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Conard-Pyle Co.

Conard-Pyle Company records supplement

1868-2000

(bulk dates 1910-2000)


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 634s


Creator: Conard-Pyle Co.


Title: Conard-Pyle Company records supplement


Inclusive Dates: 1868-2000


Bulk Dates: 1910-2000


Extent: 13.3 linear feet (14 boxes)


Abstract: The Conard-Pyle Company records supplement includes substantial additions to the series in the original collection, as well as records which constitute three new series related to the Atlantic Coast Nurseries, Inc., printed material, and Robert Pyle's professional papers.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 634s, Conard-Pyle Company records supplement, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 136-148: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Box 149: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)

Box 150: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gifts of the Conard-Pyle Company (Steve Hutton), May 2011.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, March 2013.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu/cgi-bin/askspec.cgi


Historical note

The Conard-Pyle Company of West Grove, Pennsylvania, is a large horticultural enterprise that specialized in the cultivation and hybridization of roses. It was founded in 1897, and established a large magazine-based advertizing campaign and mail-order business. According to a company history, Conard-Pyle can take credit for several "firsts" in commercial horticulture in the United States, particularly in the development of new varieties of roses. The Company is best known for its famed Star Roses, most notably the world-famous Peace Rose. The Peace Rose was "provided to delegates from around the world as they met in San Francisco on April 25, 1945, to form the United Nations" (Thomas p.1).

The Conard-Pyle Company was founded in 1897, but can trace its roots back to 1874 when Charles Dingee (1825-1911) and Alfred Conard (1835-1906) started Harmony Grove Nursery. Charles Dingee was a former dairy farmer; and Alfred Conard was descended from a German Quaker farming family. Dingee and Conard originally specialized in fruit trees, but soon began producing roses at the request of Mrs. Dingee (Conard-Pyle Company, History, p.1). Despite their success, or perhaps, because of it, Dingee and Conard had a falling out in 1892 that ultimately ended their partnership. Dingee continued his operation of the Dingee & Conard Company until his death in 1911.

In 1897, Conard joined with Antoine Wintzer and S. Morris Jones to form the Conard and Jones Company. Wintzer, a hybridizer who hailed from Alsace Lorraine, had left the Dingee and Conard Company around the same time as Conard. Both men established small nurseries across the street from the Dingee and Conard Company nursery. S. Morris Jones, a dairy farmer whose land bridged the gap between Conard and Wintzer's land, was persuaded to invest his land in the new company (Conard-Pyle Company, History, p.2). The Conard and Jones Company was incorporated on June 3, 1897, with Wintzer serving as head nurseryman. The company operated as a mail-order nursery and seed business that sold its own root-roses while still small.

Successful merchant Robert L. Pyle invested in the company in 1898. Two years later his son, Robert Pyle (March 7, 1877-September 28, 1951) joined the company as a helper, and soon worked his way up to Director of Marketing. The business bloomed under his direction (Quillman, p.49). Conard died in 1906 and in 1907 Robert Pyle and his father purchased Conard's share of the company. Robert Pyle became President, and that same year made history by marketing the slogan, "Guaranteed to Bloom." It was the first time in the horticulture industry that a product was sold to consumers with a guarantee (Conard-Pyle Company, p.5). Pyle soon came to believe that specialization was the key to success, and choose roses as the company's new focus (Conard-Pyle Company, The History of Conard-Pyle, p. 3). In 1908 he trademarked the term "Star Roses" as a way to distinguish the company's roses from the competition.

S. Morris Jones retired in 1923, and the name of the company was changed to Conard-Pyle (Conard-Pyle, Company, p.1). The company purchased additional land in Jennersville, Pennsylvania, and established the Red Rose Inn, which held an annual "Red Rose Rent Day" event. In 1930, Antoine Wintzer died and Sidney Hutton was hired as the new business manager. Soon after, his sons Sidney Jr. and Richard joined the company.

