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Portland Realty Company records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Bx 102

Scope and Contents

The Portland Realty Company Records contain a journal, two cash books, meeting minutes, and a stock subscription book.

The stock subscription book contains the receipts and many original stock certificates issued for the company between the years of 1905 and 1931. It also contains receipts for sale and transfer of stock certificates by various stockholders.

The journal contains financial information.

Both cash books contain financial information and cover the years 1931 to 1944. Inside the cover of one of the books is a tax document for 1945.

Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Stockholder meetings can be found in the corporate records volume.

The collection contains little information about the historical aspects of the company, however there are references to Portland buildings and land issues that involved Portland Realty Company.


  • Creation: 1905-1944


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Portland Realty Company was incorporated by L.A. Lewis, Leo Fried, and J.N. Teal on October 19, 1905. The realty company specialized in corporate leasing in the Portland area. L.A. Lewis served as president of the company from 1905 to 1931, and then C.H. Lewis was elected and remained the president until the dissolution of the company on January 3, 1945

Buildings owned by Portland Realty included, but were not limited to, the Acorn Building and the Financial Center Building. The Portland Realty company also owned land and was involved with the Portland-Tualatin Valley Tunnel District.


0.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



The Portland Realty Company, incorporated in 1905, specialized in corporate leasing in the Portland area. The collection consists of a journal, two cash books, meeting minutes, and a stock subscription book that contains receipts and many original stock certificates.


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.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by F. Faber Lewis.

Related Materials

Other collections donated by F. Farber Lewis and relating to Lewis Investment company at Special Collections and University Archives include: Lewis Investment Company records, Bx 098; Allen and Lewis Company records, Bx 097; Junction City Realty Company records, Bx 100; Columbia Mines Company records, Bx 103; Leland Land Company records, Bx 099; Pioneer Realty Company records, Bx 102.

Physical Description

5 volumes

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jenny Palm, November 2003.

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.


Guide to the Portland Realty Company Records
Preliminary Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA