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Finding Aid to the American Seedless Raisin Company Records, 1894-1956
BANC MSS C-G 181  
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Description
The American Seedless Raisin Company Records (formerly the Franklin P. Nutting Papers), 1894-1956, contain materials related to the raisin industry in California during the first half of the 20th century. The collection includes administrative correspondence, legal documents, and material related to lawsuits and the Federal Trade Commission investigation of Sun-Maid Raisin Growers of California.
Background
Franklin P. Nutting, born October 18, 1876 in Worcester, Massachusetts, moved to Berkeley when he was seven years old. His father, W. R. Nutting, in 1894 founded the American Vineyard Company headquartered in Boston to commercialize the Thompson seedless raisin. Franklin, attorney for the company from 1901-1911, purchased control of the business in 1911 and moved the headquarters from Boston, MA to San Francisco, where he practiced law. The company's name was changed to American Seedless Raisin Company in 1917. His father went on to found the California Associated Raisin Growers which eventually became the Sun-Maid Corporation.
Extent
Number of containers: 29 boxes, 4 cartons, 1 oversize box, 4 oversize folders, 1 oversize scrapbook, 2 volumes. Linear feet: 17
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Availability
Collection is open for research.