The Harvey Family Collection dates from 1848-1965, and measures 4 linear feet. The papers are arranged in the following series:
William and Catherine Harvey Papers, Annie Harvey, Ada Harvey Papers, Frances Harvey, Family Genealogy, and California State
Raisin Grower's Association Records. Material includes correspondence, printed material, legal and financial records, and
photographs relating to the Harvey Family and the business and personal lives of the various family members
William Camden Harvey was born on January 22, 1841 in Weymouth, England. Harvey was an accountant by trade and came to the
United States in 1885 with his wife, Catherine. The family first settled in Minnesota before coming to California. Mr. Harvey
entered the real estate business and became a land promoter/developer in Fresno County. The Harvey's purchased 40 acres of
land in an area known as the Belmont district, later part of the City of Fresno, and planted a vineyard. Mr. Harvey later
developed Washington Colony, just south of the city. Real estate profits allowed Mr. Harvey to retire just three years after
his arrival in Fresno and, in 1888, he turned his attention to philanthropic work.
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.
Collection is open for research by appointment only.