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Society for Louisiana Irises
 
 
Collection 63
Society for Louisiana Irises. Records, 1941-[1965]-
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The Mary Swords Debaillon Louisiana Iris Society was organized in 1941 under the leadership of W.B. MacMillan of Abbeville. In 1948 the group changed its name to the Society for Louisiana Irises.

This collection contains records for both organizations. Most of the correspondence comes from the Secretary's files. This position was usually held by someone connected with the University of Southwestern Louisiana (Southwestern Louisiana Institute): Ira S. Nelson, Marie Caillet, Aline Arceneaux and Barbara Nelson. Scattered files from several of the society's presidents are also included: R.S. Abbott, Ray Cornay, Charles W. Arny, Jr. and Nolan John Sahuc. Much of the Society's effort was expended on the annual show held in Lafayette usually during April. The correspondence and the financial records both relate heavily to this annual event.

The newsletters were an important vehicle of communication. For the Society for Louisiana Irises each newsletter mailing included other information including rules and regulations for the flower show, schedules for the annual meeting and flower show, annual meeting minutes, bibliography updates, test garden results, etc. For clarification these items have been separated from the Bulletins and arranged basically by subject. Both societies published much information about the care and treatment of Louisiana iris either as part of the newsletter series or separately.

The bulk of the material is dated on or before 1965. Only a few newsletters came after then. Hopefully material of a more recent date will soon be added to the collection. For related collections see Ira S. Nelson Papers (Collection 29) which contains material from Louisiana iris societies of the 1930s as well; W.B. MacMillan Papers (Collection 88); Paul Debaillon Collection (Collection 7); the Joseph Metzmeiller Papers (Collection 231); the Frank Chowing Papers (Colllection 236); and the UL-Lafayette Archives, College of Agriculture, Plant Industry Department (B 02 e).

This collection was donated by The Society for Louisiana Irises which made UAAMC the official repository for its records.
 
 
SERIES:
 
I. Mary Swords Debaillon Louisiana Iris Society, 1941-1948 1-01 thru 1-13; Box 6
           
II. Society for Louisiana Irises  
  A. Correspondence 1-14 thru 3-01; 7-01
  B. Material on Shows and Annual Meetings 3-02 through 3-13
  C. Material on Popularity Polls 3-14 through 3-17
  D. Publications  
    1. Bulletin   4-01 through 4-07; 5-16 through 5-19
    2. Other   4-08 through 5-04
  E. Financial Records 5-05 through 5-13
  F. Miscellaneous 5-14 and 5-15; 7-02
 
 
INVENTORY:
 
I. Mary Swords Debaillon Iris Society Records, 1941-1948
   
1-01 Correspondence, 1944-1947
    Correspondents include:
      Ray Cornay Geddes Douglas
      Caroline Dormon Ira S. Nelson
   
1-02 Miscellaneous records
    includes: minutes of organizational meeting, 1941
      Constitution and By-Laws
      executive committee minutes: 8/11/1946, Fall 1947
      list of American Iris Society (AIS) iris beardless registrations, 1947
      recommendation for name change to Louisiana Iris Society, n.d.
   
Box 6 Address Cards for members
      some notations about dues payments
           
    See also 5-01      
   
1-03 Material on annual meetings, 1942-1948
    includes letter about affiliation with American Iris Society [AIS], 1948
   
1-04 Material on test garden, 1942-1945, n.d.
    memos, reports, field notes
   
1-05 Memos to membership, 1941-1948
   
1-06 Miscellaneous financial material, 1941-1948, n.d.
   
  See also 5-05
   
1-07 Bulletins: 1-5
1-08 Bulletins: 6-10
1-09 Bulletins: 11-15
1-10 Bulletins: 16-20
    # 20, (Arceneaux, George, "Breeding Louisiana Iris") reissued by Society for Louisiana Irises
   
1-11 Publication Committee records, 1943-1946
    mainly correspondence of Marie Caillet
includes some unpublished essays
   
1-12 Miscellaneous publications, n.d.
    includes:      
      "Iris Notes," v. 1, # 1 and # 2
"What is 'Bazeti'?"
Stoutmeyer, V. T., "Comments on Louisiana Iris in the Vicinity of Washington, D.C."
Fitzhugh, William C., "Vegetative Propagation of Louisiana Native Iris"
Arceneaux, George, "Hybridizing Louisiana Irises"
   
1-13 Reprints sponsored by MSD Iris Society
    "Louisiana Irises," reprint of American Iris Society Bulletin, # 102 (7/1946)
Reed, George M., "Southern United States Irises - Species and Hybrids," reprint of American Iris Society Bulletin, # 106 (7/1947)
Nelson, Ira S., "A Review of Louisiana Iris," reprint from The National Horticulture Magazine, (10/1944): 183-192
       
  See also 5-01 for membership lists, 1942-1948
   
   
II. Society for Louisiana Irises
  A. Correspondence
  [Mainly Secretary's correspondence: includes some records and general memos to membership]
   
1-14 1948-1951
    includes:      
      rules for Mary Swords Debaillon Award
minutes of Board meetings: 10/12/1949; Fall, 1950
1-15 1952
    includes Constitution and By-Laws
1-16 1953
1-17 1954
2-01 1955
   
2-02 1956
    Davis, Claude W.
includes Articles of Incorporation
2-03 1957: January-March
    includes suggested program of work
2-04 1957: April-December
2-05 1958
2-06 1959: January-May
2-07 1959: June-December
2-08 1960
2-09 1961: January-March
2-10 1961: April-December
2-11 1962
2-12 Correspondence concerning society slide shows, 1954-1962
    includes: list of contents; notes on distribution and use
   
