We’re excited to announce the availability of a brand new addition to our regional history collections: the G. Lewis Baldwin papers (MS-R169). A minimal finding aid for the collection has been added to the Online Archive of California.
Baldwin, an employee of The Irvine Company and the San Joaquin Fruit and Investment Company, collected records documenting the activities of several agricultural companies based in Southern California, including the San Joaquin Fruit and Investment Company, the Frances Mutual Water Company, and the Irvine Citrus Association. The records, comprised of blueprints, plans, ledgers, minutes, deeds, leases, grants, articles of incorporation, and other materials, provide insight into the many business ventures and transactions that helped shape the agricultural industry in and around Orange County. One such record can be seen below:
An interesting fun fact about Mr. Baldwin — he was quite the avocado man, serving as a member of the Avocado Advisory Board in Orange County and Chairman of Calavo Avocado Growers Exchange. Check out these curious delicacies from the California Avocado Advisory Board publication The Avocado Bravo seemingly designed for the serious guac lover: