Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Garden Club of America

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Grant amount: Up to US $4,000

Next anticipated deadline: Dec 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 1, 2020, Jul 1, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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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.

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.

This internship consists of up to $4000 per student for a ten week internship at the AAG during either the Summer or Fall term or the equivalent at another institution.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • For graduate candidate in museum studies, public history, or information studies with courses in collections management for archives or museums.
  • Requires a very high attention to detail and excellent organizational skills, excellent writing abilities and communication skills, knowledge of DACS, MARC, and EAD standards.
  • Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution.
  • Please Note: Only one GCA scholarship, fellowship or award may be applied for annually.


  • Previous experience working with photographic or visual materials preferred.