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Guide to the California Christmas Tree Growers Records
MS 75  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Christmas Tree Growers records
    Dates: 1952-1984
    Collection number: MS 75
    Creator: Neilson, Howard A.
    Collection Size: 5 flats
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection contains the CCTG's newsletters no. 1-119 with some meeting notes and a scrapbook of organization's activities and publicity.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    California Christmas Tree Growers records. MS 75. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Howard A. Neilson, 1984


    The Christmas Tree Growers of Monterey Bay was formed in 1952 with a small number of growers in Santa Cruz meeting to share ideas. Howard A. Neilson, owner of Crest Ranch, the oldest "Choose and Cut" tree farm in the Western United States" was the first President. His "tree plantation" was a new approach to producing and selling Christmas Trees in California. In 1952, the organization had shortened it's name to California Christmas Tree Growers and incorporated in 1956. Since then it has grown from just grower members to include all aspects of the Real Tree industry in California, including wholesalers, retail lot operators and suppliers and changed it's name to the California Christmas Tree Association to reflect the broad range of the members.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains the California Christmas Tree Growers newsletters no. 1-119 (1952-1984) with some meeting notes and newsletters from associated organizations. Also included is a large scrapbook of the organization's activities and publicity.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California Christmas Tree Growers--archives
    Neilson, Howard A.
    Christmas tree growing--California
    Farmers--California--Santa Cruz County
    Washburn, Henry L.