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Guide to the Asher Family Day Book MS 165
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Asher Family Day Book
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 165
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1913
    Abstract: The collection consists of a day book belonging to the Asher family, recording personal and professional information activities and accounts for 1912-1913.
    creator: Asher family

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Amanda Hughes on July 12, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Asher Family Day Book, MS 165, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Josephus Marion Asher (1833-1912) arrived in San Diego in 1869 and was the first commercial nurseryman in the area, providing buyers with fruit trees, shrubs, and vines from his Fruit Vale ranch in Paradise Valley. Asher was married to Sarah Haley Clark (1844 – 1913) and they had eight children, including Josephus Marion Asher, Jr. and Robert H. Asher (hermit of Palomar).

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of the Asher family day book for 1912-1913, recording personal and professional activities and accounts. Beginning at the day book's front inside cover, there is an index listing the book's contents in alphabetical order by account name with its corresponding pages. The accounts are generally arranged with entries by date and with notations in credit and debit columns. The accounts record business activities for the nursery as well as family spending accounts and purchases, such as dairy and poultry records. The book also includes records of personal accounts such as letters sent and received and taxes paid by the family throughout the year. There are also some intimate details of personal life including the deaths and burials of Josephus Asher, Sarah Asher, and Mary Elizabeth Asher.


    Contents are arranged as stated in the alphabetical index of contents on the book's inside front cover.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Asher family
    Asher, Josephus Marion
    Asher, Mary Elizabeth
    Asher, Sarah Haley
    Account books
    Agriculture -- Accounting
    Nurseries (Horticulture)
    Paradise Valley (Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Diego County (Calif.)