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Title: Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Records, 1922-1975Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce (1926-2008)

Extent: 4.95 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Board of Directors Minutes, 1937-1972

II. Committee Files, 1947-1958

III. General Correspondence, 1935-1976

IV. Officers' Correspondence, 1935-1976

V. Financial Records, 1937-1975

VI. Office Files, 1946-1976

Date Acquired: 07/14/1978. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Citrus fruit industry--California--Lemon Grove--History--Sources, Citrus fruit industry--California--Lemon Grove--Sources, Lemon Grove (Calif.)--Commerce--Sources, Lemon Grove (Calif.)--Economic conditions--Sources, Lemon Grove (Calif.)--History--Sources, Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce--Archives, Sonka, Anthony F., 1885-1974--Archives

Forms of Material: Organizational Records

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Records (1922-1975) document the operation and activities of the Chamber, with an emphasis on community upkeep and development.  The files consist of meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, maps, surveys, committee files, and reports.  The collection is divided into six series:  Board of Director Minutes (1937-1972), Committee Files (1947-1958), General Correspondence (1935-1976), Officers' Correspondence (1935-1976), Financial Records (1937-1975), and Office Files (1946-1976).

The Board of Director Meeting Minutes (1937-1972) document Board of Director activities, including decisions regarding road repair, community upkeep, and Chamber events.  Arranged chronologically, these files consist of minutes about Chamber operations, resolutions, community issues, decisions, and events.

The Committee Meeting Minutes Files (1947-1958) document the operation and administration of Chamber committees, including the Membership Committee, Advisory Committee, Scout Committee, Steering Committee, Road Committee, Sewer Project Committee, and Horseshow and Carnival Committee.  Arranged alphabetically by committee title, this series consists of meeting minutes.  Materials in these files primarily date from the 1950s.

The General Correspondence Files (1935-1976) document Chamber activities, operations, and administration.  These files are arranged chronologically, and include letters regarding Chamber events and community projects, resolutions, receipts, and bulletins.  Because the Chamber was inactive during the Second World War, there is no correspondence for 1944 and 1945.

The Officers' Correspondence Files (1935-1976) document the activities of the Chamber's officers, including the President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Highlights include correspondence relating to Lemon Grove's fire protection.  This series is arranged by Chamber office and board.  Incoming and outgoing correspondence for each office is separated into different files.  As with the General Correspondence Files, there is no correspondence during 1943-1945.

The Financial Records (1937-1975) document the various financial transactions and fiscal operations of the Chamber.  Arranged by document type (i.e. financial statements, checks paid, etc), these files include statements, receipt books, member dues, and Audit Committee materials.

The Office Files (1946-1976) document Chamber events, projects, and day-to-day operations.  Of particular interest are the Chamber-sponsored rodeo programs dating from the 1950s.   This series includes legal materials, surveys, event files, maps, external publications, Lem-o-grams, bulletins, and Coordinating Council meeting minutes.

Biographical Note

William H. West, one of the largest lemon grove owners in Lemon Grove, established the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce in 1926, and served as the organization's first president.  The Chamber's mission was to promote local business, which in the 1920s primarily consisted of citrus growers, and to improve the community by overseeing the maintenance of roads, garbage collection, and fire protection.  During the Second World War, the Chamber became inactive; however in 1946 the organization quickly revived itself under the direction of George B. White.

By the 1950s, Lemon Grove had become a residential area, and membership in the Chamber consisted of a combination of businessmen and residents.  The Chamber's mission during these years focused not only on local business, but also on community maintenance and sustainability issues including water development, fire protection, sanitation, and schools.  In 2008, the Lemon Grove Chamber merged with the East County Chamber of Commerce, which also includes La Mesa, Alpine, Rancho San Diego, Santee, Lakeside, and Spring Valley.

Subject/Index Terms

Citrus fruit industry--California--Lemon Grove--History--Sources
Citrus fruit industry--California--Lemon Grove--Sources
Lemon Grove (Calif.)--Commerce--Sources
Lemon Grove (Calif.)--Economic conditions--Sources
Lemon Grove (Calif.)--History--Sources
Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce--Archives
Sonka, Anthony F., 1885-1974--Archives

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 1979

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce

Separated Materials:

Series 1: Fruit Growers Association Minutes was removed from this collection and integrated into the Lemon Grove Fruit Growers Association Records (MS-0150).

Series 8: Lemon Grove History and Sonka Papers was also removed.  The Lemon Grove History file included bulletins and meeting minutes which were incorporated into the Office Files series.  The Sonka file was integrated into the Anthony F. Sonka Papers (MS-0242).

