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North York Horticultural Society fonds
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CA ON00198 2006-001
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1.9 m of textual records 10 cm of photographs
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The North York Township Horticultural Society was founded by nurseryman Frederick J. Goode [1873-1941] and some of his neighbours in 1924. Their goals were to beautify the new Township of North York [1922+] and to encourage horticulture. A junior society was active from about 1928 until the 1980s. For many years, the annual show was a leading event on the local calendar. The Society continues to be active under the name North York Garden Club, with show dates, community plantings, educational activities and garden tours.
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A large portion of the North York Horticultural Society’s papers are contained in five scrapbooks [1924-1990], organized by year. The first three scrapbooks were put together by Society Historian Marion Cecil in 1971/72 with annual additions thereafter. From 1990, annual accumulations were kept in files. For conservation purposes, all scrapbook material was removed from the original binders. The contents were then put into boxes by year, with the beginning and end of each original scrapbook indicated by a marker. From 1924 until World War Two, the annual files contain newspaper clippings copied by Ms. Cecil. The portions of the scrapbooks from 1945 to 1955 contain a few additional items, such as notices and financial statements. From 1954 onwards, they contain considerably more, including correspondence, flyers, notices, minutes and financial information. Separate archival boxes house photographs and published materials that were removed from the annual accumulations. Additional boxes contains material that was not a part of the annual accumulations, such as financial information, incorporation materials, a scrapbook [1982-1985] and executive files [1990-2003].
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Fonds was donated to the North York Central Library, Canadiana Dept. in 2006
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A finding aid is available for these records.
See York Centre Horticultural Society fonds for records of another North York based horticultural society.
Annual accruals are expected.