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The GCA Internship in
Garden History and Design


Purpose: To encourage the study of garden history and design and, if possible, aid in cataloguing the Garden Club of America Collection in the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

History: Since its founding, the Garden Club of America has supported the recording and study of gardens and landscape design. GCA was one of the prime sponsors of early garden photography and 1919 formed the Slide Committee to document not only the gardens of members but also historic gardens of the past and present. From 1920 to 1935, GCA commissioned over 2000 glass lantern slides, many hand-colored by the artist Edward van Altena. These and other images became the backbone of the GCA-sponsored reference Gardens of Colony and State, written by Alice G. B. Lockwood and first published in 1930. The slides also formed the beginning of an extensive collection of garden images that were donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1987 to create the Archive of American Gardens. Today the Garden History & Design Committee of the GCA supports the study and recording of landscape history and contemporary garden design by continuing to contribute images to the AAG. Committee members also generated a fund to provide internships, which in 1997 was transferred to the Scholarship Committee.

Provisions: Annually funds one student for $2000, which is intended to supplement any internship stipend provided by the AAG or other facility.

Eligibility: Preference is given to an undergraduate or graduate student wishing to work and pursue independent research at the AAG, but is also available to a student at any facility approved by the Scholarship Committee that provides adequate supervision and structure.

To Apply: Applications must be received at the Garden Club of America Headquarters in New York City by February 15 preceding the proposed internship. Applicants interested in applying for work at the Smithsonian's AAG must file an additional application with the Smithsonian. See application and instructionsPLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Selection is by members of the Scholarship Committee and one member of the GCA Garden History and Design Committee with input from the staff of the AAG.

Fund: The Internship in Garden History and Design Fund is managed by the GCA.

Contact: Connie Yates, Garden Club of America, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1006. Phone: 212-753-8287, fax: 212-753-0134, email: cyates@gcamerica.org

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