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Herbert J. Webber papers, 1886-1946.
BANC MSS 99/176 c BOX 1; BANC MSS 99/176 c BOX 2
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Herbert J. Webber papers, 1886-1946


Webber, Herbert John, 1865-1946, creator


Swingle, Walter T. (Walter Tennyson), 1871-1952, Correspondent.


Abrams, Le Roy, 1874-1956, Correspondent.


Ellis, Job Bicknell, 1829-1905, Correspondent.


Fairchild, David, 1869-1954, Correspondent.


Howard, W. L. (Walter Lafayette), 1872-, Correspondent.


Jenkins, Anna E. (Anna Eliza), 1886-, Correspondent.


Jepson, Willis Linn, 1867-1946, Correspondent.


Kellogg, Theo. S., Correspondent.


Trelease, William, 1857-1945, Correspondent.


Tukey, Harold Bradford., Correspondent.


Vasey, George, 1822-1893, Correspondent.


Consists of only a small amount of correspondence and writings, including incoming letters, 1886 to 1892, received during Webber's years as a student, and incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1912 to 1946, from his years as a professor at the University of California. Prominent correspondents include Walter T. Swingle, L.R. Abrams, J.B. Ellis, David Fairchild, W.L. Howard, A.E. Jenkins, W.L. Jepson, Theo. S. Kellogg, William Trelease, H.B. Tukey, and George Vasey, among others. Webber's writings relate chiefly to his studies of citrus in Calif. and Florida, travels to South Africa, and on the general subject of botanical gardens, but also include memoirs of Harold Clark Powell, Field Marshall Smuts of South Africa, and Thomas Topswain of Cornell University. A detailed biographical sketch presented in June 1946 before the Synapsis Club, Riverside, Calif. is accompanied by Webber's own autobiographical sketches.
Also includes 3 photographs: one (in Box 2:18) aerial view of the Citrus Experiment Station in Riverside, Calif., 1931; and, two (in Box 2:30) of orange groves in Florida after the freeze of 1894-1895.


1886 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-fl
Powell, Harold Clark -- 1900-1938
Smuts, Jan Christiaan -- 1870-1950
Topswain, Thomas
University of California, Riverside. -- Citrus Experiment Station.
Citrus Experiment Station (Riverside, Calif.) -- Pictorial works
California Agricultural Experiment Station.
University of California (1868-1952). -- Dept. of Agriculture.
Citrus fruit industry -- California
Agriculture -- Research -- California
Agriculture -- Research -- South Africa
Botanical gardens -- California
Agriculturists -- United States
Citrus fruit industry -- Florida


Included in: History of science and technology collection.
Herbert John Webber was born on a farm near Lawton, Mich. on Dec. 27, 1865, spent his childhood in Iowa and Lincoln, Neb., and attended the Univ. of Nebraska, receiving his B.S. in 1889 and M.A. in 1890. He married Lucene Anna Hardin in 1890, and in 1892 accepted a position with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and was sent to Eustis, Fla. with Walter T. Swingle to investigate citrus diseases. In 1907, he became professor at Cornell University, and from 1909-10 also served as acting director of the New York State College of Agriculture. In 1912, Webber accepted an offer from Univ. of Calif. to become director of the Citrus Experiment Station in Riverside and Dean of the Graduate School of Subtropical Agriculture; in 1919-20, he moved to Berkeley to become Director of the Calif. Agricultural Experiment Station. He resigned in 1920 to become general manager of the Pedigreed Seed Co. of Hartsville, S.C., but in Oct. 1921 returned to Berkeley as professor of Subtropical Horticulture and Director of the Citrus Experiment Station. During a sabbatical in 1924-25, he studied their citrus industries for the governments of South Africa and Rhodesia. The Webbers returned to Calif. in 1926, residing in Riverside, where he retired as Director of the Citrus Exp. Station in 1929; Webber died on Jan. 18, 1946.


Faculty papers.
Manuscripts for publication.

Physical Description:

2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)




BANC MSS 99/176 c BOX 1
BANC MSS 99/176 c BOX 2