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Betty Trost Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2005-07

Collection Scope

SERIES I: Gatehouse Project (1995 – 1998) contains brochures, plans, drawings, invoices, contracts, correspondence, and research notes concerning the renovation of the Gatehouse area, including the design of the Pewabic plaque for the entry.

SERIES II: Historical Research (1951 – 2002) includes items Trost collected regarding the history of Cranbrook, gardeners and gardening. Materials include newspaper clippings and drawings, but are primarily composed of Trost’s research notes.

SERIES III: Area Gardens (1952 – 2005, bulk 1994 - 1996) comprises the majority of the collection. This series consists of records gathered by Trost while researching the history of the specific area gardens of Cranbrook. In January 1994, she sent CHGA chairpersons a historical research survey to complete regarding their memories of specific area gardens. Arrangement of the materials follows Trost’s original order based on a walking tour (1999) of the gardens. The survey and walking tour list are located in folder 1:18. Folder titles maintain Trost’s names for each garden. The contents of each folder vary, but generally include documentation of the development and history of each garden: drawings, lists of plants found in the specific gardens, information about the people who worked in the garden, responses of garden chairpersons to Trost’s survey questions, and clippings.

SERIES IV: Oversized Material (1998) consists of a foam display board of the Pewabic plaque for the Gatehouse Project with photos, drawings, and a brief history of the installation of the tile.

Dates

  • 1951 - 2005

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Betty Trost was born 14 Aug 1920 in Ohio. She was an avid gardener, beginning in southern Ohio, continuing in southern California, and then for forty years in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her love of gardening extended beyond her own home to Cranbrook, where she became one of seventeen charter members of the Cranbrook Gardens Auxiliary in 1971. Trost was interested in researching and documenting the history of the gardens and the auxiliary. In 1994, she began gathering information regarding the history and development of the individual garden areas, in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the auxiliary. From 1996 to its completion in 1998, she chaired the renovation of the Gatehouse area. She enjoyed sharing her garden knowledge and her plants with other gardeners as well as continually learning more about gardening herself. She was married to Fred Norman Trost (1917-2005) for 63 years. She died 4 Feb 2008 in Oakland County, Michigan.

Extent

3.4 Linear Feet (1 MS, 1 OS item)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Betty Trost was an avid gardener, whose love of gardening extended beyond her own home to Cranbrook, where she became one of seventeen charter members of the Cranbrook Gardens Auxiliary in 1971. Trost was interested in researching and documenting the history of the gardens and the auxiliary. In 1994, she began gathering information regarding the history and development of the individual garden areas, in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the auxiliary. From 1996 to its completion in 1998, she chaired the renovation of the Gatehouse area. The bulk of the collection consists of documentation of the Gatehouse Project headed by Trost and her research of the development and history of Cranbrook’s area gardens. Materials include clippings, correspondence, drawings, invoices, maps, and research notes.

Arrangement

The arrangement loosely follows Trost’s original order as noted on her folder covers. Records within the folders are in chronological order, where dates could be determined. It is arranged in four series: SERIES I: Gatehouse Project (Box 1); SERIES II: Historical Research (Box 1); SERIES III: Area Gardens (Box 1-2); and SERIES IV: Oversized Material (Box 2).

Additional Access

An index to the collection is available.

Acquisition

Donated to the Archives by Betty Trost in 2005.

Related Materials

Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary Records (1995-11)

Henry S. Booth and Carolyn Farr Booth Papers (1982-05)

Transfers

Photographs from Series III of the area gardens were removed to the photograph collection of the archives.

Processing History

Inventoried by Jill Griffiths in 2005. Processed in Feb 2007 by Denise E. Harris.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Betty Trost Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Denise E. Harris
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository

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