Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Robert C. Root

First Committee Member

Luther Sharp

Second Committee Member

O. E. Ritter


This thesis has been prepared as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of faster of Arts, prescribed by the College of the Pacific, Stockton, California. It is sincerely hoped that it will be found useful to all of those who are at all interested in the great industry of raisin making, which has played no small part in the building up of the great San Joaquin Valley and has been responsible for bringing the much needed irrigation system to the valley.

Various types of data are here available, including personal opinions from the foremost leaders of the industry, from the results of numerous personal interviews, from technical information on acreages, prices, profits, and costs, from growers' opinions, from the California Raisin Association, the California Raisin Pool, and data from the Federal and State Departments of Agriculture.

I have striven to picture the growth of the raisin industry as it actually occurred, in the building up of our state, from the most reliable sources. Efforts toward organization on the part of the grower, have been made significant and much space has bean allotted to the history of the raisin industry. It is readily evident that the producer, have had a difficult up-hill battle every step of the way, and that our present raisin organizations are the results of years of sacrifice and tireless effort, on the part of the few influential leaders.

An introduction and definition of terns is placed in the first part of the thesis for the convenience of the reader.

The state of California has been divided into four geographical sections, with a brief description of each. An Easterner coming to California for the first time end interested in the raisin business should have no trouble in seeing, with a small amount of reading, the relative importance of each section.

What determines the California sales is discussed, a discussion which should be enlightening to the students of economics. The economic status of the raisin industry is another very significant chapter to the economist, because the results of years of research on the pert of the government and state officials ore here included.

I have spent considerable tire in observing processes of growing, picking, drying and shipping of raisins; also in gathering information from, persons who were responsible for the propagation of the vines, and who were responsible for their distribution. Many growers, distributors, retailers and consumers were consulted, By account of these interviews are herein contained.