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Railroads history collection

Date: [ca. 1870]-1930

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 632

Unit ID: 40632

Abstract: The Railroads history collection is an assembled collection of business records and histories from and about a variety of railroads operating in Kansas. The collection documents general railroad history throughout the state. It consists of records that were compiled by railroad collectors or donated separately, and do not fit with existing railroad collections such as the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company records. The majority of the collection consists of Thomas M. Lillard's collection of Union Pacific Railroad records including correspondence, railroad schedules, quarterly reports, receipts, ledgers, oil leases, bank books, records on floods of 1903-1904, volumes entitled "West Traffic," and testimonies from litigation that Union Pacific was involved in. Other records concern such railroads as Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific papers on East Side Street Railway Company; Scott City Northern Railroad Company; Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma Railroad; the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas or Katy Railroad; the Union Pacific and Kansas Pacific; and the Topeka and North Western Railroad.

Space Required/Quantity: ca. 21 cubic ft. (45 boxes + 1 oversize vol., 2 oversize folders)

Title (Main title): Railroads history collection

Scope and Content

Incomplete Contents: Here is a list of the files in boxes 1 through 33.

Railroads History Collection
Manuscript Collection 632

Box 1
Folder
1: Harry Tisdale Collection of railroad and stage passes
2: Reference copy of “Corporate History of the Railroads”
3: ‘Corporate History of the Railroads’
4: St. Louis and San Francisco
5: St. Joseph and Denver City Railroad
6: History of Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad
7: Marion Belt and Chingawasa Springs Railroad Company
8: Kansas and Nebraska Central Railroad Company
9: Kansas Midland Railroad Company
10: First Locomotive in Kansas
11: Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy railroad
12: Anthony and Northern Railroad, Train Order, No.1
13: More material on A.T. and S.F.
14: “Railroad Legislation in the 85th and the 86th Congresses” by Andrew F. Schoeppel
15: “Remarks on Railroad Legislation” by Harry J. Freithaupt
16: Correspondence/ Miscellaneous Material
17: Some Kansas History Related to the Leavenworth, Pawnee, and Western Railroad Company
18: Correspondence concerning Railway and Locomotive Historical Society
19: ‘Golden Spike Conductor’
20: 32 railroad cards issued to Wm. B. Collinson
21: Misc. Railroad passes including 1000 mile ticket book, Kansas Pacific Railway
22: History of Railroad Land Grants- J.H. Anderson
23: The Kansas Pacific by O.P. Byers
24: Material concerning John D. Cruise and Kansas Pacific Railway
25: Hutchinson and Southern
26: RR history coll. 632
27: Misc. Railroad History

Box 2
Folder
1: Santa Fe Loose Leaf Records of Scales
2: A.T. and S.F. Collection (photocopy)
3: 18 Railroad Passes
4: Blue-Print: Bridge List A.T. and S.F. Ry. System
5: 2 blue-prints of bridges
6: (4) Blueprints for Ballast Spreader Car, Santa Fe Route
7: Blue Print: Ruling Dimensions for Deck Plate Girder Spans
8: Historical Data compiled by Joseph Weidel
9: Miscellaneous Personal Note concerning Santa Fe Railroad

Box 3
Folder
1: The Chicago Rock Island
2: Chicago, Rock Island, and pacific RY
3: Bank book for T.W. Harrison
4: Papers concerning East Side Street Railway Company 1878-1886
5: Indentures; Agreements Correspondence 1887-1888
6: Correspondence; Indentures; Agreements 1889-1892
7: Correspondence; Indentures; Agreements 1893-1898
8: Land in Cass County, Minnesota bought by T.W. Harrison

Box 4
Folder
1: Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroads Way-bills station of Downing 1895-1900
2: Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Disputed Lands

Box 5
Folder
1: Scott city northern railroad company defendants
2: District of court of Haskell county, KS
3: Copies of minutes of special meeting of board of Liberal Seward, and Dudley Townships
4: Certificates concerning railroad track in Haskell, Seward, and Finney Counties
5: Correspondence concerning Scott City Northern Railroad Company
6: Proclamations concerning The Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma Railroad Company
7: Documents from county clerk of Haskell and Seward counties concerning The Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma Railroad
8: Petition Documents and the Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma Railroad Company
9: Memorandum of freight rates on wheat and corn to Galveston on Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma
10: Depositions concerning the Scott City Northern Railroad
11: Lynn vs. McCue, Court of Haskell County, (Answer and Cross Petition of New England National Bank)
12: Deposition concerning the Scott City Northern Railroad vs. Commonwealth Trust Company (April 1913)
13: Deposition, Mat 1913, Scott city Northern Railroad vs. Commonwealth Trust Company
14: Deposition: Albert A. Trocon vs. Scott City Northern Railroad Company
15: Documents concerning Kansas Construction and Irrigation Company and Commonwealth Trust Company

