Scope and Content
California Native Plant Society
Title: California Native Plant Society Collection
Date (inclusive): 1936-2009
Date (bulk): (bulk 1963-1982)
2.4 linear feet
Abstract: Organizational records related to the foundation of the California Native Plant Society. Includes photocopies of correspondence,
membership records, newsletters, notes, news clippings, publications, and photographs. Also includes a small amount of material
related to the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many
are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-376
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) was founded in California's East Bay region in 1965. It was the first organization
in the United States dedicated to the study and appreciation of native plants, and its work inspired the formation of many
native plant societies across the country and around the world.
The CNPS is a statewide non-profit organization with thirty-two local chapters. The members are both amateurs and professionals,
all of whom share an interest in California's native plants. The aim of the CNPS is to foster "the understanding and appreciation
of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture,
and land stewardship."
California Native Plant Society website: http://www.cnps.org/cnps
Scope and Content
The California Native Plant Society Archives spans the years 1936-2009, with the bulk of the material falling between 1963
and 1982. The collection contains material related to the foundation and activities of the California Native Plant Society,
including correspondence, membership records, newsletters, notes, news clippings, publications, and a small set of photographs.
The collection also includes a small amount of material related to the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.
Most of the materials in this collection are photocopies; the originals were donated to New Mexico State University Special
Arrangement of the Collection
The Collection is arranged into five series: 1. Correspondence and Notes; 2. Minutes; 3. Publications; 4. Ephemera; 5. Photographs.
The following collections at Special Collections may also be of interest:
D-451, Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation Collection, 1938-2008: This collection contains the records of the Saratoga
Horticultural Research Foundation as well as plant propagation and description records, nursery records, plant photographs
and slides, and plan evaluations. The Foundation was instrumental in introducing new species of shade and ornamental trees
and promoting the use of native western shrubs.
D-086, Harry M. Butterfield Papers, 1860-1970: This collection contains manuscripts, research material, and photographs related
to the history of ornamental plants in California.
O-009, Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection, 1856-: This collection contains catalogs of trees, fruits, vegetables, grains,
flowers, and gardening equipment introduced to the public from 1856 to the present.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California Native Plant Society--Archives.
Native plant gardening--California.
Native plant gardening--New Mexico.
Collection is open for research.
Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist, processed the collection and created the finding aid.
Gift of Mary Ann Montague, 2002 and 2004.
[Identification of item], California Native Plant Society Collection, D-376, Department of Special Collections, General
Library, University of California, Davis.
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.