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Guide to the James Porteous Collection, 1877-1947, 1972
MSS #004  
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Description
The Porteous papers span 1877-1947, 1976 and contain correspondence, financial records, patents, and legal documents, printed material, Fresno Agricultural Works catalogs, photographs, a scrapbook, newsclippings, the manuscript and one hard-bound copy of Death and the Reporter.
Background
James Porteous was born in 1848, in Haddington, Scotland, the son of a wheelwright and blacksmith, William Porteous. In 1877, James Porteous moved to Fresno and established a wagon shop that would later become the largest agricultural implement business in the valley, Fresno Agricultural Works.
Restrictions
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.
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment only.