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Inventory of the California Native Plant Society Collection
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  • Creator: California Native Plant Society
    Title: California Native Plant Society Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1936-2009
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1963-1982)
    Extent: 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.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    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
    Accessed 1/14/09

    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 Collections.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The Collection is arranged into five series: 1. Correspondence and Notes; 2. Minutes; 3. Publications; 4. Ephemera; 5. Photographs.

    Related Collections

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    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.

    Processing Information

    Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist, processed the collection and created the finding aid.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mary Ann Montague, 2002 and 2004.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California Native Plant Society Collection, D-376, Department 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.