The Thomas Risley papers measure 9 linear inches and date from 1900 to 1938. The
collection is arranged in seven series: Personal information, Clubs and organizations,
Financial records, Fresno County schools, Fresno politics, Property, and Photographs.
Thomas Eugene Risley was a businessman and property owner in Fresno, California, during
the early part of the twentieth century; he was also a socially active community figure.
Born in Arizona in 1881, Risley moved to Fresno in 1889 when his father Eugene W. Risley,
an attorney, moved the family west. Risley studied mining engineering in college. Upon
graduation he relocated to Nevada to work in the mining industry. Returning to Fresno in
1915 to look after his father's business affairs, Risley became a very wealthy and
influential man. Risley also had a family by this time--his wife Gladys, and their
daughter, Eleanor. His reputation for astute financial dealings brought him the attention
of local political figures. As a result, he was appointed to various political positions
in the Fresno area, including that of city commissioner in 1923. Risley also took an
active interest in education and was the chairman of the committee on schools of the
Fresno County Grand Jury.
Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
The collection is open for research.