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"The John Bartram Association's mission is to protect and enhance the landmark Bartram's Garden and House, advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening and art, and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark operated by the Association in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia.
"John Bartram (1699-1777) was a Quaker farmer lit with a "Botanick fire" that, over time, made him America's first great botanist. His lifelong passion for science began when, as a boy, he looked closely at local wildlife and read every book he could find. Bartram was blessed with profound curiosity and energy. So he set himself a staggering goal, make a compleat Discovery of the Native Growth in America."
The City of Philadelphia bought the Bartram estate in 1891 and turned it into a public park and historic site. The non-profit John Bartram Association was established in 1893.
Quoted text from: John Bartram Association. "About John Bartram Association." Accessed June 21, 2012. http://www.bartramsgarden.org/about-us/
This collection is comprised of research materials compiled by the John Bartram Association relating to the Bartram family and the administration of Bartram's Garden. The materials include: clippings from newspapers, magazines, and academic publications; correspondence and receipts of the John Bartram Association; photographs; ephemera; and copies of primary documents.
This collection features a large amount of newsletters, brochures, correspondence, and other mailings of the Bartram Trail Society, 1968-1989. The Bartram Trail Conference, Inc., was founded in 1976 to identify and mark the route of naturalist William Bartram's journey through the southern United States from 1773 to 1777. The Bartram Trail Society promotes interest in developing recreational trails and botanical gardens along the route.
Materials compiled by staff of the John Bartram Association.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact John Bowman Bartram Special Collections Library directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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