Violet Niles Walker Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Walker, Violet Niles
Title: Violet Niles Walker Papers (PP)
Dates: 1931-1945
Abstract: Collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, black and white photographs, negatives, journal articles, and notes.
Quantity: .85 linear feet; 2 boxes.
Call Phrase: Violet Niles Walker (PP)

Biography of Violet Niles Walker

Very little is known about the specifics of the life of Violet Niles Walker, with the exception that she was married to Joseph Walker and resided in Woodberry Forest, Virginia. It is clear that she was very active in horticultural groups including the American Horticulture Society and the Garden Club of Virginia.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of primarily incoming and outgoing correspondence from Violet Niles Walker. Most correspondence is related to the propagation of lilies, seed and bulb exchange, importation of seeds, and gardening advice. Other items include plant lists, photographs, and midcellaneous notes on the subject of lilies.


The collection is organized into two series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 1931-1945.
Series 2: Miscellaneous. 1933-1945.


Access restrictions

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


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.
Fox, Helen Morgenthau, 1884-1974.
Slate, George L., (George Lewis), b. 1899.
Walker, Violet Niles
American Horticulural Society. Lily Committee
Garden Club of Virginia--History.
Horticulture--Societies, etc.--North America.
Woodberry Forest (Va.)--History
American Horticulture Society.
Garden Club of Virginia.
Document Types
black and white photographs.

Related Material

New York Botanical Garden

VF American Horticultural Society

VF Garden Club of Virginia

Seperated Material

Negatives have been removed from the collection and rehoused in the film vault of the New York Botanical Garden. A seperation sheet is located in folder 19, Box 2.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Violet Niles Walker (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was recieved from the archives stacks on September 24, 1980. The original accession number is 238.

Processing Information

Processed May 2005 by Kathleene Konkle under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-50678-04.

Container List


Series 1. Correspondence. 1931-1945.

Scope and Content:

Incoming and outgoing correspondence dealing primarily with the propagation of lilies and the activities of the Lily Committee of the American Horticultural Society. Correspondents include Philip Brierly, Julia Clark, Helen Morgenthau Fox, Laurence Holland McDaniels, Norma Pfeiffer, George Slate, and Albert M. Volmer.

Folder Title Date
1.1 American Horticulture Society 1938-1945
1.2 American Horticulture Society-Lily Committee (1) 1935-1945
1.3 American Horticulture Society-Lily Committee (2) 1935-1945
1.4 American Horticulture Society-Lily Committee (copies) 1940-1945
1.5 American Horticulture Society-Lily Slide Collection (1) 1931-1939
1.6 American Horticulture Society-Lily Slide Collection (2) 1941-1945
1.7 Brierley, Philip 1938-1939/1942/1944
1.8 Clark, Julia E. 1936-1939
1.9 Fox, Helen Morgenthau 1936-1945
1.10 General (1) 1931-1937
2.1 General (2) 1938-1945
2.2 General (3) undated
2.3 McDaniels, L.H. 1938-1941
2.4 McDaniels, L.H. 1942-1945
2.5 Pfeifer, Norma E. 1940-1945
2.6 Slate, George I. 1937-1945
2.7 United States Department of Agriculture (re: Importation/Quarantine) 1936-1945
2.8 Vollmer, A.M. 1938-1944

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Series 2. Miscellaneous. 1933-1945.

Scope and Content:

Contains general notes, plant lists, planting results, and journal articles. It is undetermined whether these items are related to AHS or GCV. Includes unidentified black and white photographs of various lilies. Negatives of these photos have been removed and rehoused in the film vault.

Folder Title Date
2.9 Photographs/slide list undated
2.10 Reprints/journal articles 1933-1940
2.11 Questionnaire postcards 1936-1937
2.12 Notes/plant lists/bibliography ca. 1939
2.13 Plant lists/species notes ca. 1942
2.14 Annual members letter (AHS) 1943/1944

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