Finding Aid for the William Hempstead Porterfield Scrapbooks and Ephemera, 1898-1929

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the William Hempstead Porterfield Scrapbooks and Ephemera, 1898-1929

Collection number: 260

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, August 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Hempstead Porterfield Scrapbooks and Ephemera,
Date (inclusive): 1898-1929
Collection number: 260
Creator: Porterfield, William Hempstead, 1872-1927
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: 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.
Language: English.

Administrative 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.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Preferred Citation

[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.

Biography

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.

Indexing Terms

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.
Porterfield, Lottie.
Publishers and publishing--California--Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1

4 scrapbooks. 1898-1916.

Scope and Content Note

Containing biographical items of Mrs. Lottie (Buck) Porterfield's activities as a vocalist
Box 1

Clippings of articles by William H. Porterfield when United Press reporter in the Orient in 1927.

Box 1

Items by William H. Porterfield from the Mediterranean.

Box 1

Clippings from the San Diego Sun.

Scope and Content Note

re the death of William H. Porterfield.
Box 1

A personal scrapbook, An Adventure in Pyramids.