The United States Plant Patent Act passed in 1930, and Conard-Pyle began to develop and patent new varieties of roses. "Conard-Pyle was among the first to patent new roses and license other leading nurseries to grow and sell them" (Thomas, p.2). In 1932 Conard-Pyle entered a partnership with French hybridizer Francis Meilland's company, The House of Meilland. When war descended upon Europe in 1939, Meilland made an effort to save a new rose variety he had developed. He sent parcels of the new rose to associates in Germany and Italy, as well as to Conard-Pyle. After several successful trials across the United States, the famous "Peace" Rose was patented in 1943 and officially unveiled on the day Berlin fell to Allied forces (Conard-Pyle Company, The History of Conard-Pyle, p. 4). The Peace Rose was distributed to delegates as they arrived at the first meeting of the United Nations in 1945. Almost every new rose today is a descendant of the Peace Rose.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, the Conard-Pyle Company continued to successfully develop and patent numerous award-winning roses. Upon Pyle's death in 1951, the Huttons purchased the company and Sidney B. Hutton, Sr. became president. He was succeeded as president by his sons Sidney B. (Beany) Hutton, Jr. in 1964 and Richard J. (Dick) Hutton in 1974. In 1978, Conard-Pyle dissolved its retail garden center and mail-order business to become a strictly wholesale nursery business. In 1986, Steven B. Hutton became president of Conard-Pyle (Conard-Pyle Company, The History of Conard-Pyle, p. 4). As of 2013, Conard-Pyle continues to develop and market quality and award-winning plants.

Sources:

Conard-Pyle Company. "Conard-Pyle: A Company on the Move." Undated. University of Delaware Special Collections, Conard-Pyle collection folders.

Conard-Pyle Company. "CP History by decades." 1996. University of Delaware Special Collections, Conard-Pyle collection folders.

Conard-Pyle Company. "The History of Conard-Pyle." 1989. University of Delaware Special Collections, Conard-Pyle collection, Box 15 Folder 278.

Conard-Pyle Company. "Planting Roots for the Future." 2010. http://www.conard-pyle.com/attachments/pages/new_cp_capabilities.pdf

Quillman, Catherine. (Summer 1994). "The Subject is Roses" in Chester County Town & Living.

Thomas, Neil. Unpublished letter. November 4, 2003.


Scope and Content Note

The Conard-Pyle Company records supplement includes substantial additions to some of the series in the original collection, as well as records which constitute three new series related to the Atlantic Coast Nurseries, Inc., printed material and Robert Pyle's professional papers.

The series in this supplement parallel the series and subseries in the original collection. However, there are no additions for several series in the original collection, including Series III. Legal records, VIII. Professional organizations, IX. Trade shows, and XI. Plaques, awards, and ephemera. Three new series have been added to the Conard Pyle Company records in this supplement: Series XII. Atlantic Coast Nurseries; Inc., Series XIII. Books, magazines, catalogs, pamphlets and articles; and Series XIV. Robert Pyle professional papers.

This supplement has additional material for several of the subseries found in Series I. Company Administration and Operation. Substantial files, dating from 1929 to 1946, were added to subseries I.B. Foreign correspondence, namely, correspondence with the firms of Charles Mallerin in France and Pedro Dot in Spain, as well as a group of miscellaneous foreign correspondence arranged alphabetically.

The additions to subseries I.E. Speeches, Trips and Events, focus on the files for Red Rose Rent Day events from 1957 through 1984, when the annual celebration was discontinued. The files, arranged by year, include press kits, photographs, negatives, slides, and other material used to publicize the event. Begun in 1937, Red Rose Rent Day honored a proviso found in the original 1731 deed to the property (part of which eventually was sold to Conard-Pyle Company in 1928). When the property was deeded to William Penn's grandson in 1731, the proviso called for the payment of a red rose yearly if demanded. Later deeds in 1742 and 1748 continued to carry this proviso. At the Red Rose Rent days the Conard-Pyle Company would give one red rose to a descendent of the William Penn family in fulfillment of the proviso.

Additions to subseries I.G. Company Operation files include a variety of material, such as drafts of histories of the Conard-Pyle Company, an early deed to the West Grove property (1868), a file of "famous autographs," and minutes for the stockholders annual meetings during the 1980s.

The additions in series II. Financial records span the dates 1910 to 1999 and range from records of orders for bulbs (1922-1927) to trial balance sheets from 1932 to 1938, as well as inventories and prices in 1999, stock books from 1910-to 1923, records of equipment and insurance costs in the 1920s and 1930 and payrolls for 1932 to 1936.

