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Mind on Freedom: Celebrating the History and Culture of America's Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 25, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996 February 1-3
Scope and Contents:
The conference was cosponsored by the National Association for the Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, The Office for the Advancement for Public Black Colleges, The College Fund/UNCF, the Anacostia Museum and the Center for African American History and Culture. Funding for the program was made possible in part by a grant from Nissan Motor Corporation, USA.

Mind on Freedon was inspired by research done by Spencer Crew, then Museum director, and Lonnie G. Bunch, then associate director for the National Museum of American History's research, documentation, exhibition and collection project Go Forth and Serve. The conference was designed to examine the relationship African Americans have had with education in the United States, the historical evolution of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and the importance of these institutions on the life and culture of this nation. The program was held from Thursday, February 1, through Saturday, February 3, 1996, and it included panel discussions and performances.

Participants:

James D. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and head, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Bettye J. Gardner, Ph.D., professor of history, Coppin State College; and national president of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History

Phyllis Boanes, Ph.D., associate professor of history; director of the Program of African American Studies, Earlham College

Lonnie G. Bunch, associate director for historical resources, National Museum of American History

Alan K. Colon, Ph.D., assistant to the provost and professor of history, Hampton University

Spencer R. Crew, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of American History

William T. Dargan, Ph.D., professor of music and head of the Department of Music, St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Carolina

Willis "Bing" Davis, professor of the School of Art, Central State University

Glenda Dickerson, professor and chair of drama and dance at Spelman College

Richard K. Dozier, Arch. D., AIA, associate dean of the School of Architecture, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida

James C. Early, director of cultural studies and communications, Office of Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institution

James N. Eaton, distinguished professor of history, Florida A&M University; and founder and director of the Black Archives, Research Center and Museum

William P. Foster, Ph.D., chair of the Music Department and director of bands, Florida A&M University

V.P. Franklin, Ph.D., is professor of history, Drexel University

Myrtle Gonza Glascoe, Ed.D., associate professor of educational foundations, School of Education, College of Charleston, South Carolina

Deborah Neman Ham, Ph.D., professor of African history and archival methods, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland Alferdteen Harrison, Ph.D., professor of history and the director of the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center

Darlene Clark Hine, Ph.D., John A. Hannah Professor of History, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

William C. Hine, Ph.D., professor of history, South Carolina State College

Alton Hornsby Jr., Ph.D., Fuller E. Callaway Professor of History, Morehouse College; editor of the Negro Journal

Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Ph.D., director of the graduate program and associate professor, Department of History, Howard University

Cynthia Neverdon-Morton, Ph.D., professor of history, Coppin State College

Thomas D. Pawley III, Ph.D., faculty member, Department of Speech and Theatre, University of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri

Linda Marie Perkins, Ph.D., associate professor of educational policy studies, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ph.D., distinguished professor of history, American University; and curator emerita, National Museum of American History

Stephanie J. Shaw, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of History and Center for Women's Studies, Ohio State University

Bradley Skelcher, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of History and Political Science, University of Delaware at Dover

J. Clay Smith, J.D., visiting professor, Georgetown Law Center

Jessie Carney Smith, Ph.D., university librarian and William and Camille Cosby Professor, Fisk University

Johnny E. Tolliver, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of English, Delaware State University at Dover

Eleanor W. Traylor, Ph.D., chairperson and professor, English Department, Howard University

Ronald Walters, Ph.D., professor and chairman, Political Science Department, Howard University

David K. Wiggins, Ph.D., professor of physical education, George Mason University Daniel Thomas Williams, Ed.D., university archivist and curator, Daniel "Chappie" James Memorial Hall, Tuskegee University

Cultural Presenters

The Howard University Choir, director J. Weldon Norris The Morgan State University Choir, director Nathan Carter The Virginia State University Concert Choir, director Johnnella L. Edmonds Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated Kappa Alpha Psi, Incorporated Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