Box 6
Folder
1: KS railway lands
2: Union Pacific
3: History, Railroad Union Pacific
4: Construction of the Union Pacific RR the old Kansas Pacific RR
5: Documents concerning the Union Pacific Railroad Company
6: Correspondence: original and reference copy by Alfred Gray
7: List of subscribers to the stock of Kansas Central Railroad
8: Letters written by Samuel B. Reed concerning Union Pacific 1864-1869
9: Correspondence concerning Union Pacific and Kansas State Historical Society

Box 7
Folder
1: Miscellaneous Correspondence, Telegrams: July 1905 – 1911
2: The U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Company vs. The State of KS: Brief of Defendant in Error, No. 16,282
3: Miscellaneous Correspondence concerning H.A. Scandrett and J. Kemp Bartlett: 1908 – 1911
4: Court Cases, State of Kansas, 1908 - 1910
5: More Court cases and Correspondence, 1910
6: Various Newspaper Clippings, 1905 – 1910
7: Misc. Notes, 1905
8: Account Records, 1902 – 1904
9: Two Telegrams: “The Title Guaranty and Trust Company”, July 1905
10: Material concerning Surety companies
11: Material on issue of ‘amendment or repeal by implication’, 1908
12: Court case: State of Kansas vs. First National Bank

Box 8
Folder
1: Wingfield vs. McClintock, 1911
2: Wingfield vs. McClintock – Correspondence, 1912 – 1913
3: Wingfield vs. McClintock – Correspondence, etc. – 1912
4: Details concerning Wingfield vs. McClintock
5: Wingfield vs. McClintock
6: Wingfield vs. McClintock (and correspondence) Geary County, KS, 1911 - 1914
7: Wingfield vs. McClintock including cross examination of Dr. L.R. King, 1909

Box 9
Folder
1: Donald M. Duggan vs. John P. Davis, 1903 – 1906
2: Donald M. Duggan vs. John P. Davis, 1903 – 1908
3: Lillian Sly vs. L.M. Powell including correspondence, 1909 – 1914
4: Lillian Sly vs. L.M. Powell (including correspondence), 1908 – 1911
5: Lillian Sly vs. L.M. Powell (including correspondence), 1909 – 1913

Box 10
Folder
1: State of Kansas court cases
2: State of Kansas vs. State of Colorado, Farnham on waters and water rights pg. 287
3: Kansas vs. Colorado (Riparian Land), 1906
4: Material concerning case of Kansas vs. Colorado
5: Kansas vs. Colorado: Correspondence, 1904 – 1905
6: Kansas vs. Colorado: Correspondence, 1905 – 1907
7: Notes of N.H. Loomis and his argument concerning Kansas vs. Colorado
8: Booklets concerning Kansas vs. Colorado, 1901 – 1907

Box 11
Folder
1: Nick Poneh vs. Union Pacific Railway Co., June 1907
2: State of Kansas vs. Aetna Life Insurance Company, 1910 – 1912
3: Correspondence concerning Board of Commissioners vs. Union Pacific Railroad / Bavarion Ditch Case 1902 - 1904
4: Material concerning case of Board of Commissioners vs. Union Pacific Railroad, 1902 – 1903
5: Material concerning Bavarian Ditch Case / Board of Commissioners vs. Union Pacific Railroad, 1902 – 1903
6: Lists/records of patents issued for land, 1902
7: Documents concerning description of land ownership and location, 1864 - 1889
8: Petitions for creation of a public highway, 1869 – 1870
9: Blue prints: proposed drainage ditches for U.P. Railway, 1902

Box 12
Folder
1: Book: Appellant’s Abstract of Evidence, 1895
2: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad Co. – Depositions, 1890 - 1897
3: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad, Misc. Documents including depositions of witnesses, 1893 – 1897
4: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad, Misc. documents including depositions of witnesses, 1891 – 1897
5: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad, Telegrams 1893 – 1897
6: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad, Correspondence 1891 – 1893
7: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad, Correspondence 1894 – 1895
8: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad, Correspondence 1896 – 1898
9: Document concerning contributory negligence and assumption of risk by a minor
10: Laws concerning private switches
11: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad Co., some undated correspondence
12: Joel W. Arnett vs. The Union Pacific Railroad Co., Railroad timetable and piece of blue-print, 1891

Box 13
Volume
1: “West Traffic Way” Volume 1, 1907
2: “West Traffic Way” Volume 2, 1907
3: “West Traffic Way” Volume 3, 1907

