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Dayton Rose Society Records (MS-602)

Identifier: MS-602

Scope and Contents

The bulk of these records are the minutes of their monthly meetings from 1933 to 1948. Along with the minutes, there are the original rules for the election of new members, the constitution and bylaws, membership cards, membership rosters, thank you cards, event programs, and waiting lists for new members.

This collection also contains many news clippings that document the society’s events and members between the years 1933 and 1949. Additionally, there are photos of the society’s members at their meetings or events. All the photos are copies of the originals and many of the news clippings have additional copies as well.


  • Creation: 1933 - 1959
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1933 - 1948


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Dayton Rose Society was organized on March 6, 1933, at the Dayton Art Institute. The Society was comprised of business and professional men of the city who were interested in rose growing. There were 8 original members in 1933, but membership was up to 25 by 1959. To become a member, an individual needed a garden containing at least 25 rose bushes, an interest in roses, and a garden in pristine condition. Over time, as members felt they could no longer grow roses due to time or physical condition, but they still wanted to be an active member of the community, they were placed on honorary memberships.

The Society participated in Rose Shows in the community and held their own show once a year. They were very active in the Dayton area and hosted many clinics to teach people how to care and grow roses. During their meetings, they toured each other's gardens and brought in different speakers from around the country to discuss rose culture and exhibition. One such famous speaker was Robert Pyle, the first person in the United States to produce a black rose.


0.21 linear feet

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The Dayton Rose Society was organized in 1933, and these records contain the society’s monthly meeting minutes, events, news clippings, and photos from 1933 to 1959.


This collection is arranged chronologically in a single box that contains 15 files. Each file has specific dates within the range of 1933 and 1959, with the exception of file 1 containing only the society’s constitution and by-laws which are undated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Wright State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, by the Montgomery County Historical Society (now known as Dayton History), Dec. 10, 1991.

Related Materials

See Siebenthaler Nursery Company Records (MS-44) for further information on the Siebenthaler family. John Davis Siebenthaler was an original member of the Dayton Rose Society and the son of John Siebenthaler, the founder of Siebenthaler’s Nursery. John Davis was very active in the society and they had many meetings at the Siebenthaler cabin.

Separated Materials

There are no original photographs in this collection, however, there are copies in the places where original photographs were placed by the creator of these records. Dayton History is likely in possession of the original photos.

Guide to the Dayton Rose Society Records (MS-602)
Tyler Elam
2022 November 2
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA