Michigan Botanical Club Records: 1941-2009
Summary Information
Title: Michigan Botanical Club Records
Creator: Michigan Botanical Club.
Inclusive dates: 1941-2009
Extent: 6 linear feet
Location: Records held in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Organization formed in 1941 with the purpose of conserving all plants native to Michigan. The name of the organization was originally the Michigan Wildflower Association. The name was changed in 1949. Series in record group include: History and constitution; Membership records; Minutes; Reports; Newsletters; Financial materials; Correspondence; Chapter records; and Activities files.
Call number: 9440 Bn 2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Joel A. Blanco

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The records were transferred to the Bentley Historical Library on February 5, 2001. Donor no. 8202.

Access Restrictions:

The record group is open for research.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Michigan Botanical Club Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

The Michigan Botanical Club was founded on May 31, 1941. It was first named as the Michigan Wildflower Association. The aims of the organization are: (1) conservation of all types of native plants, (2) education of the public to appreciate and preserve plant life, (3) sponsorship of research and publications on the plant life of the State, (4) sponsorship of legislation to promote the preservation of Michigan native flora and to establish suitable sanctuaries and natural areas and (5) cooperation in programs concerned with the wise use and conservation of all natural resources and scenic features.

On June 2, 1946 the name of the organization was changed to Michigan Association for Native Plant Protection. Finally, after some controversy among the members, the name was changed again on February 27, 1949 to the Michigan Botanical Club.

Since the beginning of the organization, the members agreed to encourage the foundation of regional chapters. Soon thereafter, four chapters were formed. The first one was the Bay County Wildflower Association, which was active until 1952. The second chapter formed was the Saginaw Wildflower Society, which consisted of a boy scout group and became inactive during World War II because the members entered military service. The third chapter founded was in Marquette and the other chapter founded was the East Grand Rapids Junior Chapter which lasted until 1948. There was also another chapter founded on 1949, called the Wildlife Chapter. It became inactive in 1951. Now there are five chapters as part of the organization: Huron Valley Chapter, Red Cedar Chapter, Southeastern Chapter, Southwestern Chapter and White Pine Chapter.

Publications have been an important resource for the organization. One of its first publications was a series of bulletins given out by the Southeastern Chapter. Some of the titles were Flowers of Spring, Autumn Colors and Names of Plants among others. With the formation of the Huron Valley Chapter, the idea of publishing a botanical journal was conceived. The result was the publication of The Michigan Botanist, a quarterly journal. This journal stills circulating to the members.

The Michigan Botanical Club also publishes its Special Publication Series. The first booklet was Some Common Mushrooms of Michigan Parks and Recreation Areas, published on 1963. The Club has published other booklets and a member newsletter. It has a web page, http://michbotclub.org.

Another major Club effort is the Big Trees Project. The project started soon after 1941 and its mission is to discover, measure and record Michigan's biggest trees and shrubs. Other activities organized by the Club have been Campouts and the foundation of the Natural Areas Council on 1951.

* The information contained in this note was taken from The Michigan Botanical Club: an Early History, written by Herbert E. Conant in 1984, available on the Club's web site. http://michbotclub.org/earlyhistory


Collection Scope and Content Note

The records of the Michigan Botanical Club, date from 1941 to 1993 and consists of minutes, correspondence, and reports. The files are an important resource not only for understanding the history and achievements of the Club, but also for the study of flora in Michigan. These records are divided into ten series: History and Constitution, Membership, Minutes, Reports, Newsletters, Finances, Correspondence, Chapter Records, Activities and Miscellaneous.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Conservation of natural resources -- Michigan.
  • Michigan Botanical Club.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
History and Constitution [series]

The History and Constitution series contains the article "The Michigan Botanical Club: an Early History" written by Herbert E. Conant in 1984. It also contains records about the Constitution and its proposed amendments during the 1950s and 1960s.

Box   1  
History 1984
 
Constitution
Box   1  
1955, 1958-1959
Box   1  
1960-1962, 1967
 
Membership [series]

The Membership series is arranged chronologically and contains membership lists and information from 1947 to 1993. There are also lists from the Officers and Boards of Directors from 1941 to 1961.

