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Louise Bush-Brown Collection

Collection ID

SCRC 209

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Collection Summary

Louise Bush-Brown Collection

Circa 2046 B.C.-1954, bulk 1845-1954     

Collection ID
SCRC 209

Bush-Brown, Louise, 1897-1974

0.6 linear feet  (2 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English


Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

Louise Carter, born in 1897, graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1916.  After a variety of jobs, Carter came back to the school in 1924 as their director.  In 1925, she married James Bush-Brown, the school’s landscape design instructor.  Louise Bush-Brown went on to direct the school for 28 years, retiring in 1952.  She was an integral part of the school’s success.  She also authored and co-authored several books with her husband, most notably American’s Garden Book written in 1939.   In 1953, she founded the Neighborhood Garden Association of Philadelphia, and won the National Recreation Award for the Neighborhood Garden Project in 1959.

Description of Collection

This is a small collection of items that Louise Bush-Brown collected relating to horticulture, primarily items from the Botany Club of Germantown in Philadelphia.  Additionally, there is a tablet dating from the fourth year of the reign of Amar-Sin, 2046-2038 B.C.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged by type of material.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b6090429~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Louise Bush-Brown Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the University, or the authors/creators or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Louise Bush-Brown Collection, SCRC 209, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women Records. Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Acquisition unknown. 

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid completed in February 2016 by Holly Beth Wilson, Part Time Processing Archivist/Librarian Processing Archivist.        

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Bush-Brown, James
Bush-Brown, Louise Carter 1897-1974

Corporate Names:
Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women
Botany Club of Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Germantown Horticultural Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Women in agriculture--United States--Pennsylvania--History

Ambler (Pa.)
Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:


1          1          “Domestic Cookery,” handwritten recipes by Mrs. Carpenter          1845
1          2          Botany Club of Germantown: correspondence          1880-1883
1          3          Botany Club of Germantown: correspondence          1884-1913
1          4          Botany Club of Germantown: minutes          1880-1884
1          5          Botany Club of Germantown: photographs          1884
1          6          Germantown Horticultural Society: “premium list” of plants          1882
1          7          Scrapbook of prints and specimens          undated
2          1          Tablet: receipt for gazelles          circa 2046-2038 B.C.