Seed Packages Art

Introduction

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries have a unique trade catalog collection that includes about 10,000 seed and nursery catalogs dating from 1830 to the present. Many of the trade catalogs were part of the Burpee Collection donated to the Horticulture Services Division by Mrs. David Burpee in 1982. The collection includes both Burpee and their competitors' catalogs.

The real gems of the collection date from 1830 to the 1930s and are both beautiful and important multidisciplinary historical documents. The seed trade catalogs document the history of the seed and agricultural implement business in the United States, as well as provide a history of botany and plant research such as the introduction of plant varieties into the US Additionally, the seed trade catalogs are a window into the history of graphic arts in advertising, and a social history, through the text and illustrations, showing changing fashions in flowers and vegetables.

http://www.sil.si.edu/ondisplay/Seeds/intro.htm  

Also see: http://www.nal.usda.gov/speccoll/collect/nursery/nursery.html

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Company Name: BURPEE'S
Catalog Title: Seed-Sense
Publication Date: 1901
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Company Name: D.M. FERRY & CO
Catalog Title: Seed Annual 1908
Publication Date: 1908
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Company Name: D.M.FERRY & CO
Catalog Title: Bulbs and Seeds (Autumn)
Publication Date: 1912
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Company Name: FARMER SEED CO.
Catalog Title: Farm and Garden Seeds (Spring)
Publication Date: 1906
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Company Name: J. BOLGIANO & SON
Catalog Title: Bolgliano's 100 Years
Publication Date: 1918
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Company Name: J.M. PHILIPS' SONS
Catalog Title: Garden, Farm and Flower Seeds
Publication Date: 1903
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Company Name: JOHNSON & STOKES
Catalog Title: Garden and Farm Manual
Publication Date: 1906
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Company Name: MISS C.H. LIPPINCOTT
Catalog Title: Flower Seeds
Publication Date: 1899
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Company Name: OSCAR H. WILL & CO
Catalog Title: Thirty-Fourth Annual
Publication Date: 1917
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Company Name: PETER HENDERSON & CO
Catalog Title: Everything for the Garden
Publication Date: 1913
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Company Name: RATEKIN'S SEED HOUSE
Catalog Title: Men, Women and Children Wanted to Plant Good Seeds
Publication Date: 191?
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Company Name: ROSS BROS. CO.
Catalog Title: Farm and Garden Supplies
Publication Date: 1910
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Company Name: ROSS BROS.CO
Catalog Title: Farm and Garden Supplies
Publication Date: 1909
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Company Name: W. ATLEE BURPEE & CO
Catalog Title: Farm Annual/Quarter Century Edition
Publication Date: 1901
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Company Name: W.W. RAWSON & CO
Catalog Title: Rawson's Garden Manual
Publication Date: 1909
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Company Name: WM. ELLIOTT & SONS
Catalog Title: Seeds (Spring)
Publication Date: 1910
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Company Name: WM. ELLIOTT & SONS
Catalog Title: Seeds (Spring)
Publication Date: 1911
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Company Name: WM. ELLIOTT & SONS
Catalog Title: Seeds
Publication Date: 1914
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Company Name: WM. ELLIOTT & SONS
Catalog Title: Seeds
Publication Date: 1916
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Company Name: WM. ELLIOTT & SONS
Catalog Title: Seeds
Publication Date: 1918

 

 

Biographies of American Seedsmen & Nurserymen

Ball, George Jacob
Ball, George, Jr.
Barry, Charles Patrick
Barry, Frederic Gaffney
Barry, Patrick
Barry, William Crawford
Belden, James Lockwood
Berckmans, Prosper Julius A.
Berger, H. H.
Blanc, Albert A.
Bliss, Benjamin K.
Bodger, John
Braslan, Charles P.
Breck, Charles H. B.
Breck, Joseph
Bridgeman, Alfred
Bridgeman, Thomas
Briggs, Charles
Briggs, John T.
Brown, Charles & Robert
Buist, Robert
Burbank, Luther
Burpee, David
Burpee, W. Atlee



Chase, Lewis
Childs, John Lewis
Comstock, William G.
Conard, Alfred Fellenberg
Crosman, Charles F.
Crosman, Charles W.


Downing, Andrew Jackson
Downing, Charles
Dreer, Henry Augustus
Dreer, William F.


Ellwanger, George
Ellwanger, Henry B.


Farquhar, James F.M.
Farquhar, John K.M.L.
Farquhar, Robert
Ferry, Dexter Mason
Field, Henry Ames


Germain, Eugene
Gillet, Felix
Gregory, James J.H.


Harris, Joseph
Harrison, J.J.
Henderson, Peter
Hibbert, Thomas
Hill, E.G.
Hoopes, Josiah
Hubbard, Theodore S.


Ilgenfritz, I.E.


Jackson, A.E.


Kelsey, Harlan P.


Landreth, Burnet
Landreth, Cuthbert
Landreth, David
Landreth, David, Jr.
Lippincott, Carrie H.


Maule, William Henry
M'Mahon, Bernard
Meehan, Thomas
Michell, Henry F.
Morse, C.C.
Munson, Thomas Volney
Musser, Henry L.


Northrup, Jesse E.


Olds, Leavitt L.


Park, George Watt
Payne, Theodore
Perkins, Charles
Prince, Benjamin
Prince, Robert
Prince, William (1725-1802)
Prince, William (1766-1842)
Prince, William Robert
Purdy, Carl
Pyle, Robert


Rawson, Warren W.
Reasoner, Pliny Ward
Rice, R. Niles


Salbach, Carl
Saul, James
Saul, John
Scheepers, John
Scott, Robert
Shepherd, Theodosia B.
Sibley, Hiram
Stark, James Hart
Storrs, Jesse
Sturtevant, Edmund D.


Templin, Lewis
Thorburn, Grant


Vaughan, John Charles
Vick, James
Vincent, Richard, Jr.


Weber, Carl Christian
Weber, Henry J.
White, Emma V.
Wilder, Marshall Pinckney
Willard, Stephen F.

 

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