Box 14
Folder
1: Union Pacific Railway vs. Union Terminal Railroad, Blueprint: Bonner Springs
2: Union Pacific Railway estimates for proposed grade and overhead crossing /west end of Kaw River Bridge
3: Union Pacific Railway Co. vs. Union Terminal Railroad Co., 1892 – 1895
4: Union Pacific Railway vs. Union Terminal Railroad, 1893 - 1895
5: Union Pacific Railway vs. Union Terminal Railroad, 1890 – 1895
6: Union Pacific Railway vs. Union Terminal Railroad, Details of case, 1892 - 1895
7: Missouri Pacific Railway vs. The Union Terminal Railroad, 1892 – 1895
8: Correspondence concerning Union Terminal case, 1892 – 1894
9: Miscellaneous affidavits and briefs

Box 15
Volume
1: “West Traffic Way”, 1908
Folder
1: Linton J. Usher vs. Simpson Hollister, 1893 – 1906
2: Travelers Insurance Co. vs. Union Pacific Railway Co., 1880 – 1898
3: Quo Warranto Cases, 1885 – 1886
4: Fragments of cases, 1893 – 1906

Box 16
Volume
1: Louis H. Ostertag vs. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 1911
2: Charles Yost vs. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 1907
Folder
1: United States vs. Union Pacific Railway, 1894 - 1900
2: United States vs. Union Pacific Railway, 1866 - 1900

Box 17
Folder
1: Details of Court case of McCauley vs. Custer/District Court of Meade County, Kansas, 1910 – 1912
2: Details of Court Case, McCauley vs. Custer – District Court of Meade Co. KS, 1910 – 1912
3: McCauley vs. Custer, Details of court case in the Supreme Court of Kansas, 1913 – 1914
4: McCauley vs. Custer, Background concerning Custer and McCauley, 1911
5: McCauley vs. Custer, Testimony of W.A. Custer
6: McCauley vs. Custer, Testimony of Chance S. Treadwell
7: McCauley vs. Custer, Notes of stenographer concerning the case, 1912
8: McCauley vs. Custer, Statement of H.E. Peers
9: McCauley vs. Custer, Miscellaneous documents, including an affidavit, indenture, and newspaper clippings, 1910 – 1914
10: McCauley vs. Custer, Correspondence, 1909 – 1911
11: McCauley vs. Custer, Correspondence, 1912 – 1913
12: McCauley vs. Custer, Correspondence, 1914 – January 1915
13: McCauley vs. Custer, Notice to take depositions, and documents from the office of the Clerk of the Kansas Supreme Court, 1913 – 1914

Box 18
Folder
1: Union Pacific Railway vs. Union Terminal Railroad, 1893
2: The Union Terminal Railroad vs. John Hall, W.D. Vincent, and P.B. Maxson, 1893
3: Russell Sage and George J. Gould vs. The Union Pacific Railway, 1895
4: Correspondence/telegrams, 1892 – 1896
5: Correspondence, 1892 – 1895
6: Railroad Map of Kansas, 1899
7: Correspondence, 1893 – 1895

Box 19
Folder
1: Tenth Street Viaduct, Correspondence, 1900 – 1901
2: Tenth Street Viaduct, Correspondence, 1902
3: Correspondence, 1903
4: Correspondence, 1903 - 1904
5: Documents concerning construction and maintenance of viaducts, 1903
6: (6) copies of Kansas City Kansas News, 1903
7: Articles of agreement concerning 10th street Viaduct/ and ordinances, 1902 – 1903

Box 20
Volume
1: State of Kansas vs. Edwards, James W. and Frank H. Higby Defendants, 1920

Box 21
Folder
1: Missouri Legislature Senate Bills, 1919
2: Missouri Legislature House Bills and Senate Bills, 1919
3: Missouri Legislature Senate Bills, 1927
4: Missouri Legislature and House Bills, 1927
5: Documents concerning Missouri Legislature, Nov. 1928 – Feb. 1929
6: Documents concerning Missouri Legislature March 1929
7: Documents concerning Missouri Legislature, April/May 1929
8: Documents concerning Missouri Legislature, June, July, August 1929 and misc. undated
9: Missouri Legislative Status Reports, 1929

Box 22
Folder
1: Booklets concerning Railway Operation, 1910
2: Booklet concerning Interstate Commerce Commission, 1912
3: Material concerning New York Central and Hudson River R.R., 1910 – 1913
4: Correspondence, 1913
5: Correspondence, 1913
6: List of House Bills, 1913
7: List of Senate Bills, 1913
8: More information concerning Senate Bills, 1913
9: Clippings from Topeka Daily State Journal/and information on public utilities commission, 1913

