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Finding Aid for the Gardner Family Papers, 1877-1960
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gardner Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1877-1960
    Collection number: 759
    Creator: Gardner family
    Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The Gardner family was important in the land development and citrus production of Orange County, California. His son, Dian Rathbun Gardner, was a attorney who helped establish the Gardner Company by the family heirs after the death of his mother, Emma Howard Gardner, in 1935. The company dissolved in 1961 following the death of Dian Rathbun Gardner. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, legal material, and ephemera relating to Henri F. Gardner, his wife Emma H. Gardner, his son Dian Rathbun Gardner, and the Gardner Company of Orange, California. Also includes account books, bank statements, correspondence and stock certificates relating to water development in Orange County, employee records and files on citrus production of the Gardner Company.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Dion L. Gardner 1962, 1970.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gardner Family Papers (Collection 759). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    The Gardner family was important in the land development and citrus production of Orange County, California; Henri F. Gardner, landowner and developer, also played a role in water development of the county during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; his son, Dian Rathbun Gardner, was an attorney who helped establish the Gardner Company by the family heirs after the death of his mother, Emma Howard Gardner, in 1935; the company dissolved in 1961, following the death of Dian Rathbun Gardner.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, legal material, and ephemera relating to Henri F. Gardner, his wife Emma H. Gardner, his son Dian Rathbun Gardner, and the Gardner Company of Orange, California. Includes over 100 land deeds, leases, and rental agreements from 1874-1918, Henri Gardner's daily journals for the 1880s, and papers dealing with the estate of Emma Howard Gardner. Also includes account books, bank statements, correspondence and stock certificates relating to water development in Orange County, employee records and files on citrus production of the Gardner Company.

    Expanded Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials on land development and citrus production in Los Angeles and Orange counties. It is divided into three sections: 1) The papers of Henri of Henri F. Gardner (1852-1918), land owner and developer, ca. 1877-1918. Included in this section are land deeds, leases, rental agreements, tax records, journals, and materials relating to water development in Orange County during the late 19th early 20th centuries. 2) The papers of Dian Rathbun Gardner, lawyer and manager of Gardner Company. These papers cover the period ca. 1920-1961, and contain materials relating to the estates of H.F. Gardner, his widow Emma Howard Gardner (d. 1935), and the setting up of the Gardner Company by the Gardner heirs following the death of Emma Gardner. 3) The papers and business records of the Gardner Company, ca. 1935-1961. These files are arranged alphabetically and include account records, employee files, some legal correspondence, etc. The company was dissolved in 1961, following the death of Dian R. Gardner.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Papers of Henri F. Gardner (Box 1).
    2. Papers of Henri F. Gardner and Emma H. Gardner (Box 2).
    3. Papers of Dian Rathbun Gardner and misc. (Boxes 3-4).
    4. Gardner Company papers (Boxes 5-12).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Gardner, Henri F.--Archives.
    Gardner, Dian Rathbun--Archives.
    Gardner family--Archives.
    Gardner Company (Orange County, Calif.)--Archives.
    Citrus fruit industry--California--Orange County--Archival resources.
    Real estate development--California--Orange County--Archival resources.
    Water resources development--California--Orange County--Archival resources.
    Family papers.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • 3 photographs of South Pasadena Ostrich Farm, ca.1897.
    • 1 photograph of Palo Alto tree, 1897.
    • 1 photograph of Ontario, California, 1889.
    All of the above were added to the Picture Collection (Collection 99). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • Santa Ana Valley Walnut Growers Association. By-laws of incorporation. Santa Ana, 1898.
    Removed for separate cataloging as local imprint.

    Related Material

    For further information about the background of Henri F. Gardner and the Gardner family, see History of Orange County California With Biographical Sketches.... By Samuel Armor. Los Angeles, 1921. pp. 1125 (*F 868 06A7).