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American Rhododendron Society Records

Identifier:  MSS 10553

Content Description

This collection consists of the records of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Correspondence, minutes, newsletters, and photographs pertaining to various activities of the chapter. The additions to this collection include information about regional chapters other than the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

A major portion of the records deals with the administration of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, such as the election of officers, finances, and programs for annual meetings. Minutes, newsletters of various chapters, inventories, catalogs, logbooks and studies of various members, printed articles, maps, and obituaries are also present.

The correspondence pertains to the registration of new hybrids, seed exchange, research on rhododendrons, publications, and rhododendron gardens.

Original guides to collection - MSS 10553 - MSS 10553-a -

Guides for previous additions with the collection numbers MSS 10553-b through MSS 10553-bu can be found in the catalog


  • Creation: 1927 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


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Biographical / Historical

The American Rhododendron Society was founded in 1944 as an organization for amateur and professional growers of rhododendrons and azaleas. The organization conducts research, offers courses, compiles statistics, registers names of new clonal selections, and sponsors competitions. National meetings are held annually, usually in April or May.


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The original order of the collection has been maintained, with some modifications. General correspondence files interspersed with separate files on meetings of the Middle Atlantic Chapter, as well as regional and national meetings of the American Rhododendron Society, comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included are minutes of the national organization. Addition 3 contains newsletters of chapters from across the country in 2022. Material within all folders is arranged chronologically.

Processing Information

This finding aid was created for creating access to recent and future additions. The guides for original acquisition and previous additions can be found in the online catalog.

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American Rhododendron Society Records Finding Aid
(Joseph Azzizi created Series), Ellen Welch
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States