Jerry Florence, Vice President for brand and consumer marketing for Nissan Motor Corporation, USA

Program number AC0408.96.
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Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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W. E. B. DuBois Symposium: "Souls of Black Folk" in the 21st Century: Implications of Race, Culture, and Pan-Africanism in the Global Village

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 25, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2000 February 5
Scope and Contents:
Annual national observance of African American history month program. The 1999 program was called 'W.E.B. DuBois Symposium: "Souls of Black Folk" in the 21st Century: Implications of Race, Culture, and Pan Africanism in the Global Village'. This program honored one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, the distinguished social historian, scholar, and activist William Edward Burghardt DuBois. DuBois lived during the time period between reconstruction and the modern Civil Rights era. DuBois' work provided new inquiries for both historical and sociological inquiry into African American life and culture; new models for research and study of urban sociology; and new intellectual tools for the sociological analysis of the unique complexities of race and class in the United States. DuBois changed the way scholars and the public viewed the "Negro Problem" and put the African American struggle within the context of racism and colonialism.

Participants included:

Mary Frances Berry, Ph.D., Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, University of Pennsylvania, teaches history and law

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Ph.D., director of the 21st Century DC AIDS Network organized to address the crisis in Africa, especially among women and orphans

The Honorable Ronald V. Dellums, President, Healthcare International Management Company

James C. Early, Director of Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Myrtle Gonza Glascoe, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education and African American Studies, Gettysburg College

Clarence Lusane, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science, School of International Service, American University

Manning Marable, Ph.D., Professor of History and Political Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University

Gay J. McDougall, Esquire, executive director of the Washington-based International Human Rights Law Group

Leith Mullings, Ph.D., Presidential Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate Center

Bernice Johnson Reagon, scholar, composer, singer, and activist

Her Excellency Sheila Violet Makate Sisulu, the South African Ambassador to the United States

Program number AC408.111.
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Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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A Quest for Freedom: The Black Experience in the American West

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 25, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2001 February 2-3
Scope and Contents:
Annual national observance of African American history month. The 2001 conference explored the Black experience in the American West and its impact on African American culture and the national and cultural history of the United States. Scholars at the conference presented papers on a variety of themes relating to African Americans and the West, ranging from buffalo soldiers and Black cowboys to race relations in Los Angeles. The conference also looked at the cultural contributions that blacks brought to the West, evidenced through literature, theatre, film, and music. It took place over the course of four days in the Carmichael Auditorium and the Information Age Theater of the Smithsonian Institution. The program was sponsored by the Program in African American Culture of the Smithsonian Institution and cosponsored by the California African American Museum, the Center for African American Studies, University of California- Los Angeles, the Irving Caesar Lifetime Trust Partnership of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Midwest Express Airlines, and Pacific Bell.

Participants included:

Blake Allmendinger, Ph.D., professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

David N. Baker, Ph.D., distinguished professor of music and chairman of the jazz department, Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington

Albert S. Broussard, Ph.D., professor of history and holder of the Elton P. Lewis Faculty Fellowship, Texas A&M University

Lonnie G. Bunch III, president of the Chicago Historical Society, past associate director for curatorial affairs, National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Sumi Cho, Ph.D., associate professor, College of Law, DePaul University Bettye J. Gardner, Ph.D., professor of history, Coppin State University

Juan Gómez-Quiñones, Ph.D., professor of history and former director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, California

William W. Gwaltney, chief of interpretation at Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado

Gerald Horne, Ph.D., professor of history, African and Afro-American studies, and communications, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Patricia Nelson Limerick, Ph.D., historian of the American West with a particular interest in ethnic and environmental history

Rick Moss, curator of history, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California

Cornel Pewewardy, Ph.D., assistant professor of teaching and leadership, School of Education, University of Kansas

