Scope and Content
California State Beekeepers Association
Title: California State Beekeepers Association Records
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.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public
California State Beekeepers Association--Archives.
Collection is open for research.
Joy Rowe processed the collection and created the finding aid under the supervision of Elizabeth Phillips,
Gift of J.E. Eckert, 24 July 1970.
[Identification of item], California State Beekeepers Association Records, D-075, Department of Special
Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.
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.