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Maida Babson Adams American Garden collection, circa 1960-1994

Creator:
Adams, Molly 1918-2003
Landscape architect:
Weber, Nelva M.
Ireys, Alice Recknagel 1911-2000
Stege, Friede
Physical description:
2.25 cubic ft
35mm slides (photographs) : color ; 2 x 2 inches
35mm negatives : color
120mm negatives : black and white ; 2 x 2 inches
120mm transparencies : color ; 2 x 2 inches
Contact sheets : black and white
Negatives : black and white ; 4 x 5 inches
Photographic prints : black and white ; 8 x 10 inches
Photographic prints : black and white ; 3 1/2 x 5 inches
Photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 inches
Film transparencies : color ; 4 x 5 inches
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Contact sheets
Negatives
Photographic prints
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Film transparencies
Place:
United States
Massachusetts
Pennsylvania
Connecticut
New Jersey
New York (State)
Date:
1960
1960-1994
circa 1960-1994
Topic:
Gardens
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Notes:
Molly (Maida Babson) Adams had a 40+ year career as a nationally recognized freelance garden and wildlife photographer and conservationist. Born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1918, she attended the New York Institute of Photography and became a member of the New York Camera Club. Her photographs were featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, House Beautiful, and Horticulture. Adams also collaborated with Alice Recknagel Ireys on How to Plan and Plant Your Own Property (1967) and with Nelva M. Weber on How to Plan Your Own Home Landscape (1976). A long time member of the Garden Club of America, Adams once served as that organization's official photographer. In the 1980s, the Garden Club of America awarded her the Buckley Medal of Merit for Horticultural Achievement for her photographs used in the postcard campaign "Save Our Vanishing Wild Flowers."
Summary:
The Maida Babson Adams American Garden Collection includes slides (photographs), photographic prints, negatives and transparencies of gardens located primarily in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania dating from the late 1950s through the mid-1990s. A significant number of images document the work of landscape designers Nelva M. Weber, Alice Recknagel Ireys, and Friede Stege. Roughly 50 gardens do not have an identified location. Some images have captions and other information written on them
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Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens
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