Box   1  
Officers and Board of Directors 1941-1963
Box   1  
Membership, (except 1986-1988) 1947-1993 (9 folders)
 
Minutes [series]

The Minutes series contains the minutes from the Board of Directors meetings and from the Club general meetings. This series is arranged chronologically and covers the period 1941-1993, and 1998-2005.

Box   1  
1941-1993 (41 folders)
Box   6  
1998-2005 (8 folders)
 
Reports [series]

The Reports series is divided into six sections arranged alphabetically. This series includes Election Reports from the Nominating Committee that provides an idea of the organization's election process. The Presidents Reports present information about the activities and achievements of the Club during the year. There is also a section about the process of changing the name of the organization to Michigan Botanical Club.

Box   2  
Conservation Committee Report October 22, 1941
Box   2  
Education Committee Report October 22, 1941
 
Elections Reports
Box   2  
1944-1949
Box   2  
1950-1959
Box   2  
1960-1969
Box   2  
1970, 1973-1975, 1977
Box   2  
1986-1987
Box   2  
Name Change Reports 1947, 1950
Box   2  
Native Plant Protection Committee Report 1947
 
Presidents Reports
Box   2  
1943-1944, 1947, 1949
Box   2  
1950-1951
Box   2  
1963-1967

(except from 1964)

Box   2  
1982, 1985
 
Newsletters [series]

The Newsletters series is arranged chronologically and covers the period 1943-2009.

Box   2  
1943, 1946-1949 (except 1948) 1943-1949
Box   2  
1950-1958

(except 1955)

Box   2  
1960-1969
Box   2  
1970-1979 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1980-1989 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1990-1993

(except 1992)

Box   6  
1994-2009
 
Finances [series]

The Finances series is divided into five sections arranged alphabetically. It includes the reports from the Treasurer about income and expenses of the Club each year. Other sections are Federal Income Tax Reports and State Non-Profit Corporation Reports.

Box   2  
Form 990-Federal Income Tax
Box   2  
1944-1949
Box   2  
1950-1959
Box   2  
1960-1969

(except 1966)

Box   2  
1970-1972
Box   2  
Great Lakes Cash Fund Accounts, (except 1981) 1980-1985
 
State Non-Profit Corporation Reports
Box   2  
1946-1949
Box   2  
1950-1959
Box   2  
1960-1969

(except 1963)

Box   2  
1970-1979
Box   2  
1980-1984
Box   2  
Treasurer's Records 1943-1973
 
Treasurer's Reports
Box   2  
1951-1959 (3 folders)

(except 1953-1954)

Box   2  
1960-1969 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1970-1979 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1980-1989 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1990-1993
 
Correspondence [series]

The Correspondence series is arranged chronologically and contains letters sent to and by Board of Directors members. The series covers the period 1944-1988.

Box   2  
1944, 1947
Box   2  
1950-1959 (6 folders)

(except 1951-1953)

Box   3  
1960-1988 (9 folders)

(except 1979-1980)

 
Chapter Records [series]

Chapter Records contain documents from active and inactive chapters. This series is arranged alphabetically. This series demonstrates the influence of chapters on the work of the Michigan Botanical Club, since some of the projects and publications of the organization were created by chapters.

Box   3  
Bay County Chapter 1945-1950
 
Huron Valley Chapter
Box   3  
Records (except 1962-1964) 1960-1969
Box   3  
Records 1970-1972
Box   3  
Records 1973
Box   3  
Records 1974-1982
Box   3  
Marquette Chapter 1945-1946
Box   3  
Northwestern Chapter 1956-1961
 
Red Cedar Chapter
Box   3  
Constitution 1971
Box   3  
Records 1970-1993 (23 folders)
Box   3  
Records, (include newsletters) 1990-1999
Box   3  
Newsletter 2000-2002
Box   6  
Spring Forays 1985-1989 (3 folders)
Box   6  
News 1978-2007 (30 folders)
Box   3  
Southeastern Chapter
Box   3  
Membership List 1947-1957
Box   3  
Records 1945-1949
Box   3  
Records 1950-1959 (except 1951, 1952 1957) 1950-1959
Box   3  
Records (except 1962) 1960-1969 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Records 1971-1976
Box   3  
Records 1985, 1988
Box   3  
Southwestern Chapter 1966-1969
Box   3  
Wild Life Chapter 1950
 
Activities [series]

The Activities series is arranged alphabetically. Included are records about the Big Trees Project, which documents Michigan's biggest trees and shrubs. Also documented in this series are Campouts, a weekend activity where the members participated in field trips and lectures. This series also presents documentation about legislation related to protection of flora sponsored by the Michigan Botanical Club.

