At the beginning of the 20th century, Minneapolis was home to three seed companies owned and operated by women.  These firms were unusual in their time because they were run by women, they marketed to women customers, and they focused on flower seeds.  The three women were Miss Carrie Lippincott, who called herself "The Pioneer Seedswoman of America,", Emma V. White, the "Northstar Seedswoman," and Jessie R. Prior, who produced small cataloged simply titled "Flower Seeds."

UMedia hosts a digital collection - Minneapolis Seedswomen - consisting of cover-to-cover scans of  seed catalogs and brochures produced from the 1890s through the 1930s by these three firms that are in Andersen Horticultural Library's collection.

 

 

 

1907 Carrie Lippincott catalog cover
 

1903 Emma White catalog cover
 

1904 Jessie R. Prior catalog cover