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Gerald L. Klingaman Papers

Identifier: MC 2548-001

Content Description

This collection consists primarly of materials related to horticulture as written and collected by retired U of A professor Dr. Gerald L. Klingaman. It includes many newspaper columns he wrote titled "Plant of the Week", materials he collected about the U of A Horticulture Department and faculty history, plant and product catalogs from Arkansas nurseries, materials from his Farmer-to-Farmer Program and other horticulture associations particpation, his doctoral thesis, correspondence to his family, and some photographs of horticulture department members, trips, and plants.


  • Creation: 1904-2021
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1976-2008

Conditions Governing Access

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Conditions Governing Use

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Gerald L. Klingaman is a retired University of Arkansas Horticulture Professor and Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Horticulturist, and retired Operations Director for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Klingaman was born in 1946 in Orlando, Oklahoma and grew up on his family's wheat farm in Mulhall, Oklahoma. Klingaman received his Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Oklahoma State University in 1969 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1971 and 1973 respectively. He began working at the U of A in 1974, splitting his time as a professor in the horticulture department and as an Extension Specialist for the Division of Agriculture. He retired and became professor emeritus in 2005 and was the Operations Director for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks from 2010 until 2018, whose Board of Directors honored him in 2011 by naming the arboretum collection after Klingaman. He is an active member of the Azalea Society of America for which he has presented many papers and presentations and has published and contributed to numerous other papers, newsletters, journal articles, and magazines regarding horticulture from the 1970s through 2024. One example is his column for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension titled "Plant of the Week" which he produced from 1997 until 2021. He then started a travel blog called "Musings on Nature: Out and About with Gerald and Whinny" where he writes about his travels across Arkansas, and sometimes the greater U.S., with his dog, Whinny. This blog is still active as of January 2024 on the Extension's website.


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Language of Materials



There was a partial arrangement scheme in the original donation. All "Plant of the Week Materials" folders were in the first box and all horticulture catalogs and brochures were in the last box. Otherwise, materials were not grouped in any particular order so the archivist re-arranged the items and folders by subject, chronologically. Original folder titles were kept and items without folders were foldered and given titles by the archivist.

The collection is arranged as follows:

  • Plant of the Week Materials: Box 1
  • Horticulture Department Materials: Box 2 Files 1-20
  • Horticulture Shows: Box 2 Files 21-24
  • Botanical Gardens: Box 2 Files 25-26
  • Horticulture Programs and Competitions: Box 3 Files 1-4
  • Arkansas Horticulture: Box 3 Files 5-17
  • Newsletters and Magazines: Box 3 Files 18-20
  • Arkansas Nursery Catalogs and Price Lists: Box 3 File 21-Box 4 File 14
  • Horticulture Promotional and Informational Materials: Box 4 Files 15-23
  • Gerald Klingaman: Box 4 Files 24-29

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Gerald L. Klingaman Papers were donated by Gerald Klingaman of Fayetteville, AR on October 4, 2021 to the Special Collections Department.

Processing Information

Nathaniel Guttenberg, January, 23, 2024


Gerald L. Klingaman Papers
Nathaniel Guttenberg
January, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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