Collection 301 - Men's Garden Club Records

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US IHigp 301


Men's Garden Club Records


  • 1939-1993 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.0 linear feet

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Administrative history

Archival history

Frederick C. Hocking, 1906-1997, was a member of the Men's Garden Club of Highland Park, serving as a member of the Board and as an officer. Hocking worked as a gardener for a private family in Highland Park. Hocking volunteered at local schools teaching students how to make plant cuttings.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donation by Joe Kelly, grandson of Frederick Charles Hocking in 2023 and the Highland Park Public Library historical collection files.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of records of the Men's Garden Club of Highland Park and subsequent Men's Garden Club of the North Shore and Gardeners of the North Shore. The collection contains an incomplete set of issues of the Garden Club's publication "Garden Pants" from 1939-1968. Also included are Men's Garden Clubs of America Yearbooks (1940-1943), applications for membership (1943-1957), correspondence, project information, metal garden markers, and materials from annual garden club shows.

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System of arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Language of material

  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Records are generally in good condition.

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Publication note

Some of the Garden Pants newsletters are available digitally on the Illinois Digital Archives:

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  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

Completed by Bridget Lerette December 2023

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Physical storage

  • Box: 1-2