Series IV. Patents and Licensing has additions of contracts and licenses arranged alphabetically by grower from 1933-1949, as well as a ledger on hybridization from 1929 to 1959 and a record of "Woody Plant Acquisitions" dating from 1928 to 1981.

The supplement also includes additions to subseries V.A. Advertising, consisting of the files for retail advertising campaigns from 1925 through 1943. Correspondence for 1967 from the Meilland firm have been added to series VI. Meilland Family Partnership.

Two photograph albums, dating from 1911 and 1925, were added to Series VII. Images, Audio, and Film. One of the albums is labeled "Rose Trip Abroad" and includes images and information related to Robert Pyle's service as a judge for the 1911 National Rose Show of France in Paris. Photographs taken in France, Holland and Germany depict Pyle's trip and the gardens he visited.

The additions to Series X. Individual flowers are undated plastic transparencies of images of certain named roses, such as Floradora and Gypsys Fantastique. There is also one glass plate negative of the rose named Happiness.

The first new series to the Conard-Pyle Company records is Series XII. Atlantic Coast Nurseries, Incorporated, spanning the dates 1921 to 1928. Robert Pyle was the president and one of the founders of this corporation which included partners from Virginia and Massachusetts. Incorporated in 1922, in Virginia, the purpose of the company was to produce, buy, sell and distribute plant life. The records in this series comprise financial records, correspondence, stock books, the constitution and papers of incorporation.

Series XIII. Books, magazines, catalogs, pamphlets and articles consists of printed material related to gardening, marketing, advertising, trade shows, and the publications from horticultural organizations. Issues of The National Rose Society of Great Britain Annual (1910-1951) and the American Association of Nurserymen Report and Proceedings (1908-1945) have been removed for cataloging.

The final new series of material added to the Conard-Pyle Company Records is Series XIV. Robert Pyle professional papers, which included two subseries. The first subseries, XIV.A. Diaries comprises the daily diaries kept by Robert Pyle from 1912 to 1951. The second subseries XIV.B. Lectures consists of the notebooks of lectures and talks given by Robert Pyle between 1935 and 1948.

Robert Pyle's daily diaries are extensive and detailed. The diaries serve as a record of his daily activities; in some cases, Pyle charted his day in increments of 10 or 15 minutes, documenting not only his work schedule, but the time spent at meals, reading, and meditating. The diaries include photographs, clippings, itineraries, and notes from meetings he attended.

The diaries provide a record of Pyle's participation in the business at Conard-Pyle Company. The diaries document his business trips, staff meetings, and new ideas for the business. The diaries also reveal Pyle's personal life, recording his daily routines, involvement in the local Quaker meeting, and the forms of entertainment he enjoyed. Covering a forty-year span, these diaries richly depict Robert Pyle's life and work. The diaries are available in a digital version connected to this finding aid.

The lectures and talks in subseries XIV.B. include occasional handwritten text but more often are typed lectures or in some cases, lists of descriptive information for slide shows. Robert Pyle spoke to a variety of groups, such as the American Institute of Park Executives, groups visiting the Red Rose Inn, the Oxford Rotary Club, the West Chester Bankers Association, Ohio State University, and the West Grove Garden Club, to name only a few of his many audiences.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Pyle, Robert.
Corporate Names
Conard-Pyle Co.
Atlantic Coast Nurseries, Inc.
Topical Terms
Gardening--Periodicals.
Gardening--Societies--History--20th century.
Gardening--United States--History--20th century.
Horticultural products industry--History--20th century.
Marketing.
Nurseries (Horticulture)--United States--History--20th century.
Plants, Cultivated--Patents--United States--History--20th century.
Plant hybridization--History--20th century.
Roses--History--20th century.
Roses--Breeding--United States--History--20th century.
Travel--France--History--20th century.
Geographic Names
Kennett Square (Pa.)--History--20th century.
Form/Genre Terms
Business records.
Catalogs.
Financial records.
Motion pictures (visual work)
Photographs.
Slides (photographs)
Correspondence.
Negatives (photographic)
Histories.
Stock certificates.
Lectures.
Press kits.
Contracts.
Licenses.
Diaries.
Transparencies.
Clippings (information artifacts)

