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Finding Aid for the Powell Family Papers, 1836-1961
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Description
George Harold Powell (1872-1922) was born in Ghent, New York. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent him to California in 1904 to study citrus fruits rotting in transit. In 1896, he married Gertrude Eliza Clark (1870-1957). They had three sons, Harold Clark Powell (1900-1938), George Townsend Powell (1901-1955), and Lawrence Clark Powell (1906- ), who became the Librarian of the UCLA Library, Director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and dean of the School of Library Service at UCLA. The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, journals, manuscripts, memorabilia, books, scrapbooks, and printed materials related to the Powell family. The bulk is made up of the papers and correspondence of George Harold Powell, horticulturist and general manager of the California Fruit Exchange (1912-22) and his wife, Gertrude Clark Powell.
Background
George Harold Powell was born in 1872 in Ghent, New York, on February 8, 1872; BS (1895) and MS (1896), Agriculture, Cornell; pomologist, Bureau of Plant Industry, Washington, D.C., 1901-1911; U.S. Department of Agriculture sent him to California in 1904 to study citrus fruits rotting in transit; general manager, California Fruit Exchange (today known as Sunkist Growers), 1912; married Gertrude Eliza Clark (1870-1957) on July 1, 1896; they had three sons, Harold Clark Powell (1900-1938), George Townsend Powell (1901-1955), and Lawrence Clark Powell (1906- ), who became the Librarian of the UCLA Library, Director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and dean of the School of Library Service at UCLA; George Harold Powell died of a heart attack on Feb. 18, 1922 in Pasadena, California.The Powell Family Papers consist predominately of the correspondence and papers of George Harold Powell (1872-1922) and Gertrude Clark Powell (1870-1957). George Harold Powell was born to George Townsend Powell (1843-1927) and Marcia Alger Chace Powell (1845-1932) at Ghent, New York, on February 8, 1872. His father was one of the leading horticulturalists of New York State and was noted especially for his apples. Both of his parents were Quakers. His grandparents were Townsend and Catherine Macy Powell. George Harold Powell attended public schools and the Union Free High School in Chatham, New York. He also attended Cornell University where obtained a B.S. and M.S. in agriculture in 1895 and 1896 respectively.
Extent
38 boxes (19 linear ft.) 4 oversize boxes
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.