UCR Citrus History

UCR Citrus History

UCR Citrus History Exhibit

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The Citrus Experiment Station, founded in 1907, became a world center for research in citrus and subtropical horticulture.  From these roots the University of California Riverside evolved as an institution, continuing a tradition of excellence in science.  This exhibit commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Citrus Experiment Station and celebrates citrus history on campus and in our community.

In 1873, two small navel oranges were sent to Eliza Tibbets in Riverside.  From these trees an agricultural industry was born that shaped “The Golden State.”  Today, the UCR Citrus Variety Collection maintains citrus stock as a genetic resource for research.  The California Citrus State Historical Park in Riverside preserves groves to tell the story of the industry's role in history.

Citrus has influenced our local culture.  It is a theme depicted in art, literature, and in community events.  In 2005, the campus premiered the play Orange Grove written by Kate Anger in the UCR Theater Department.  The city of Riverside celebrates its heritage at the annual Orange Blossom Festival.  In 2006 and 2007 many special events on campus will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Citrus Experiment Station.    

Poster of the 2005 Riverside Orange Blossom Festival UCR Citrus History Exhibit Brochure cover for the California Citrus State Historical Park
Citrus Experiment Station, 1919-20  Citrus Experiment Station  Citrus Experiment Station, 1928

¤   Books in the Exhibit
The Citrus Industry

The Citrus Industry edited by Walter Reuther, Herbert John Webber and Leon Dexter Batchelor with the collaboration of J. Henry Burke.  University of California, Division of Agricultural Sciences, 1967- Rev. ed. 
UCR Science Library SB369 .C582

Available full text online:


Selling the Gold Selling the Gold: A History of Sunkist & Pure Gold
Citrus Roots .. Our Legacy
Vol I
By Rahno Mabel MacCurdy, V.A.Lockabey, edited by R.H. Barker
Citrus Genetic Resources in California

Citrus Genetic Resources in California: Analysis and Recommendations for Long-term Conservation : Report of the Citrus Genetic Resources Assessment Task Force  

UCR Science Library SB369.2.C2 C53 2001

by T.L. Kahn ... [et al.] 
Genetic Resources Conservation Program, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
Color Handbook of Citrus Diseases

Color Handbook of Citrus Diseases, 4th edition 


by Leo J. Klotz
University of California, Division of Agricultural Sciences 
UCR Science Library SB608.C5 K58 1973
Growing Citrus Trees

Growing Citrus Trees
By Geoff Godden 

Lothian Pub. Co

UCR Science Library SB369.5.A8 G63 1988

Citrus: Production, Postharvest, Disease and Pest Management Citrus: Production, Postharvest, Disease and Pest Management
By S. Mukhopadhyay



Science Publishers UCR Science Library SB369 .M875 2004
The Orange Its Biochemistry and Physiology
The Orange Its Biochemistry and Physiology
edited by Walton B. Sinclair


University of California, Division of Agricultural Sciences
UCR Science Library SB370.O7 S5 1961
Poster for the UCR 2005 production of Orange Grove

Orange Grove
by Kathryn Anne Anger

UCR Rivera Library PS3601.N55 O73 2004

University of California, Riverside  M.F.A. Thesis

This exhibit was created in May 2005 and designed by Marie Bronoel, Science Reference Librarian, in collaboration with Dr. Tracy Kahn, Principal Museum Scientist and Curator of the Citrus Variety Collection, and Kate Anger, Playwright and Lecturer in the Theatre Department.

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Last modified: 5/6/2006 2:41 PM by by M. Bronoel

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