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Inventory of the Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection
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  • Creator: University of California, Davis. Library.
    Title: Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection
    Date: 1856-2010
    Extent: 158.8 linear ft.
    Abstract: This collection consists of catalogs from nursuries and seed companies in the United States.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: O-009
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    The Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection began when the library was established on the University Farm at Davis in 1908. The catalogs originally served as a current reference resource and many were lost to heavy use. When the Library and Administration building opened in 1940, the nursery catalogs were maintained in the library’s reference department as an in-house pamphlet collection.
    Beginning in 1968, the nursery and seed catalogs were transferred to the Department of Special Collections where they became a formal collection. The collection grew with the donation of other established collections. Harry Butterfield’s collection came in 1972 followed in 1973 by the Ferry-Morse Seed Company catalog collection. Other donations, from companies and individual collectors, and purchases continue.

    Scope and Content

    For the purposes of this collection, a nursery and/or seed catalog must have a listing of plants available for sale, a price list, and the name and location of the vendor. It can be a single sheet, pamphlet or bound volume. The collection covers companies located in the United States. The dates range from 1856 to the present. There is a separate collection for international nursery and seed catalogs.

    Related Material

    The following collections are related to the Forrest A. Plant, Sr. Papers and may be accessed through Special Collections.
    D-086, Harry M. Butterfield Papers
    D-114, Ferry-Morse Seed Company Archives
    D-356, Lester Hannibal Papers
    D-025, Index Seminum Collection
    O-041, Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection: International
    D-451, Saratoga Horticulture Research Foundations Records
    D-037, Edward Wickson Papers

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Seeds--United States--Catalogs
    Seed industry and trade--United States
    Nurseries (Horticulture)--United States.


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nusery and Seed Catalog Collection, O-009, Dept. of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.