SNA has a rich history spanning over 121 years. Here we capture and preserve the facts, the moments, and the people for future generations.
SNA History Archives Featured
at Atlanta History Center's Cherokee Garden Library
As part of the SNA's 100-year anniversary in 1999, the association established an archive at the Cherokee Garden Library, located at the Atlanta History Center. Minutes, financial statements, receipts, membership lists, necrology reports, convention and trade show programs, and photographs were included in this collection.
The Cherokee Garden Library's Director, Staci Catron, said, "the Library is very much focused on the history of southern gardens and having the archives of the SNA as part of our collections is a very important piece to our Library."
In 2022, after ceasing operation, more records, publications, and photos were added to the collection. All documents are located at the James G. Kenen Research Center within the Cherokee Garden Library housed at the Atlanta History Center. Documents are listed online and can be viewed at the research center.
To view the listings, go to the Cherokee Garden Library website (link below) and near the bottom of the page select Search the Collections, choose the Terminus search link and type in Southern Nursery Association as the keyword and then hit the Search button. There you will see 3 links to various documents and photographs. Click on the Access Online button for the repository details.
The Commemorative History of the Southern Nursery Association
You can view or download a PDF of the SNA History Book here on this website (click on the photograph of the History Book below) or if you wish to visit the Atlanta History Center's Cherokee Garden Library, you can click on the link above (title of this paragraph) to find the location (reference or call number) of this publication in their repository.
Southern Nursery Association Photographs, 1916-1987, 1957-1987
The bulk of this collection visually documents activities and members present at the Southern Nursery Association's annual conventions. Images of receptions, awards ceremonies, business breakfast meetings, past presidents' club dinners, and other festivities are featured here. A few photographic prints in the collection document activities and members of the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN).
The color photographic prints in this collection are located in cold storage (CS) as indicated in the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of cold storage item(s) before viewing material.
Southern Nursery Association Records, 1923-1999
This collection contains minutes from the Southern Nursery Association's annual meetings from most years between 1923 and 1988. Committee reports, financial statements, membership lists, and necrology reports (obituaries of recently deceased members) presented at the annual meetings are sometimes included. Receipt reports from 1923 to 1951 list the dues-paying members of the association with the amount paid for the year. Little material exists during the years of World War II. From 1952 to 1958, transcripts of the association's annual meetings exist. The collection also contains programs for several annual meetings held during the 1920s through the 1940s and trade show programs from 1985 to 1987. In addition, a convention program from 1999 celebrates the association's 100th anniversary. Minutes from the board of director's meetings are included from 1959 to 1988. Limited correspondence related to the association's annual meetings and financial affairs is included. The collection also contains a published history of the Southern Nursery Association.