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Pasadena Orange Growers Association Records
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Pasadena Orange Growers Association records
    Creator: Pasadena Orange Growers Association (Pasadena, Calif.)
    Identifier/Call Number: mssPasaOra
    Physical Description: 44.2 Linear Feet (26 boxes, 74 volumes)
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1939
    Abstract: A collection of the business records of the Pasadena Orange Growers Association, California.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Pasadena Orange Growers Association records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Pasadena Orange Growers Association, 1938.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Pasadena Fruit Growers Association was formed in 1893 to provide centralized marketing for the produce of the members of the organization. The name was changed to the Pasadena Orange Growers Association in 1898. The first packing plant was located on California Street in Pasadena, California, until 1913, when a new building was erected on South Marengo Avenue. The organization prospered, realizing a profit of $200,000 in the years 1916 to 1917.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of approximately 3,500 items from 1893 to 1938, it consists of the business records of the Pasadena Orange Growers Association. These records deal with the company's organization and operation, consisting chiefly of correspondence and accounts with members of the organization; it includes information about: stockholder's meetings; tax information; daily picking records; pest control; marketing; and shipping. The collection also includes bound volumes of annual reports, stock certificates, various accounts, cash books, and receipts.

    Processing Information

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


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Organization of the Association; 2. Business papers; 3. Correspondence; 4. Operation of the Association.


    Former call number: mssPasadenaOrange.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Citrus fruit industry -- California, Southern
    Orange industry -- California -- Pasadena
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- Agriculture -- Citrus fruit
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Accounts -- California -- Pasadena
    Business records -- California -- Pasadena
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- Pasadena
    Payroll records -- California -- Pasadena