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Inventory of the California State Beekeepers Association Records
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  • Creator: California State Beekeepers Association
    Title: California State Beekeepers Association Records
    Date: 1886-1980
    Extent: 2.8 linear feet
    Abstract: The California State Beekeepers Association was organized in 1889 to serve the beekeeping industry in California. The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, annual convention programs, publications, realia and photographs.
    Phyiscal location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: D-075
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    The California State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) was organized in 1889 and exists "to educate the public about the beneficial aspects of honey bees, advance research beneficial to beekeeping practices, provide a forum for cooperation among beekeepers, and to support the economic and political viability of the beekeeping industry."
    California State Beekeepers Association website: http://www.californiastatebeekeepers.com 
    Accessed 5/26/09

    Scope and Content

    The California State Beekeepers Association Collection spans the years of 1886-1980, with the bulk of the material falling between 1890 and 1971. The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, annual convention programs, printed material and other records relating to the foundation and activities of CSBA. The collection also includes realia and photographs of apiaries, beekeepers, and honey exhibition displays.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged into six series: 1. History; 2. Organization Records; 3. Conventions; 4. Printed Material 5. Photographs; 6. Realia.

    Related Collections

    The following collections at Special Collections may also be of interest:
    D-074, American Beekeeping Federation Archives, 1940-1971: This collection contains the records of the American Beekeeping Federation, including correspondence, financial records, printed materials, and membership cards. The Federation was created to establish a honey marketing program, to control the theft of apiary equipment and bees and to advance the study of apiculture in higher education.
    D-077, Apiculture Subject Fille Collection, 1860-1975: This collection contains manuscripts, photographic images, and printed materials relating to pollination, hives, diseases, and pesticides.
    D-076, Apiculturists Collection, 1880-1958: This collection contains manuscripts, photographic images, and printed materials relating to 19th century apiculturists and apiaries.
    O-002, Beekeeping Supply Catalog Collection, 1880- : This collection contains supply catalogs and other publications offering for sale a manufacturer's or retailer's apicultural line. It also includes some ephemeral material.
    D-079, John E. Eckert Papers, 1936-1958: This collection contains correspondence, beekeeping subject files, scholarly publications, and California State Beekeepers Association publications. Eckert was a professor of Entomology at UC Davis and was a Life Member of the California State Beekeepers Association.
    D-080, John S. Harbinson Papers, 1857-1920: This collection contains daybooks documenting Harbison's beekeeping activities, correspondence, deeds, business receipts and patent grants. Harbinson was one of the first beekeepers to import bees into California and inventor of innovative beehives and new methods of rearing queen bees.
    D-081, Harry Hyde Laidlaw Papers, 1882-2000: This collection contains correspondence, writings, research materials, course materials, and photographs. Laidlaw, considered the "father of honey bee genetics", was a professor of Entomology at UC Davis.
    D-082, John C. McCubbin Papers, 188-1934: This collection contains business correspondence, photographs, and materals relating to the California State Beekeepers Association. McCubbin was an early California beekeeper in the San Joaquin Valley.
    MC082, Eric C. Mussen Collection, 1974-1990: This collection contains fourteen programs for the state beekeepers' conventions.
    D-083, Max Clemens Richter Papers, 1887-1970: This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks relating to beekeeping, bee diseases, and queen bee breeders.
    D-084, Lee H. Watkins Collection, 1939-1972: This collection contains correspondence, research notes, and research papers concerning early American beekeeping history.
    D-023, Wolfskill Familly Collection, 1820-1975: This collection contains correspondence, ephemera, realia, and photographs related to John Reid Wolfskill and his family.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California State Beekeepers Association--Archives.
    Bee culture--California
    Bee products--California
    Honey trade--California


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Joy Rowe processed the collection and created the finding aid under the supervision of Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of J.E. Eckert, 24 July 1970.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California State Beekeepers Association Records, D-075, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All 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 Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.