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Paul (William L.) papers
MS 065  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William L. Paul papers
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1961, undated
    Date (bulk): 1913-1936
    Collection Number: MS 065
    Creator: Paul, William L.
    Extent: 1.42 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The William L. Paul papers contain correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other material regarding William L. Paul, a pioneer date grower in Coachella Valley, California from 1909-1935. Topics include the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association, Paul's personal date business, and the exhibition and promotion of Coachella Valley, California dates. Records document the administration and industry activities of the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association, Paul's professional work and involvement with the Southern California date growing community, and aspects of the commercial date industry in the United States, primarily Southern California.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. William L. Paul papers (MS 065). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Nina Shumway, 1981.

    Processing History

    Processed by Hollie Johnson, 2011.
    Processing of the William L. Paul papers was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The University of California, Riverside was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from 2010-2012, "Uncovering California's Environmental Collections," in collaboration with eight additional special collections and archival repositories throughout the state and the California Digital Library (CDL). Grant objectives included processing of over 33 hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids are made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).

    Biographical Note

    William L. Paul was born in Andover, Massachusetts in 1866. He purchased 160 acres of land in Coachella Valley, California in 1902 and moved his family there in 1909. Paul built a ranch on his land with the goal of starting a business growing date palm trees and harvesting the dates as a commercial crop. The first date trees in the Coachella Valley were planted in the late 1890s, but did not thrive. In 1904, the United States Department of Agriculture set up a date experiment station in Mecca, California to study dates as a commercial crop, invigorating the date growing industry.
    In 1913, Paul was instrumental in organizing local date growers into a professional association called the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association, serving as the organization's first president. One of the primary functions of the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association was to procure new date off shoots from North Africa for association members, and Paul worked tirelessly at this task. He was responsible for coordinating efforts to import more than 14,000 off shoots to the Coachella Valley between 1913 and 1915.
    In 1915, Paul represented the County of Riverside and the California date industry at the World's Fair in San Francisco, where he exhibited California dates and date products. In addition to promoting the date industry at exhibitions, Paul went on a six-month publicity tour in 1916, delivering lectures across the eastern United States about the nutritional value of dates and the Coachella Valley date industry. In 1933, he again represented Coachella Valley, exhibiting dates and date products at the Chicago World's Fair. Paul spent the remainder of his life working at his date ranch and growing his business. His daughter, Nina Paul Shumway, continued to operate the date farm after William L. Paul died in Indio, California in April 1935.
    1866 William L. Paul was born in Andover, Massachusetts.
    1902 Paul purchased 160 acres of land in Coachella Valley, California.
    1909 Paul and his family moved to the Coachella Valley and built a ranch on the land he purchased in 1902.
    1913 Paul organized local date growers into a professional organization called the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association.
    1913 Paul served as the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association's first president.
    1913-1915 Paul led efforts to procure more than 14,000 date tree off shoots from North Africa and import them to the Coachella Valley.
    1915 Paul managed the Riverside County date exhibits.
    1916 Paul spent six months traveling on the east coast of the United States lecturing about the nutritional value of dates and promoting the Coachella Valley Date industry.
    1933 Paul exhibited Coachella Valley dates and date products at the Chicago World's Fair.
    1935 Paul died in Indio, California in April 1935.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The William L. Paul papers contain correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other material regarding William L. Paul, a pioneer date grower in Coachella Valley, California from 1909-1935. Topics include the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association, Paul's personal date business, and the exhibition and promotion of Coachella Valley, California dates. Records document the administration and industry activities of the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association, Paul's professional work and involvement with the Southern California date growing community, and aspects of the commercial date industry in the United States, primarily Southern California.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into the following three series:
    • Series 1. Coachella Valley Date Growers Association, 1913-1961, undated.
    • Series 2. Professional papers, 1912-1938, undated.
    • Series 3. Date industry, 1913-1951, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Coachella Valley (Calif.).
    Coachella Valley Date Growers Association
    Date palm.
    Dates (fruit).
    Paul, William L.
    Riverside County (Calif.).
    Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Correspondence.
    Financial records.
    Photographs.
    Publications.