Catalogs from American Companies


The major holdings in the Ethel Zoe Bailey Horticultural Catalog Collection are from American companies. Since the early decades of the 20th century, the number of seed and nursery businesses in this country has steadily declined as smaller companies serving a particular region have given way to larger, well-funded companies able to advertise and ship nationally.

In their research for Hortus (the standard reference for plants cultivated in the U. S. and Canada), as well as other writings, Liberty Hyde Bailey and his daughter depended on the catalog collection for current information on what plants and seeds were available.