John S. Harbison (1826-1912) was one of the first beekeepers to import bees into
California and was an inventor of innovative beehives and new methods of rearing queen bees. He authored
An Improved System of Propagating the Honey Bee (1860) and
(1861). His papers contain daybooks documenting Harbison's beekeeping activities;
correspondence to and from his brothers, his patent representatives, and business partners; and deeds, business
receipts and patent grants.
John Stewart Harbison was born to William and Margaret (Curry) Harbison in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on
September 28, 1826. Harbison followed in his father's footsteps and became interested in beekeeping and the
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