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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Title: John Bodger and Sons Company Records
    Creator: John Bodger and Sons Co.
    Identifier/Call Number: D-534
    Physical Description: 67.7 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1906-2008
    Abstract: Catalogs and prices lists, photographs and scrapbooks of flowers, travels, celebrations and people chronicling the business of John Bodger and Sons seed business.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

    Scope and Contents

    John Bodger and Sons Co. was a leading growing of seeds in the Lompac Valley along with Burbee and Denholm seed companies. It was world reknown for its growing techniques. John Bodger created the dahlia-flowered zinnia which is a main stay of gardens today for its beautiful color and as good cutting flowers. Included in the collection are catalogs and price lists, black and white photographs of flowers, historical photographs and of the business, breeding books, and press releases.


    Collection is open for research.


    Gift of John Bodger and Sons, Company.

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item], John Bodger and Sons Coompany Records, D-534, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Administrative History

    John Bodger, a native of England, founded the Bodger Seeds Ltd. in 1896. John Bodger and Sons Company, founded in 1890 in California, was a breeder and producer of flower seeds. Bodger Seeds Ltd, a division of the company, was responsible for breeding and production operations. In 2009, the Bodger Company sold its holdings. During its history, Bodger had operating sites in the following locations in California and Chile: Santa Paula, Los Angeles, Gardena, South El Monte, Lompoc, Covina, Chino and Quillota, Chile. John Bodger and Sons Company sold its business in 2009 after 100 years. It was one of the largest seed company in Lompoc Valley since 1925.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Seeds -- Catalogs
    Nurseries (Horticulture) -- Catalogs
    Seed industry and trade -- California
    Flowers -- Pictorial works
    John Bodger and Sons Co.
    Bodger Seeds Ltd. -- Archives

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