Inventory of the John Bodger and Sons Company Records D-534

Patricia C. Inouye
University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
2011
1st Floor, Shields Library, University of California
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
speccoll@ucdavis.edu
URL: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/specol/


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Title: John Bodger and Sons Company Records
Creator: John Bodger and Sons Co.
Identifier/Call Number: D-534
Physical Description: 67.7 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1906-2008
Abstract: Catalogs and prices lists, photographs and scrapbooks of flowers, travels, celebrations and people chronicling the business of John Bodger and Sons seed business.
Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

Scope and Contents

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.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition

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

All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. 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 Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Administrative History

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Seeds -- Catalogs
Nurseries (Horticulture) -- Catalogs
Seed industry and trade -- California
Flowers -- Pictorial works
John Bodger and Sons Co.
Bodger Seeds Ltd. -- Archives

Addtional collection guides


 

Box 1-9

Scope and Contents

Catalogs and price lists
box 1:1

Contract Prices Only undated

box 1:2

Bodger's Unrivalled Flower Seeds 1923

box 1:3

Bodger's 1926

box 1:4

Bodger's 1927

box 1:5

Bodger's 1928

box 1:6

Bodger's 1929

box 1:7

Bodger's 1930

box 1:8

Bodger Seed Ltd. 1931

box 1:9

Bodger Seed Ltd. 1932

box 1:10

Bodger's Seed Ltd. 1933

box 1:11

Bodger's Seed Ltd. 1934

box 1:12

Bodger's Seed Ltd. 1935

box 1:13

Novelties and Specialties 1935-1936

box 1:14-16

Bodger's 1936

box 1:17

Bodger's 1935-1937

box 1:18

Advance Contract Prices/ Up to Date Electros of Flowers 1937

box 1:19-20

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1937-1938

box 1:21

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1938-1939

box 1:22

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1939-1940

box 1:23

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1940-1941

box 1:24

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1941

box 1:25

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1941-1942

box 1:26

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1942

box 1:27

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1942-1943

box 2:1

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1943

box 2:2

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1944

box 2:3

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1945

box 2:4

Bodgers Seeds Ltd. 1946

box 2:5

Bodger 1947

box 2:6

Bodger 1948-1949

box 2:7

Bodger Seeds Ltd. 1949

box 2:8

Bodger 1949-1950

box 2:9

Bodger 1950-1951

box 2:10

Bodger 1952

box 2:11

Bodger 1953

box 2:12

Bodger 1953-1954

box 2:13

Bodger 1954

box 2:14

Bodger 1955

box 2:15

Bodger 1956

box 2:16

Bodger 1957

box 2:17

Bodger 1958

box 2:18

Bodger 1959

box 2:19

Bodger 1960

box 2:20

Bodger 1961

box 2:21-22

Bodger 1962

box 2:23

Bodger 1963

box 2:24-25

Bodger 1964

box 2:26

Bodger 1965

box 2:27

Bodger 1966

box 2:28

Bodger 1967

box 3:1

Bodger 1968

box 3:2

Bodger 1969

box 3:3

Bodger 1970

box 3:4

Bodger 1971

box 3:5

Bodger 1972

box 3:6-7

Bodger 1973

box 3:8-9

Bodger 1974

box 3:10-12

Bodger 1975

box 3:13-16

Bodger 1976

box 4:1-4

Bodger 1977

box 4:5-6

Bodger 1978

box 4:7-8

Bodger 1979

box 4:9

Bodger 1980

box 4:10-11

Bodger 1981

box 4:12

Bodger 1982

box 4:13

Bodger 1985

box 4:14

Bodger 1986

box 4:15

Bodger 1987

box 4:16-17

Bodger 1988

box 4:18

Bodger 1989

box 5:1-2

Bodger 1990

box 5:3-4

Bodger 1991

box 5:5

Bodger 1992

box 5:6-7

Bodger 1993

box 5:8-11

Bodger 1994

box 5:12-14

Bodger 1995

box 5:15-19

Bodger 1996

box 6:1-5

Bodger 1997

box 6:6-9

Bodger 1998

box 6:10-13

Bodger 1999

box 6:14-16

Bodger 2000

box 7:1-3

Bodger 2001

box 7:4-6

Bodger 2002

box 7:7-10

Bodger 2002-2003

box 7:11-13

Bodger 2003

box 8:1-3

Bodger 2003

box 8:4

Bodger 2003-2004

box 8:5-9

Bodger 2004

box 8:10-15

Bodger 2005

box 9:1

Bodger 2005

box 9:2-4

Bodger 2006

box 9:5-6

Bodger 2006-2007

box 9:7-9

Bodger 2007

box 9:10

Bodger 2007-2008

box 9:11-13

Bodger 2008

box 9:14

Bodger 2008-2009

box 9:15

Catalogs undated

box 9:16

Environmental Seed Producers (ESP) undated

box 9:17

Flyers undated

 