Related Materials in this Repository

MSS 634, Conard-Pyle Company records


  • I. Company administration and operation, 1891-1999
  • II. Financial records, 1897-1997
  • III. Legal records, 1903-1981
  • IV. Patents and licensing, 1931-1999
  • V. Marketing, promotions and advertising, 1897-2002
  • VI. Meilland, 1947-1992
  • VII. Images, audio and film, 1900-1995
  • VIII. Professional organizations, 1925-1997
  • IX. Trade shows, 1964-1998
  • X. Individual flowers, 1905-1991
  • XI. Plaques, awards, and ephemera, 1915-1997
  • XII. Atlantic Coast Nurseries, Inc., 1921-1948
  • XIII. Books, magazines, catalogs, pamphlets and articles, 1929-2000
  • XIV. Robert Pyle professional papers, 1912-1951

Detailed Contents List

Series I. Company Administration and Operation , 1868-1998
Subseries I.A. General correspondence and memoranda , 1951-1960

International Plant Corporation , 1951-1960   [Box 136 F1]

Subseries I.B. Foreign correspondence , 1929-1946

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1929   [Box 136 F2]

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1930   [Box 136 F3]

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1931   [Box 136 F4]

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1932   [Box 136 F5]

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1933   [Box 136 F6]

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1934 January-July   [Box 136 F7]

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1934 August-December   [Box 136 F8]

Charles Mallerin (France) , 1935   [Box 136 F9]

Pedro Dot (Spain) , 1927-1932   [Box 136 F10]

Pedro Dot (Spain) , 1933-1934   [Box 136 F11]

Pedro Dot (Spain) , 1935-1936   [Box 136 F12]

General A-D , 1939-1946   [Box 136 F13]

General correspondence to foreign companies arranged in alphabetical order.

General E-K , 1939-1947   [Box 136 F14]

General L-M , 1939-1948   [Box 136 F15]

General N , 1939-1949   [Box 136 F16]

General P-R , 1939-1950   [Box 136 F17]

General S-W , 1939-1951   [Box 136 F18]

Subseries I.E. Speeches, trips, and events , 1957-1984

Red Rose Rent Day , 1957   [Box 137 F19]

Includes files for the event, such as photographs, negatives, slides, press kits, and publicity.

Red Rose Rent Day , 1958   [Box 137 F20]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1959   [Box 137 F21]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1960   [Box 137 F22]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1961   [Box 137 F23]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1962   [Box 137 F24]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1963   [Box 137 F25]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1964   [Box 137 F26]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1965   [Box 137 F27]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1966   [Box 137 F28]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1967   [Box 137 F29]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1968   [Box 137 F30]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1969   [Box 137 F31]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1970   [Box 137 F32]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1971   [Box 137 F33]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1972   [Box 137 F34]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1973   [Box 137 F35]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1974   [Box 137 F36]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1975   [Box 137 F37]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1976   [Box 137 F38]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1977   [Box 137 F39]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1978   [Box 137 F40]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1979   [Box 137 F41]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1980   [Box 137 F42]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1980   [Box 137 F43]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1981   [Box 137 F44]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1982   [Box 137 F45]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1983   [Box 137 F46]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1984   [Box 137 F47]

Red Rose Rent Day , 1980-1989   [Box 137 F48]

Subseries I.G. Company operation files , 1868-1998

Board of Directors meetings , 1978-1981   [Box 138 F49]

American Nurseryman article , 1985   [Box 138 F50]

Deed to West Grove property , 1868   [Box 138 F51]

Diary of Roland Satterthwaite , 1933-1937   [Box 138 F52]

Dingee & Conard Company history , 1975   [Box 138 F53]

Famous autographs , 1928-1988   [Box 138 F54]

Includes letters from Franklin Roosevelt, Mrs. Herbert Hoover (Lou Henry Hoover), Mamie Eisenhower, and others.

