The Daniel Freeman Family Papers richly document the business and development enterprises of Daniel Freeman (1837-1918), one
of California's major land developers and businessmen in the late nineteenth century. Besides Daniel Freeman, this collection
also contains extensive business records for Charles Howland (b. 1863, d.?) and Grace Freeman Howland (1870-1956), Daniel
Freeman's son-law and daughter. The collection contains extensive documentation on the California land boom of the 1880s,
principally in Inglewood but also for Redondo Beach and Port Ballona. The Freeman papers also contain some materials on downtown
Los Angeles. The holdings are also strong in California agribusiness in the late nineteenth century.
Daniel Freeman was born in 1837, on a farm in the province of Ontario, Canada. Freeman first taught school but, in 1859, moved
on to the study of law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, being admitted to the bar in 1864. Besides law, he became engaged in business
in Port Burwell, on Lake Erie, where he became president of the Port Burwell Harbor Company.
116 archival document boxes, 35 oversize archival document boxes, 20 flat files
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