Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange Records: Finding Aid mssDuarte

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
April 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange records
Creator: Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange
Identifier/Call Number: mssDuarte
Physical Description: 57 Linear Feet (78 boxes, 177 volumes, 29 envelopes, 3 rolls)
Date (inclusive): 1892-1937
Abstract: A collection of business records related to the Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange of Los Angeles County, California.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange, 1937-1938.

Biographical / Historical

The Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange in Los Angeles County was originally named the Duarte Fruit Exchange, then the Duarte-Monrovia Citrus Association. The Exchange was one of the original seven members of the California Fruit Growers Exchange when the latter was formed in 1893.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters, documents, letter books, ledgers, account books, cash books, market books, picking crew records, time books, and orange ledgers; this material made up the business records of the Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange. The records document the processing and marketing of citrus fruit in Southern California from 1892 until 1937.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1945. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Arranged by subject and format.


Former call number: mssDuarte Monrovia Fruit Exchange.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Agriculture -- California, Southern
Citrus fruit -- Transportation -- California
Citrus fruit industry -- California -- Employees
Citrus fruit industry -- California -- Los Angeles County -- History
Citrus fruit industry -- Cooperative marketing -- California
Orange industry -- California -- Duarte
Orange industry -- California -- Monrovia
Account books -- California, Southern
Business records -- California, Southern
Letter books -- California, Southern
Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern

Box 1A-1F

Correspondence: Pool Growers, Shareholders, A-Z 1899-1919

Box 2A-2F

Business correspondence and papers: A-C 1900-1919

Box 3A-3E

Business correspondence and papers: D-K 1900-1922

Box 4A-4E

Business correspondence and papers: L-Z 1900-1922

Box 5A-5D

Early records; Miscellaneous; Reports 1898-1919

Box 6A-6E

Reports; Account Sales; Disbursements; Pools, Picking Records, Remittances 1921-1926

Box 7A-7E

Reports; Account Sales; Disbursements; Pools, Picking Records, Remittances 1927-1929

Box 8A-8G

Reports 1928-1930

Box 9A-9G

Records; Account Sales; Pools 1931-1934

Box 10A-10E

Shipping Records, Nos. 1-785 1910-1911

Box 11A-11F

Shipping Records, Nos. 1-413, Nos. 1-331 1911-1913

Box 12A-12G

Shipping Records 1913-1915

Box 13(1)-13(5)

Receipts: A-Z

Box 14(1)-14(3)

Business and Legal records

Volume 1-177

Letter books, Picking crews, Cash books, Records, Time books, Orange Ledgers, Payments, Market books, Accounts 1895-1920

Envelope 757-785

Season records: reports, auction sales, receipts, orders 1910-1911

Roll 1-3

Maps and business documents