History of Conard-Pyle Company , 1975   [Box 138 F55]

History of Conard-Pyle Company draft , 1961   [Box 138 F56]

History of Conard-Pyle by decades , 1996   [Box 138 F57]

Holiday letters , 1962-1998   [Box 138 F58]

Industry happenings , 1980-1998   [Box 138 F59]

History - Public relations file , 1961-1990   [Box 138 F60]

History - Public relations file (fire damaged) , 1899-1929   [Box 138 F61]

History - The Story of Innovation , 1989   [Box 138 F62]

Maps of Jennersville land , 1971   [Box 138 F63]

Robert Pyle - Rosewise Through Europe , 1934   [Box 138 F64]

Rose production land rental , 1973   [Box 138 F65]

Stockholders annual meeting , 1980   [Box 138 F66]

Stockholders annual meeting , 1981   [Box 138 F67]

Stockholders annual meeting , 1983   [Box 138 F68]

Stockholders annual meeting , 1984   [Box 138 F69]

Series II. Financial records , 1910-1999

Bulb book and orders Spring , 1922-1926   [Box 138 F1]

Removed to oversize Box 149 (17").

Bulb book and orders Fall , 1922-1927   [Box 138 F2]

Removed to oversize Box 149 (17").

Cash accounts , 1931-1936   [Box 138 F3]

Common stock , 1928   [Box 138 F4]

Comparison of records , 1935-1942   [Box 138 F5]

Employee accounts , undated   [Box 138 F6]

Inventory and prices , 1999   [Box 138 F7]

Insurance and equipment costs , 1923-1929   [Box 138 F8]

Insurance costs , 1927-1938   [Box 138 F9]

Payroll , 1932-1936   [Box 138 F10]

Sales reports and representatives , 1990-1999   [Box 138 F11]

Stock book , 1910-1922   [Box 139 F12]

Stock book , 1910-1923   [Box 139 F13]

Trial balance sheets , 1932-1938   [Box 139 F14]

Series IV. Patents and licensing , 1928-1981

Contract growers , 1948   [Box 139 F1]

Contract growers , 1947-1949   [Box 139 F2]

Contract and licences A-B , 1933-1941   [Box 139 F3]

Contract and licences C , 1933-1942   [Box 139 F4]

Contract and licences D-G , 1933-1943   [Box 139 F5]

Contract and licences H , 1933-1944   [Box 139 F6]

Contract and licences J , 1933-1945   [Box 139 F7]

Contract and licences K-M , 1933-1946   [Box 139 F8]

Contract and licences P , 1933-1947   [Box 139 F9]

Contract and licences R-S , 1933-1948   [Box 139 F10]

Contract and licences V-Z , 1933-1949   [Box 139 F11]

Hybridization , 1929-1959   [Box 139 F12]

Woody plant acquisitions book , 1928-1981   [Box 139 F13]

Removed to oversize box 149 (17").

Budding inventory ledgers by variety , 1978-1979   [Box 150]

Removed to oversize box 150 (18").

Series V. Marketing, promotions and advertising , 1925-1943
Subseries V.A. Advertising , 1925-1944

Retail advertising campaign , 1925-1926   [Box 140 F1]

Retail advertising campaign , 1926-1927   [Box 140 F2]

Retail advertising campaign , 1927-1928   [Box 140 F3]

Retail advertising campaign , 1928-1929   [Box 140 F4]

Retail advertising campaign , 1929-1930   [Box 140 F5]

Retail advertising campaign , 1930-1931   [Box 140 F6]

Retail advertising campaign , 1931-1932   [Box 140 F7]

Retail advertising campaign , 1933-1934   [Box 140 F8]

Retail advertising campaign , 1934-1935   [Box 140 F9]

Retail advertising campaign , 1938-1939   [Box 140 F10]

Retail advertising campaign , 1939-1940   [Box 140 F11]

Retail advertising , 1939-1940   [Box 140 F12]

Retail advertising , 1939-1940   [Box 141 F13]

Retail advertisements , 1941   [Box 141 F14]

Retail advertisements , 1942   [Box 141 F15]

Retail advertisements , 1943   [Box 141 F16]

Series VI. Meilland family partnership , 1967

Correspondence , 1967 January-July   [Box 141 F1]

Correspondence , 1967 August-December   [Box 141 F2]

Series VII. Images, Audio, and Film , 1911-1925
Subseries VII.B. Photographic prints , 1911-1926

Photograph album , 1911   [Box 141 F1]

Labeled "Rose Trip Abroad" and includes images and information related to Robert Pyle's service as a judge for the 1911 National Rose Show of France in Paris. Includes France, Holland and Germany.

