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Finding Aid to Migrant Labor Camp Photographs from the Harry Everett Drobish Papers, 1935-1936
BANC PIC 1954.013--PIC  
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This collection of 63 photographic prints of various sizes documents migrant labor camps in California. The photographs were taken in 1935-1936, many likely by Harry Everett Drobish. Included are photographs of groups and buildings at the Arvin Migratory Labor Camp and other camps in Kern County, California. Also included are photographs of Hooverville in Sacramento, some taken by the California State Emergency Relief Administration. Printed and handwritten captions found on or below the photographs are reprinted in the container listing.
Harry Everett Drobish was born in Decatur, Illinois in 1893. He moved to Riverside, California in 1905 and graduated from high school there in 1912. After attending Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years, he transferred to the College of Agriculture of the University of California, Berkeley, becoming an active member of the University YMCA, Alpha Kappa Lambda and Alpha Zeta, the agricultural society. His first job following graduation in 1917 was itinerant assistant farm advisor for the University's Agricultural Extension Service. Several years later he was promoted to farm advisor for Butte County. In 1927 he resigned to accept an assignment as marketing investigator for the California Department of Agriculture. From 1930 to 1933 he was an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and from 1933-1934 worked for the Farm Credit Administration. From September 1934 to 1936 he was State Director of Rural Rehabilitation in the California Emergency Relief Administration and the Chief of Farm Laborer Projects for the Resettlement Administration. As State Director he conceived the idea of federally owned camps for migrant farm workers and built the first two camps at Marysville and Arvin. In 1937 the Drobishes returned to their ranch, Far View, near Bangor. The next ten years were spent purchasing and rehabilitating abandoned olive groves and slowly developing olive growing into a profitable business. In partnership with a friend Drobish bought and rebuilt an olive oil mill.
63 photographic prints; black and white; various sizes 63 digital objects
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