Harriet Hollister Spencer Papers

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Collection Overview
Creator: Spencer, Harriet Hollister, 1887-1962
Call Number: A.S75
Dates: ca 1938-1962
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Harriet Hollister Spencer, rose expert and civic leader, was born in 1887, the daughter of George C. Hollister, whose grandfather founded the Hollister Lumber Co. in Rochester in 1832. Her main accomplishments include: designing the "Garden of Fragrance" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, contributing many of the roses and plants from her own Tudor knot garden at 1005 East Avenue; receiving the Garden Club of America Rose Medal Award (1959); initiating and persevering in the acquisition of the Ellwanger and Barry Arboretum by the University of Rochester (1963). She was a charter member of the Rochester Garden Club and the Landmark Society of Western New York. A collector of and authority on glass, silver and lace, she served as a consultant to the Memorial Art Gallery. She was made a fellow of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. For 46 years she served on the board of the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing. As she requested, her family gave to the people of New York State 679 acres of land above Honeoye Lake, now called the Harriet Hollister Spencer State Memorial Recreation Area.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Thomas G. Spencer, January-July, 1963.Access
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Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Folder 1
Folder The Garden of Fragrance
1. Bulletin, Museum Service (of Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences, now Rochester Museum and Science Center), September 1958. Article "Dedication of the Garden of Fragrance".
2. Bulletin, Museum Service, November 1962, containing a tribute to HHS.
3. Papers by HHS - "Early 18th Century Garden", "History of the 'Old Roses'", "Introduction to my Fragrant Garden".
4. A book list, The Best of the Old Herbals (1516-1629), Old Bee Book (1634), First Books on American Plants, Old Rose Books, Best Modern Books.
5. Article published by RMSC, "The Original Garden Roses".
Folder 2
Folder Garden Club of America Rose Medal Award, 1959. Includes the bronze medal in a leather box, plus photocopy.
1. There are copies of 5 letters, addressed to the GCA, nominating and seconding HHS for the Jane Righter Rose Medal, from: 1. Mrs. Edward Cumpston, Allyn's Creek GC, November 13, 1958. 2. Mrs. Harold L. Field, Rochester GC, December 10, 1958. 3. W. Stephen Thomas, director RMSC, December 19, 1958. 4. John Adams Lowe, Garden Center of Rochester, December 19, 1958. 5. Alfred I. Hess, American Rose Society, December 27, 1958
2. Seconding letters, addressed to Mrs. Field, Rochester GC from: Fletcher Steele (December 26, 1958) and Prof. Charles W. Cares, NY State College of Agriculture at Cornell (December 23, 1958).
3. Letter to Mrs. Field from GCA, announcing the award, February 4, 1959.
4. Copy of GCA citation given to HHS, May 7, 1959.
5. Original and a copy of acceptance speech given by Jean Cooke McCurdy, Rochester GC, in HHS's absence due to illness.
6. Letter from GCA to HHS, and newspaper clippings from: 1. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 1 7, 1959 (4 copies), "A Medal for her Roses". 2. Rochester Times Union, June 18, 1959,"Woman of the Hour". 3. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 21, 1959, "History of Rose Recreated". 4. New York Times (3 copies), June 14, 1959, "Rochester Traces Rose History". 5. Richmond Times-Dispach, May 8, 1959, "GCA Winners are Named". 6. Original letters to HHS from Jean C. McCurdy, enclosing clippings from the Richmond News Leader, May 5, 1959
Folder 3
Folder Ellwanger and Barry Arboretum - 1938-1948
1. Typescript of HHS's talk before the Rochester GC, September 30, 1946, "The Great Ellwanger and Barry Trees".
2. Typescript of HHS's plan for the protection of the arboretum, by involvement with the University of Rochester.
3. A reference list of publications on the Park System of Rochester
4. A plan for closer integration of the Botany Department, UR and the Rochester Bureau of Parks, by Professor F. C. Steward.
5. Letters (1941) regarding possibility of obtaining $1200 from the Founders Fund of GCA to be used for preservation of E
6. Outline of material on arboreta in relation to universities.
7. Correspondence between HHS and UR President Alan Valentine regarding the E
8. Letter to HHS from UR board member Edward G. Miner, enclosing minutes of board meeting, December 16, 1941 [conclusion: UR interested in E
9. Handwritten notes by HHS regarding a survey of possible cooperation between City Park Arboretum and UR. Letters on this subject from Richard H. Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Botany (September 2, 1943 and November 24, 1943), and to Dr. George P. Berry, Professor of Bacteriology, UR (March 11, 1948) with reply (March 18, 1948).
Folder 4
Folder Ellwanger and Barry Arboretum - 1953-1954
1. Newspaper clipping "Arboretum Threat" (undated), signed by Mrs. Thomas G. Spencer, for the Roundabout Club of Rochester
2. Letter to HHS from Andrew D. Wolfe, assistant director, University of Rochester Development, September 29, 1953.
3. Letter to HHS from President C.W. DeKiewiet, October 13, 1954, enclosing copy of his letter to Frederick G. Barry.
Folder 5
Folder Ellwanger and Barry Arboretum - Misc. Papers
1. Pamphlet, The Garden of the Genesee, published on the 100th anniversary of Ellwanger and Barry Nurseries. (1940)
2. Envelope containing 7 photographs (by Rochester Times-Union) of trees on Barry property (1963).
3. Genesee Country Scrapbook, published by The Rochester Historical Society (1953), with article on the E
4. Newspaper clipping, (May 24, 1963) "Old Nursery Arboretum goes to University".
5. Brighton-Pittsford Post, (September 6, 1962) a tribute to HHS by editor Andrew D. Wolfe, mentioning HHS's twin sister, Elizabeth Hollister Frost Blair, noted poet and novelist.
6. Rochester Times-Union, (August 28, 1962) obituary of HHS.
7. Photocopy of Moore's Rural New Yorker (October 22, 1870) - article, "American Nurseries".
8. The Garden Journal of the New York Botanical Garden, (January-February 1934) article "Ellwanger and Barry, Builders of American Horticulture".
9. Proceedings of the Rochester Academy of Science (March 1932), "Arboriculture at Rochester, NY".
Folder 6
Folder National Women's Hall of Fame, 2001
1. Nomination form proposing HHS (August 11, 2001).
2. Seconding letter from Henry McCartney, director Landmark Society of Western New York (August 21, 2001).
Folder 7
Folder Photograph (reproduction) of Elizabeth Hollister Frost's wedding to Elliott Frost.

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