This collection contains the papers of horticulturist William Hertrich (1878-1966), superintendent of the Huntington Library
grounds and buildings, and
consists of papers, dating from 1908 to 1966, related to the development of
the San Marino Ranch and the Huntington Botanical Gardens, the construction of the
Huntington residence and of the Huntington Library, and the city of San Marino, California.
William Hertrich (1878-1966) was born in Baden, Germany, in 1878, and studied horticulture
in Austria. By 1904 he was in California, where he began to work on the San Marino Ranch,
then known as Los Robles Ranch, purchased by Henry Edwards Huntington the previous year.
Hertrich would remain with Mr. Huntington, progressing from gardener to superintendent of
grounds and buildings, until his employers' death in 1927, remained until his retirement in
1948, then continued in an advisory capacity until his own death in 1966.
2,734 pieces in 24 boxes (23.39 linear feet)
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