Connecticut Pomological Society Records
1998.0347

Summary Information

Repository
Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
Creator
Connecticut Pomological Society.
Title
Connecticut Pomological Society Records
ID
1998.0347
Date [inclusive]
1894-1992
Extent
4.0 Linear feet
Language of Materials
English
Abstract
In February 1891, a group of sixteen peach growers under the leadership of the Secretary of Agriculture, Theodore S. Gold, met in the State Capitol to talk about the formation of a fruit society. In December of that same year, forty growers met and elected John Smith of New Britain as president. Since its founding, the Connecticut Pomological Society has been involved in development of pest management and disease control for Connecticut's orchards.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Connecticut Pomological Society Records.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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History

In February 1891, a group of sixteen peach growers under the leadership of the Secretary of Agriculture, Theodore S. Gold, met in the State Capitol to talk about the formation of a fruit society. In December of that same year, forty growers met and elected  John Smith of  New Britain, CT, as president.  J.H. Hale of  South Glastonbury, CT, who claimed to be the first commercial fruit grower in the country, was present at all these meeting but did not serve as the president of the society until 1895. Nonetheless, Hale was surely one of the prime movers of the organization. At the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century, growers, acting on the advice of men like  J.H. Hale, had interplanted apples in peach orchards. These apples began to produce in the early 'teens.

Since its founding, the Connecticut Pomological Society has been involved in development of pest management and disease control for Connecticut's orchards.

(Historical information from Histories of Connecticut Orchards.)

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Scope and Content

the collection includes materials relating to the preparation of a video tape and two booklets about apple growing in Connecticut, as part of a grant to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the  Connecticut Pomological Society. The collection was assembled by  Lucy McTeer Brusic, and most of the notes and and manuscripts in the collection are her notes pertaining to the completion of these various grant projects.

The first part of the collection consists of research notes and photocopied articles collected in support of the video and booklet project. Some print materials and sporadic copies of the proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society are included here as a well. Box 2 begins with a series of slide photographs of apple orchards, and moves on to a series of oral history transcripts. The rest of the collection consists of audio cassettes, video tapes, and miscellaneous index cards.

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Arrangement

Series I: Project mateials (  undated, 1894-1991) contains publications, photocopies, and personal notes. The booklet prepared as part of the grant is near the beginning of this series.

Series II: Slides (  undated, ca. 1900-1991) consists of photographic slides associated with the project.

Series III: Oral Histories (  1989) features several interview transcripts prepared as part of the grant project. Audio tapes are available in the audio visual materials for most of these interviews.

Series IV: Audio Visual materials (  undated, 1938-1989) including a copy of the video tape which was the end product of the grant project.

Series V: Ephemera (  undated) contains  Lucy Brusic's index card notes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries May 2000

University of Connecticut Libraries
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205
860.486.2524
archives@uconn.edu

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Credit should be given to Ray Gomes as the slide photographer where appropriate. The transcripts in the collection were made by  Lucy Brusic for the grant project, and are in no way affiliated with the Center for Oral History at the  University of Connecticut. The files are made available for information only and do not contain official release statements from the persons interviewed. Any researcher wishing to publish this material would need to contact the subjects for specific permission to do so.

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated to Dodd Research Center by Lucy Brusic. Many of the color slides are credited to  Ray Gomes. Entire project sponsored by  NEH,  Connecticut Historical Society, and  Connecticut Humanities Council grants.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to various aspects of Connecticut history. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

Bountiful Century Dodd Video 120

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audio visual materials
  • Correspondence
  • Fliers [printed matter]
  • Notes
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Transcripts
  • Typescripts
  • Videocassettes

Geographic Name(s)

  • Connecticut
  • Storrs (Conn.)
  • United States

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Apples
  • Fruit trade
  • Fruit--Diseases and pests
  • Fruit-culture.
  • Plant diseases
  • Societies

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Project Materials, undated, 1894-1991 

Apple Exhibit Brochure, 1991 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

“Histories of Connecticut Orchards” Booklet, 1990   (2 copies)


