Virginia deMorat Smith Scheetz Papers, 1941-1968, 1947-1968 (bulk)

Collection Number: 21-18-1108

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Virginia deMorat Smith Scheetz papers, 1941-1968, 1947-1968 (bulk)
Collection Number:
21-18-1108
Creator:
Virginia deMorat Smith Scheetz.
Quantity:
3.2 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Class notes, newsletters, promotional material, newspaper clippings, photographs, tapes, correspondence, minutes, balance sheets, a yearbook, and other miscellaneous papers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes notes from classes in ornithology, floriculture, and conservation; Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology newsletter, printed and promotional material, newspaper clippings, photographs, two tapes of bird calls by Myles North, and correspondence, minutes, and balance sheets of the Advisory Council; notes and correspondence regarding Scheetz' speeches; correspondence, minutes, newsletter, and yearbook of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; material on the Garden Club of America and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania; and other correspondence, printed material, and miscellaneous papers of Virginia Scheetz.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Virginia Scheetz was the wife of Cornell University Trustee Francis Harley Scheetz. She took ornithology courses from Arthur A. Allen and Elsa G. Allen in the summers of 1947, 1948, 1950, and 1952, and later spoke on ornithology at schools, garden clubs, and church groups. Her other interests included horticulture and floriculture.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Two interests of Mrs. Virginia deMorat Smith Scheetz were ornithology and horticulture, and her papers are divided into these two basic categories.
The wife of a Cornell University trustee, Francis Harley Scheetz, Jr., Mrs. Scheetz came to Cornell in the summers of 1947, 1948, 1950, and 1952, taking courses in ornithology with Dr. Arthur A. Allen and his wife Elsa G. Allen and forming lasting friendships not only with the Allens but with others connected with the Laboratory of Ornithology, as is reflected in the correspondence. These courses so excited Mrs. Scheetz' interest in ornithology that she in turn influenced others with her enthusiasm, giving talks on ornithology to organizations such as schools, garden clubs, and church groups, primarily in the Northeast area.
Her class notes and notebooks while Dr. Allen's student, plus class notes from two other courses, one in floriculture and one in conservation, are of special interest in this collection. Correspondence with Laboratory of Ornithology personalities such as Arthur and Elsa Allen, Sally Hoyt (Spofford), Peter Paul Kellogg, O.S. Pettingill, Charles Sibley, Myles North, Gustav Swanson, and Cornell administrators Dale R. Corson and Arthur Peterson constitute another area worthy of note, since Mrs. Scheetz served as a member of the Advisory Council, later Administrative Board, of the Laboratory of Ornithology during the period 1956 to 1960 and 1961 to 1964.
The minutes of the meetings of the aforementioned Advisory Council, the Laboratory's newsletter, of which Mrs. Scheetz was editor for five years, and general material from Cornell's Laboratory of Ornithology, such as promotional handouts for the Lab and its various sound and photography projects, articles about the Laboratory and by staff members, news clippings, photographs, two tapes of bird calls by Myles North, and general correspondence concerning speech arrangements and reflecting her influence on others concerning ornithology, rounds out this part of the collection.
Also included in this section on ornithology are the notes on 3" by 5" cards that Mrs. Scheetz used for her speeches during the years 1948 to 1968. They merit special attention, as they give not only an outline of the speech, but indicate where and when the speech was given and include remarks on slides and records used. These slides and records were products of the Laboratory of Ornithology.
The latter part of the collection is devoted to Mrs. Scheetz' horticultural interests: material from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Garden Club of America, and Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania. This material includes correspondence, minutes of the Executive Board meetings of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on which Mrs. Scheetz served, newsletters, yearbooks, and various pieces of literature on House and Garden tours, Garden Club shows, and other activities of these groups in which Mrs. Scheetz participated.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Scheetz, Virginia deMorat Smith.
Allen, Arthur A. (Arthur Augustus), 1885-1964.
Allen, Elsa Guerdrum, 1888-1969.
North, Myles E. W.
Cornell University. Laboratory of Ornithology.
Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.
Garden Club of America.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Subjects:
Floriculture.
