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Lanier Garden Club Records

Identifier: SC 0115
  • Not requestable

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

The Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, consist of ten scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photos, club programs, and yearbooks that detail club activities and list members and elected officers. The 1989 yearbook, listed in the original inventory of materials, is missing.


  • Creation: 1954-1989


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

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Administrative History

The Lanier Garden Club came into existence on October 15, 1954, and was named after the poet Sidney Lanier, a former confederate soldier, who had visited Rockingham County on several occasions. The club flower was the rose and the club’s motto was “Nature is the Art of God.” In December of 1954 the club became a member of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. In 1957 the Harrisonburg Council of Garden Clubs was formed and 7 local garden clubs, including the Lanier Garden Club, became members. The group participated in flower arrangement contests, organized social events, held film showings and instructional sessions on different aspects of growing and arranging flowers, and contributed to “community beautification” by planting flowers at various locations and participated in community service at local hospitals and nursing homes.


1.90 cubic feet (3 boxes )

Language of Materials



The Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, consist of ten scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photos, club programs, and one yearbook.


This collection of scrapbooks is arranged chronologically in three oversize boxes.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in October 1989.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2080.

A Guide to the Lanier Garden Club Records, 1954-1989
Christina Bolgiano, Kate Morris
October 1989, September 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

820 Madison Drive
MSC 1706
Harrisonburg Virginia 22807
(540) 568-3612