The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc.

Contact Information

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10459 Tuxford Street Sun Valley, CA 91352
The TPF Nursery, Sales yards and Bookstore: Winter: Tu thru Sat: 8:30 to 4:30 check website for summer hours
Frances Schneider Liau
Chair, Archives and Oral History Committee
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The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc.

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc.
10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley, CA. 91352

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Will be posted on website once curation is complete.


Archive / Collection information

The collection is currently being evaluated to determine content and needs for curation and as such is not yet available to the public. Included are: Personal papers of Theodore Payne dating from 1893 to 1963; Payne's business records dating from 1903 including sales ledgers, catalogues of plants and seeds for sale at his nursery, planting plans, photographs and plant lists; Professional communications with notable clients and seed businesses in US and Europe; Payne's writing focusing on Southern California native plants, their location and care; an extensive study of eucalyptus; commentary about his participation in the establishment of major public and private gardens and published papers on urban development in Southern California. Additional papers relate to the activities of the Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) since its founding in 1960. A slide collection of wildflower displays in local mountains taken during 1970's and 1980's by Dede Gilman; Botanical art of local native wildflowers by Jane Pinheiro from Antelope Valley; and assorted private papers and collections given to TPF, yet to be evaluated. Memoir written about Life on the Modjeska Ranch in Orange Co. Documents his work collecting seeds and plants in San Diego,Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and LA Cos. Business records focus on downtown Los Angeles