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Eugene Boeke Dahlia Archive, American Dahlia Society records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1219

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, articles, minutes, publications, and financial records from the American Dahlia Society (ADS) that provide details of the organization's development and activities. Minutes from the annual meetings include reports from the treasurer and from committees such as the Trial Garden Committee. Also a part of the collection are articles written by Henrietta Maria Schroeder Stout (1875-1942), dahlia breeder, gardener, author, and founding member of the American Dahlia Society as well as an authority on dahlias. Biographical details, clippings, and research collected by ADS former president Harry A. Rissetto about Stout and her New Jersey garden "Charlecote" are also included.


  • 1927-2019


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

The American Dahlia Society (ADS) was founded in 1915 "to stimulate interest in the dahlia, to promote its culture and development, to establish a standard nomenclature, to test new varieties, and to give awards as deserved." ADS encourages education relating to dahlias and the study of dahlia diseases and pests. The society also helps to establish uniform judging standards for flowers shows and exhibitions and organizes an annual meeting and dahlia show. ADS is comprised of local societies throughout the United States and Canada. Membership in ADS can be obtained on an at-large basis, or through a local society affiliate. ADS is governed by officers elected by members, including president, first, second, and third vice-presidents, and secretary. The society produces a quarterly publication, Bulletin of the American Dahlia Society and theADS Classification and Handbook of Dahlias to further guide members in the study and growing of dahlias.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene H. Boeke, Jr. (1925-2012) was a Georgia dahlia enthusiast, active in both the Georgia Dahlia Society and the American Dahlia Society. He served as regional vice-president of the Southern Conference for ADS for several years and also hybridized numerous dahlias.


2.09 linear ft. (five document cases)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2018, with subsequent additions

Related Materials

Eugene Boeke Dahlia Archive, American Dahlia Society print collection, VIS 219, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Eugene Boeke Dahlia Archive, American Dahlia Society records
Jennie Oldfield
April 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305