Guide to the George Lawrence Company Records
1867-1920

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lawrence George, Company (Portland, Or.)
Title: George Lawrence Company records
Dates: 1867-1920 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9.5 linear feet (3 containers, 32 volumes.)
Collection Number: Bx 200
Summary: The George Lawrence Co., established in Portland, Oregon in 1857, was a saddlery and harness shop made famous by also producing exquisite leather goods such as handgun holsters, cartridge belts, slings, scabbards, etc. The collection contains company ledgers, cash and credit books, other account and purchasing journals, letterpress copybooks containing correspondence, and product catalogs.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

The George Lawrence Co., was established in Portland, Oregon in 1857. It was a saddlery and harness shop made famous by also producing exquisite leather goods such as handgun holsters, cartridge belts, slings, scabbards, etc. The company evolved into a wholesaler and supplier of auto parts, shoe repair and shoe store supplies, hat blocking equipment, fishing, and hunting supplies. The Company ceased operations in 1985 when family members retired, and the historic 1/4-block, 4-story brick building that George Lawrence built in 1903 in downtown Portland was sold.

Source: William "Bill" Lawrence website: http://home.teleport.com/~bill3rd/

Content Description

The collection contains company ledgers, cash and credit books, other account and purchasing journals, letterpress copybooks containing correspondence, and product catalogs.

The collection also contains photographs of the George Lawrence company products such as saddles and shoulder bags.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], George Lawrence Company records, Bx 200, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Related Materials :  

In 2009, William "Bill" Lawrence (George Lawrence's great-grandson) bequeathed a collection of family and company memorabilia, equipment and saddles to The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and the Wasco County Historical Museum.

A video that includes an interview with William "Bill" Lawrence was produced for display in conjunction with an exhibit of the collection and is available on YouTube.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers
Photographs

Subjects

  • Corporate Names :
  • Lawrence George, Company (Portland, Or.)
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Catalogs
    • Correspondence
    • Financial records

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