Guide to the John Stokes and Mary's Gardens collection


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Finding Aid

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This collection contains the personal papers of John S. Stokes, Jr., and the records of his organization, Mary's Gardens. Materials in the collection date primarily from 1952 through 1990. The collection includes Stokes' manuscripts, correspondence, research materials, articles, photographs, audio recordings and ephemera related to his interests in Catholicism, the Blessed Virgin Mary, gardening, names and symbolism of plants and flowers associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mary's Gardens movement, social justice, civil rights, ecumenism and other related themes. Mary's Gardens records include press releases, newsletters, marketing materials, articles, garden plans, and ephemera on Stokes' organization (cofounded in 1951 with Edward McTague) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additionally, some materials deal with Stokes' website, also called Mary's Gardens (mgardens.org).


Marian Library

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Mary's Gardens, Blessed Virgin Mary, biblical gardens, devotional gardens, Marian symbolism, Catholic social justice


For digitized images and documents from this collection please see the John Stokes and Mary's Gardens digital collection. For the archived website, please see Archive-It - Mary's Gardens.

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