American Gardening: The Role of the Nineteenth Century Industry

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2008

Project Description/Abstract

I spent 2006 at the Smithsonian researching nineteenth century seed companies. The objective was to understand how public relations materials like seed catalogs chronicle the change in the view of the garden as an expression of a new middle class. I am now writing a book based on my notes from that material. I have finished five of the book’s eight chapters. The rest will be written by May. The purpose of the Summer Grant is to find and reproduce images for the book. Now I am more aware of what images I need for each chapter. I will travel to Washington to the archives of the Smithsonian and the National Agricultural Library as well as to Cornell University in Ithaca to select the images. These three sources are the most extensive collections of seed company catalogs. The completed book manuscript will be submitted September 1, 2008 to the publisher.

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