Horticulture.
Ornithology.
Women ornithologists.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Restricted to permission of the Archivist.
Cite As:
Virginia deMorat Smith Scheetz Papers, #21-18-1108. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Ornithology
Box 1
Boxes 2-4
Boxes 5-6
Box 7
Series II. Horticulture
Boxes 7-8
Box 8
Box 8

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1 Folder 1
Ornithology A9, Summer 1947 , Dr. Allen
Autograph notes, grades
Box 1 Folder 2
Special Problems in Ornithology under Dr. Arthur A. Allen, July 7-Aug. 14, 1948
Autograph notes
Box 1 Folder 3
History and Literature of Ornithology, Dr. E.A. Allen, 1948
Autograph notes
Box 1 Folder 4
Complete Bibliography of Books and partial one of articles edited ... Dr. Elliott Cones
Autograph notes
Box 1 Folder 5
Special Problems in Ornithology under Dr. Arthur A. Allen, July 5-Aug. 12, 1950
Autograph notes
Box 1 Folder 6
Special Problems in Ornithology: Short Birds, July 7-29, 1952
Autograph notes, 3x5 notes
Box 1 Folder 7
Floriculture, 1947
Autograph notes
Box 1 Folder 8
Conservation, Prof. Oliver Hewitt, 1950
Autograph notes
Box 1 Folder 9
Ornithology laboratory notebook, 1947
Box 1 Folder 10
Ornithology laboratory notebook, 1948
Advisory Council/Administrative Board
Box 2 Folder 1
Advisory Council correspondence, 1947-1950
Arthur A. Allen, Elsa G. Allen
Box 2 Folder 2
Advisory Council correspondence, 1951-1955
Arthur A. Allen, Charles G. Sibley, Deane W. Malott
Box 2 Folder 3
Advisory Council correspondence, 1954-1955
Sapsucker Woods, Arthur A. Allen
Box 2 Folder 4
Advisory Council correspondence, 1956
Sapsucker Woods, scientific collecting, Arthur A. Allen, Sally Hoyt (Mrs. Southgate), Charles G. Sibley
Box 2 Folder 5
Advisory Council correspondence, 1957
Photographs, Arthur A. Allen, Elsa Allen, Sally Hoyt, Peter Paul Kellogg, Arthur H. Peterson
Box 2 Folder 6
Advisory Council correspondence, 1958
Arthur A. Allen, Sally Hoyt, Peter Paul Kellogg, Arthur H. Peterson, Charles G. Sibley
Box 2 Folder 7
Advisory Council correspondence, 1959-1960
Arthur A. Allen, Elsa Allen, Sally Hoyt, Peter Paul Kellogg, Myles North, Gustav Swanson
Box 2 Folder 8
Advisory Council correspondence, 1961-1962
Arthur A. Allen, Elsa Allen, Sally Hoyt, Peter Paul Kellogg, Myles North
Box 2 Folder 9
Advisory Council correspondence, 1963
Sally Hoyt, Myles North
Box 2 Folder 10
Advisory Council correspondence, 1964
Elsa Allen, Dale R. Corson, Sally Hoyt, Myles North, O.S. Pettingill, Jr.
Box 2 Folder 11
Advisory Council correspondence, 1965
Elsa Allen, Sally Hoyt, Douglas A. Lancaster
Box 2 Folder 12
Advisory Council correspondence, 1966-1968
Elsa Allen, O.S. Pettingill, Jr.
Box 2 Folder 13
Advisory Council correspondence, n.d.
