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A Guide to the John A. Kirkpatrick Collection Relating to Florida Nurseries

Finding aid created by Walter Thompson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2008

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kirkpatrick, John A.
Title: John A. Kirkpatrick Collection Relating to Florida Nurseries
Dates: 1894-1903
Abstract: Original letters primarily from Arcadia, Pomona, Interlachen and Glen St. Mary's Nurseries to John Kirkpatrick.
Extent: 0.2 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: MS 250
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

John A. Kirkpatrick was a planter based in Pensacola, Florida. He also was a member of the Florida State Horticultural Society. He grew, among other things, citrus trees, kiefer pear trees, pecans and plums. Kirkpatrick was adversely affected by the citrus freeze of 1895. He placed orders with Arcadia Nurseries, which was based in Monticello, Florida. According to the Florida Historical Society, Arcadia Nurseries was one of the largest pecan nurseries in the state.

Scope and Content

The Kirkpatrick Collection mainly consists of correspondence to John A. Kirkpatrick from J.H. Girardeau, the proprietor of Arcadia Nurseries. These letters are dated from 1894 to 1903 and are arranged chronologically by month and year. The collection also includes correspondence from Pomona Wholesale Nurseries, Interlachen Nurseries, and Glen St. Mary Nurseries. These letters are solicitations, receipts of orders and bills. The collection holds nursery catalogs and price lists, freight charges, letters from various stores that Kirkpatrick wrote to, along with miscellaneous items including order sheets, advertisements, and a small notebook with records of orders.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

The University of Florida holds several collections related to nurseries and planters in Florida, including South Lake Apopka Citrus Growers Association, Ocklawaha Nurseries, and Sidney Octavius and Joshua Coffin Chase Family Papers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John A. Kirkpatrick Collection Relating to Florida Nurseries, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Catalogs and Price Lists. 1896-1901
1 Correspondence. August-December 1894
1 Correspondence. January-April 1895
1 Correspondence. July-December 1895
1 Correspondence. 1896
1 Correspondence. 1899-1903
1 Miscellaneous Items. 1894-1900

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Nurseries (Horticulture) -- Florida

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