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David Boulé California Orange Collection
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This collection contains materials related to orange and citrus cultivation in California in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Items include advertisements, vendor guides, labor documents, photographs, artifacts relating to production and packing, and a sizable collection of souvenirs and products offered to tourists and consumers. Developed by author, researcher, and avid collector David Boulé, this collection contains many valuable resources relating to the California citrus industry, including rare posters, pamphlets, and candid photographs. Mr. Boulé's collection has long been a fixture of the LA Archives Bazaar and the subject of many exhibits and talks. In 2017, Mr. Boulé chose to donate the entirety of his collection to the Special Collections of The Claremont Colleges Library. The bulk of the materials are made up of advertisements and souvenirs, including posters, magazine ads, booklets, postcards, figurines, pins, and perfume. Items of note include photographs of the people of color who worked as orange pickers and in the packing houses, a rare 1940 Sunkist poster of California with illustrations of the citrus cultivation process, and artifacts such as the first commercial and home electric juicers, an intact packing crate, brass crate printing die, and a "giant orange" papier mache container.
27.25 Linear Feet (2 records boxes, 1 doc box, 1 oversize doc box, 2 short doc boxes, 2 flat boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, 2 multi-tray artifact boxes, 3 sectional artifact boxes, 2 music roll cartons, 1 stereoscope box, 4 cartons, 1 negatives box, 8 custom artifact boxes)
All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.
Collection open for research.