Box 10

box 10:1

Tempo BL Satin 1994-1995

box 10:2

Pastel Mix 1991

box 10:3

Tempo Salsa undated

box 10:4

Tempo Tuscany undated

box 10:5

Tempo Wedgwood undated

box 10:6

Lavender Madrid 2000

box 10:7

Tempo undated

box 10:8

Crush undated

box 10:9

Discovery undated

box 10:10

Discovery undated

box 10:11

Hero/Lithero 1994-1995

box 10:12

Hero SPR4 undated

box 10:13

Atlas undated

box 10:14

Happy Face (Fall) 1995

box 10:15

Ice Parade undated

box 10:16

Tiffany Glass undated

box 10:17

Aladdin undated

box 10:18

Aladdin undated

box 10:19

Alad. Arab Nights undated

box 10:20

Alad. Ballerina undated

box 10:21

Avalanche undated

box 10:22

Celebrity undated

box 10:23

Celebrity undated

box 10:24

Celebrity undated

box 10:25

Celeb. Easter Sunday undated

box 10:26

Atlas Pansy undated

box 10:27

Marigolds undated

box 10:28

Vinca Heatwave undated

box 10:29

Impatiens Tempo-Rose and Orange 1993-1994

box 10:30

Impatiens Tempo-Blue Satin 1994-1995

box 10:31

Petunia Celebrity-Chiffon Morn 1994-1995

box 10:32

Tempo Pastel Mix 1991

box 10:33

Safari Series 1992-1993

box 10:34

Pansies undated

box 10:35

Marigolds undated

box 10:36

Bodger Botanicals undated

box 10:37

Avalanche Petunia undated

box 10:38

Tempo Impatiens undated

box 10:39

Petunias undated

box 10:40

Bodger Seeds Ltd. 1980-1990

box 10:41

Bodger undated

box 10:42

Bodger Botanicals undated

box 10:43

Bodger Botanicals Catalog undated

box 10:44

New and Improved Varieties 2008-2009

box 10:45

Marigold, Discovery Mix 2009

box 10:46

Portulaca Sundial undated

box 10:47

Portulaca Stopwatch undated

box 10:48

Pansy Atlas/Dancer undated

box 10:49

Impatiens Advantage undated

box 10:50

Impatiens Encore undated

box 10:51

Marigolds undated

box 10:52

Alyssum Wonderlanda undated

box 10:53

Impatiens Tempo undated

box 10:54

New Varieties 2008

box 10:55

New and Improved Varieties 2009

box 10:56

Environmental Seed Producers (ESP) undated

box 10:57

100 Years of Discovery 1890-1990

box 10:58

Discovery undated

box 10:59

Bodger Seeds Ltd undated

box 10:60

Bodger Botanicals undated

box 10:61

Celebrity undated

box 10:62

Color of Success undated

box 10:63

Bodger Seeds Ltd. undated

box 10:64

Bodger Seeds Ltd. undated

box 10:65

"The Right Time -- The Right Tempo for the '90s" undated

box 10:66

Impressive Performance undated

box 10:67

Impressive Color undated

box 10:68

Impressive Color undated

box 10:69

Collectivity undated

box 10:70

Vince Heatwave undated

box 10:71

Marigolds undated

box 10:72

Tempo Impatiens undated

box 10:73

Atlas Pansy undated

box 10:74

Aladdin Petunia undated

box 10:75

Avalanche Petunia undated

box 10:76

100 Years of Color undated

box 10:77

Bodger Seeds Ltd. undated

box 10:78

Tips on Growing Vegetative Annuals 2003

box 10:79

The Perfect Mixers undated

box 10:80

Sun and Shade Baskets and Containers undated

box 10:81

Bodger Botanicals Combination Containers undated

box 10:82

4 inch Pot Production undated

box 10:83

Perfect Mixers II undated

box 10:84

Bodger Botanicals undated

box 10:85

Tips On Designing, Growing and Marketing Mixed Baskets and Containers, 2002

box 10:86

Michell's undated

box 10:87

Bodger Seeds Ltd. undated

box 10:88

Bodger Botanicals Catalog 2008-2009

box 10:89

Advantage Impatiens undated

box 10:90

Petunia Avalanche undated

box 10:91

Petunia Aladdin undated

box 10:92

Petunia Celebrity undated

box 10:93

Portulaca Stopwatch undated

box 10:94

New Varieties, 2009

box 10:95

Portulaca Sundial undated

box 10:96

New and Improved Varieties 2009

box 10:97

Pansy Atlas/ Dancer undated

box 10:98

Bodger undated

box 10:99

Flower Seed: Order Form undated

 