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Various draft printouts, including apple variety data, circa 1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Project research notes and photocopied articles, circa 1894-1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Project notes, including notes on folklore, circa 1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

Copied articles on apple growing (pertaining to pre-1900), circa 1900-1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6

Copied articles on apple growing, 1900-1920 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Materials donated by Jack Rollins, including notes on effects of 1938 hurricane on apple growing, 1913-1960 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 8

“The Inside Story of the Apple” pamphlet donated by Henry Buell, 1927 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Copied articles on apple growing, 1920-1940 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 10

Copied articles on apple growing, 1940-1960 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11

Copied articles on apple growing, 1960-1980 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 12

Copied articles on apple growing, 1980-1990 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

American Fruit Grower magazine, 1980, 1991   2 issues


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Clippings relating to pesticides, circa 1988-1992 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 15

Pesticide publications, 1978-1985 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Pesticide newsletters and publications, circa 1987-1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Pomology Ephemera (pamphlets, fruit-sorting guides), 1914-1948 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

Proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society, 1912-1913 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society, 1914-1916 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 20

Proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society, 1935, 1945 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 21

Proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society, 1954 


    Box Folder
Text   1 21

Proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society, 1966-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 22

Proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society, 1987-1990 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 23

New England Fruit Meetings, 1985, 1987, 1988 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 24

New England Fruit Meetings, 1989-1990 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 25

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Series II: Slides and Photographs of Apple Orchards, undated, ca. 1900-1991 

Slides grouped by donor, circa 1900-1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 26

Slides by Ray Gomes, 1989 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   2 29
    Box Folder
Graphic materials   2 28
    Box Folder
Graphic materials   2 27

“Best of” older slides, with related caption text file, circa 1900-1970, 1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 30

Color photos of Buell Orchards and  Lewis Farms, undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 31

Scope and Contents note

[Box 2 also contains three unnumbered boxes of photos. One box is labelled “Bug slides from CAES”, another is from the National Apple Museum in Gettysburg. The third box is not labeled, but the individual slides appear to be related to others in the collection.]

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Series III: Oral History Transcripts, 1989 

General note

NOTE: These transcripts were made by Lucy Brusic for her grant project, and are in no way affiliated with the Department of Oral History at the University of Connecticut. The files do not contain official release statements from the persons interviewed. Any researcher wishing to re-publish this material would need to contact the subjects for specific permission to do so.

John Buell and  Orrin Bishop interview transcript and support materials, circa 1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 32

Lewis and Ethel Hurlbut interview transcript and support materials, 1989 March 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 33

John Lyman interview transcript and support materials, 1989 April 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 34

Gene Bishop interview transcript and support materials, 1989 May 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 35

Bud Rogers interview transcript and support materials, 1989 May 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 36

Hawley Rising interview transcript and support materials, 1989 May 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 37

Robert Josephy interview transcript and support materials, 1989 August 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 38

Norman Barnes interview transcript and support materials, 1989 September 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 39

Charles Henry Young interview transcript and support materials, 1989 October 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 40

Stew Ramsey interview materials (no transcript made), circa 1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 41

Notes by Brusic regarding Jack Rollins interview, circa 1990 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 42

Transcript of radio interview from circa 1973, 1973, 1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 43

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Series IV: Audio and Visual Materials, undated, 1938-1989 

Scope and Contents note

This material has only been loosely organized.

Box

Audio cassettes pertaining to the oral history interviews are grouped together in one container. The second container contains assorted audio cassettes relating to the collection, including a program about the Connecticut Pomological Society's 'Man of the Year' from 1961,  Jack Lyman, as well as secondary copies of some of the interview tapes. 

2

Includes a film master of “A Bountiful Century: Fruit Growing in Connecticut, 1891-1991” as well as a video copy of this same work. Other various tapes are included that were used as source material for the video project, including footage of damage from the 1938 hurricane. 

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Series V: Note Cards, undated 

Box

A large shoebox of note cards was prepared by Brusic and arranged by topica. The cards are apparently keyed to various issues of the Proceedings of the Connecticut Pomological Society. There is a smaller bundle of notecards, also from Brusic, apparently keyed to the subject of apples and humor. 

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