Harry Robinson, Ph.D., president and CEO, African American Museum, Dallas, Texas

Beverly Robinson, Ph.D., professor, School of Theater, Film, and Television, University of California, Los Angeles

Fath Davis Ruffins, historian, National Museum of American History (NMAH)

Frank N. Schubert, Ph.D., chief of joint operational history, Joint History Office, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Michael N. Searles, assistant professor of history, Augusta State University

Alonzo N. Smith, Ph.D., research historian, National Museum of American History (NMAH); and adjunct professor of African American history, Montgomery College

Paul W. Stewart, founder of the Black American West Museum, Denver, Colorado

Rowena Stewart, D.H., executive director of the Museums at 18th and Vine

Quintard Taylor, Ph.D., Scott and Dorothy Bullitt professor of American history, University of Washington

Performers

The American Jazz Museum All-Stars

Saxophone- Ahmad Alaadeen

Trumpet/ Flügelhorn- Stan Kessler

Trombone- Tim Perryman

Saxophone- Gerald Dunn

Bass- Tyrone Clark

Violin- Claude "Fiddler" Williams

Pianist- Chris Clarke

Drummer- Mike Warren

Vocalist- Kevin Mahogany

Vocalist- Ida McBeth

Saxophone- Bobby Watson

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Saxophone- Charlie Young

Trumpet- Tom Williams

Brass- James King

Vibes- Chuck Redd

Drums- Ken Kimery

Vocalist- James Zimmerman

Living History Interpreters

M. Sargent Lee N. Coffee, Jr.- interpreted Sargent Emmanuel Stance, a Buffalo Soldier Medal of Honor recipient

Janice "Christi" Cole interpreted "Stagecoach Mary" Fields

William Grimette interpreted Estebanico, an early explorer of the Southwest

Sandra Kamusikiri, Ph.D., interpreted Biddy Mason, an entrepreneur and early urban pioneer in Los Angeles

Kimberly Kelly interpreted Mary Ellen Pleasant, a civil rights activist and businesswoman in early San Francisco

Michael N. Searles interpreted "Cowboy Mike" a composite historical figure

Program number AC408.114.
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Collection Citation:
Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Race and Rights: Brown v. Board of Education and the Problems of Segregation, Desegregation, and Resegregation in the United States

Collection Collector:
Maltsby, Portia  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture  Search this
Container:
Box 26, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2004 February 20-21
Scope and Contents:
Program held February 20, to Saturday, February 21, 2004, in the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The program commemorated the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and was presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education." The Program in African American Culture cosponsored event with the Howard University School of Law and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, Incorporated. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented Race and Rights on Friday. Program included panel discussions, performances, and a video screening.

The Program in African American Culture holds an annual national observance of African American history month in February. The 2004 conference commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. The Brown decision legally ended the practice of segregated education in the United States. The program highlighted the lawyers that worked on the case and its legacy. It was emphasized throughout the program that much work remained to be done in fulfilling the promise of Brown. Several scholars convened to present papers about the case. There was a video screening of The Road to Brown, which highlighted the life of Charles Hamilton Houston, a civil rights lawyer and key figure in the case. Howard University School of Law hosted a town hall meeting in which there was an intergenerational discussion about Brown and the problems that still exist in education today.

Participants included:

February 20 Program

H. Patrick Swygert, president, Howard University

Kurt L. Schmoke, dean, School of Law, Howard University

Theodore M. Shaw, associate director-counsel, National Association for the Advance ment of Colored People (NAACP); Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Incorporated

Lorraine Miller, president, District of Columbia Branch, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Vincent G. Harding, professor, religion and social transformation, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado

February 21 Program: Panel Discussions

Pete Daniel, curator of southern and rural history, National Museum of American History (NMAH); professor of history, University of Maryland

Raymond Gavins, professor of history, Duke University

Linda Sheryl Greene, associate vice chancellor for faculty and staff programs, and Evjue-Bascom professor, law, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reginald F. Hildebrand, associate professor with a joint appointment in history and Afro-American studies

