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Seedsmans' Catalogs

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2008.218 and 2006.54

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Hundreds of catalogs from many gardening businesses in the United States.  These catalogs were known as Seedsmans' Catalogs and sold seeds, plants and gardening supplies.

Includes an alphabetical card index file for Mss. Acc. 2008.218.


  • Creation: 1817-1970
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1840-1960


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Travis Armistead


10.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Series One is Mss. Acc. 2008.218 and Series Two is Mss. Acc. 2006.54 from Dora and Cara Armistead.  Each series is arranged alphabetically by name of seedsman or business.

Acquisition Information:

08/21/2006 - Acc. 2006.54 Cara and Dora Armistead Acc. 2008.218 - Backlog material, source and date acquired unknown.

Guide to the Seedsmans' Catalogs
Anne Johnson.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository