Carl A. Totemeier Jr. Records (RG7)


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Collectors: Totemeier, Carl A., Jr., 1927-2004.
Title: Carl A. Totemeier Jr. Records (RG7)
Dates: 1971-1992
Dates: bulk, 1985-1991
Abstract: Collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, telephone logs, reports, budgets, memoranda, brochures, catalogs, surveys, studies, architectural renderings, meeting minutes, inventories, photographs, and newspaper clippings. All materials pertain to the administrative functions of the Department of Horticulture.
Quantity: 5.42 linear feet; 7 boxes
Call Phrase: Totemeier (RG7)

Biography of Carl A. Totemeier, Jr.

Carl A. Totemeier, Jr., served as vice-president for Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden from May of 1985 until his retirement in 1990. He received his horticulture degree from Iowa State University in 1952 and conducted graduate studies in horticulture and education at the University of California, Los Angeles and Ohio State University.

Totemeier we responsible for overseeing the design, development, and maintenance of living exhibits at the Garden in addition to managing the department's propagation facilities.

Totemeier came to the Garden after a decade as director of Old Westbury Gardens, an historical estate located in Westbury, Long Island, that was noted for its formal gardens. A highly respected horticulturalist and educator, he was founding director of the Du Page Horticultural School, West Chicago, Illinois, and coordinator ofa two-year technical program at the University of Minnesota, Waseca, Minnesota. For a time, Totemeier had written a weekly garden column for the suburban editions of the New York Times, and held a number of posts in the fields of horticulture and education, including director of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale, New York (1973-1974) and Coordinator of Education at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York.


Scope and Content

The materials were transmitted to the NYBG Archives from Totemeier's office in January 1993. The collection includes primarily correspondence, memoranda, and background information for Garden projects during his tenure.

Also present are materials from prior years produced in large part by Carlton B. Lees who held several high ranking positions at NYBG (1972-1980), including Senior Vice President of Horticulture.

In addition to general administrative records, a majpr portion of this collection concerns the restoration of and major exhibits held at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.


Arrangement

The collection is organized into eleven series:
Series 1: Biographical. 1986-1990. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 2: Calendars. 1986-1991. Arranged chronologically.
Series 3: Correspondence. 1984-1990. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 4: Telephone Logs. 1990-1991. Arranged chronologically.
Series 5: Planning. 1977-1989. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 6: Finances. 1985-1991. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 7: Custodial, Horticulture, Operations, Security (CHOPS). 1986-1992. Arranged chronologically.
Series 8: Reports. 1985-1989. Arranged chronologically.
Series 9: Subject Files. 1979-1991. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 10: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. 1971-1992. Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Restrictions

Access restrictions

This collection is open for research with permission from Mertz Library staff.

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be submitted in writing to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.


Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Persons
Irwin, Howard S.
Lees, Carlton B.
Subjects
New York Botanical Garden -- Buildings.
New York Botanical Garden -- Security measures.
Arboretums--New York (State).
Botanical gardens--New York (State).
Flower shows--New York (State).
Organizations
Cary Arboretum.
New York Botanical Garden.
Skylands Association.
Document Types
annual reports. aat.
budget. aat.
correspondence. aat.
drawings, architectural. aat.


Related Material

New York Botanical Garden

(RG7)-- Records of Carlton B. Lees

(RG7)-- Records of Dennis A. Brown

Verticle File--Carl A. Totemeier


Separated Material

A series of documents pertaining to the personnel files of NYBG staff has been removed from this collection to the Human Resources (RG17) collection of the New York Botanical Garden; access is restricted. [Documents; Personnel Files; Horticulture Department, 1982-1991. Removed 6 April 2006 by Kathleene Konkle.]


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Records of Carl A. Totemeier Jr. (RG7), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was transferred to the NYBG Archives from Totemeier's office in January 1993.

Processing Information

Processed April 2006 by Kathleene Konkle under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-50678-04.


Container List

 

Series 1. Biographical.

