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Byrnes Downs Garden Club scrapbook

Identifier: Mss 0148

Collection Overview

This scrapbook documents the history, projects, and activities of the Byrnes Downs Garden Club from 1948 to 1953. It contains photographs, newspaper clippings, typed histories and explanatory notes, year books including the organization's constitution and membership lists (1948-1953), programs and awards from special events, and one map of metropolitan Charleston from 1945 that details neighborhoods. It also includes ink drawings on some pages and paintings on the front and back covers.


  • Creation: 1948-1953


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Historical Note

On Jan. 15, 1948, fifteen women assembled to form the Byrnes Downs Garden Club. According to the Club's constitution, their mission was to: "improve and beautify our community, to coordinate and stimulate interest in gardening, [and] to aid in the protection of our wild flowers and birds." They started by installing street signs and lights, selling and planting trees, and clearing a vacant lot. In December 1953, the Byrnes Downs Garden Club became the West Ashley Garden Club.


1.0 linear feet (1 flat box)


This collection consists of a scrapbook documenting the history, projects, and activities of the Byrnes Downs Garden Club (Charleston, S.C.) from 1948 to 1953.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Margaret Thorne Seidler.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproduction available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Martha McTear, July 2009.

Inventory of the Byrnes Downs Garden Club Scrapbook, 1948-1953
Processed by: Martha McTear; machine-readable finding aid created by: Martha McTear
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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