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George R. Stritikus Papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS983

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains the research papers of George R. Stritikus. According to the author, "these pages are not really scholarly papers written for other scholars. The primary audience is the novice/average gardener, who is interested in gardening and history, but who may or may not be a trained botanist or horticulturist. As far as I am concerned, I consider these 2500 pages my ‘Un-official Dissertation.’" The collection consists primarily of articles written by Stritikus (abbreviated as GSA in the description inventory) and fact sheets he compiled(abbreviated as FS in the description inventory) related to the history of Alabama gardens and plants cultivated in the state. In addition, Stritikus assembled plant material indexes (abbreviated as PMI in the description inventory) that list references to Alabama gardens and plant materials from books, magazines and/or articles that were either published or unpublished. Some of the Stritikus research material features Georgia gardens. General topics regarding southern garden history are also included. In addition, the collection contains genealogical information related to the Stritikus, Clikas, Ross, and Sparks families. All the materials in the collection are typed copies.


  • 1979-1998


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

George R. Stritikus (1942-2004) served as a County Extension Agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System/Auburn University. He researched and wrote extensively about the garden history of Alabama and served as an active member of the Southern Garden History Society. He received a B.S. in Landscape and Ornamental from Auburn University in 1964 and an M.S. in Horticulture from the same institution in 1966. He also attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


1.26 linear ft.



Arrangement of the Papers

These papers were organized by George R. Stritikus according to the "Gardening History Items: Packing Slip" located in Box 1, Folder 1. Stritikus assigned numbers to the articles (GSA), fact sheets (FS), and plant material indexes (PMI) to correspond roughly to the order in which they were written. The numerical order of these research materials has been maintained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of George R. Stritikus, 1998 (CGL 1998.01).

General Physical Description note

(3 document cases)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2009.

George R. Stritikus Papers, 1979-1998ahc.MSS 983
Inventory prepared by Erica Danylchak.
September 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305