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photCL 290, photOV 10750-10758  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note on the Lemon Men's Club
  • Biographical Note on the F. A. Little
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Lemon Men's Club Collection
    Dates (inclusive): 1880-1992
    Bulk dates: 1890-1960
    Collection Number: photCL 290, photOV 10750-10758
    Creator: Lemon Men's Club.
    Extent: approximately 880 photographs in 7 boxes + 16 boxes of printed materials and records
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: 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.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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]. Lemon Men's Club Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Received from various sources including gifts of J. L. Powell, August 1958; Mr. and Mrs. Herman W. Nixon, 1959, June 1967, and 1970; San Dimas Lemon Association and A. L. Stevens, September 1959; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie A. Warren, September 1959; Verne Jobe, December 1959; Lemon Men's Club, ca. 1963; Kathleen Blandin, April 1964; and Winifred Little, September 1984. Some of the photographs were the gift of C. A. Lyon; Dawson's Bookshop (Items 45-54); Anita S. Maes; and Jane Chandler.

    Processing/Project Information

    Scrapbooks, printed materials, and record books previously located in the Ephemera Collection were incorporated into photCL 290 as boxes 8-23 in December 2017.

    Historical Note on 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, shipping houses and growers.

    Biographical Note on the F. A. Little

    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.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains photographs, documents, and ephemera related to the history of the citrus industry, chiefly in Southern California. The materials were donated at the request of the Lemon Men's Club for "historical documents covering the California-Arizona citrus industry." A letter to the Huntington Library from H. W. Nixon, chairman of the Lemon Men's Club Citrus Historical Committee, references their cooperative project to collect citrus historical materials beginning in 1958 (see Box 18, Folder 12).
    The 880 photographs in the collection include loose prints, some film negatives, and albums with photographs of citrus orchards, citrus fruit (lemons and oranges), workers in the field, packing houses, and citrus fairs, chiefly in Southern California. Several companies show up in the photographs including the California Fruit Growers Exchange, San Dimas Lemon Association, Santa Barbara Lemon Growers Exchange, and the Covina Citrus Association.
    The papers, publications, and ephemera date chiefly from the 1890s to the 1950s and include scrapbooks, ledgers, reports, minutes, pamphlets, clippings, promotional materials, and ephemera. These documents relate to a variety of Southern California fruit exchanges and growers and include materials related to the development of the industry including financial ledgers, by-laws and constitutions, minute books, annual reports, circulars and miscellaneous correspondence and financial statements of individual organizations. There are also pamphlets and technical reports related to citrus production, citrus culture, cost analysis, packaging, pest control, and advertising and marketing. Many of the technical documents in the collection were produced by the University of California College of Agriculture Agricultural Experiment Station, Berkeley, California, and the United States Department of Agriculture. There are also typescript oral histories from the late 1920s (Box 17, Folder 4).
    Within the collection there are papers and photographs related to Frederick Arthur Little, a citrus grower who helped organize the first Fruit Exchanges, as well as a scrapbook of T. H. Powell, a Sunkist sales manager.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in 23 boxes in the following order:
    • Photographs (Boxes 1-7)
      • Box 1: Items 1-71 (Loose prints: Orange pickers, packing houses, citrus fairs and auctions)
      • Box 2: Items 72-109 (Loose prints: Sierra Madre-Lamanda Citrus Association, San Dimas Lemon Association, Covina Citrus Association)
      • Box 3: Items 110-199 (Loose prints: Various citrus associations; various views)
      • Box 4: Volumes 1-4 (Lemon Handling; Various packing house; Pacific Fruit Express Co.; Santiago Fruit Growers Exchange)
      • Box 5: Volumes 5-6 (North Whittier Heights, Puente, California; Construction of the California Fruit Growers Exchange building)
      • Box 6: Volume 7 (F.A. Little Ranch, Riverside, Ca., various views, studies in pomology)
      • Box 7: Volume 7 Addenda (Loose prints and negatives: F.A. Little ranch and assorted views)
      • Oversize items: Loose prints: Sierra Madre-Lamanda Citrus Association and Covina Citrus Association (photOV 10750-10758)
    • Papers, publications, and ephemera (Boxes 8-23)
      • Box 8: Southern California Fruit Exchange Circulars, 1894-1897 [2 bound scrapbooks]
      • Box 9: Lectures, publications, and bound volumes, 1893-1957
      • Box 10: California Fruit Growers Exchange scrapbook; Paul S. Armstrong, "The Way Sunkist Began"; Thomas Crawford Inc. record book, 1916-1918
      • Box 11: California Fruit Growers Exchange, 1904-1932. Statistics. Ledger book.
      • Box 12: Lamanda Orange and Lemon Association; Redlands Orange Growers Association
      • Box 13: Orange County, California. Valencia and Lemon Production Cost Studies, 1926-1952
      • Box 14: Arlington Heights Fruit Company, Riverside, California
      • Box 15: California Citrus Companies and Exchanges
      • Box 16: Pasadena Orange Growers Association; Sierra Madre-Lamanda Citrus Association
      • Box 17: California Fruit Growers Exchange; Southern California Fruit Exchange etc.
      • Box 18: California Citrus Growers and Industry – Miscellaneous Materials
      • Boxes 19-21: Publications & Reports
      • Box 22: Oversized Materials: Scrapbooks & Bound Volumes
      • Box 23: Oversized Materials: Miscellaneous ephemera