2-13 1963
    (Aline Arceneaux replaced as secretary by Marie Caillet and Barbara Nelson)
2-14 1964-1965
             
2-15 President's Correspondence, 1952 R. Stuart Abbott
2-16 President's Correspondence, 1953 R. Stuart Abbott
2-17 President's Correspondence, 1954 R. Stuart Abbott and Ray Cornay
2-18 President's Correspondence, 1955 Ray Cornay
2-19 President's Correspondence, 1956-1959 Charles W. Arny, Jr.
    includes: memos to members
      list of registered Louisiana Irises, 1959
3-01 President's Correspondence, 1960-1965 Nolan John Sahuc
    much correspondence with American Iris Society
   
7-01 President’s letters: 1970s
    letters to members
   
   
II. Society for Louisiana Irises
  B. Material on shows and annual meetings
    [The show rules, schedules and minutes of annual meetings usually sent to members with newsletters.]
    [Basically each folder contains: show rules; schedules; annual meeting minutes; list of show winners; correspondence]
   
3-02 1949-1952
3-03 1953
    includes: clippings; photographs
      transcript of symposium
3-04 1954
    includes: clippings; transcript of symposium
3-05 1955-1957
3-06 1958
    includes: clippings
3-07 1959
    includes: correspondence with American Iris Society
3-08 1960
3-09 1961
3-10 1962
    includes: miscellaneous financial receipts
3-11 1963
    includes: miscellaneous financial receipts
      photographs
3-12 1964-1965
    includes: miscellaneous financial receipts
3-13 1966-
  See 5-08 thru 5-12 for other miscellaneous financial material related to shows
   
II. Society for Louisiana Irises
  C. Material on Popularity Polls
   
3-14 1950s
    1950: forms and eligibility list
    1953: results
3-15 1960
3-16 1961
3-17 1962
    includes: 3"x5" cards with vote for 1960, 1961 and 1962 noted
   
II. Society for Louisiana Irises
  D. Publications    
    1. Bulletins      
   
4-01 Number 1 - 10 10/1952 - 3/5/1955
4-02 Number 11 - 20 5/1955 - 7/1958
4-03 Number 21 - 29 3/6/1959 - 6/1962
4-04 Number 30 - 34 1/1963 - 3/1964
4-05 Number 35 - 39 3/15/1964 - 6/1966
4-06 Number 40 - 44 6/1965 - 6/1966
4-07 Number 48 - 51 6/1967 - 3/1968
  Number 53 - 54 9/1968 - 1/1969
  Number 56 6/1969
  Number 59 - 62 3/1970 - 12/1970
5-16 Number 79, 81, 84, 85 1975-1976
5-17 Number 87, 89, 91, 93,94 1977-78
5-18 Number 96, 99, 102 1979-80
5-19 Number 113, 114, 116, 133 1983-88
     
II. Society for Louisiana Irises
  D. Publications
    2. Other
   
4-08 Report of bibliography committee, 1955-1961
    originally mailed as part of bulletins
  Also: 1953 bibliography edited for Society by Tressie Cook
   
4-09 Articles published by Society, n.d.
    Conger, Sidney L., "Louisiana Irises: Their Three Methods of Culture"
Davis, Claude W., "Propagation and Cultivation of Louisiana Irises"
Davis, Claude W., "The Louisiana Native Iris"
Dormon, Caroline, "Varietal Forms of Louisiana Irises"
Nelson, Ira S., "Propagation of Louisiana Irises"
   
4-10 Yearbook: 1951-1952; 1953
   
4-11 Handbook: 1953
    includes: proofs and dummy copy
   
4-12 Special publications: 1971, 1974, 1976, 1981
   
5-01 Membership lists: 1942, 1947-1952
   
  See also Box 6
5-02 Membership lists: 1953-1966
   
5-03 Lists of dealers in Louisiana irises: n.d.; 1951, 1961, 1963
   
5-04 Miscellaneous, 1950-1962, 1974
    Spokane, Washington test garden report, 1952
test garden report, 1950
transcript of iris symposium: 1952, 1953
list of Louisiana Iris registrations: n.d., 1958, 1960, 1974
American Iris Society, "Color Classification and Rates and Regulations," January, 1962
   
II Society for Louisiana Irises
  E. Financial Records
   
5-05 Bank Records, 1944-1956
    check book stubs, 4/27/1944 - 4/1956
bank statements, 2/1952 - 4/1956
5-06 Bank Records, 1956-1963
    bank statements, 4/1956 - 4/1962
canceled checks, 4/1956 - 3/1962
deposit slips, 3/1962 - 12/1963
ledger sheet: checking account, 4/1959 - 1/1960
      petty cash, 1/1959 - 4/1961
5-07 Bank Records, 1964 - April, 1965
    canceled checks; bank statements
deposit slips, 1/1964
   
5-08 Bills and receipts, 1952-1954
    many related to expenses of annual show
5-09 Bills and receipts, 1955-1956
5-10 Bills and receipts, 1957-1958
5-11 Bills and receipts, 1958
5-12 Bills and receipts, 1960-1963
   
5-13 List of dues paid, 3/1956 - 5/1957; 1/1960 - 3/1962
   
II. Society for Louisiana Irises
  F. Miscellaneous
   
5-14 Clippings
    includes: Mario Mamalakis articles (2)
   
5-15 Photographs
    Louisiana irises
unidentified individuals
  See 3-03 and 3-11 for photographs of annual iris shows
   
7-02 Other
    List of Service Award recipients: 1947-1976 [mimeographed]
     
   
   
   
 

Document last revised Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:58 AM

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