Tulip Study Club records
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Tulip Study Club records

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
Creator: Tulip Study Club (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Tulip Study Club records
Dates: 1938-1987, undated
Quantity: 1.83 linear ft. (one document case and one oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS626

Biographical/Historical Note

The Tulip Study Club of Atlanta, Georgia, was organized by Marie S. Nicholson (1894-1975) in 1938 to foster "the study, culture and promotion of interest in the tulip bulb and flower." The club was governed by a board of elected officers including president, two vice-presidents, and secretaries. The club sponsored an annual tulip show beginning in 1939 held at Rich's Inc. Department Store. In 1945 bulb growers in Holland donated 45,000 tulip bulbs to the club, which were planted in Hurt Park for the subsequent tulip shows. In 1946, the club worked with the Atlanta Tulip Show Association to sponsor an expanded tulip show held in the City Auditorium and Hurt Park. The club provided continued support and donated proceeds from the shows to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Free Cancer Home. In 1951, the club along with the Atlanta Tulip Show Association hosted the first Atlanta Tulip Festival to coincide with the annual tulip show. The festival included traditional Dutch dancing, a large windmill installed in Hurt Park, tulip exhibits, and the planting of over 25,000 tulips. A tulip queen was crowed annually and visitors from as far away as the Netherlands attended. The club continued to receive large donations of tulip bulbs, which they planted at various locations around Atlanta, including Egleston Memorial Hospital, Hillside Cottages, Sarah Smith Elementary School, Grant Park, and the State Capitol grounds. In 1963, the club won the Horticulture Achievement Award from The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. as well as a recognition of 25 years of distinguished service from the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, financial reports, and clippings that document the history of the social and civic activities of the club. Also a part of the collection are tulip show programs and clippings. Much of the material pertains to Marie Nicholson, club president from 1938 to 1948. A scrapbook from the Atlanta Tulip Show Association, in which many club members also served, provides more details of the Atlanta Tulip Show of 1946.


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

Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tulip Study Club records, MSS 626, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1990, with a subsequent addition

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This 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




1120th Anniversary, 1938-1958
225th Anniversary, 1938-1963
330th Anniversary, 1938-1968
4Atlanta Tulip Show Association, correspondence, 1946
5Atlanta Tulip Shows, 1946-1960
6Atlanta Tulip Shows, 1961-1967
7Atlanta Tulip Shows, 1968-1978
8Constitution and history, 1948-1967, undated
9Financial, 1944-1946
10Financial, 1947-1957, undated
11National Tulip Society, 1949-1950, undated
12Poetry, 1963. undated


MSS OS Box 2.139Prints, poetry poster, 1951, undated


MSS OS Box 2.139Scrapbook, Atlanta Tulip Show, 1946
13Tulip cultivation, 1948-1987, undated