Scope and Content:

This series contains copies of Totemeier's curriculum vitae, photographs of Totemeier used for NYBG promotions, retirement letters, and receipts for retirement fund contributions.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Curriculum vitae 1985-1992
1.2 New York Times articles 1986-1987
1.3 Photographs 1987/1991
1.4 Retirement Gift Fund 1989-1990
1.5 Retirement letters 1989-1990

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Series 2. Calendar.

Scope and Content:

Month-at-a-glance appointment books of one calendar year each. The contents include handwritten notes and notices regarding meeting times, appointments, and special events within NYBG.

Folder Title Date
1.6 Calendar 1986
1.7 Calendar 1987
1.8 Calendar 1988
1.9 Calendar 1989
1.10 Calendar 1990
1.11 Calendar 1991

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Series 3. Correspondence.

Scope and Content:

This series includes incoming and outgoing correspondence between Totemeier and a wide variety of correspondents. These include vendors, horticultural organizations, and general horticultural inquiries from both individuals and institutions. Interoffice memoranda and off site correspondence are included. Interoffice material covered concerns security and operations activities.

Folder Title Date
1.12 General 1985
1.13 General 1985
1.14 General 1985-1986
1.15 General 1986
1.16 General 1986-1988
1.17 General 1987-1988
1.18 General 1989-1990
1.19 Internal 1986
1.20 Internal 1986-1990
1.21 Internal 1986-1990
1.22 Information replies 1986
1.23 Information replies 1987
1.24 Information replies 1988
1.25 Information replies 1989-1990
1.26 Memoranda--Operations 1984-1989
1.27 Memoranda--Security 1988-1989
1.28 Miscellaneous 1986-1989

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Series 4. Telephone Logs.

Scope and Content:

Three Telephone Memo Record books identifying date, time, and subject matter of phone messages received by Totemeier's office.

Folder Title Date
1.29 Log book 11/12/1990-5/9/1991
1.30 Log book 5/10/1991-10/7/1991
1.31 Log book 10/8/1991-4/29/1992

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Series 5. Planning.

Scope and Content:

This series contains Action and Master plans for both the New York Botanical Garden and the Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum. Plans consist of meeting minutes, financial and geographic surveys and studies, policy outlines and rough and final drafts.

Folder Title Date
2.1 Action Plan 1985-1986
2.2 Master Plan--Long Range Planning Committee (Carlton B. Lees) 1977-1980
2.3 Master Plan 1980-1988
2.4 Master Plan 1980-1988
2.5 Master Plan--Visitor Center 1987-1989

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Series 6. Finance.

Scope and Content:

This series contains budget outlines, service requests, check requisition, capital project goals and expectations, and capital fund contributions and needs assessments as related to the infrastructure and operating needs of the Department of Horticulture.

Folder Title Date
2.6 Budget 1986-1987
2.7 Budget 1987-1988
2.8 Budget 1988-1989
2.9 Budget 1989-1990
2.10 Budget--New York Cultural Affairs 1986
2.11 Service Request and Check Requisitions 1985-1989
2.12 Service Request and Check Requisitions 1985-1989
2.13 Capital Fund--Phase I n.d.
2.14 Capital Projects 1986
2.15 Capital Projects 1987
2.16 Capital Projects 1988
2.17 Capital Projects 1989
2.18 Capital Projects 1989-1990
2.19 Christmas Decorations 1987-1989
2.20 Fund raising 1990-1991
2.21 Watson Building Capital Fund 1986-1987

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Series 7. Custodial, Horticulture, Operations, Security (CHOPS).

Scope and Content:

This series contains the minutes of CHOPS meetings, a weekly gathering of staff from these interrelated departments. Topics discussed include general upkeep of Garden grounds and offices, setting of priorities, and impending projects.

Folder Title Date
2.22 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1986
2.23 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1987
2.24 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1988
2.25 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1989
2.26 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1989
2.27 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1990
2.28 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1991
2.29 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1991
2.30 CHOPS--Meeting minutes 1992

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Series 8. Reports.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of Horticulture Department reports regarding supply and product inventories, staff rosters and budgets, and horticultural evaluations of Garden sites, such as the Native Rock Garden.

Folder Title Date
2.31 Horticulture Program evaluation 1981/1985
2.32 General Report 1984-1985
2.33 General Report 1986
2.34 General Report 1986
3.1 General Report 1988
3.2 General Report 1989

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Series 9. Subject Files.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of files on topics related to but not part of the Department of Horticulture directly. Correspondence from Totemeier is present and consists mainly of general inquiries about goods and services and consultancies. Featured events include the The International Garden and Greenery Exposition in Osaka, Japan, the New York Flower Show, and the International Garden Festival. Totemeier also sat on the Board of Managers of the Skylands Manor Association, for which meeting minutes are present.

Folder Title Date
3.3 ABE Peony Co. 1985
3.4 Adelphi University 1987
3.5 Admissions Policy 1979-1982
3.6 Attendance 1980/1989
3.7 B & K Flowers 1984-1988
3.8 Bermuda Arboretum 1988
3.9 Bible Garden 1987
3.10 Bronx County President 1979-1984
3.11 Burpee Advisory Committee 1988-1990
3.12 David Case 1989
3.13 Centennial 1986-1991
3.14 Centennial Book 1986-1991
3.15 Centennial tulips 1987-1991
3.16 Centennial Day lily 1989
3.17 Chemical Bank Court 1982-1983
3.18 DeWitt Clinton --Mercy College 1989
3.19 Display Gardens 1982-1986
3.20 Eastern Native Plant Alliance 1987
3.21 Elite Plants Collection Program--National Arboretum 1985-1988
3.22 ERNA Exhibit 1989
3.23 Evander Childs Special Education Project 1985-1986
3.24 T. H. Everett--AH Scott Award 1980-1983
3.25 T. H. Everett--Encyclopedia 1979/1989
3.26 Farmingdale Advisory Committee 1986-1989
3.27 Garden Writer's Conference 1991
3.28 Gary Hightshoe--Iowa State University 1988
3.29 Hofstra Arboretum Advisory Committee 1989
3.30 Hoya Crystal Gallery 1987-1988
3.31 IBM Atrium 1981-1983
3.32 Institute of Urban Horticulture 1980-1988
3.33 Institute of Urban Horticulture--Correspondence 1980-1985
3.34 International Garden Festival 1982
3.35 The International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan 1986-1990
3.36 The International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan 1990
3.37 The International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan--Catalog 1990
3.38 Kellogg Museum 1983-1984
3.39 Lirlodendron 1990
3.40 Mercy College 1989
3.41 Museum Assessment 1987-1989
3.42 National Association Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) 1987-1989
3.43 Netherlands Flower Bulb Institute 1982-1983
3.44 New England Cruise 1987
3.45 New York Flower Show 1985
3.46 New York Flower Show 1986
3.47 New York Flower Show 1987
3.48 New York Flower Show 1988
3.49 New York Flower Show 1989
3.50 New York Flower Show 1990
3.51 New York Flower Show 1991
3.52 New York Flower Show 1992
3.53 New York Orchid Show 1991
3.54 Public Relations--Ogilvy and Mather 1986-1988
3.55 OVERSIZED--Arbor Day Festival 1986
4.1 Plants--Garden Club of America 1989
4.2 Red Oak Committee 1987-1988
4.3 Ronald McDowell House 1989
4.4 Roses--All American Selections 1985-1990
4.5 Roses--All American Selections 1985-1990
4.6 Skylands Manor Association--Board of Managers 1986-1989
4.7 Skylands Manor Association--Board of Managers 1986-1989
4.8 Spain, Portugal, France--Trip 1989
4.9 Stay Well Project 1988
4.10 Twyford Labs 1986-1988
4.11 Waverly Flower Show 1985

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Series 10. Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of materials relating to the restoration, exhibits, and general maintenance and activities of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Included are building and landscape plans, budgets, architectural plans, inventories, brochures, attendance reports, and newspaper clippings related to the restoration and reopening. Other specific events held by the Garden include the annual Orchid Show, Christmas Show, and international collaborations with countries such as the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.

