This collection contains photographs, documents, and ephemera related to the history of the citrus industry primarily in Southern
California from the late 1890s
to the early 1960s. The materials
were chiefly collected by members of the Lemon Men's Club.
The Lemon Men's Club, based in Los Angeles, California, was started in
1904 as a service, education, and advocacy organization for the lemon industry in Southern California, including lemon associations,
and growers. Frederick Arthur Little (1868-1965) was a leader in the California citrus industry. Born in England, Little moved to Canada
and then Ontario, California, in the 1880s, where he started a lemon grove. In 1896, Little moved to Santa Barbara and helped
organize the Santa Barbara Fruit Exchange before returning to Ontario in 1898, where he organized the Ontario Fruit Exchange.
He later worked as packing house superintendent for
the Arlington Heights Fruit Company in Riverside County and managed the Arlington Heights Fruit Exchange. Little was an active
collector of materials related to the history of the citrus industry.
approximately 880 photographs in 7 boxes + 16 boxes of printed materials and records
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