Zuckerman's papers consist chiefly of correspondence with Hamburg, Israeli government
officials, and U.S. farming and equipment experts. The papers also contain reports, color
slides, and a large map of the Huleh.
John Zuckerman is an agribusinessman operating thousands of acres of reclaimed farm lands
in the San Joaquin River Delta region of California. His family has farmed asparagus,
beans, corn, onions, potatoes and other row crops in this area since the 19th century. In
1955 the Israeli government invited Zuckerman to visit Israel as advisor on a project to
reclaim the 15,000 Huleh Marsh just north of the Sea of Galilee. That year Zuckerman and
his friend, Sam Hamburg, inspected the Huleh and advised the Israeli government on
reclamation equipment purchases and farming techniques.