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Judith B. Tankard visual arts material

Identifier: ahc.VIS410

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs and postcards of Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia, owned by John Lee Pratt (1879-1975) and Lillian Thomas Pratt (1876-1947) with gardens designed by American female landscape designer, Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950). Included in the collection are images of the manor house, gardens and grounds as well as people; some are possibly Pratt family members and household employees. The collection also contains a numbered index that Tankard created to accompany the photographs.


  • 1930-2017, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1947


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is 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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


266 item(s) (258 black and white photographic prints, five postcards, two clippings, and one index)




This collection is arranged by photograph number from the order in which the images were originally arranged in an album.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2018

Related Materials

Judith B. Tankard papers, MSS 1081, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.
Judith B. Tankard visual arts material
Jennie Oldfield
July 2021
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

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Atlanta GA 30305