 
Big Trees
Box   4  
1958-1959
Box   4  
1960-1968 (except 1962-1963 1966) 1960-1968
Box   4  
1970, 1975
Box   4  
1991
 
Campouts
Box   4  
1948-1949
Box   4  
1951-1959 (except 1953 1958) 1951-1959
Box   4  
1960-1969 (2 folders)
Box   4  
1970-1978 (except 1973 and 1977) 1970-1978 (7 folders)
Box   4  
1981-1988 (except 1982 and 1985) 1981-1988 (5 folders)
Box   4  
Flowers Shows March 26-April 3, 1966
Box   4  
Food for Thought 1960-1962
Box   4  
Horner Woods 1964-1966 (3 folders)
 
Legislation
Box   4  
1943
Box   4  
1954, 1956, 1959
Box   4  
1961-1969 (except 1963 and 1968) 1961-1969
Box   4  
1970-1973

(except 1971)

Box   4  
1980, 1983, 1987-1989
 
Michigan Botanist
Box   4  
1961-1964
Box   4  
1966-1976 (2 folders)
Box   4  
1980, 1987-1989
Box   4  
Michigan State Parks Project 1974
 
Mushroom Booklet
Box   4  
1962-1965 (3 folders)
Box   4  
1970, 1972
 
Michigan United conservation Clubs
Box   4  
1952, 1958-1959
Box   4  
1960, 1965
Box   4  
1973-1979

(except 1977)

Box   4  
1982-1985
 
Natural Areas Council
Box   4  
History, 1958 Constitution, 1961 and General Information 1958-1961
Box   4  
1949-1959 (3 folders)

(except 1952)

Box   4  
1960-1968

(except 1962-1964)

Box   4  
1974
Box   4  
1982-1983
 
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Box   5  
1951, 1958, 1959
Box   5  
1961-1963
Box   5  
1970-1971
Box   5  
Sleeping Bear 1961-1965
 
Waterloo Recreation Area
Box   5  
Survey Report June 12, 1960
Box   5  
Reports and Correspondence 1966
Box   5  
Reports and Correspondence 1967
Box   5  
Report 1975
Box   5  
Miscellaneous undated
Box   5  
West Upper Maple River Watershed December, 1974
Box   5  
Wildflowers Protection (only one document is dated: 1975)
 
Winter Wildflowers Project
Box   5  
1968
Box   5  
1973-1976
 
Miscellaneous [series]

The Miscellaneous series is arranged alphabetically and contains Articles of Incorporation, Brochures and Insignias. It also includes a section of Newspaper Clippings and some Literature.

Box   5  
Articles of Incorporation 1946, 1947, 1949, 1975
Box   5  
Asa Gray Bulletin 1952
Box   5  
MBC Blanks undated
Box   5  
Brochures
 
Bulletins undated
Box   5  
1948, 1952-1954, 1957-1958
Box   5  
1960, 1963-1966 (except 1965) 1960-1966
Box   5  
Clippings 1941-1947
Box   5  
Committee on Conservation and Education 1957-1958
Box   5  
Fish and Wildlife Service, (except 1981) 1978-1982
Box   5  
Genevieve Gillette Speeches January 23, 1966, May 5, 1969
Box   5  
Gwen Frostic Records 1963
Box   5  
Insignias and Decals 1954, 1960, 1963-1964, 1968, 1973
 
Literature
Box   5  
1964-1969

(except 1968)

Box   5  
1986-1988
Box   5  
Michigan Scenic Sites Preliminary Inventory 1959
Box   5  
Mill Creek Metropolitan Park proposal 1973
Box   5  
National and Champion Trees in Michigan 1970
 
Newspaper Clippings
Box   5  
1941, 1955-1959
Box   5  
1960-1969 (2 folders)
Box   5  
1970-1979 (except 1973, 1977 and 1978) 1970-1979
Box   5  
1982
Box   5  
Newspaper Clippings undated
Box   5  
Photographs 1955
Box   5  
Scholarship School for Teachers 1959
Box   5  
Summary of Meetings, Reports and Activities 1941-1958