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Lue Gim Gong collection

Identifier: MS-1988-07
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Lue Gim Gong In Field

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of photographs of Lue Gim Gong with the Burlingame family, the citrus grove in DeLand, and the many visitors who came to the family home. Also includes newspaper clippings, legal papers, and a Bible study journal.


  • Created: 1886 - 1935
  • Event: Acquired


Conditions Governing Use

None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Lue (pronounced Loo-ee) Gim Gong grew up in the southern Chinese village of Lung On, where he first began experimenting with horticulture as a child. In 1872, at the age of twelve, he came to the United States, where he found work in shoe factories, first in San Francisco, and then in North Adams, Massachusetts. His Christian tutor, Fanny Burlingame, took an interest in his gardening skills and became his sponsor, eventually taking Lue into her family’s home. When Lue became ill with tuberculosis, Fanny suggested he relocate to her family’s citrus groves in DeLand, Florida. In 1887, with the help of Fanny, Lue became a United States citizen. Lue developed both an orange and a grapefruit variety that could withstand freezes and were more flavorful than previous varieties. Lue gained much respect and admiration from the horticulture community, receiving the Silver Wilder Medal from the American Pomological Society in 1911. On June 3, 1925, the "Father of Florida's Citrus Industry" died in DeLand, FL. Arson, Virginia. Gift of the Unicorn: The Story of Lue Gim Gong, Florida's Citrus Wizard. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, 2002. Lue Gim Gong, 1859-1925: Father of Florida's Citrus Industry. Retrieved April 6, 2005.

Note written by Jenica Ibarra, 2011


0.42 Linear Feet

1.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

Organized by subject.

Source of Acquisition

Mickler's Floridiana

Method of Acquisition


Related Publications

Aronson, Virginia.  Gift of the Unicorn: The Story of Lue Gim Gong Florida’s Citrus Wizard.  Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, 2002. Murray, Marian.  Plant Wizard: The Life of Lue Gim Gong.  New York: Macmillan Company, 1970.

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Repository Details

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