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Guide to the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Records
    Dates: 1922-1975
    Identification: MS-0034
    Creator: Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce
    Physical Description: 4.95 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Historical Note:

    William H. West, one of the largest lemon grove owners in Lemon Grove, established the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce in 1926, and served as the organization's first president. The Chamber's mission was to promote local business, which in the 1920s primarily consisted of citrus growers, and to improve the community by overseeing the maintenance of roads, garbage collection, and fire protection. During the Second World War, the Chamber became inactive; however in 1946 the organization quickly revived itself under the direction of George B. White.
    By the 1950s, Lemon Grove had become a residential area, and membership in the Chamber consisted of a combination of businessmen and residents. The Chamber's mission during these years focused not only on local business, but also on community maintenance and sustainability issues including water development, fire protection, sanitation, and schools. In 2008, the Lemon Grove Chamber merged with the East County Chamber of Commerce, which also includes La Mesa, Alpine, Rancho San Diego, Santee, Lakeside, and Spring Valley.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce -- Archives

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Organizational Records

    Geographic Name:

    Lemon Grove (Calif.) -- Commerce -- Sources
    Lemon Grove (Calif.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources
    Lemon Grove (Calif.) -- History -- Sources

    Personal Name:

    Sonka, Anthony F., 1885-1974 -- Archives

    Topical Term:

    Citrus fruit industry -- California -- Lemon Grove -- History -- Sources
    Citrus fruit industry -- California -- Lemon Grove -- Sources

    Administrative Information

    Accruals:

    1979

    Separated Materials:

    Series 1: Fruit Growers Association Minutes was removed from this collection and integrated into the Lemon Grove Fruit Growers Association Records (MS-0150).
    Series 8: Lemon Grove History and Sonka Papers was also removed.  The Lemon Grove History file included bulletins and meeting minutes which were incorporated into the Office Files series.  The Sonka file was integrated into the Anthony F. Sonka Papers (MS-0242).

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Related Materials:

    Lemon Grove Coordinating Council Records
    Lemon Grove Congregational Church Collection
    Lemon Grove Fruit Growers Association Records
    Lemon Grove Country Club Records
    Lemon Grove Historical Society Collection
    Anthony F. Sonka Collection

    Arrangement of Materials:

    I. Board of Directors Minutes, 1937-1972
    II. Committee Files, 1947-1958
    III. General Correspondence, 1935-1976
    IV. Officers' Correspondence, 1935-1976
    V. Financial Records, 1937-1975
    VI. Office Files, 1946-1976

    Scope and Contents

    The Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Records (1922-1975) document the operation and activities of the Chamber, with an emphasis on community upkeep and development.  The files consist of meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, maps, surveys, committee files, and reports.  The collection is divided into six series:  Board of Director Minutes (1937-1972), Committee Files (1947-1958), General Correspondence (1935-1976), Officers' Correspondence (1935-1976), Financial Records (1937-1975), and Office Files (1946-1976).
    The Board of Director Meeting Minutes (1937-1972) document Board of Director activities, including decisions regarding road repair, community upkeep, and Chamber events.  Arranged chronologically, these files consist of minutes about Chamber operations, resolutions, community issues, decisions, and events.
    The Committee Meeting Minutes Files (1947-1958) document the operation and administration of Chamber committees, including the Membership Committee, Advisory Committee, Scout Committee, Steering Committee, Road Committee, Sewer Project Committee, and Horseshow and Carnival Committee.  Arranged alphabetically by committee title, this series consists of meeting minutes.  Materials in these files primarily date from the 1950s.
    The General Correspondence Files (1935-1976) document Chamber activities, operations, and administration.  These files are arranged chronologically, and include letters regarding Chamber events and community projects, resolutions, receipts, and bulletins.  Because the Chamber was inactive during the Second World War, there is no correspondence for 1944 and 1945.
    The Officers' Correspondence Files (1935-1976) document the activities of the Chamber's officers, including the President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Highlights include correspondence relating to Lemon Grove's fire protection.  This series is arranged by Chamber office and board.  Incoming and outgoing correspondence for each office is separated into different files.  As with the General Correspondence Files, there is no correspondence during 1943-1945.
    The Financial Records (1937-1975) document the various financial transactions and fiscal operations of the Chamber.  Arranged by document type (i.e. financial statements, checks paid, etc), these files include statements, receipt books, member dues, and Audit Committee materials.
    The Office Files (1946-1976) document Chamber events, projects, and day-to-day operations.  Of particular interest are the Chamber-sponsored rodeo programs dating from the 1950s.   This series includes legal materials, surveys, event files, maps, external publications, Lem-o-grams, bulletins, and Coordinating Council meeting minutes.