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Description
The Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc. Business Records and Family Papers at California State University San Marcos Library include approximately 600 cubic ft. of paper records, prints and photographs, digital and analog media, and artifacts documenting daily operations of the business i.e. the breeding, development, production and marketing of flowering plants, particularly the poinsettia. While the bulk of the records document the national and international sales, strategic planning, research and development, correspondence and marketing efforts of the business from 1923 to 2012, the collection also includes the family papers of three generations of the Ecke family. As of February 2019, the collection is being arranged, described and rehoused at California State University San Marcos Library.
Background
The history of The Paul Ecke Ranch, Inc. begins with the arrival of the Ecke family in the United States in 1902. Albert Ecke arrived in 1902 from Germany with his wife, Henrietta, and their four children, Hans, Margaret, Paul (1895-1991) and Frieda. A former teacher, Albert operated a vegetarian sanitarium in Germany prior to the move. Once in the U.S., the family lived in Eagle Rock, Hollywood, where they initially cultivated mostly fruits and vegetables. In 1906, the family moved to Hayworth Avenue in Hollywood. Later that year, Margaret died unexpectedly in a shooting accident and the family briefly returned to Europe (Zurich, Switzerland) in April 1906. However by October, they were back in the United States. In addition to their farm, Albert also invested in real estate. It wasn't until 1910 that the Eckes added poinsettias to their farming endeavors.
Extent
Approx. 600 Cubic Feet
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to CSUSM Library. Intellectual rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish.
Availability
Please send an email to archives@csusm.edu or call 760-750-4312 to get in touch with Archives staff. The Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is accessible by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm. Final requests for materials must be made one hour prior to closing. Please submit requests for archival materials at least 24 hours in advance of desired appointment. Materials requested over the weekend will be available on the following Tuesday at the earliest. Please note that Special Collections and University Archives observes all campus holiday closures as noted in the Library Calendar.