Part I: Letters, MSS and copies of his writings, drafts of speeches, reports, notes, scrapbooks, and clippings relating to his career
as agricultural economist with the State Emergency Relief Administration and U.S. Resettlement Administration and U.S. Resettlement
Administration, as California state senator representing Butte County, 1947-1950, and as consultant to the olive industry
in California and Jordan.
Part II: Microfilm of Drobish's legislative diaries, 1949-1950.
Harry Everett Drobish was born in Decatur, Illinois, in 1893. He moved to Riverside, California, in 1905 and graduated from
high school there in 1912. After attending Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years, he transferred to the College
of Agriculture of the University of California at Berkeley, becoming an active member of the University YMCA, Alpha Kappa
Lambda and Alpha Zeta, the agricultural honor society. His first job following graduation in 1917 was itinerant assistant
farm advisor for the University's Agricultural Extension Service. Several years later he was promoted to farm advisor for
Butte County. In 1927 he resigned to accept an assignment as marketing investigator for the California Department of Agriculture.
From 1930 to 1933 he was an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and from 1933-1934 worked for the
Farm Credit Administration. From Sept. 1934 to 1936 he was State Director of Rural Rehabilitation in the California Emergency
Relief Administration and then Chief of Farm Laborer Projects for the Resettlement Administration. As State Director he conceived
the idea of federally owned camps for migrant farm workers and built the first two camps at Marysville and Arvin. In 1937
the Drobishes returned to their ranch, Far View, near Bangor. The next ten years were spent purchasing and rehabilitating
abandoned olive groves and slowly developing olive growing into a profitable business. In partnership with a friend Drobish
bought and rebuilt an olive oil mill.
Number of containers: 13 boxes, 6 cartons, 2 volumes, and 1 oversize folder
Number of microfilm reels: 1
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