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Patricia Ortlieb collection on Eliza L. Tibbets

About this Collection

Photographs and documents on the life of Eliza L. Tibbets and her descendants, compiled by author Patricia Ortlieb, who is Tibbets' great-great-granddaughter. Photographs, including ambrotypes and tintypes, depict members of the Tibbets, Lovell, Summons, and Olmsted families throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Tibbets (1823-1898), a horticulturist, spiritualist, abolitionist, suffragist, and early settler in Riverside, is most widely known for her role in introducing the Washington navel orange in California. Ortlieb is the co-author of "Creating an Orange Utopia: Eliza Lovell Tibbets and the Birth of California's Citrus Industry" (Swedenborg Foundation Press, 2011). View collection guide.

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