Box 11

box 11:1

Electros of Flowers 1941

box 11:2

Bodger Library of Horticulture Illustration undated

box 11:3

Bodger Flower Pamphlets undated

box 11:4

Descriptive List and Cultural Guide 1985

box 11:5

Bodger 1981

box 11:6

Sally and Christer, Crop Price List 1992

box 11:7

Bodger Seed Ltd., Crop Price List 1993

box 11:8

Bodger 1980

box 11:9

Gold Galore undated

box 11:10

Bodger Seeds Ltd. undated

box 11:11

Pack Trials 1992

box 11:12

Environmental Seed Producers undated

box 11:13

Pack Trials 1993

box 11:14

Pack Trials 1994

box 11:15

Seedsman Price List undated

box 11:16

Environmental Seed Producers undated

box 11:17

Seedsman Prices undated

box 11:18

Bodger 1975

box 11:19

Bodger 1927

box 11:20

Novelties and Other Flower Seed Specialties undated

box 11:21

Electros of Flowers 1941

box 11:22

Bodger Catalog 1962

box 11:23

Bodger 1953-1954

box 11:24

Contract Price List Pamphlets 1949-1955

box 11:25

General Price List 1952-1955

box 11:26

The Romance of Flower Seed Growing undated

box 11:27

Airmail Price List 1947-1948

box 11:28

Bodger undated

box 11:29

General Price List 1946

box 11:30

Bodger: Jubilee - Our 60th Year 1949-1950

box 11:31

Petunias: Past and Present undated

box 11:32

Our Heritage Years 1976-06

box 11:33

Crop Price List 1983

box 11:34

Descriptive List and Cultural Guide undated

box 11:35

Environmental Seed Producers (ESP) Historical File undated

box 11:36

Thumbelina undated

box 11:37

Bodger Catalogs 1940

box 11:38

Bodger 1982

box 11:39

Zinnias and Asters (2) 1963

box 11:40

Snaps and Ageratum to Linaria (3) 1963

box 11:41

Marigold to Pansy (4) 1963

box 11:42

Petunia to Vinca (5) 1963

box 11:43

Zinnia and Asters (2) 1964

box 11:44

Ageratum to Impatiens (3) 1964

box 11:45

Marigolds to Pansy (4) 1964

box 11:46

Petunia to Sweet Pea (5) 1964

 

Box 12

box 12:1

Zinnias to Asters (2) 1965

box 12:2

Alyssum to Marigolds (3) 1965

box 12:3

Petunias (4) 1965

box 12:4

Salpiglossis to Vegetables (5) 1965

box 12:5

Zinnia (2) 1966

box 12:6

Aguilegia to Ipomoea (3) 1966

box 12:7

Marigold to Petunia (4) 1966

box 12:8

Snape to Vegetables (5) 1966

box 12:9

Zinnia (3) 1967

box 12:10

Ageratum to Ipomoea (4) 1967

box 12:11

Marigold and Perennials (5) 1967

box 12:12

Petunia to Vegetables (6) 1967

box 12:13

All American Trials and Stock Seed Increases (1) 1968

box 12:14

Ageratum to Zinnia (3) 1968

box 12:15

Marigold To Petunia (4) 1968

box 12:16-17

Trial, Bodger Seeds Ltd 1968

box 12:18

AAS SS Increase El Monte/ Ageratum to Scabiosa (2) 1969

box 12:19

Snaps to Zinnia (3) 1969

box 12:20

Marigold and Petunia (4) 1969

box 12:21

AAS SS Increase El Monte Trials/ Ageratum to Portulaca (2) 1970

box 12:22

Snaps to Zinnia (3) 1970

box 12:23

Marigold and Petunia (4) 1970

box 12:24

I. Sinclair 1971

box 12:25

Marigold 1971

 

