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Guide to the William L. Paul papers
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Series 1. Coachella Valley Date Growers Association. 1913-1961, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence, clippings, publications, and other material regarding the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association. The bulk of the correspondence is addressed to William L. Paul. Documents and correspondence regarding a formal complaint filed by the Association against the lead scientists and supervisors of the U. S Department of Agriculture Date Experiment Station in Indio, California, are also included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

Invoices, money orders and other financial records from the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association. 1913-1915, undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

Publications and announcements from the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association regarding the association's dissatisfaction with the performance of the Federal Bureau of Plant Industry. 1916-1925, undated.

Box 1, Folder 3

Clippings about the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association. 1922,1961, undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence to and from members of the Coachella Valley Date Growers Association. Correspondents include William L. Paul, the first president of the association, and Walter Swingle, a crop physiologist from the Federal Bureau of Plant Industry. 1913-1926, undated.

Box 1, Folder 5

Photographs depicting a date exhibit and the association's first importation of young date palms from Africa. 1913, undated.

 

Series 2. Professional papers. 1912-1938, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other material related to William L. Paul's professional life as a date grower in Coachella Valley, California. The material documents Paul's many involvements with the date industry, including the sale of date products, date trees, and land for date farms.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 6

Photographs of William L. Paul's date farm. undated.

Box 1, Folder 7

Manuscripts and notes regarding the promotion of dates and William L. Paul's date growing business. 1913-1916, undated.

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence and typescripts regarding the appraised values of date farm land and date trees. 1916-1928, undated.

Box 1, Folder 9

Financial statements, receipts, and correspondence from William L. Paul's date business. 1909-1936, undated.

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence and receipts from the charities that William L. Paul supported through donations of his products. Includes thank you notes from childrens' homes and hospitals. 1931-1932, undated.

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence from William L. Paul's date business. 1912-1915, undated.

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence and purchase orders for date trees. 1913-1916, undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence and purchase orders for dates. 1918-1931.

Box 2, Folder 2

Publications and price lists from William L. Paul's date business. 1932-1938, undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence between customers and William L. Paul regarding dates and his date business. Includes a thank you note from Amelia Earhart. 1913-1938.

Box 2, Folder 4

Calendar, ribbon (award), and certificate belonging to William L. Paul. 1916-1931, undated.

Box 2, Folder 5

Clippings about William L. Paul and his date business. 1923, 1933, undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Agendas, correspondence, and other material from Riverside County, California. 1913-1916.

Box 2, Folder 7

Clippings and correspondence about Southern Pacific Railroad. 1917, undated.

Box 2, Folder 8

Clippings about Helen Randu, a dietician and public speaker. 1934, undated.

Map-Case A2, Folder 3

Map from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company depicting railroad lines and parcels of land available for sale in Southern California. 1914.

Map-Case A2, Folder 3

Map of Coachella Valley, California produced by the France Investment Company of Los Angeles, California. 1914.

 

Series 3. Date industry. 1913-1951, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other material regarding the Date (fruit) industry. The bulk of the material focuses on the Coachella Valley Date industry in Southern California, with select items documenting Date culture in Florida and the Middle East. Material pertaining to the United States Department of Agriculture's activities in the Coachella Valley are also included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 2, Folder 9

Publications about the date industry, including date farm pamphlets and date growing newsletters. 1916-1951, undated.

Box 2, Folder 10

Correspondence and receipts from the date exhibit at the Southern California Panama Exposition. 1913-1916, undated.

Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence, publications, and other material regarding the United States Department of Agriculture and the date industry. Includes documents from an official complaint filed against the Department of Agriculture by Coachella Valley date growers. 1915-1935, undated.

Box 2, Folder 12

Correspondence and other material regarding land management in Coachella Valley, California. 1913-1916, undated.

Box 2, Folder 13

Correspondence and publications from the James H. Northrop date farm in Indio, California. 1915, undated.

Box 2, Folder 14

Correspondence and publications from the Palm Development Company in Pensacola, Florida. 1915-1916.

Box 2, Folder 15

Photographs of date trees, date farms, and date exhibits . undated.

Box 3, Folder 1

Clippings regarding the date industry. Includes stories about the history of the Coachella Valley date culture written by Nina Paul Shumway, William L. Paul's daughter. 1917-1958, undated.

Box 3, Folder 2

Scrapbook about the date industry (part 1 of 2). Includes clippings, photographs, correspondence, and other material. 1914-1917, undated.

Box 3, Folder 3

Scrapbook about the date industry (part 2 of 2). Includes clippings, photographs, correspondence, and other material. 1914-1921, undated.