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Date Palm collection
MS 047  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Date Palm collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1870-1970
    Collection Number: MS 047
    Extent: 7.19 Linear Feet (6 boxes, 1 flat folder)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains records and research on the date palm industry and date palm farming throughout the 20th century, including photographs of date palm farms, brochures, and newspaper clippings. Additionally, the collection contains photographs, programs, correspondence, and pamphlets pertaining to the United States Department of Agriculture Date Station, and items from date palm researchers Walter T. Swingle, and Roy W. Nixon.
    Languages: The collection is in English and French.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Date Palm collection (MS 047). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed by Serena Rodholm in 2017.
    Processing of the Date Palm collection was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains photographs, brochures, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other material regarding the date palm industry and research efforts related to this plant species. Materials in the collection include photographs of date palm farms in California, North Africa, and Iraq as well as photographs regarding the cultivation of palm varieties and palm diseases. Brochures and newspaper clippings documenting the date palm industry in the Coachella Valley are also included. Additionally, this collection includes items from the United States Department of Agriculture Date Station as well as researchers Walter T. Swingle, and Roy W. Nixon.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is divided into eight series. The series are arranged as follows:
    • Series 1. Photographs, circa 1870-1979
    • Series 2. Newspapers, 1912-1966
    • Series 3. Correspondence, 1903-1986
    • Series 4. Programs, 1927-1950
    • Series 5. Date Palm Informational Material, 1887-2015
    • Series 6. Pamphlets, circa 1914-1968
    • Series 7. Scrapbooks, 1909-1951
    • Series 8. Maps, 1914-1958, undated

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Agriculture -- Research.
    Date palm.
    Dates (fruit).
    Nixon, Roy W. (Roy Wesley)
    Swingle, Walter T. (Walter Tennyson), 1871-1952

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).