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Lewis & Valentine company records

Creator:
Lewis & Valentine Company  Search this
Donor:
Lewis, Hewlett Withington  Search this
Names:
Lewis & Valentine Company  Search this
Lewis & Valentine Nurseries, Inc.  Search this
Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pa.)  Search this
Rodin Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Lewis, Harold Carman  Search this
Owner:
Auchincloss, Hugh D.  Search this
Kahn, Otto Hermann, 1867-1934  Search this
Schwab, Charles M., 1862-1939  Search this
Stotesbury, Edward T.  Search this
Woolworth, F. W.  Search this
du Pont, Eugene  Search this
du Pont, Pierre S.  Search this
Extent:
2.5 Cubic feet (documents, 366 photographs, 1 videotape.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videotapes
Brochures
Books
Lists
Correspondence
Trade catalogs
Photographs
Place:
New York (State) -- Greenvale
New York (State) -- Roslyn
Date:
1916-1971
Summary:
The Lewis & Valentine Company Collection contains records of the Lewis & Valentine Company dating from 1916 to 1971 including photographs, negatives, brochures, books, trade catalogs, company papers, letters from clients, customer lists and a history of the company written by Harold Carman Lewis. Photographs document the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, estates in Long Island, New York, and the properties of Hugh D. Auchincloss, Eugene du Pont, Walter P. Chrysler, Otto H. Kahn, F. W. Woolworth, Pierre S. du Pont (Longwood Gardens), Charles M. Schwab and Edward T. Stotesbury. This collection contains only a sampling of the records of Lewis & Valentine and should not be considered comprehensive.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into 3 series:

Series 1: Documents Series 2: Photographs Series 3: Videotape
Biographical/Historical note:
Specializing in moving and replanting large trees, Lewis & Valentine was one of the most prominent landscape contracting companies in the eastern United States during the first half of the twentieth century. The Lewis & Valentine Company was formed by five brothers whose father had hoped that his sons would grow up to be lawyers. Instead, the Lewis brothers formed a landscape design, installation and nursery firm that specialized in developing "successful methods for transplanting full-grown trees." Their success was based on "doing well the task which is usually considered impossible."

The company was the inspiration of H.C. Lewis, the oldest of seven brothers, who believed that estate owners should have the luxury of immediate landscapes, rather than waiting decades for their landscapes to mature. The Lewis brothers started their business in the early 1900s. Shortly afterwards, a Mr. Valentine, roommate of Albert Addison Lewis at the Amherst Landscape School in Massachusetts, invested in the business. After three years Mr. Valentine moved on and the Lewis brothers bought back his interest, but continued to keep Valentine part of the company's name.

Lewis & Valentine was the largest firm in America devoted to transplainting mature trees in the years leading up to the Great Depression. It claimed to be "the most experienced and most versatile, backed by an intimate knowledge of horticulture and the development of fine estates." The company was noted as a leader in providing complete landscape services, from selling and guaranteeing the plants, to designing and installation, requiring that its staff be men "of good character and not afraid of hard work." This was evident in the firm's principle of no limitations to the size of trees that they were willing to deliver. The trees were often full-grown and ranged in age from twenty to a hundred years old. Many were so large that 20 or more tons of earth had to be moved during the relocation process.

During its first 25 years in business, Lewis & Valentine opened nineteen offices east of the Mississippi serving such notable clients as Charles A. Schwab and Pierre du Pont at his estate, Longwood. The business was set up as an organization of independent companies. Each was incorporated under the laws of the state in which it operated. The offices were located in Connecticut (Darien), Florida (Palm Beach), Illinois (Chicago), Maryland (Baltimore), Massachusetts (Boston and Hanover), Michigan (Detroit), Pennsylvania (Ardmore and Pittsburg), New Jersey (Ashbury Park and Morristown), New York (Buffalo, Roslyn-Long Island, Rye, Valley Stream-Long Island, New York City), North Carolina (Winston-Salem) and Ohio (Cleveland and Cincinnati). Although no longer owned by any members of the Lewis family, the company still exists and operates in Long Island under the name Lewis & Valentine Nurseries.
Provenance:
Gift from Hewlett Withington Lewis, former owner of Lewis & Valentine Nurseries.
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.
Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Nurseries (Horticulture) -- United States  Search this
Gardens -- New York (State)  Search this
Tree moving  Search this
Landscape gardening -- New York (State)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Brochures
Books
Lists
Correspondence
Trade catalogs
Photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Lewis & Valentine Company Records.
Identifier:
AAG.LVC
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Lewis & Valentine company records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-lvc
Online Media:

The House and home a practical book by Lyman Abbott [et al.]

