Inventory of John Bodger and Sons Company records

Finding aid created by Patricia C. Inouye
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: John Bodger and Sons Company
Title: John Bodger and Sons Company records
Date: 1930-2002
Extent: 40 linear ft.
Abstract: Catalogs and prices lists, photographs and scrapbooks of flowers, travels, celebrations and people chronicling the business of John Bodger and Sons seed business.
Phyiscal location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-534
Language of Material: Collection materials in English


John Bodger, a native of England, founded the Bodger Seeds Ltd. in 1896. John Bodger and Sons Company, founded in 1890 in California, was a breeder and producer of flower seeds. Bodger Seeds Ltd, a division of the company, was responsible for breeding and production operations. In 2009, the Bodger Company sold its holdings. During its history, Bodger had operating sites in the following locations in California and Chile: Santa Paula, Los Angeles, Gardena, South El Monte, Lompoc, Covina, Chino and Quillota, Chile. John Bodger and Sons Company sold its business in 2009 after 100 years. It was one of the largest seed company in Lompoc Valley since 1925.

Scope and Content

John Bodger and Sons Co. was a leading growing of seeds in the Lompac Valley along with Burbee and Denholm seed companies. It was world reknown for its growing techniques. John Bodger created the dahlia-flowered zinnia which is a main stay of gardens today for its beautiful color and as good cutting flowers. Included in the collection are catalogs and price lists, black and white photographs of flowers, historical photographs and of the business, breeding books, and press releases.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bodger Seeds Ltd--Archives
Flowers--Pictorial works
Nurseries (Horticulture)--Catalogs


Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Bodger and Sons, Company.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Bodger and Sons Coompany records , D-534, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis..

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

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