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Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company records

Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company

Date: 1859-2007

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 789

Unit ID: 218358

Abstract: Business records, maps and architectural & engineering drawings, photographs, and publications of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, predecessors, and over 600 subsidiaries. The collection also includes some records of Santa Fe hospitals. Other misc. materials donated by private individuals who worked for or were otherwise affiliated with the Santa Fe have been added to the collection.

Space Required/Quantity: 1700.82 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company records

Titles (Other):

  • Martin, Bill

Administrative History

Administrative History:

Originally chartered in January 11, 1859, under the name of Atchison & Topeka Railroad Company, the company changed its name to Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad on March 3, 1863. Construction on the railroad began in 1869 and the line from Topeka to the Colorado state line was opened December 23, 1873. The New Mexico Division was opened to Santa Fe on February 16, 1880. During the 1880s, the company merged with a number of smaller branch lines and divisions and built five new extensions. The company also maintained a land department which sold off unused portions of the generous land grant supplied by Congress in the 1860s.

In December 1893, the company asked for the appointment of receivers in anticipation of its inability to pay forthcoming financial commitments. J. W. Reinhart, Boston (replaced by Aldace F. Walker in September 1894), J. J. McCook, New York, and J. C. Wilson, Topeka were chosen to draw up the plan of reorganization. The railroad defaulted on their loan payments in January 1894. Committees were formed to look after the interests of the bondholders, and in March 1895, company assets were sold to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway System.

When the Atchison & Topeka Railroad incorporated in 1859, corporate offices and the majority of the original investors--including the first president, Henry Strong--resided in Boston, Massachusetts. Over the years, however, new officers were located in New York City and Topeka, Kansas as well as Boston. Eventually, the company maintained offices in those three cities. The financial office remained in Boston. After the company restructured in 1895, all administrative functions were consolidated and located in Chicago.

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

The bulk of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway collection consists of the company’s business records; these are organized, like most business records, by originating office and type of record. The collection also includes some records of Santa Fe hospitals.

Also in the collection are numerous maps and drawings, including architectural renderings, engineering schematics, and maps of cities and railroad lines; as well as a large photographic collection, including publicity shots, stills from the movie "Harvey Girls," and staged photographs of the southwest United States, intended to promote tourism. Some of the publications from the collection include "Splinters," Santa Fe Magazine, and War Bonnet.

Added to the collection are other miscellaneous materials donated by private individuals who worked for or were otherwise affiliated with the AT&SF.

Contents: Textual records -- maps and drawings -- photographs -- publications.

Bibliography

Finding Aid Bibliography:

"Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Records, 1879-1896." Baker Library, Harvard Business School. http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/sfa/atchison,_topeka.htm (accessed 30 September 2009).

Shirley, Beth. "A Brief Summary of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Records at the Kansas Historical Society." Kansas State Historical Society, 2008.

Index Terms

Subjects

    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company -- Records and correspondence
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company -- Records and correspondence
    United States
    Railroad companies -- United States
    Railroad engineering -- United States
    Railroad land grants -- United States
    Railroads

Creators and Contributors


Agency Classification:

    Organizations/Corporations. Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad.

Additional Information for Researchers

Use and reproduction: KHS does not have the rights to reproduce the film stills from the "Harvey Girls" movie.