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Rose Garden Club records

Identifier: ahc.MSS707

Scope and Content

This collection includes minutes, histories, and yearbooks of the Rose Garden Club, documenting both the Club's social and civic activities. Also included in the collection are numerous scrapbooks which provide a detailed history of the Club's activities including material documenting the civic work with Hillside. Additional material from Club President Mrs. Thomas Howell Scott (1938-1939), adds insight to member's activities and interests.


  • 1928-2011, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Rose Garden Club was formed in 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia, by Mrs. Moreton Rolleston, Mrs. Fred Disbro, Mrs. Norwood Griffin, Mrs. Cosby Swanson, Mrs. James Ison and Mrs. Fred Cooledge, Jr. The intent was to encourage the interest and knowledge of gardening, promote the protection of wildlife and birds, and to support community beautification projects. The Club became a member of the Garden Club of Georgia in 1929, and in the same year began a civic project to improve the landscape at McBurney Cottage of Hillside Cottages in Atlanta, which serves as a home for children from disturbed or broken homes. The Club continues to support the beautification of the grounds at Hillside and has expanded their support by providing a horticultural therapy program, a greenhouse, and outdoor classroom for residents. Other projects that the Club has supported include the Tullie Smith House at the Atlanta History Center, the American Red Cross, and the Ronald McDonald House. The Club has also published two cookbooks, Gourmet Gardener andGourmet Gardener II, to raise money for Hillside and Hospice Atlanta. The Club has hosted and participated regularly in flower shows and has won many awards, including awards for their anniversary histories and scrapbooks, as well as individual member awards.


19.5 linear ft. (6 document cases and 27 oversize boxes)



System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff, except for oversized scrapbooks which are listed chronologically at the end of the descriptive inventory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1968 with subsequent additions.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2011.
Rose Garden Club records
J. Oldfield
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305