Genna Rae McNeil, professor of history, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of political science and Afro-American studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

J. Clay Smith, professor of law, Howard University

Ronald Walters, distinguished leadership scholar and director, African American Leadership Institute, University of Maryland, College Park

Linda Williams, associate professor of government and politics, University of Maryland, College Park

Frank Wu, professor of law, Howard University; and adjunct professor of law, Columbia University

February 21 Program: Town Hall Meeting

Moderator

Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Climenko professor of law and prominent legal theorist, Harvard University

Panelists

Carrie L. Billy, member of the Navajo nation, attorney from Arizona, and staff of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)

Jaclyn A. Cole, president and co-founder, ROOTS

David Ari Collins, student, school of law, Howard University

Brumit B. De Laine, youngest child of the late Reverend Joseph Armstrong De Laine, who led the Briggs v. Elliot lawsuit from Clarendon County, South Carolina

Marisa J. Demeo, regional counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund's (MALDEF) DC office

Wade Henderson, executive director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; and counsel, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund

Henry H. Jones, professor, school of law, Howard University School

Alana Murray, educator-activist, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

John W. Stokes, educational consultant and adjunct professor, Morgan State and Baltimore City Community College

Craig A. Thompson, associate, law offices, Peter Angelos, Baltimore, Maryland

Michael R. Wenger, program consultant, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Lia Wright-Tesconi, senior, School Without Walls Senior High School, George Washington University, Washington, DC

The Howard University Chapel Choir, diversified musical aggregation that provides the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel with the finest of sacred music on a consistent basis

Program number AC408.122.
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Program in African American Culture Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? Part 2

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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
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Video recordings
Symposia
Podcast
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Fact or Fiction?: The United States Courts’ Use of History to Shape Native Law Jurisprudence Part 1

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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
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Video recordings
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Quantum Leap: Does "Indian Blood" Still Matter? Part 1

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Fact or Fiction?: The United States Courts’ Use of History to Shape Native Law Jurisprudence Part 2

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Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan

Collector:
Rosin, Henry D., Dr.  Search this
Rosin, Nancy  Search this
Creator:
Lyman, Benjamin Smith, 1835-1920  Search this
Ueno, Hikoma, 1838-1904  Search this
Beato, Felice, b. ca. 1825  Search this
Stillfried, Raimund, Baron von, 1839-1911  Search this
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Japanese tea ceremony  Search this
Meiji, Emperor of Japan, 1852-1912  Search this
Shōken, Empress, consort of Meiji, Emperor of Japan, 1850-1914  Search this
Extent:
616 Items (approximate count)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mammoth plates
Photographs
Photograph albums
Stereographs
Cartes-de-visite
Photographic prints
Place:
Japan
Japan -- 1890-1900
Kyoto (Japan)
Tokyo (Japan)
Yokohama-shi (Japan)
Date:
1860 - ca. 1900
Scope and Contents:
Assembled by collectors Dr. Henry D. Rosin and Nancy Rosin to document nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century photography of Japan. Includes albumen prints, portions handcolored, some signed and numbered in the negative. Taken by photographers Felice Beato (b. ca. 1825), Baron Raimon von Stillfried (1938-1911), Kusakabe Kimbei (active 1880s), Ueno Hikoma (1838-1904), Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929) and unknown photographers to depict architecture, landscapes, formal studio portraits, and daily activities.
Arrangement:
Organized chronologically by the creators.
Biographical / Historical:
Henry and Nancy Rosin were collectors of Japanese photography of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Local Numbers:
FSA A1999.35
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Topic:
Ainu  Search this
Photography of women  Search this
Streets -- Japan  Search this
Temples -- Japan  Search this
Samurai  Search this
Sumo wrestlers  Search this
Religion  Search this
Genre/Form:
Mammoth plates
Photographs -- 1850-1900
Photograph albums
Stereographs -- 1860-1900
Cartes-de-visite
Photographic prints
Citation:
Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Purchase and partial donation.
Identifier:
FSA.A1999.35
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W. Atlee Burpee & Company records

Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
201 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertising
Business records
Correspondence
Account books
Pamphlets
Trade catalogs
Date:
circa 1873-1986
bulk 1890-1930
Summary:
The W. Atlee Burpee & Company records, dated circa 1873-1986, document the firm's business activities developing plant varieties and marketing and selling seeds. They include accounting records, seed trial records, seed contracts, sales records, inventories, office correspondence, seed catalogs, promotional and instructional materials, advertisements and advertising reports, contest letters, daybooks, photographs, reference materials, and other items relating to the company and some of its competitors.
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents W. Atlee Burpee & Co., a mail-order seed company based in Philadelphia, from its early beginnings in 1876 when its founder, W. Atlee Burpee, started in the agricultural business, to the 1970s when his son, David Burpee, sold the family's then-global company. The collection also includes personal papers of the Burpee family dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.

Business-related content in the collection consists of crop propagation and management records; company correspondence; administrative and personnel records; advertising files; legal papers; property records and plans; reports, studies, and technical data; notes and drafts; files on professional outreach activities and events; trade literature (published by both the Burpee company and a number of its competitors); and awards and certificates received by the company. Significant topics documented in these files include the development of notable flower and vegetable novelties introduced by the company; the impact of World Wars I and II on gardening and the global seed trade; advertising strategies, technology, and innovation; and David Burpee's involvement in the national floral emblem congressional debate.

The Burpee family papers consist of personal files unrelated to the company's business operations. This includes records generated by W. Atlee's father (David Burpee, 1827-1882) and grandfather (Washington L. Atlee, 1808-1878), as well as W. Atlee's wife, Blanche (1863-1948); David Burpee (1893-1980) and his wife, Lois (1912-1984); and W. Atlee Burpee II (1894-1966). There are genealogical surveys conducted on both the Atlee and Burpee families as well as clippings about family members. W. Atlee and David Burpee's series are the most extensive and cover their involvement with numerous clubs and societies such as the Canadian Society of Philadelphia, the Union League of Philadelphia, and, for David Burpee, his involvement with Pearl S. Buck's Welcome House charity. The series include personal correspondence; financial, accounting, and tax records; files generated during vacations; reference material; and will and estate papers.

The Burpee collection also has a large number of images related to the Burpee business and family in a variety of formats including photographs, film and glass plate negatives, and advertisement mock-ups. Other formats include architectural and site plans, original artwork for advertisements, films, cassettes, audio tapes, and ephemera.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into six series:

Series 1: Plant/Farm Related Material

Series 2: Business Records

Series 3: Material Published About the Burpee Company

Series 4: Awards and Certificates

Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials

Series 6: Burpee Family Papers
Biographical / Historical:
Washington Atlee Burpee (1858-1915) began a mail-order poultry and livestock business in 1876 in Philadelpia, which he soon expanded to include corn seed for chicken feed. In 1878, he founded W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the primary focus of which was to sell vegetable, fruit, and flower seeds through the mail. This company would go on to become one of the most notable seed distributors in the United States.

By 1888, Burpee's family home, Fordhook Farms, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was established as an experimental farm to test and evaluate new varieties of vegetables and flowers, and to produce seeds. Burpee spent many summers traveling throughout the United States and Europe, visiting farms and searching for the best flowers and vegetables; certain plants he found were shipped to Fordhook Farms for testing. Plants that survived were bred with healthier specimens to produce heartier hybrids that were more resistant to disease. Other Burpee trial gardens were established in Lompoc, California and near Swedesboro, New Jersey.

