Scope and Content
Title: William Hempstead Porterfield Scrapbooks and Ephemera,
Date (inclusive): 1898-1929
Collection number: 260
Porterfield, William Hempstead, 1872-1927
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: William H. Porterfield (1872-1927) was a reporter and subscription solicitor for the
San Diego Sun before purchasing a half interest in the paper. He also founded, purchased, or ran various newspapers throughout California,
and wrote a daily column in the
San Diego Sun from 1919 until his death. The collection consists of four scrapbooks containing biographical items of Mrs. Lottie (Buck)
Porterfield's activities as a vocalist, clippings of articles by William H. Porterfield, items by Porterfield from the Mediterranean,
clippings from the
San Diego Sun on his death and a personal scrapbook, An adventure in pyramids.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including
copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
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[Identification of item], William Hempstead Porterfield Scrapbooks and Ephemera (Collection 260). Department of Special Collections,
Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Porterfield was born on April 26, 1872 in Vinton, Iowa; briefly attended University of South Dakota at Mitchell; moved to
San Diego in 1891; married Lottie Buck in 1892; became a reporter and subscription solicitor for the
San Diego Sun; in 1901 purchased a half interest in the paper; in 1903 he represented the Pacific coast group of Scripps-McRae newspapers
as advertising manager; founded the
Sacramento Star in 1904, and became president of its publicity company; took over
Fresno Tribune (1906),
Los Angeles Record (1909) and
San Francisco Record (1910) as publisher under Scripps-McRae control; backed California Governor Hiram Johnson and the Progressive Movement; wrote
daily column in
San Diego Sun from 1919 until his death; founded the
Ventura County Star in 1925; in addition to a syndicated story of his foreign travels he published a novel of newspaper life,
An Adventure in Pyramids (1927); he died on September 2, 1927 in San Diego.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of four scrapbooks containing biographical items of Mrs. Lottie (Buck) Porterfield's activities as a vocalist,
1898-1916; clippings of articles by William H. Porterfield when United Press reporter in the Orient in 1927; items by Porterfield
from the Mediterranean; clippings from the
San Diego Sun on the death of William H. Porterfield; and a personal scrapbook, An adventure in pyramids.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Porterfield, William Hempstead, 1872-1927.
Publishers and publishing--California--Archival resources.