Guide to the Harvey Family Papers, 1848-1965

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Fresno City & County Historical Society Archives
7160 West Kearney Boulevard
Fresno, California 93706
Phone: (559) 441-0862
Fax: (559) 441-1372
Email: Fhsarchiv@aol.com
URL: http://www.valleyhistory.org
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Fresno City and County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Harvey Family Papers, 1848-1965

Collection number: MSS #009



Fresno City & County Historical Society

Archives

Fresno, California

Contact Information:

  • Fresno City & County Historical Society Archives
  • 7160 West Kearney Boulevard
  • Fresno, California 93706
  • Phone: (559) 441-0862
  • Fax: (559) 441-1372
  • Email: Fhsarchiv@aol.com
  • URL: http://www.valleyhistory.org
Processed by:
Paige Dowling
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1999 Fresno City and County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Harvey Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1848-1965
Collection number: MSS #009
Origination: Harvey, William, 1841-1922
Extent: 4 linear feet
Repository: Fresno City and County Historical Society
Fresno, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Acquisition

Gift of Harvey Estate.

Access

Collection is open for research by appointment only.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Fresno City and County Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Society archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Fresno City and County Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harvey Family Papers, MSS #009, Fresno City and County Historical Society.

Biography

William Camden Harvey was born on January 22, 1841 in Weymouth, England. Harvey was an accountant by trade and came to the United States in 1885 with his wife, Catherine. The family first settled in Minnesota before coming to California. Mr. Harvey entered the real estate business and became a land promoter/developer in Fresno County. The Harvey's purchased 40 acres of land in an area known as the Belmont district, later part of the City of Fresno, and planted a vineyard. Mr. Harvey later developed Washington Colony, just south of the city. Real estate profits allowed Mr. Harvey to retire just three years after his arrival in Fresno and, in 1888, he turned his attention to philanthropic work.
Harvey was an executive officer of the Producers Raisin Association, a precursor to the California State Raisin Grower's Association, founded by M. Theo Kearney, of which Harvey would be Secretary. He was also a member of various community organizations and gave a large donation to the Fresno County Humane Society, of which he was first President. The Harvey's were active in the First Baptist Church of Fresno.
Mr. Harvey died on July 7, 1922 and Mrs. Harvey passed on January 14, 1935. The couple had 11 children, Frederick, William Jr., Dalton, Sydney, Constance, Louise, Ada, Frances, Annie, Alice, and Robert. Frederick and Robert were killed in separate drowning accidents in 1895 and 1896. William Jr. and Ada followed their father in the real estate business and Ada was also an attorney. Sydney worked as the manager for the Freight Division of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway in Seattle, Washington. After a fire destroyed their ranch home the family moved to 905 "S" Street. The home was built in 1890 and located in downtown Fresno. Ada, Constance, Louise, and Frances lived in the home as late as 1965.

Scope and Content

The Harvey Family Collection dates from 1848-1965, and measures 4 linear feet. The papers are arranged in the following series: William and Catherine Harvey Papers, Annie Harvey, Ada Harvey Papers, Frances Harvey, Family Genealogy, and California State Raisin Grower's Association Records. Material includes correspondence, printed material, legal and financial records, and photographs relating to the Harvey Family and the business and personal lives of the various family members

Series Description

 

William and Catherine Harvey Papers, 1848-1935

Additional Note

The series is arranged into correspondence, medical records, legal records, and printed material. The series relates to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey and includes letters written to Mrs. Harvey by members of the immediate family as well as English cousins. One file of letters relates to the diversion of funds from an inheritance account to build the family home after a fire at the family vineyard. The medical records include a phrenology examination of Mr. Harvey in 1848, the examination stated he had a "well balanced head." Printed material includes calling cards of Mr. Harvey
 

Annie Harvey, 1889-1915

Scope and Content Note

Certificates earned by Annie in school and church.
 

Ada Harvey Papers, 1897-1934

Scope and Content Note

Includes a diary, correspondence, legal records, and printed material. The legal records make up the bulk of the series and relate to Ada's investment in the Planada Fruit Farm Company. Printed material includes a certificate issued by the U.S. Attorney acknowledging Ada as an attorney.
 

Frances Harvey Papers, 1931-1940

Scope and Content Note

Series includes correspondence, diaries, printed material, and ephemera. Printed material and ephemera relate to Frances's community involvement. Diaries were kept daily from 1937 until 1954; subjects include family reunions, illnesses, civic events, and local history.
 

Genealogy

Scope and Content Note

Birth certificates, memorial records and photocopies of clippings relating to the births and deaths of family members.
 

California State Raisin Grower's Association Records, 1893

Scope and Content Note

Legal records, scrapbook, and printed materials collected by William Harvey while Secretary of the association. Legal records include contracts with farmers regarding purchases of raisins. Scrapbook is comprised of clippings for local newspapers regarding the establishment of the association and the embattled founding president, M. Theo. Kearney.

Container List

 

William and Catherine Harvey

Box Box 1, Folder 1-6

Correspondence

Folder 7

Medical Records

Folder 8

Legal Records

Folder 9

Financial Records

Folder 10

Printed Material

 

Annie Harvey

Box Box 1, Folder 11

Term paper, "Explorers of the Great Interior Valley"

Folder 12

Certificates

 

Ada Harvey

Box Box 1, Folder 13

Diary/Correspondence

Folder 14

Legal Records

Folder 15

Printed Materials

Folder 16

Printed Materials

 

Frances Harvey

Box Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence from Ada

Folder 18

Correspondence from Ada

Folder 19

Correspondence from Constance

Folder 20

Correspondence from Frances

Folder 21

Correspondence from Louise

Folder 22

Correspondence general

Folder 23

Note Book

Folder 24

Printed Material

Folder 25

Ephemera

Folder 26

Envelopes Empty

 

Genealogy

Box Box 1, Folder 27

Birth Certificates, Memorial Records, Clippings

 

California State Raisin Grower's Association Records

Box Box 1, Folder 28

Legal Records, Printed Material

Box Box 2, Folder 29

Printed materials Oversize

 

Diaries/Scrapbooks

Box Box 3

General

 

Photographs

Box Box 3-9

General