Photograph album - European trip , 1925   [Box 141 F2]

Series X. Individual flowers , undated

Includes plastic transparencies and one glass-plate negative.

Floradora , undated   [Box 141 F1]

Fred Edmunds , undated   [Box 141 F2]

Grand Duchesse Charlotte , undated   [Box 141 F3]

Gypsy Fantastique , undated   [Box 141 F4]

Happiness , undated   [Box 141 F5]

Horace McFarland , undated   [Box 141 F6]

Lowell Thomas , undated   [Box 141 F7]

Series XII. Atlantic Coast Nurseries, Incorporated , 1921-1928

Atlantic Coast Nurseries, Incorporated, spanning the dates 1921 to 1928. Robert Pyle was the president and one of the founders of this corporation with partners from Virginia and Massachusetts. Incorporated in 1922, in Virginia, the purpose was to produce, buy, sell and distribute plant life. The records in this series comprise financial records, correspondence, stock books, the constitution and papers of incorporation.

Accounts , 1921-1923   [Box 141 F1]

Accounts , 1922-1923   [Box 141 F2]

Bank books , 1922-1924   [Box 141 F3]

Constitution and incorporation , 1922-1923   [Box 141 F4]

Correspondence , 1921-1924   [Box 141 F5]

Correspondence , 1924-1926   [Box 142 F6]

Correspondence, reports and documents , 1921-1928   [Box 142 F7]

Norfolk roses and cannas , 1921   [Box 142 F8]

Norfolk was a precursor to Atlantic Coast Nurseries

Norfolk planting , 1921   [Box 142 F9]

Notes and diary , 1922-1928   [Box 142 F10]

Stock books , 1923   [Box 142 F11]

Series XIII. Books, magazines, catalogs, pamphlets, and articles , 1929-2000

Books, magazines, catalogs, pamphlets and articles, includes printed material related to gardening, marketing, advertising, trade shows, and publications from horticultural organizations. Issues of The National Rose Society of Great Britain Annual (1910-1951) and the American Association of Nurserymen Report and Proceedings (1908-1945) have been removed for cataloging. Much of the material in this series is not in folders. However items are in groups of related materials as listed by files.

Pamphlets, newsletters and articles , 1975-2000   [Box 142]

Programs for trade shows and conventions , 1990-1999   [Box 142]

Booklets on rose disease, planting, xeriscape and landscaping , 1983-1994   [Box 142]

American Peony Society Bulletin, 1929-1931   [Box 142]

American Rose Society Members' Handbook, 1940-1941   [Box 142]

Royal Horticultural Society Report, 1931-1932   [Box 142]

Membership directories , 1993-1998   [Box 143]

Publications related to marketing, mail-order and advertising , 1980-1992   [Box 143]

Publications of the U.S. Department of Agriculture , 1980-1990   [Box 143]

Publications of the Horticultural Research Institute, Inc. , 1975-1987   [Box 143]

Issues of the American Nurseryman, 1985-1989   [Box 143]

Publications of the American Association of Nurserymen , 1963-1993   [Box 143]

Nursery catalogs , 1985-2000   [Box 143]

Series XIV. Robert Pyle professional papers , 1912-1951

Robert Pyle professional papers, which include two subseries. The first subseries, XIV.A. Diaries, includes the daily diaries kept by Robert Pyle from 1912 to 1951. The second subseries XIV.B. Lectures, consists of the notebooks of lectures and talks given by Robert Pyle between 1935 and 1948.

Subseries XIV.A. Diaries , 1912-1952

Robert Pyle's daily diaries are extensive and detailed. The diaries serve as a record of his daily activities, in some cases, Pyle charted his day in increments of 10 or 15 minutes, including not only his work but the time spent at meals, reading, and meditating. The diaries include photographs, clippings, itineraries for trips and details of those trips and the meetings he attended.

Subseries XIV.B. Lectures , 1935-1948

The lecture and talks include occasional handwritten text but more often are typed lectures or, in some cases, lists of descriptive information for slide shows. Robert Pyle spoke to a variety of groups, such as the American Institute of Park Executives, groups visiting the Red Rose Inn, the Oxford Rotary Club, the West Chester Bankers Association, Ohio State University, and the West Grove Garden Club, to name only a few of his many audiences.

Removals (17") , 1935-1948   [Box 149]