Folder Title Date
4.12 Architect--Edward Barnes 1973-1981
4.13 Attendance Reports 1986
4.14 Attendance Reports 1987
4.15 Attendance Reports 1988
4.16 Attendance Reports 1989
4.17 Special Events Attendance 1981-1983
4.18 Attendance Summary 1981-1982
4.19 Awards 1978-1980
4.20 Certificate of Occupancy 1982
4.21 Clippings 1978-1992
4.22 Conservation Proposal 1982
4.23 Contact sheets n.d.
4.24 Desert house 1973-1986
4.25 Desert house 1977-1986
4.26 Donor's Plaque 1978
4.27 Endowment Fund 1979-1989
4.28 Floor plan and layout 1977
4.29 Fern Gallery brochure 1977
4.30 Fern House 1971-1988
4.31 Food Service 1981/1984
4.32 General Food Exhibit 1987-1988
4.33 Grand Opening 1978
4.34 Greenschool 1982-1988
4.35 Greenspace/Children's Garden 1979-1987
4.36 Greenspace/Children's Garden 1979-1987
5.1 "The Greenworld" 1978-1985
5.2 Guide Books 1983-1988
5.3 Handicap Access 1979-1987
5.4 Enid A. Haupt 1974-1983
5.5 Haupt Fund 1979-1989
5.6 House #4 1983-1985
5.7 House #5 1985
5.8 Landmark Commission Status 1973-1975
5.9 Lighting 1985-1988
5.10 Maintenance Report 1984
5.11 Manual for Operations n.d.
5.12 Open House 1977
5.13 Palm House 1983
5.14 Plant Inventory 1982-1988
5.15 Pools 1983-1984
5.16 Renovation specs 1976
5.17 Restoration Funding 1977-1978
5.18 Restoration Costs 1977-1978
5.19 Restoration History 1974-1975
5.20 Show/Exhibit Publicity 1979-1989
5.21 Shows/Exhibit Schedule 1981-1992
5.22 Shows--Dutch Festival (Bloembollen) 1984
5.23 Shows--Bonsai Festival 1987-1988/1990/1992
5.24 Shows--"Salute to Chelsea" 1982-1983
5.25 Shows--"Salute to Chelsea" 1982-1983
5.26 Shows--Christmas 1982
5.27 Shows--Christmas 1983
5.28 Shows--Christmas 1984
5.29 Shows--Christmas 1985
5.30 Shows--Fern and Orchid Weekend 1991
5.31 Fields of Lilies 1984
5.32 Shows--"Isle of Mainan" (Germany) 1985
5.33 Shows--Holiday 1989
5.34 Shows--Holiday 1990
5.35 Shows--Holiday 1991
5.36 Shows--Holiday 1993
5.37 Shows--Gertrude Jekyll 1991
5.38 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten 1981/1982
6.1 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten 1981
6.2 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten 1983
6.3 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten 1984
6.4 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten 1984
6.5 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten 1985
6.6 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten 1986
6.7 Shows--Kiku-ka Ten (proposal) 1989
6.8 Shows--Orchid 1982
6.9 Shows--Orchid 1983
6.10 Shows--Orchid 1984
6.11 Shows--Orchid 1985
6.12 Shows--Orchid 1986
7.1 Shows--Orchid 1988-1989
7.2 Shows--Orchid 1989
7.3 Shows--Orchid 1990
7.4 Shows--Orchid 1991
7.5 Shows--Orchid 1985
7.6 Shows--Spring 1992
7.7 Shows--Summer Green Treasures 1992
7.8 Sound System 1983
7.9 Surround 1982-1984
7.10 Syrian Mosaic Fountain 1978-1987
7.11 Tents 1983-1991
7.12 Ticket booth 1983
7.13 Tunnel 1977/1987
7.14 Wattle Fencing 1983-1986

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