Series I. Minutes, Reports and Correspondence. 1910-1911, 1925-1963. 27 boxes.
The first series of the Records of the Society of American Florists (SAF) contains the administrative minutes, reports and correspondence of the organization for 1910, 1911 and 1925 through 1963. Proceedings for the annual conventions are included in this series, with correspondence, reports and other textual material interfiled with the paginated documents. Many of the proceedings include a detailed index of the minutes. While the SAF met only once a year in their first few decades, they began meeting more frequently in the 1930s. The minutes of additional board of director and committee meetings are included in this series in chronological order. Records of several committees are grouped separately from the larger meeting records, but the majority of the committee records for the first half of the 20th century will be found within the general proceedings. A small portion of this series includes independent correspondence, press releases, and news clippings pertaining to SAF meetings and activities. These records are arranged chronologically in their original order. Folder titles follow the actual titles of the materials wherever possible.
Series II. Minutes, Reports and Correspondence. 1956-1984. 8 boxes.
Series II of the Records of the SAF reflects a change in the record keeping practices of the organization. In the early years of the SAF, committees generally met during the annual or semi-annual meetings, and included the reports of their specialized meetings with the general meeting proceedings. Beginning in 1963, the original order of the records was changed to a chronological arrangement by individual committee. This original order of these records was retained. Folder titles follow the actual titles of the materials wherever possible. In the event that a committee name was changed during its history, the folder titles generally include the predominant name as well as the current document titles in the interest of continuity. Several committee histories were written by the SAF during the 1970s. They can be found immediately following the last year they incorporate, within the records for that committee.
Series III. Meeting Agendas and Planning Documents. 1984-1988. 3 boxes.
The records in Series III consist of agendas, correspondence, scripts, and planning documents for the annual conventions, seasonal meetings and the 1988 Grow Show of the SAF. These materials were kept in binders by the executive staff, and used to aid in the overall administration of the meetings. They are arranged chronologically, and then by subject according to the original system established by the SAF executive staff. Folder titles reflect the titles originally assigned to the materials by the executive staff wherever possible.
Series IV. Financial Reports. 1986-1987. 1 box.
Series IV is composed of financial spreadsheets and budgetary information. The spreadsheets include project tracking information from the Grow Shows of 1986 and 1987. The information shows budget versus actual cash flows at roughly quarterly intervals through 1986 and 1987. The general budget files include information for 1987, and details the projected funding of each committee. Some committee budget records include budgetary and/or actual figures for 1986. These records are arranged chronologically and then by their original categories. Wherever feasible, folder titles reflect the original titles of the materials.
Series V. Charters & Bylaws. 1946, 1959-1983. 1 box.
The Charters & Bylaws of the SAF were frequently printed in the proceedings of the annual conventions in the early years of the SAF, and may be found in Series I or in the Book Collection of the SAF. After 1930, the Charters & Bylaws were periodically printed in the meeting programs for convention attendees. A complete set of attendee convention programs is not present in this collection, but the copies that are available may be found within the proceedings for that year in Series I. In 1946, and in 1959 through 1983, the Charters & Bylaws were produced as separate pamphlets or booklets. This series contains the Charters & Bylaws for only 1946 and for 1959 to 1983. Several of the booklets contain handwritten notes detailing changes made to the bylaws from year to year. The materials are arranged chronologically, and folder titles reflect the actual titles of the materials.
Series VI. Organization Directories. 1959-1987. 3 boxes.
Series VI consists of internal functional directories and published directories. The first segment of this series is the internal directories for 1961 to 1987. These loose leaf or spiral bound volumes contain the names, addresses and phone numbers of SAF members organized primarily by committee. There are many handwritten notes regarding changes in information from year to year. These directories were used by the organizational administration in their daily activities. The second segment of this series is composed of published volumes of the SAF's Who's Who in Floriculture, 1965 to 1987, which lists their organizational membership in its entirety. This series is arranged chronologically. Folder titles follow the actual titles of the materials wherever possible.
Series VII. Publications. 1894-1988. 7 boxes.
Due to the broad range of materials in this series, it has been arranged into six subseries. The first five subseries consist of serial publications, while non-serial published and unpublished materials are included in the final subseries. These subseries are grouped into SAF and non-SAF published materials and are arranged by title and then chronologically. Folder titles reflect the title, issue and date of the publications whenever possible.
