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Inventory of the Byrnes Downs Garden Club Scrapbook, 1948-1953

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: This collection consists of a scrapbook documenting the history, projects, and activities of the Byrnes Downs Garden Club (Charleston, S.C.) from 1948 to 1953.
Title: Byrnes Downs Garden Club scrapbook
Creator: Byrnes Downs Garden Club (Charleston, S.C.)
Date(s): 1948-1953    
Physical Description: 1.0 linear feet
(1 flat box)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 0148
Language of Material: Materials in English

Historical Note

On Jan. 15, 1948, fifteen women assembled to form the Byrnes Downs Garden Club. According to the Club's constitution, their mission was to: "improve and beautify our community, to coordinate and stimulate interest in gardening, [and] to aid in the protection of our wild flowers and birds." They started by installing street signs and lights, selling and planting trees, and clearing a vacant lot. In December 1953, the Byrnes Downs Garden Club became the West Ashley Garden Club.

Collection Overview

This scrapbook documents the history, projects, and activities of the Byrnes Downs Garden Club from 1948 to 1953. It contains photographs, newspaper clippings, typed histories and explanatory notes, year books including the organization's constitution and membership lists (1948-1953), programs and awards from special events, and one map of metropolitan Charleston from 1945 that details neighborhoods. It also includes ink drawings on some pages and paintings on the front and back covers.

Collection Arrangement

The scrapbook is arranged chronologically in its original order.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.


    • Byrnes Downs Garden Club (Charleston, S.C.)--History


    • Women--South Carolina--Charleston--Societies and clubs
    • Gardening--South Carolina--Charleston


    • Byrnes Downs (Charleston, S.C.)--History
    • Byrnes Downs (Charleston, S.C.)--Social life and customs
    • Charleston (S.C.)--History
    • Charleston (S.C.)--Social life and customs

    Types of Material

    • Scrapbooks
    • Clippings
    • Photographs
    • Typescripts
    • Yearbooks
    • Programs
    • Membership lists
    • Constitutions
    • Freehand drawings (drawings)
    • Awards
    • Maps
    • Paintings (visual works)


    Scrapbook, 1948-1953   box 1

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    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

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    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Byrnes Downs Garden Club scrapbook, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Margaret Thorne Seidler.

    Alternate Form of Materials

    Digital reproduction available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Martha McTear, July 2009.

    Encoded by Martha McTear, February 2011.

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