSS 2015-044, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.