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Guide to the Enoch Smith Papers, 1861-1912
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Enoch Smith Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1912
    Creator: Smith, Enoch, ca. 1829-?
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches
    Repository: Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).

    Sanoian Special Collections Library.
    Fresno, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The papers were purchased from a local dealer in 1971.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Enoch Smith Papers, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.


    Enoch Smith arrived in Visalia, California, from Kentucky in 1859. He began his career as a cattleman, ranching in Fresno, Visalia, Columbia Hill, Nevada County, and the Squaw Valley area from 1862 to 1923.

    Scope and Content

    The Enoch Smith papers measure 2.5 linear inches and date from 1861 to 1912. The newspaper clipping describes Smith's birthday celebration with three friends who had been involved with him over the years on both a personal and professional level. The diaries list the costs of supplies, brands, and some daily activities of the cattle ranching business. The notes concern the symbols used in branding cattle. The receipts are for business expenses, payments of the poll tax, and subscriptions to newspapers such as the Fresno Republican, Tulare County Times, and the Fresno Democrat. The subpoena summoned Smith to testify for the plaintiff in the Visalia Savings Bank vs. the Alta Irrigation District case.