Box 13

box 13:1

[Untitled] 1971

box 13:2

All Americas to Verbena undated

box 13:3

Fuchsia (Permanent File) undated

box 13:4

Mexican Equipment undated

box 13:5

Lectures and Talks undated

box 13:6

Prices, Crop: Ours and Others 1956

box 13:7

Historical Information-JBS undated

box 13:8

Army Counter Intelligence Corps Veterans undated

box 13:9

Prices, Crop - Ours and Others 1955

box 13:10

Howard Bodger 1954-1955

box 13:11

All Amer. Sels undated

box 13:12

Howard 8/27 undated

box 13:13

Sales Protection and Statistics undated

box 13:14

Surplus, Salvage, Inventory undated

box 13:15

South El Monte: 25th Anniversary Souvenir Edition undated

box 13:16

From Howard-London Report 1958

box 13:17

Rhodesia and Nyasaland for the Tourist undated

box 13:18

Notes Taken at Geo J. Balls Trial Grounds Notes Taken at Geo J. Balls Trial Grounds 1959-08

box 13:19

Notes From Howard's Trip 1959-1960

box 13:20

Plans for Floral Flag Lompoc undated

box 13:21

From Howard's Trip to New Zealand 1958

box 13:22

From Howard: South Africa 1958

box 13:23

From Howard: Europe 1958

box 13:24

Newspaper Clippings About Bodger 1931

box 13:25

Notes undated

box 13:26

Correspondence undated

box 13:27

Bodger Folder undated

box 13:28

Charter By-Laws Rules and Regulations undated

box 13:29

Bodger Seeds (CD) 2002

box 13:30

Environmental Seed Producer, Inc. Crop 1985

box 13:31-34

Press Releases, Electros #2 1950

box 13:35-37

Press Releases, Electros #1 1950

box 13:38

Press Releases, Direct Mail undated

box 13:39-40

Press Releases 1950

box 13:41-42

Press Releases 1959-1960

box 13:43-44

Press Releases, Spring 1957-1958

box 13:45

Press Releases, Spring 1956

box 13:46-49

Press Releases, Publicity 1955

 

Box 14-37

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook pages with photographic prints of flowers
box 14

Abronia - Antirrhinum rocket light pink undated

box 15

Antirrhinum rust plant - Aster early giant mixed undated

box 16

Aster early royal shell pink - Aster super giant Los Angeles undated

box 17

Asters - Calendula yellow colossal undated

box 18

Calliopis - Centaurea Candidissima undated

box 19

Celosia dwarf empress - Cosmos sensation and early mammoth undated

box 20

Cosmos sunset - Diascia barbarae undated

box 21

Didiscus coeruleus - gloxinia undated

box 22

Godetia, Duke of York - Hollyhock indian spring undated

box 23

Hiennemannia Double Sunlite - Leptosyne stillmanii undated

box 24

Lettuce J.C.B. - Marigold Early Sunshine undated

box 25

Marigold fandango - Marigold Apollo moon undated

box 26

Marigold apollo and moon - Marigold french scarlet glow undated

box 27

Marigold French flamingo fire - Nasturtium double hybrids undated

box 28

Nemesis super camp - petunia fluffy Ruffles mixed undated

box 29

Petunia theodosia plant - Petunia confetti undated

box 30

Petunia F1 white bountiful - Petunia hybrid nana erecta rose of heaven undated

box 31

Petunia F2 grand (David) white bicolor (penny candy) - Rhubarb chard undated

box 32

Rudbeckia dwarf monarch novelty - scabiosa white undated

box 33

Schizanthus B L blotched strain - Verbena mixed undated

box 34

Zinnia cherry buttons - Zinnia Peter Pan pink (park planting) undated

box 35

Zinnia dark jewels mixed - Zinnia buttercup (asters in the background) undated

box 36

Zinnia Cactus flowered blaze - Mixed Aster, Zinnia, Marigold undated

box 37

Zinnia button mixed - Zinnia early wonder mixed undated

 

Box 38-46

Scope and Contents

4 x 5 inch photographic negatives arranged by year. Not listed at this time.
 

Box 47-60

Scope and Contents

Photographic prints of flowers
box 47

Arbronia - Aster powderpuffs bunch undated

box 48

Aster America branching mixed - Cactus Planter undated

box 49

Cactus Planter - Centaurea Cyanus Mixed undated

box 50

Centaurea Cyanus Mixed - Dahlia Uniwins Dwarf mix undated

box 51

Dahlia Single Mixed - Geranium Double undated

box 52

Gerbera Mixed Colors, Bodgers Best - linum perenne undated

box 53

Lobelia Crystal Palace - Marigold Guinea Gold undated

box 54

Marigold Crystal Flwd Happiness - Nicotana Sensation Mixed undated

box 55

Nicotiana Sensation Daylight - Scabiosa Coral Moon undated

box 56

Scabiosa Imperial Hybrid Mixed undated

box 57

Sweet Pea Types Compared - Zinnia Cherry Button Bowl undated

box 58

Zinnia Cherry Button - Zinnia F1 Peter Pan Cherry undated

box 59

Zinnia Peter Pan Pin and Plum - Ainnia Thumbelina Mini Pick undated

box 60

Zinnia, Mini Pick Plant - Zinnia Harmony Mixed undated

 

