W. Atlee Burpee & Company Leaflets
Scope and Content
This collections contains over 20 paper leaflets from the W. Atlee Burpee & Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1899 to 1915. Each leaflet discusses a variety of gardening tips, different plants and seeds history, and other planting strategies. Some leaflets include outside help and notes from other gardeners, researchers, and companies about planting.
- 1899 - 1915
- W. Atlee Burpee Company (Organization)
Language of Materials
The materials in this collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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Washington Atlee Burpee (1858-1915) left medical school in 1876 to establish his own company that specializes in seeds. He created the W. Atlee Burpee & Company (also W. Atlee Burpee Company or "Burpee"), which introduced new, improved seeds for different produce, such as a new cabbage, carrot, lima bean, celery, and others. He first marketed "Iceberg" lettuce in 1894 and started a plant catalogue for farmers in need of seeds. Burpee researched and breeded different vegetables for America's climate and gardens. He passed away in 1915, leaving the company to his son David Burpee.
David continued his father's legacy and started to breed different hybrids of flowers. He ended up creating one of the first-ever White Marigold in 1975. He still researched and breeded different vegatables, creating new variations for tomatoes and cucumbers.
George Ball of George J. Ball, Inc., bought Burpee in 1991, becoming its president, and the company continues to be an innovating force for different types of vegtables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
- Burpee, "Company History", https://www.burpee.com/company-history, accessed April 2022.
- Smithsonian National Postal Museum, "W. Atlee Burpee Company", America’s Mailing Industry virtual exhibit, https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/america%E2%80%99s-mailing-industry-industry-segments-catalogs-and-the-mail-order-industry/w-atlee, accessed April 2022.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
This collection contains numerous leaflets from the W. Atlee Burpee & Company from 1899-1915. The leaflets discuss planting, seed growing, and other agriculture strategies, and other gardening strageties for American garderners, farmers, and planters.
Source of Acquisition
This collection was acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2012.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the W. Atlee Burpee & Company Leaflets by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the W. Atlee Burpee & Company Leaflets was completed in April 2022.
- W. Atlee Burpee & Company Leaflets, 1899-1915
- Kiana Wilkerson, Graduate Assistant
- 2022 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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