Southern Nursery Association Records
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Southern Nursery Association Records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Southern Nursery Association.
Title: Southern Nursery Association Records
Dates: 1923-1999, undated
Quantity: 1.46 linear ft.
Quantity: (3 document cases and 1 half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS985

Biographical/Historical Note

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is a non-profit, professional trade organization that was formed when nine southern members of the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN) envisioned a regional organization to negotiate with the railroads that served the southern nursery business. These charter members appointed a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws and in August 1899, nearly fifty southern nurserymen met to discuss the problems they faced. At the time, the survival of the nursery business in the South was threatened by unfavorable freight rates to Northern and Midwestern markets as well as a lack of cooperation between various states on issues of interstate trade. The newly formed association would combat these issues into the 1940s when agreements made between various states finally made the movement of plants across state borders easier and less financially taxing. In 1937, the SNA had allowed the first commercial exhibit at its annual convention. This small display slowly evolved into an annual trade show that has become the major source of funding for the association’s programs and a main focus of its annual convention. Headquartered in Atlanta, the SNA continues to provide wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape architects, and allied suppliers with educational, marketing and networking opportunities to advance the horticultural industry in the South.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains minutes from the Southern Nursery Association’s annual meetings from most years between 1923 and 1988. Committee reports, financial statements, membership lists, and necrology reports (obituaries of recently deceased members) presented at the annual meetings are sometimes included. Receipt reports from 1923 to 1951 list the dues-paying members of the association with the amount paid for the year. Little material exists during the years of World War II. From 1952 to 1958, transcripts of the association’s annual meetings exist. The collection also contains programs for several annual meetings held during the 1920s through the 1940s and trade show programs from 1985 to 1987. In addition, a convention program from 1999 celebrates the association’s one hundredth anniversary. Minutes from the board of director’s meetings are included from 1959 to 1988. Limited correspondence related to the association’s annual meetings and financial affairs is included. The collection also contains a published history of the Southern Nursery Association.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged and grouped chronologically by year. However, financial reports from 1923 to 1951 and membership lists from 1947 to 1951 are grouped together in folders at the end of box one because this material was recorded by the association in a manner that precluded its strict separation by year.


Index Terms

American Association of Nurserymen.
Nurseries (Horticulture)--Southern States
Southern Nursery Association.
Southern Nurserymen's Association.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Southern Nursery Association Records, MSS 985, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Southern Nursery Association, 1999 (CGL 1999.01).

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2008.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

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


Related Material

Southern Nursery Association Photographs, VIS 169, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.


Container List

 

Box

Fldr

11Annual convention minutes, committees appointed, 1923
 
2Annual meeting minutes, program, committees appointed, 1924
 
3Annual convention minutes, program, report of committee on exhibits, report on president’s address, committees appointed, 1925
 
4Annual meeting minutes, program, committees appointed, 1926
 
5Annual meeting minutes, program, 1927
 
6Secretary’s report, program, 1928
 
7Secretary’s report, 1929
 
8Secretary’s report, program, 1930
 
9Secretary’s report, 1931
 
10Annual meeting minutes, secretary’s report, program, 1932
 
11Correspondence, convention proceedings, secretary’s report, program, 1933
 
12Annual meeting minutes, secretary’s report, program, 1934
 
13Report of the convention, program, 1935
 
14Annual meeting minutes, 1936
 
15Annual meeting minutes, 1937
 
16annual meeting minutes, report of the committee on the President’s address, report of the committee on trade barriers, report of the committee on nominations, resolution on the passing of a fellow nurseryman, program, American Association of Nurserymen Charter No. 27, 1938
 
17annual meeting minutes, report of the necrology committee, report of the = committee on resolutions, a resolution regarding the names of Ligustrum lucidum and Ligustrum japonicum, program, 1939
 
18Annual meeting minutes, annual meeting report, program, 1940
 
19annual meeting minutes, report of the trade barriers committee, report of the legislative committee, program, 1941
 
20Letter to members re: Executive Committee meeting, 1942
 
21“Wartime problems feature of Southern Nurserymen’s 44th Annual Meeting,” results from questionnaire on food crops, 1943
 
22“Henry N. Boyd Elected President of Southern Nurserymen’s Association at Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., August 23-24,” program, notes on committees, 1944
 
23Letter to members re: annual meeting, “Southern Convention at Greensboro,”, 1946
 
24Annual meeting minutes, 1947
 
25AAN annual convention minutes; SNA annual meeting minutes, secretary’s report; SNA’s Women’s Auxiliary meeting minutes, list of members at meeting, letter re: report of minutes, 1948
 
26AAN annual convention minutes; SNA annual meeting minutes; SNA’s Women’s Auxiliary meeting minutes, members, letter re: meeting, 1949
 
27Annual meeting minutes, secretary’s report, resignation of secretary-treasurer, 1950
 
28Minutes for executive committee meeting (2), resolution #1 re: gratitude to organizers of meeting (2), resolution #2 re: “Plant America” program (2), secretary’s report, letter re: meeting minutes (2), 1951
 
29Financials including “receipt” reports detailing dues-paying members and treasurer’s reports with details of disbursements, 1923-1951
 
30Alphabetical list of dues-paying members, 1947-1951
 
31Transcript of proceedings of annual convention, annual meeting minutes, secretary’s report (2), minutes of AAN Secretaries’ Meeting (2), financial statement, correspondence, 1952
 

Box

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21Transcript of proceedings of annual convention, minutes of the executive committee meeting, 1953
 
2Transcript of proceedings of annual convention, 1954
 
3Transcript of proceedings of annual convention, 1955
 
4Transcript of proceedings of annual convention, 1956
 
5Transcript of proceedings of annual convention, 1957
 
6Transcript of proceedings of annual convention, 1958
 

Box

Fldr

31Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, and correspondence, 1959
 
2Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, 1960
 
3Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, 1961
 
4Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, 1962
 
5Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, 1963
 
6Annual meeting minutes, minutes of director’s meeting, 1964
 
7Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, résumé of October conference, 1965
 
8Minutes of director’s meeting, 1966
 
9Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, 1967
 
10Correspondence, 1969
 
11Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, report of resolutions committee, necrology report, statement of cash receipts, disbursement, and fund balance, and correspondence, 1970
 
12Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, address by President Cecil F. Hill, necrology report, resolutions, statement of cash receipts, disbursements and fund balance, 1971
 
13Minutes of director’s meetings, youth program, annual meeting minutes, SNA membership report, research conference proposals, statement of cash receipts, disbursements and fund balance, 1972
 
14Minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, necrology report, membership report, statement of cash receipts, disbursements and fund balance, proposed budget, 1973
 
15Mid-year proposed budge report and membership report, minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, proposed budget, statement of cash receipts, disbursements, and fund balance, 1974
 
16Minutes of director’s meetings, proposed budget report, copy of letter to commissioner Edward S. Porter, annual meeting minutes with necrology report, statement of cash receipts, disbursements, and fund balance, and membership report, 1975
 
17bound volume containing minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes, necrology reports, membership reports, financial reports, and correspondence, 1976-1982
 
18Bound volume containing minutes of director’s meetings, annual meeting minutes with necrology reports and membership reports, financial reports and correspondence, 1983-1988
 

Box

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41Southern Nurserymen’s Association Show Highlights, Horticultural Trade Show Program and Exhibitor List, 1985
 
2Horticultural Trade Show Program and Exhibitor List, 1986
 
3Horticultural Trade Show Program and Exhibitor List, 1987
 
4 The History of the Southern Nursery Association (2 copies), 1999
 
5SNA Convention Program, 1999
 
6Correspondence, undated