Related Materials:

Lemon Grove Coordinating Council Records

Lemon Grove Congregational Church Collection

Lemon Grove Fruit Growers Association Records

Lemon Grove Country Club Records

Lemon Grove Historical Society Collection

Anthony F. Sonka Collection

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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[Series 2: Board of Directors Minutes, 1937-1972],
[Series 3: Committee Files, 1947-1958],
[Series 4: General Correspondence, 1935-1976],
[Series 5: Officers' Correspondence, 1935-1976],
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[Series 7: Office Files, 1946-1976],
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Folder 36: 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 37: 1939-69 (Special Meetings)Add to your cart.
Series 3: Committee Files, 1947-1958Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Advisory Committee Minutes, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Horseshow and Carnival Committee Minutes, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Membership Committee Minutes, 1950-53Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Nominating Committee Minutes, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Police Control Committee Minutes, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Recreation Committee Minutes, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Scout Committee Minutes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Sewer Project Committee Minutes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Steering Committee Minutes, 1957-58Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Road Committee Minutes, 1952Add to your cart.
Series 4: General Correspondence, 1935-1976Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 48: 1935Add to your cart.
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Folder 83: 1976Add to your cart.
Series 5: Officers' Correspondence, 1935-1976Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Office of the President, Incoming Correspondence, 1935-76Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Office of the President, Outgoing Correspondence, 1939-68Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Board of Directors, Incoming Correspondence, 1935-59Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Board of Directors, Outgoing Correspondence, 1937-62Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Office of the Secretary, Incoming Correspondence, 1938-59Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Office of the Secretary, Outgoing Correspondence, 1935-61Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Office of the Treasurer, Outgoing Correspondence, 1942-62Add to your cart.
Series 6: Financial Records, 1937-1975Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Financial Statement, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Financial Statement, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Financial Statement, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Financial Statement, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Financial Statement, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Financial Statement, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Financial Statement, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Financial Statement, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Financial Statement, 1949Add to your cart.
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Folder 14: Financial Statement, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Financial Statement, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Financial Statement, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Financial Statement, 1958Add to your cart.
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Folder 30: Financial Statement, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Bills Paid, 1945-55Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Bills Paid, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Bills Paid, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Bills Paid, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Bills Paid, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Bills Paid, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Bank Statements, 1950-51Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Bank Statements, 1957Add to your cart.
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Folder 40: Bank Statements, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Bank Statements, 1961Add to your cart.
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Folder 48: Bank Statements, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Bank Statements, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Bank Statements, 1970Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cash Record, 1927-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Receipt Book, June 1961-January 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Receipt Book, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Receipt Books, 1961-1962, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Receipt Book, 1965-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Receipt Book, 1966-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Receipt Books, 1970-1971, 1973-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Receipt Books, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Audit Committee, 1949, 1952, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Membership Dues, 1949-1958Add to your cart.
Series 7: Office Files, 1946-1976Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Accomplishments, 1946-47Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Christmas Fund, 1954, 1955, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Coordinating Council, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Horse Show, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Legal Papers, 1959-60Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Lem-o-grams and Chamber Bulletins, 1955-1958, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Organizations, Resolutions, BusinessesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Publicity, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 19: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Statistical Data and HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Swimming Pool Committee, 1954-57Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Districting Plan of San Diego County, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Apple Valley Lions Club Rodeo, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Lemon Grove 14th Annual Rodeo, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Lemon Grove 15th Annual Rodeo, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Lemon Grove 16th Annual Rodeo, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Lemon Grove 17th Annual Rodeo, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Mission Rancho Rodeo and Fiesta, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 29: El Toro Stampede, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Fallbrook's Pioneer Days, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 31: A Look at the Grossmont Cajon Valley area, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Master Plan Review, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Master Plan Branch Administration Centers, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Annual Report and Financial Statement: La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Survey, Local Government Alternatives of Lemon Grove, 1957Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Eight (8) Pictures of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts soccer team, c.1975Add to your cart.
Item 2: Four (4) Pictures of the Lemon Grove area, c.1976Add to your cart.
Item 3: Business directories (6)Add to your cart.
Item 4: Pamphlets and miscellaneous informationAdd to your cart.
Item 5: "The California Citrograph" Vol. XIV No.5, March 1929Add to your cart.
Item 6: Charts and Maps of Lemon Grove (Planning Division)Add to your cart.
Item 7: Proclamation signed by Supervisors of San Diego County, May 23, 1968Add to your cart.
Box 5 OvrszeAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Oversize Photograph of Main Lemon Grove Intersection, 1946Add to your cart.

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[Series 2: Board of Directors Minutes, 1937-1972],
[Series 3: Committee Files, 1947-1958],
[Series 4: General Correspondence, 1935-1976],
[Series 5: Officers' Correspondence, 1935-1976],
[Series 6: Financial Records, 1937-1975],
[Series 7: Office Files, 1946-1976],
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