Elsa Allen, Charles Sibley, Jack Syme
Box 3 Folder 1
"Friends through Birds," correspondence, 1947-1963
Christmas cards, Arthur A. Allen, Byrl and Paul Kellogg, Percival Dodge
Box 3 Folder 2
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1955-1956
Box 3 Folder 3
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1957
Box 3 Folder 4
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1958
Box 3 Folder 5
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1959
Box 3 Folder 6
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1960
Box 3 Folder 7
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1962-1963
Box 3 Folder 8
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1964
Box 3 Folder 9
David Allen and Bird Photo's Inc., correspondence, reports, 1964
Bird photography, O.S. Pettingill, Jr., David G. Allen
Box 3 Folder 10
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1965
Box 3 Folder 11
Advisory Council, minutes of meetings, 1966
Box 4 Folder 1
Administrative Board reports and financial statements, 1963-1966
Newsletter
Box 4 Folder 2
Advisory Council (autograph notes), 1955-1956
Box 4 Folder 3
Newsletter, 1956-1961
Box 4 Folder 4
Newsletter, 1962-1966
General
Box 4 Folder 5
Promotional material, 1960, 1963, 1968
Advertisements
Box 4 Folder 6
Promotional material, 1958
Photographs, slides
Box 4 Folder 7
Printed matter, articles, 1949-1963
Box 4 Folder 8
Newspaper articles, 1948-1965
Box 4 Folder 9
Photographs, 1947-1948
Box 4 Folder 10
Miscellaneous: invitation, program, lists, 1957, 1962, 1965
Box 4 Folder 11
Tapes recordings of bird calls (2 reels), 1961, 1963
Myles North
Box 6 Folder 1
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1948, 1951-1952
Box 6 Folder 2
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1953
Century Club, Scranton, Penna.; Garden Club of Bala Cynwyd
Box 6 Folder 3
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1954
Women's Club of Ardmore, Penna.; Penna. School of Horticulture
Box 6 Folder 4
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1955
Raymond J. Middleton, Bird Club of Philadelphia, Penna. Society of the Colonial Dames of America
Box 6 Folder 5
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1956
Landsdowne Garden Club
Box 6 Folder 6
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1957
Emmaus Garden Club, Norwood Horticultural Society
Box 6 Folder 7
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1958
Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, York Society of Farm Women
Box 6 Folder 8
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1959
Hanover Garden Club
Box 6 Folder 9
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1960
Garden Club of Englewood, Therson Civic Association, Morristown Garden Club
Box 6 Folder 10
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1961
Garden Club of New York
Box 6 Folder 11
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1962
New York Botanical Garden
Box 6 Folder 12
Correspondence, speech arrangements, 1963-1964
Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs
Box 6 Folder 13
Correspondence, speech arrangements, n.d.
Box 7 Folder 1
Correspondence, Arizona, 1960-1965
Box 7 Folder 2
Correspondence, Arizona, 1964
Field cards, autograph check list, brochures, newsletter
Box 7 Folder 3
Correspondence, Wyoming, 1965-1967
Brochure, field cards
Box 7 Folder 4
Wyoming, manual, 1939
Otto McCreary
Box 7 Folder 5
Miscellaneous, 1955, 1967
Field cards, membership cards, notes, brochure, bird cards
Box 7 Folder 6
Correspondence, 1952, 1956-1964
Box 7 Folder 7
Correspondence, 1965
Ernesta D. Bulford
Box 7 Folder 8
Minutes of meetings, 1959-1961
Box 7 Folder 9
Minutes of meetings, 1962-1964
Box 8 Folder 1
Medal: correspondence, citations, 1941, 1953, 1956, 1960
Box 8 Folder 2
Newsletters, 1962, 1965
Box 8 Folder 3
Yearbooks, 1942, 1957-1960, 1964
Box 8 Folder 4
Other publications, brochures, printed material, 1957-1964
Box 8 Folder 5
Other printed material (articles, brochures)
Independence Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Box 8 Folder 6
The Garden Club of America: Wissahicken Garden Club: Correspondence, 1961-1963
Percival Dodge
Box 8 Folder 7
The Garden Club of America: pamphlet, bulletin, 1952-1966
Percival Dodge
Box 8 Folder 8
Chart and photos, 1963
Box 8 Folder 9
Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania: correspondence, autograph report, records, 1948-1953
Box 8 Folder 10
Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania: lists, brochures, 1952, 1958
Box 8 Folder 11
Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania: "Home and Garden Tour": correspondence, brochure, article, 1954
Box 8 Folder 12
Articles, pamphlets, 1943, 1951, 1954, 1958, 1961
Box 8 Folder 13
Membership cards, pamphlets, postcards, 1967-1968