Box 61-101

Scope and Contents

Photographic negatives of flowers arranged by negative number
box 61

2-1 - 3-58 undated

box 62

3-59 - 3-118 undated

box 63

4-1 - 4-75 undated

box 64

4-76 - 4-150 undated

box 65

4-151 - 4-198 undated

box 66

5-1 - 5-60 undated

box 67

5-61 - 5-125 undated

box 68

5-126 - 5-190 undated

box 69

5-191 - 5-260 undated

box 70

5-261 - 5-320 undated

box 71

6-1 - 6-64 undated

box 72

6-65 - 6-133 undated

box 73

6-134 - 6-207 undated

box 74

7-1 - 7-63 undated

box 75

7-64 - 7-122 undated

box 76

7-123 - 7-185 undated

box 77

8-1 - 8-72 undated

box 78

8-73 - 8-133 undated

box 79

9-1 - 9-57 undated

box 80

9-58 - 9-130 undated

box 81

40-1 - 40-60 undated

box 82

40-61 - 40-120 undated

box 83

41-1 - 41-60 undated

box 84

41-61 - 41-113 undated

box 85

42-1 - 42-78 undated

box 86

43-1 - 46-5 undated

box 87

46-6 - 46-79 undated

box 88

46-80 - 47-61 undated

box 89

47-62 - 47-132 undated

box 90

47-133 - 48-69 undated

box 91

48-70 - 48-137 undated

box 92

49-1 - 49-65 undated

box 93

49-66 - 51-40 undated

box 94

51-40 - 52-39 undated

box 95

52-40 - 53-20 undated

box 96

53-21 - 54-3 undated

box 97

54-4 - 55-79 undated

box 98

56-1 - 56-52a undated

box 99

57-1 - 59-18a undated

box 100

60-1a - 62-10a undated

 

Box 101 undated

Scope and Contents

Negative 62-11a - Miscellaneous company photographs
 

Box 102 undated

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous 33 millimeter negatives
 

Box 103 undated

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous negatives of family and flowers
 

Box 104 undated

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous negatives of family, company employees, and flowers
 

Box 105 undated

Scope and Contents

Glass negative of company employees
 

Box 106 undated

Scope and Contents

Color Slides of Chile trip 1996, flowers, and Bodger logo
 

Box 107 undated

Scope and Contents

Prints of family and company employees
 

Box 108 undated

Scope and Contents

Prints of plants without inventory numbers
 

Box 109 undated

Scope and Contents

Prints of family and ranches in El Monte, Chino, Santa Paula, and Lompoc
 

Box 110-111 undated

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous transparencies of flowers
 

Box 112-117

Scope and Contents

Photographic prints of flowers arranged by year.
box 112

3-1 - 5-105 undated

box 113

5-106 - 8-52 undated

box 114

8-65 - 46-56 undated

box 115

46-57 - M57-23 undated

box 116

M57-24 - M61-60 undated

box 117

M61-62 - 48-22 and 2-6, 6-9, 2-46, 6-9, and 43-7 undated

 

Box 118 undated

Scope and Contents

Prints of Production Operations
 

Box 119 undated

Scope and Contents

Color Polaroid prints of equipment, greenhouses and trucks done for an inventory
 

Box 120 undated

Scope and Contents

Color Polaroid prints of equipment, greenhouses and trucks done for an inventory
 

Box 121 undated

Scope and Contents

Prints of Bodger operations, flowers and company employees
 

Box 122 undated

Scope and Contents

Prints of family, farming operations and Bodger's California Seed Production slide show
 

Box 123 undated

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous information, book entitled "House of Bodger"
 

Box 124 1934

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of John C. Bodger's round the world trip in 1934
 

Box 125 1906-1917

Scope and Contents

6 prints of the Bodger operations
box 125

Two horses with a cultivator, cultivating sweet peas four rows at a time undated

box 125

8 horses pulling a cultivator undated

box 125

Harrowing the land with 8 horses and a 30-foot harrow in 1906 1906

box 125

Titan 10-20 single cylinder undated

box 125

Elftman Ranch at Dominquez Hills about 1912-1917 1912-1917

box 125

Gardena Ranch in 1906 with sweet peas 1906