Author:
Abbott, Lyman 1835-1922  Search this
Physical description:
2 volume illustrations 25 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Handbooks and manuals
Date:
1896
Topic:
Child rearing  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Home economics  Search this
House construction  Search this
Housekeeping  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Landscape gardening  Search this
Women--Education  Search this
Women--Employment  Search this
Women's clothing  Search this
Call number:
TX145 .H84 1896
TX145 .H84 1896
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1009632

The Interrupted Rehersal [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Williams, Frederick Ballard 1871-1956  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Figure group--Female  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0118115
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_118116

Woman in a Garden, (painting)

Painter:
Wells, Sarah P.  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and pen and ink on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1986.65.219
Date:
19th c
Topic:
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Domestic--Gardening  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08586130
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476646

A Corner of the Garden, (painting)

Painter:
Kotz, Daniel  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.29.3
Date:
1915
Topic:
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08585850
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476300

View from Garden, Murthly Castle, (painting)

Painter:
Miller, Alfred Jacob 1810-1874  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Maryland Center for History and Culture 610 Park Avenue Baltimore Maryland 21201 Accession Number: 54.151.4
Topic:
Landscape--Scotland  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8B551107
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_415752

Unlocking the Secret Garden: A Celebration of Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden

Creator:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2016-09-21T00:10:23.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Design  Search this
See more by:
cooperhewitt
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
YouTube Channel:
cooperhewitt
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_rntWdToWHYI

Oheka

Photographer:
Hewitt, Mattie Edwards, 1869-1956  Search this
Collection Creator:
Lewis & Valentine Company  Search this
Collection Donor:
Lewis, Hewlett Withington  Search this
Extent:
1 Slides (photographs) (black-and-white.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Place:
Oheka (Huntington, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Suffolk County -- Huntington
Date:
1930
General:
The photograph is marked: "Lewis & Valentine landscape gardeners/planters."
Collection 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.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Spring  Search this
Fountains  Search this
Ponds  Search this
Coping  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Trees  Search this
Boxes  Search this
Walkways  Search this
Standard  Search this
Houses  Search this
Gardens -- New York -- Cold Spring Harbor  Search this
Gardens -- New York -- Huntington  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Lewis & Valentine Company Records.
Identifier:
AAG.LVC, Item NY170016
See more items in:
Lewis & Valentine company records
Lewis & Valentine company records / Garden Images / United States of America / New York / NY170: Huntington -- Oheka
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-lvc-ref718

Fragrance of Spring [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Waldek, H.  Search this
Photographic firm:
Taber Prang Art Co.  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print black and white
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1904
Topic:
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Umbrella  Search this
Allegory--Season--Spring  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC002254
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_142445

A Chat with the Gardener [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Weldon, Charles Dater 1855-1935  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print black and white
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1917
Topic:
Figure group--Male & Child  Search this
Occupation--Domestic--Gardening  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Conversation  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Architecture--Detail--Fence  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC002298
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_142503

Lady Caroline Howard [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Reynolds, Joshua Sir 1723-1792  Search this
Photographic firm:
Old and New Publishing Co.  Search this
Subject:
Howard, Caroline, Lady  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1941
Topic:
Portrait female--Child  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001722
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140233

Moon Flower [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Reynolds, William A, Jr.  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print black and white
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1939
Topic:
Figure female--Full length--Nude  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Object--Flower--Moon flower  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001728
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140246

Fishing [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Rossi, Lucius 1846-1913  Search this
Photographic firm:
Boussod, Valadon & Co.  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1891
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Fishing  Search this
Animal--Bird--Swan  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001782
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Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140573

Hunting [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Rossi, Lucius 1846-1913  Search this
Photographic firm:
Boussod, Valadon & Co.  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1891
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Hunting  Search this
Recreation--Courting  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Animal--Dog  Search this
Object--Game--Bird  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001783
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140574

Les Cerises [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Rossi, Lucius 1846-1913  Search this
Photographic firm:
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1881
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Courting  Search this
Landscape--Tree--Cherry Tree  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Object--Tool--Ladder  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001789
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140580

The Abbe at Bay [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Rossi, Lucius 1846-1913  Search this
Photographic firm:
Boussod, Valadon & Co.  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1892
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Courting  Search this
Object--Tool--Ladder  Search this
Architecture--Detail--Wall  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001793
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140584

Answering Her First Love Letter [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Rummell, Richard W. 1848-1924  Search this
Photographer:
Tobin, M. F.  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print black and white
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1896
Topic:
Figure group--Female  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Letter Reading & Writing  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Object--Furniture--Table  Search this
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Animal--Cat  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Letter  Search this
Object--Art Object--Photograph  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001797
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Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140674

Garden Path [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Unknown  Search this
Publisher:
F. A. Schneider  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1946
Topic:
Landscape--Road--Trail  Search this
Landscape--Tree  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Landscape--Water--Pond  Search this
Animal--Bird--Duck  Search this
Architecture--Domestic--Cottage  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001848
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Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141162

Rainmaker [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Unknown  Search this
Publisher:
F. A. Schneider  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1946
Topic:
Children  Search this
Figure group--Child  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Animal--Dog  Search this
Animal--Cat  Search this
Object--Flower  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Umbrella  Search this
Object--Other--Container  Search this
Architecture--Domestic--Cottage  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001852
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141173

Want a Ride? [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Unknown  Search this
Publisher:
F. A. Schneider  Search this
Physical description:
1 photomechanical print color
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyrighted 1946
Topic:
Children  Search this
Figure group--Child  Search this
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Animal--Dog  Search this
Object--Flower  Search this
Object--Tool--Wagon  Search this
Architecture--Domestic--Cottage  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC001853
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141177

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