Oral Histories

Interview of Harry L. Lewis

Oil speculator, periodicals publisher, sports agent, boxing promoter, horse racing organizer and manager, and real estate developer.
The Recollections of Harry L. Lewis
Community History
Nunis, Doyce B. Jr
Lewis, Harry L.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Travels to Alaska during gold rush, 1901-2; experiences during San Francisco earthquake and fire, 1906; careers as West Coast newspaper editor and publisher, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, wildcat oil speculator, boxing promoter, racetrack manager, and builder of exclusive resort hotels; participation in capture of Juárez, Mexico, by Pancho Villa, 1914; promotion of racetrack in Chicago during Capone era; building in Santa Monica of Edgewater Beach Club, 1925-26, and Breakers Club, 1928; retirement to Palm Springs before Depression; involvement in developments in Palm Springs; campaign to have racing legalized in California; reestablishing racing in Arizona; managing racing meets in Phoenix, Tucson, and Portland, 1935-40; opening Puente racetrack after World War II; wife's motion picture career, 1920s and early 1930s.