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Judith B. Tankard papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS1081

Scope and Content

This collection contains chiefly photocopies of articles, papers, clippings, and other research material covering a variety of landscape history topics. Also included is biographical research on women landscape architects such as Rose Ishbel Greely and Marian Cruger Coffin. Additionally, seminar materials from the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Radcliffe Seminars Program from the Landscape Institute of Harvard University provide further information on American and British garden history. Of special interest are seminar materials relating to the gardens of Gertrude Jekyll as well as Arts and Crafts gardens.


  • 1905-2017, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Judith B. Tankard (1942- ), originally from New York, is an author, lecturer, preservation consultant, and independent scholar specializing in American and British garden history. She is the author of several landscape history books, such as Ellen Shipman and the American Garden (2018) andGardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement (2019) as well as numerous articles and book reviews. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a Master of Arts degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Tankard taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University from 1988-2007. She also served as president and long-time board member of the Beatrix Farrand Society. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society awarded her a Gold Medal for her work in the promotion of historic New England gardens. Tankard is a frequent lecturer on topics such as the preservation of historic landscapes and pioneer landscape architects.


2.92 linear ft. (seven document cases)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2015, with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Judith B. Tankard Periodical Collection, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016, with subsequent additions.
Judith B. Tankard papers
Jennie Oldfield
March 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305