Marie S. Nicholson papers
New Search | Return to Search Results

Marie S. Nicholson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Nicholson, Marie S., 1894-1975
Title: Marie S. Nicholson papers
Dates: 1938-1975, undated
Quantity: 10.21 linear ft. (one document case, one half document case and seven oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS242

Biographical/Historical Note

Marie Stern Nicholson (June 18, 1894-June 20, 1975), was born in Richmond, Virginia, and married James Joseph Nicholson of Atlanta, Georgia. Nicholson developed a passion for tulips and became an expert in their cultivation. She organized Atlanta's Tulip Study Club in 1938, serving as president of the club from 1938 to 1948. She founded and served as president of the Atlanta Tulip Show Association in 1944 to host and sponsor tulip shows in Atlanta. In 1947 Nicholson helped establish the National Tulip Society of which she served as first president from 1947 to 1951. The society was organized with the goal of stimulating interest in the cultivation of tulips and published a quarterly newsletter, Tulip Tidings. In 1951, Nicholson became a key organizer and designer for the first annual Atlanta Tulip Festival, in Joel Hurt Memorial Park and Plaza Park with the planting of over 25,000 tulip bulbs.

Nicholson was a member of both the East Lake Garden Club and the Druid Hills Garden Club, as well as club sponsor for the Clay Hills Garden Club. She was also a life member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. Nicholson served frequently as an accredited tulip show judge and helped determine a standard set of judging points in the United States. She also conducted educational lectures for regional garden clubs and wrote numerous articles on tulip cultivation. Nicholson became known internationally as the "Atlanta Tulip Lady" and had two tulips named in her honor, the Marie Nicholson tulip and the Atlanta Tulip Lady tulip. In 1939 Nicholson was awarded the Peachtree Garden Club Annual Medal of Achievement. In 1956 Nicholson was awarded the prestigious silver tulip from the Associated Bulb Growers of Holland for her work in the field of tulips. She was a longtime supporter of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Free Cancer Home and the Atlanta Humane Society of which she served on the board of over 25 years. Nicholson continued to actively involved in the Atlanta Tulip Festival and tulip shows, and tended her own tulip garden in East Lake neighborhood until her death in 1975.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of a series of scrapbooks documenting the activities of Marie Nicholson as president and member of the Tulip Study Club, president of the National Tulip Society, and an active speaker and organizer of tulip festivals in Atlanta. Also included in the collection is correspondence pertaining to Nicholson's involvement with clubs and various civic organizations within the Southeast region. The collection contains a series of posters Nicholson created detailing the growth cycle of the tulip and tulip varieties. The contents of the collection provide a history of the Tulip Study Club in Atlanta, the Atlanta Tulip Show Association, tulip festivals and shows, and the efforts of Nicholson to promote, nationally and internationally, the cultivation of tulips.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Atlanta Tulip Flower Show Association.
Flower shows--Georgia--Atlanta
Gardening--Georgia--Atlanta
Gardening--Georgia--Societies, etc.
Joel Hurt Memorial Park (Atlanta, Ga.).
National Tulip Society.
Nicholson, Marie S., 1894-1975
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home (Atlanta, Ga.).
Tulip Study Club (Atlanta, Ga.).
Tulips
Tulips--Breeding
Tulips--Diseases and pests
Tulips--Varieties
Women--Georgia--Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marie S. Nicholson papers, MSS 242, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1975

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2013.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Container List

 

Box

Fldr

11Atlanta Tulip Show Association, 1944-1946
 
2Biographical, 1939-1975, undated
 
3Clippings and ephemera, 1961-1966, undated
 
4Correspondence, 1939-1959
 
5Correspondence, 1960-1962
 
6Correspondence, 1963-1964
 
7Correspondence, 1965-1969
 
8Correspondence, 1970-1971, undated
 
9Correspondence, Holland, 1960-1968
 

Location

FF 327Exhibit drawings for Atlanta Tulip Festival display, City Auditorium, by William C. Pauley, 1945, undated ( 2.0 sheets )
 
10Garden club activities, clippings and correspondence, 1958-1970, undated
 
11Minutes, Tulip Study Club, 1957-1959
 
12Minutes, Tulip Study Club, 1960-1962
 

Box

Fldr

21National Tulip Society, 1947-1956, undated
 
2Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, 1958-1968, undated
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.50Poster series demonstrating life cycle of tulips, undated
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.50Poster series exhibiting tulip varieties, undated
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.51Scrapbook, 1938-1940
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.51Scrapbook, 1938-1957
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.52Scrapbook, 1944-1953
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.52Scrapbook, National Tulip Society, 1947-1957
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.53Scrapbook, tulip festivals and shows, 1944-1948
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.53Scrapbook, tulip festivals and shows, 1951-1968
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.54Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, First Ten Years, 1938-1948
 

Location

MSS OS Box 4.434Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, 1938-1942
 
3Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, Tulip Show, 1940
 

Location

MSS OS Box 4.434Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, 1941
 

Location

MSS OS Box 4.435Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, 1941-1942
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.54Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, 1948-1957
 

Location

MSS OS Box 4.435Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, Annual Tulip Show, Application for Garden Club of Georgia Inc. National Award #34, Award of Merit of a Plant Society, 1962
 

Location

MSS OS Box 5.50Scrapbook, Tulip Study Club, 25th Anniversary Luncheon, 1963
 
4Writings, 1948, undated
 
5Yearbooks, Tulip Study Club, 1962-1965
 
6Yearbooks, Tulip Study Club, 1965-1967