The first subseries, contained in Box 44, is the American Florist and Journal of the Society of American Florist and Ornamental Horticulturalists (JSAF and OH). It contains an incomplete run of each of these serials, which were published by the SAF. The American Florist includes scattered issues from 1911 through 1914 that have been separately annotated with page numbers of interest regarding the SAF. The originator of the notation is unknown. The American Florist contains articles, many advertisements, and a classified section. The JSAF and OH includes issues from January 1919 through December 1920. The only issue missing from this run is vol. 1, no. 7, August 1919. The JSAF and OH contains the proceedings of the annual conventions for 1918, 1919 and 1920, as well as articles and information for SAF members.
The second subseries, contained in Box 45, is SAF newsletters. This subseries includes incomplete runs ofseveral SAF publications, including The U.S. Grower and The Washington Report from 1955 through 1983. They are arranged by title, and then chronologically.
Box 46 contains the third subseries, which includes the American Florist, Dateline Washington and The American Florist newspapers, published by the SAF. This monthly publication, which began as the American Florist, Dateline Washington and became simply The American Florist, replaced two previous publications, The American Florist serial and the Dateline: Washington, D.C. newsletter. This subseries contains an uninterrupted run of the American Florist Dateline from 1975 through 1979, and a single copy of The American Florist from 1983, all arranged chronologically.
The fourth subseries, in Box 47, consists of non-SAF serial publications. These are arranged by title and then chronologically, and contain general titles such as Horticulture, Florists' Review, and Southern Florist. The issues are scattered between 1904 and 1949.
Boxes 48 and 49 contain the fifth subseries, which includes newsletters and reports not produced by the SAF. These newsletters span from 1981 through 1984, and include ornamental crop reports from government sources and informational newsletters from floricultural organizations. This subseries is arranged by title and then chronologically.
The sixth subseries, in Box 50, contains three sets of non-serial published and unpublished materials. One set of items consists of guides and catalogues created by the SAF from 1957 through 1988, arranged by content type. These guides vary in topic from energy conservation to education in the field of floriculture. A second set of materials is reports not produced by the SAF. These reports span 1972 through 1990 and are loosely related to floriculture and horticulture. The third set of materials consists of brochures related to floriculture and horticulture not produced by the SAF, from 1955 through 1985.
Series VIII. Programs. 1900-1938. 2 boxes.
Series VIII is arranged chronologically and contains two subseries: the annual convention souvenir programs and the flower show programs. The convention programs range from 1900 through 1913. Most of these programs include a basic agenda for the meeting, as well as more extensive information on the city where the convention was held. These soft bound volumes include period photographs of the convention city and frequently list statistical information on its population and industry. Some programs include fold out maps of the convention sites. Many include photographs of the board of directors and other SAF committee members.
The second subseries contains the programs for the National Flower Shows for 1924, 1930, 1931 and 1938. These soft bound catalogues list detailed floricultural information, exhibit schedules for the flower shows, and limited information on the National Flower Show locations.
Series IX. Scrapbooks, Clippings and Photographs. 1898-1993. 6 boxes.
Series IX includes clippings, photographs, photograph albums, and a scrapbook. Box 53 contains clippings. The first three folders contain clippings from 1920 through1976, arranged chronologically. The subsequent folders in Box 53 contain the clippings file created by the SAF in 1985. It was arranged by the SAF executive staff by originating serial title; it retains its original order and folder titles. The clippings are photocopies of materials relating to the SAF or floriculture in general, which appeared in non SAF publications in 1985. Box 54 contains numerous individual photographs which document SAF meetings and members. These photographs span 1898 through 1991, and are arranged chronologically. Two award certificates and several oversized photographs are housed in Box 55, arranged chronologically. This series also contains three photograph albums created by the SAF in the 1970s. Meetings and members of the SAF are documented primarily by black and white photographs. Negatives and proof sheets are included for some of the photographs. These materials span 1898 through 1993. These albums are housed in Boxes 55 and 56. A scrapbook complied by Karl Page Baum is housed in Box 57. It consists of clippings and other materials which document the members and meetings of the SAF from its beginnings through the 1950s. The final box in this series, Box 58, contains sample folders which originally housed the typescript convention proceedings from Series I.