Burpee's son David took over the family business upon his father's death in 1915. At that time, the Burpee Company had 300 employees and was the largest mail order seed company in the world. It distributed over one million catalogs a year and received as many as 10,000 orders a day. In response to food shortages caused by World War I, the Burpee Company helped promote a "war gardens" campaign that evolved into a "victory gardens" campaign during World War II. Both were aimed at city dwellers and instructed them on how to grow vegetables for their own consumption to aid in the war effort.

Sometime in the 1930s, the Burpee Company entered into a business relationship with the James Vick's Company of Rochester, New York. In 1947, Burpee purchased the assets of and rights to the use of the name of the Wm. Henry Maule Co. In 1970, Burpee was sold to General Foods; the corporate headquarters moved from Philadelphia to Warminster, Pennsylvania in 1974. David Burpee remained a consultant for the company until his death in 1981. In 1991, the Burpee Company was acquired by George J. Ball, Inc.
Related Materials:
Burpee seed catalogs donated to the Smithsonian in 1982 by the W. Atlee Burpee Co. can be found in the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives' Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History.

The Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division includes a series of images of Burpee company operations taken in 1943.

The Black Gold Cooperative Library System's Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Collection includes images dated 1933-1939 of Japanese employees of the Burpee Co. working at Floradale Farms in Lompoc, California.
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:
Seed industry and trade  Search this
Mail-order business  Search this
Gardens -- United States  Search this
Business  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Horticulture  Search this
Vegetables  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Trial gardens  Search this
Victory gardens  Search this
Contests  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertising
Business records
Correspondence
Account books -- 19th century
Account books -- 20th century
Pamphlets
Trade catalogs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
Identifier:
AAG.BUR
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W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-bur
Online Media:

Chromolithographs of Bulbs by Jos-Pe Kleurenfoto, Arnhem, Holland

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
1 Volume
Container:
Box 153
Type:
Archival materials
Volumes
Date:
circa 1905-1920
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 2: Business Records / 2.9: Burpee Library/Reference Materials / 2.9.B: Agricultural Reference
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1000

Collies at Fordhook Farms

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Container:
Box 278
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1890-1910
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials / 5.1: Images / Farm Operations
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1027

Lawn Displays in front of Agricultural Building, Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland, Oregon

Photographer?:
Butzer, J. J.  Search this
Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
3 Mounted photographs
Container:
Box 278
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Mounted photographs
Date:
1905
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials / 5.1: Images / Professional Outreach and Awards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1028

Burpee farm operations and David Burpee in California

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Container:
Box 278
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1920-1940
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials / 5.1: Images / Farm Operations
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1029

Burpee Office Operations

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
1 Mounted photograph
Container:
Box 285
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Mounted photographs
Date:
circa 1900-1910
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials / 5.1: Images / Business and Office Operations
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1030

Collies at Fordhook Farms (cyanotypes)

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
2 Cyanotypes
Container:
Box 285
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Cyanotypes
Date:
circa 1900-1915
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials / 5.1: Images / Farm Operations
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1031

Burpee Christmas Event for Children

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
4 Glass plate negatives
Container:
Box 282
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Glass plate negatives
Date:
circa 1915-1930
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials / 5.1: Images / Professional Outreach and Awards
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1032

Burpee Family History

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Records related to various Burpee family members including Ann Catherine Burpee (W. Atlee Burpee's mother); Sarah Scott (W. Atlee Burpee's sister); and Mrs. Washington L. Atlee (W. Atlee Burpee's maternal grandmother). Genealogical information regarding both Burpee and Atlee ancestry is typically accompanied by correspondence, photographs, historical narratives, charts, and clippings.
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
Identifier:
AAG.BUR, Subseries 6.4
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 6: Burpee Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1033

Seed Packets

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Container:
Box 276, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1900-1915
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 2: Business Records / 2.8: Materials Published by the Burpee Company / 2.8.E: Seed Packets
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1100

Farm Operations

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 5: Photographic and A/V Materials / 5.1: Images
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1103

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