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Textual records

Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company

Date: 1850-1992

Level of Description: Sub-collection/group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: See individual series

Unit ID: 83000

Abstract: The bulk of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company’s archives at the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka). Minutes of the Board of Directors begin in 1860; they document meetings and decisions made. Contracts are copies of legal agreements entered into by the Railway and its subsidiaries; they are arranged by the contract number. Annual reports are yearly summaries of Company activities, and dates range from as early as 1871 to 1996. Also included are deeds and survey records for railroad grant lands. Selected payroll vouchers & vol., 1870-1879, 1895-1960, are also included in the collection; these document payments to employees and are arranged by date, thereunder by railroad division, thereunder by job title, thereunder by location. There are also prior service records created to verify employment for each person who was working for the railroad on Aug. 29, 1935. Records of the Agricultural Development and Publicity Dept. include information on the Company's agricultural demonstration trains sent to assist farmers. The company also kept its own history ("museum") files documenting events that it deemed of importance to the Company. The collection also includes some records of Santa Fe hospitals. Microfilmed records include selected circulars, timetables, train robbery correspondence, Company history, advertising, court cases, treasurers' records, correspondence, lists of buildings & leased lines, payrolls, construction records, and misc. records including Fred Harvey Company material.

Space Required/Quantity: ca. 410 ft. (762 boxes + 405 v., 9 microfilm reels, 69 items, 94 folders, oversize material)

Title (Main title): Textual records

Titles (Other):

  • Corporate records

Part of: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company records.

Scope and Content

Contents: New York Executive Department files, 1853-1985 (107 ft. : 267 boxes) (ser. NY, UID 89505); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89505 -- files of the assistant secretary, New York, 1850-1992 (ca. 216 ft. : 279 boxes + 405 v., 69 items, 94 folders) (ser. AS, UID 89502); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89502 -- vouchers, 1869-1879 (22 ft. : 55 boxes, RR 354-RR 392A) (ser. TR, UID 89508); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89508 -- Agricultural Development and Publicity office, 1912-1939 (11 ft. : 27 boxes + oversize materials, RR 393-RR 419) (ser. AG, UID 89501); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89501 -- museum items, 1880-1983 (9 ft. : 22 boxes; RR 459, RR 531-RR 551) (ser. MU, UID 89504); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89504 -- Santa Fe splinters (9 microfilm reels (1 partial) ; 35 mm. : MS 757-MS 765) (ser. TP, UID 89507); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89507 -- Southern Kansas Railway Co. Vouchers, 1883-1888 (7 ft. : 17 boxes; RR 552-RR 568) (ser. SK, UID 89506); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89506 -- files of the secretary/treasurer, 1869-1926 (38 ft. : 95 boxes; RR 644-RR 738) (ser. BN, UID 89503); http://www.kshs.org/archives/89503

Microfilm:

  • MS 297 no. 2: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company daily construction journal 1887-1887
  • MS 372: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records 1879-1906
  • MS 373: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records 1879-1906
  • MS 405: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company rate schedules 1870-1879
  • MS 653: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records and correspondence 1869-1880
  • MS 654: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records and correspondence 1869-1880
  • MS 655: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records and correspondence 1869-1880
  • MS 656: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records and correspondence 1869-1880
  • MS 657: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records and correspondence 1869-1880
  • MS 658: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records and correspondence 1869-1880
  • MS 659: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company records and correspondence 1869-1880
  • MS 706: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 707: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 708: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 709: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 710: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 711: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 712: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 713: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
  • MS 714: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company correspondence 1873-1893
Complete microfilm list

Related Records or Collections

Finding Aids:

Box list available on - line (PDF format) at http://www.kshs.org/research/collections/documents/businessrecords/business_records_findingaids/at&sf/atsf_brief_box_list.pdf

Additional information on Santa Fe records on the Kansas Historical Society's website: http://www.kshs.org/p/railroad-research/15983

Other finding aids to parts of the subgroup available at the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).

Indexes: Index to names on prior service records available on Ancestry.com (free access for Kansas residents: http://www.kshs.org/ancestry)

Related materials:

Fred Harvey (Firm). Fred Harvey system, [ca. 1916-ca. 1970] (52 cubic ft.) Ms. Collection 99; http://www.kshs.org/archives/40099

Goebel, Charles (Charles J.), 1898-1987. Charles "Bud" Goebel Collection, 1871-1976 (58 cubic ft. [24 boxes + 103 v., 21 maps, 1 folder {oversize}]), Ms. Collection 176; http://www.kshs.org/archives/40176

Index Terms

Subjects

    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company -- Archives
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company -- Archives
    Fred Harvey (Firm)
    United States
    Pacific railroads
    Railroad companies -- United States
    Railroads -- United States

Creators and Contributors


Agency Classification:

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

Additional Information for Researchers

Add'l physical form:

Selected items: Also available via Kansas Memory, Electronic resource. Topeka, Kan. : Kansas State Historical Society, c2007-14; http://www.kansasmemory.org/locate.php?categories=264-1349-1407-4905&

Prior service records and index: Available on Ancestry.com (free access for Kansas residents; http://www.kshs.org/ancestry)