Guide to the Adohr Farms Collection

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California State University, Northridge
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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Adohr Farms Collection
Creator: Adohr Milk Farms
Identifier/Call Number: SC.AFP
Extent: 2.05 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1937-1940
Abstract: This collection consists of publicity materials for Adohr Milk Farms. Box 1 contains 27 photographs of Adohr Farms dairy operations in Reseda and Buttonwillow, California, that have been mounted on black board and captioned. Box 2 consists of 8 digitized 16mm films that feature Adohr Farms land, livestock, and dairy operations. Box 3 contains selected issues of Toreadohr, the Adohr Farms newsletter.
Language of Material: English

Historical Note:

The Adohr Farms milk dairy was located in Tarzana, California at Ventura Boulevard and Lindley Avenue. The dairy was established by Merritt Adamson 1916, and named for his wife, Rhoda (spelled backwards). During the Depression, the Adamson's sold off most of their land. In the late 1940s, Adohr Farms moved to Camarillo, and was eventually sold to Southland Corporation in the mid-1960s.

Scope and Contents

The Adohr Farms Collection consists of publicity materials for Adohr Milk Farms. Box 1 contains 27 photographic prints of Adohr Farms dairy operations in Reseda and Buttonwillow, California, that have been mounted on black board and captioned. Box 2 consists of 8 digitized 16mm films that feature Adohr Farms land, livestock, and dairy operations. Reference copies are available for viewing in the Reading Room. Box 3 contains selected issues of Toreadohr, the Adohr Farms newsletter.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Electronic Format:

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library  .

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Subjects and Indexing Terms


Box 1, Folder 1

Few dairy cows attain such fame as Linetta of Adohr.

Linetta, champion Guernsey dairy cow from Adohr Farms

Box 1, Folder 2

The Adohr Certified Farm produces more Certified Milk than any other farm in America.

Adohr Certified Farms entry with "Linetta" the grand champion Guernsey cow at center

Box 1, Folder 3

Four grand Champions came from the Adohr herd in 1937.

Adohr Farms four Grand Champions

Box 1, Folder 4

Aerial view of Adohr Certified Farm at 18000 Ventura Boulevard, Reseda, California. id109084

Adohr Farms, Reseda

Box 1, Folder 5

Grazing is a rare privilege for cows in the Adohr Milking herd.

Grazing cows at Adohr Farms

Box 1, Folder 6

Shirley Temple and two calves at Adohr Farms ca. 1937

Shirely Temple and two calves at Adohr Farms

Box 1, Folder 7

All the processing equipment is stainless steel - other metals sometimes cause the milk to have a metallic taste.

Adohr Farms milk processing equipment

Box 1, Folder 8

Aerial views of Reseda dairy [caption missing].

Adohr Farms, Reseda

Box 1, Folder 9

The Guernsey Breed of cattle was developed on the Isle of Guernsey, one of the small Channel Islands off the coast of France.

Women with a Guernsey cow

Box 1, Folder 10

View of stainless steel milk processor [caption missing].

Adohr Farms milk production equipment

Box 1, Folder 11

Before any cow joins the milking herd, she must undergo a rigid physical examination.

Adohr Farms milking barns

Box 1, Folder 12

In the Adohr Laboratories, tests of the milk are being made daily.

Adohr Farms laboratory testing milk quality

Box 1, Folder 13

Nowhere in the country are conditions more favorable to the production of good milk than in Southern California.

Adohr Farms feeding their milk cattle

Box 1, Folder 14

A great deal of the alfalfa hay for the Adohr herd is raised on the 2500 Adohr ranch at Buttonwillow.

Adohr Ranch alfalfa fields in Buttonwillow, California

Box 1, Folder 15

The most modern bottle washers make it certain that every bottle will be thoroughly clean and sterile.

Adohr Farms bottle washing operations

Box 1, Folder 16

Miss Angela Ficker, Queen of the 1935 Los Angeles County Fair poses with Adohr's Grand Champion Guernseys.

Miss Angela Ficker posing with Adohr Farms Grand Champion Guernseys

Box 1, Folder 17

Your Adohr man delivers more than 35 quality dairy products to your door.

Examples of Adohr Farms variety of dairy products

Box 1, Folder 18

Corium Slogan's Oliver was National Grand Champion Guernsey Bull in 1935, and State Champion in 1936 and 1937.

Corium Slogan with Oliver, National Grand Champion Guernsey Bull

Box 1, Folder 19

It takes nearly 300 of these enclosed, modern trucks to deliver the Adohr Milk to your home.

Adohr Farms delivery truck with a milkman

Box 1, Folder 20

Adohr Irradiated Vitamin D Milk is processed in this stainless steel irradiator.

Adohr Farms milk irradiation facility

Box 1, Folder 21

The milk is bottled a few minutes after it is milked and cooled.

Adohr Farms milk bottling facility

Box 1, Folder 22

Gov. Allred of Texas presents Cliff Knight of Adohr with the coveted Governor's Trophy, awarded for the best 10 head of dairy cattle entered at the show.

Adohr Farms wins the Governor's Trophy at the National Dairy Show at the Texas Centennial, Dallas

Box 1, Folder 23

When President Roosevelt made his goodwill tour on the U.S.S. Houston in 1936, Adohr Milk was chosen to go on the ship with him.

L. F. Krehbiel and Joseph Wenger of Adohr Farms ready milk for a delivery to the U. S. S. Houston

Box 1, Folder 24

On every Certified Bottle is this guarantee of purity.

Adohr Farms' Certified Milk in bottles shown with their guarantee on the back

Box 1, Folder 25

Only at Adohr can you get four Certified Milks.

Adohr Farms Certified Milk products in bottles

Box 1, Folder 26

The laboratory of the Medical Milk Commission, located at the University of Southern California, is the most complete for this purpose of any in the country.

Laboratory of the Medical Milk Commisson

Box 1, Folder 27

This chart shows how control measures protect Certified Milk from every kind of contamination.

Adohr Farms' chart of control measures taken to protect milk from contamination

Box 2, Item 1, Digital Folder

FB Judson, Guernsey Girl, Shots of Farm 1935 April 6

Box 2, Item 2, Digital Folder

Guernsey Shot, Alya, Dad & Frank [Judson] 1935 April 25

Box 2, Item 3, Digital Folder

Wilshire Movies, Roll for Dupe Test, Farm Shots in Color 1936 February 10

Box 2, Item 4, Digital Folder

FB Judson Farm, Scrap 1937 May 27

Box 2, Item 5, Digital Folder

FB Judson 1937 November 15

Box 2, Item 6, Digital Folder

FB Judson Farm, Wheat Waving 1937 December 21

Box 2, Item 7, Digital Folder

FB Judson, Dupe Test 1937 December 28

Box 2, Item 8, Digital Folder

FB Judson, Farm Scene 1940 July 1

Box 3, Folder 1

Toreadohr March-October 1933

Box 3, Folder 2

Toreadohr February 1934

Box 3, Folder 3

Toreadohr June 1936

Box 3, Folder 4

Toreadohr October 1937

Box 3, Folder 5

Toreadohr March 1938