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Little, F. A. (Frederick Arthur), 1868-1965 -- Archives.
    A. C. G. Citrus Association.
    Arlington Heights Fruit Company.
    Blue Goose Growers.
    California Citrus Institute.
    California Fruit Growers Exchange.
    Citrus Fruit Association of Ontario, Cal.
    Covina Orange Growers Association.
    Covina Citrus Association.
    Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange.
    Earl Fruit Company.
    Exchange Orange Products Company.
    Fruit Growers Supply Company.
    Lemon Men's Club.
    Lemon Men's Club -- Archives.
    Lamanda Orange and Lemon Association.
    Mutual Orange Distributors (Redlands, Calif.)
    Pasadena Orange Growers Association (Pasadena, Calif.)
    Pleasant Valley Lemon Co.
    Ontario-Cucamonga Fruit Exchange.
    Ontario Fruit Exchange.
    Redlands Orange Growers Association
    San Antonio Fruit Exchange.
    San Dimas Lemon Association.
    San Dimas Orange Growers Association.
    Santa Barbara Lemon Growers Exchange.
    Santa Paula Citrus Fruit Association.
    Sierra Madre-Lamanda Citrus Association
    Southern California Fruit Exchange.
    Sunkist Growers, Inc.
    Thomas Crawford, Inc.
    Upland Citrus Association of North Ontario, Cal.
    West Ontario Citrus Association.
    Citrus -- Photographs.
    Citrus fruit industry -- California, Southern.
    Citrus fruit industry -- California, Southern -- Photographs.
    Lemon -- California -- Photographs.
    Oranges -- California -- Photographs.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    San Dimas (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Santa Barbara (Calif.) -- Photographs.

    Forms/Genres

    Ephemera.
    Negatives.
    Photographs.

    Additional Contributors

    Little, F. A. (Frederick Arthur), 1868-1965
    J.B. Blanchard & Co., photographer., photographer.
    Dewey, George N., photographer.
    Everitt, E. F. (Elias Foster), 1837- , photographer.
    Armstrong, Paul S., 1892-1967. The way "Sunkist" began.
    Brickey, E. M., photographer.
    Conaway, B. F. (Benjamin F.), 1848- , photographer.
    Horn, W. S., photographer.
    MacCurdy, Rahno Mabel. History of the California Fruit Growers Exchange.
    Meyer, A. J. (Albert Julius). History of the California Fruit Growers Exchange, 1893-1920.
    Potter, W. H., photographer.
    Rogers, F. H., active 1870-1880, photographer.
    Schwichtenberg, H. E., photographer.
    Teague, Charles Collins, 1873-1950.
    Tucker, C. W., photographer.
    Watts, Dan P., photographer.
    Arlington Heights Fruit Company.
    Burgert Brothers, photographer.
    California Citrus Institute.
    California Fruit Growers Exchange.
    Citrus Fruit Association of Ontario, Cal.
    Covina Orange Growers Association.
    Earl Fruit Company.
    Exchange Orange Products Company.
    Frashers Inc., photographer.
    Fruit Growers Supply Company.
    Lamanda Orange and Lemon Association.
    McCurry Foto Co., photographer.
    Mutual Orange Distributors (Redlands, Calif.)
    Ontario-Cucamonga Fruit Exchange.
    Ontario Fruit Exchange.
    Pasadena Orange Growers Association (Pasadena, Calif.)
    Putnam & Valentine, photographer.
    Redlands Orange Growers Association.
    San Antonio Fruit Exchange.
    San Dimas Lemon Association.
    San Dimas Orange Growers Association.
    Sierra Madre-Lamanda Citrus Association.
    Southern California Fruit Exchange.
    Stiffler & Gill, photographer.
    Upland Citrus Association of North Ontario, Cal.
    Thomas Crawford, Inc.
    United States. Department of Agriculture.
    University of Arizona, Agricultural Experiment Station.
    University of California Agricultural Extension Service
    West Ontario Citrus Association.