Scope and Content
Arrangement of the Collection
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University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Title: Henry Dart Greene Papers
Greene, Henry Dart, 1900-1978
Identifier/Call Number: D-192
14 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1914-1993
Abstract: The Henry Dart Greene Papers contains
photographs, motion picture films and a limited amount of personal and business papers. The
photographs date from 1914 to the late 1960s, and are a mix of personal and professional
subjects. Greene's years at the University of California, Berkeley and photographs of his
wife Ruth Haight Greene's childhood in Sacramento are the earliest photographs in the
collection. The collection includes photographs from Argentina, where Greene worked with the
Argentine Fruit Distributors from 1928 to 1931 and from his public relations work with the
American Fruit and Produce Auction Association (AFPAA) from 1933 to 1941. Photographs from
Greene's other professional careers are also included. The collection contains fifty-two 16
mm films dating from the 1930s to the 1960s which include two films made for the Feather
River Project Association. While Greene's personal and business papers are not a significant
portion of the collection there is a substantive collection of personal letters from Greene
and his wife to their family members between 1928 and 1935. Henry Dart Greene passed away in
Physical Location: Researchers should contact Special
Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Henry Dart Greene (1900-1978) was born on September 20, 1900 in Pasadena, California. He
was the son of noted Architect Henry Mather Greene. Henry Dart Greene's professional life
spanned several careers: he was the Executive Manager of the Feather River Project
Association; conducted public relations campaigns for the American Fruit and Produce Auction
Association; ran his own film production company; and tried his hand at ranching. After
initial studies in architecture at Throop College (later California Institute of
Technology), Greene enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley in 1919 and graduated
in 1923 with a degree in Agriculture. After graduation, Greene worked for the Federal-State
Shipping Point Inspection Service, part of the California State and US Department of
Agriculture. Greene was stationed in both Northern and Southern California between 1923 and
1928. In 1924, while in the Sacramento region, Greene met Ruth Haight (1907-?); they were
married on June 29th, 1926.
Greene accepted a position in 1928 with the Argentine Fruit Distributors to supervise the
building and operation of packing houses for fresh fruit in the Rio Negro River Valley of
Argentina. Henry and Ruth Greene lived and worked in Cipolletti, Argentina from 1928 to
1931. Upon return to the United States, Greene had several temporary jobs before being hired
to do public relations for the American Fruit and Produce Auction Association (AFPAA) in
1933. Greene's publicity work for the AFPAA promoted understanding between the Western fruit
growers and the Eastern Fruit Markets in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Boston. In
1935, the AFPAA sent Greene to Cuba as part of a tomato deal and to examine fruit
production. Greene's work with the AFPAA ended in 1941. Subsequently, Greene worked for the
Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) between 1941 and 1945, promoting their Flavorseal process
for fruit and vegetables. The Greenes' daughters, Nancy Ruth Greene and Virginia Dart
Greene, were born in Pasadena, California on April 6, 1934 and on June 3, 1939.
During 1941, Greene ran a hog ranch in Buttonwillow in the San Joaquin Valley but the
business lost money and was abandoned. While working with the AFPAA and FMC, Greene had made
publicity films and in 1945 he formed his own production company, Henry Dart Greene
Productions, to make industrial films. Greene produced films for Sunkist and the Los Angeles
Harbor, but found it difficult to compete with larger companies. He ended the venture in
1948. From 1949 to 1951, Greene was the Executive Secretary for the Pacific Dairy and
Poultry Association (PDPA), covering eight Western States. In 1952, Greene then ran his own
cotton ranch in Roll, Arizona. Ultimately, the low price of cotton did not make the ranch
profitable and Greene returned to California in 1956. Greene became Executive Manager for
the Feather River Project Association (FRPA), later called the California Water Resources
Association (CWRA), in 1957. His position oversaw public relations for the FRPA in bringing
together the elements necessary in Northern and Southern California to build the Oroville
Dam and the California aqueduct system. During his tenure, Greene produced two films,
Water For You, and worked
on bond passage.
Greene retired from the FRPA/CWRA in 1970 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Henry Dart Greene passed away in Pasadena on June 29th, 1978.
Scope and Content
The Henry Dart Greene Papers consists of photographs, motion picture films, and a limited
amount of personal and business papers. The photographs date from 1914 to the late 1960s,
and are a mix of personal and professional subjects. The earliest photographs (1914-1922)
are of Greene's wife Ruth Haight Greene and depict Ruth and her childhood friends in the
Sacramento region. The early photographs of Henry Dart Greene document Greene's college
years at the University of California, Berkeley between the years of 1919 and 1923. These
photographs show a variety of Bay Area and Northern California locations and college
activities. The bulk of the photographic collection represents Greene's professional
careers. Photographs from 1928 to 1931 date from Greene's work with Argentine Fruit
Distributors in Argentina and also include personal photographs of Henry and Ruth Greene.
Photographs from 1933 to 1941 show Greene's publicity work for the American Fruit and
Produce Auction Association (AFPAA) in the Eastern fruit markets and his 1935 AFPAA visit to
Cuba. Greene's work with the Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) and the Feather River Project
Association (FRPA) are only found in a few images. The collection contains photographs of
Greene's hog ranch from 1941 and photographs from 1952 to 1956 are of Greene's cotton ranch
in Roll, Arizona, which include images of the farm workers.
There are fifty-two 16mm films in the collection. The collection contains films made of the
Eastern fruit markets from 1933 to 1941 and productions made by Greene's film company, Henry
Dart Greene Film Productions in 1945 to 1948. Two later films from the 1960s,
Water and You, made for
the FRWA, are also present in the collection.
The Henry Dart Greene Papers contains a substantive collection of personal letters from
Greene and his wife Ruth to their family members, many written during their time in
Argentina. Memorabilia such as Ruth Haight Greene's 1922 Sacramento High School yearbook and
Greene's college yearbooks are also included. The papers also contain a limited amount of
business correspondence and professional papers. Greene's professional papers include
articles in Spanish by Greene; work schedules from his time in Argentina; a scrapbook
containing newspaper clippings on AFPAA; and maps, programs, and newsletters relating to the
FRPA. While Henry Dart Greene is the son of Pasadena architect Henry Mather Greene, the
papers do not contain any material significant to Greene and Greene Architecture. Further
biographical information is available in
The Memoirs of Henry Dart
Greene and Ruth Elizabeth Haight Greene, Volume One and Volume Two
, edited by
Virginia Dart Greene Hales.
Arrangement of the Collection
The Papers are arranged into five series: 1. Letters, 2. Professional Papers, 3. School
Yearbooks, 4. Photographs, and 5. Film.
Collection is open for research.
Devyn Henry, Special Collections intern, processed the collection and created its finding
aid, under the direction of the University Archivist, John Skarstad. Sara Gunasekara,
Collections Manager, and Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript and Photograph Archivist, encoded
the finding aid with assistance from student employees Renee Therriault and Angela
Gift of Ruth E. Greene, 1995.
[Identification of item], Henry Dart Greene Papers, D-192, Department of Special
Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Agriculture -- Cuba -- Marketing
Cuba -- Pictorial works
Fruit trade -- Argentina -- Negro River (Río Negro)
Argentina -- Pictorial works
Agriculture -- Public Relations
Greene, Ruth Elizabeth Haight, 1907-
University of California, Berkeley--Pictorial works
Greene, Henry Dart, 1900-1978--Archives.
Greene, Henry Dart, 1900-1978
Feather River Project Association