Box 23
Folder
1: Material concerning relation of railways to legislation, 1915
2: Correspondence, December 1914 to February 1915
3: Correspondence, March – April 1915
4: Correspondence and newspaper clippings, July 1914 – January 1915
5: More Correspondence, May – August 1915
6: Clippings concerning Kansas Legislature, 1915
7: More clippings concerning Kansas Legislature, 1915
8: Report of Missouri and Kansas Legislative and Senate Committee on Labor, 1915

Box 24
Folder
1: House Bills, 1910
2: House Bills
3: Senate Bills
4: Senate Bills
5: Kansas Committee on Railway Operation and Railroad Bills, Kansas Legislature, 1915
6: Legislative Calendar, 1915
7: Misc. material including Kansas Scale Laws and acts relating to public utilities, 1914
8: Miscellaneous Clippings, 1915
9: Miscellaneous Clippings, 1915
10: Miscellaneous Clippings, 1915

Box 25
Folder
1: Senate Bills, 1917
2: Kansas Legislature, Rules of the House and Senate, 1917
3: Kansas Legislature Newspaper Clippings, 1917
4: Kansas Legislature, House Bills, 1917
5: Kansas Legislature, House Bills, 1917
6: Senate Bills, 1917
7: Kansas Legislature, Legislative Calendar, 1917
8: Kansas Legislature, Bills defeated and enacted into law, 1917
9: Kansas Legislature, Clippings, 1917

Box 26
Folder
1: Correspondence, 1916 – 1917
2: Correspondence, 1913 – 1917
3: Correspondence and clippings, January 1917
4: Kansas Legislature, Correspondence, 1916 to January / February 1917
5: Kansas Legislature 1917, Correspondence, 1916 to Jan 13 – Jan. 24 1917
6: Kansas Legislature 1917, Correspondence, 1916 to January 25 – January 31 1917
7: Kansas Legislature 1917, Correspondence February – March 1917
8: Kansas Legislature (and House Bill No. 246) & Correspondence May – June 1917

Box 27
Folder
1: Kansas Legislature 1921, Final Report and other documents
2: Kansas Legislature 1921, Message of Governor Allen, 1921
3: Kansas Legislature 1921, Correspondence, January – April 1921
4: Kansas Legislature 1921, House Bills, 1921
5: Kansas Legislature 1921, Senate Bills/and substitute for Senate Bill No. 88, 1921
6: Kansas Legislature 1921, Newspaper Clippings, 1921

Box 28
Folder
1: Kansas Legislature 1927, Senate Bills and House Bills
2: Kansas Legislature, 1927
3: Kansas Legislature 1929, and newspaper clippings, 1929
4: Legislative Calendar including House and Senate Bills, 1927
5: House Bills
6: Senate Bills
7: House Bill No. 441, 1927
8: Misc. Clippings and Telegrams, 1927

Box 29
Volume
1: Index to Record of Legal Business
Folder
1: Correspondence relative to the appointment of W.H. Mackey Jr. as U.S. Marshal December 5, 1906
2: Miscellaneous (including 1000 Mile Ticket/Union Pacific), 1902 – 1907

Box 30
Folder
1: Statistical Reports, 1927 – 1928
2: Statistical Reports, 1929 – 1930
3: Correspondence, 1929 – January 1931
4: Inventory of the Manhattan, Alma, and Burlingame Railroad Co., 1895

Box 31
Folder
1: Railroad Schedules, 1904 – 1909
2: Annual Report – Union Pacific Railway Co., 1892
3: Annual Report – Union Pacific Railway Co., 1893
4: Annual Report – Union Pacific Railway Co., 1894
5: Annual Report – Union Pacific Railway Co., 1895
6: Mortgages, 1897, 1898, 1900, and 1901 and a letter dated 1904

Box 32
Folder
1: Quarterly Reports of Litigation, 1917 – 1919
2: Cases Pending, Dec. 31, 1920
3: Quarterly Report ending Dec. 31, 1921

Box 33
Folder
1: Cases Pending Dec. 31, 1922 & Dec. 31, 1923
2: Cases pending Dec. 31, 1924 & March 31, 1925
3: Cases pending Dec. 31, 1926
4: List of cases pending – 1918, 1920
5: Correspondence, 1920

Portions of Collection Separately Described:


Locators:

Locator Contents
007-10-01-07 to 007-10-06-08  Includes Thomas M. Lillard collection of Union Pacific Railroad manuscripts. 
014-01-01-02  1879 Union Pacific way bills 
017-12-08-01  John M. Meaders History of the Santa Fe Railroad 
042-04-05-03 to 042-04-05-04  C1924-1938: Thomas M. Lillard (attorney) legal papers, photographs & maps pertaining to the Union Pacific Railroad Company 
904-27-00-00   
904-32-00-00  Blank share stock certificates for various railroads; 1879 Kansas Pacific Railway Company telegraph train report 

Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: Associated materials in the Maps and Photographs collections.

Index Terms

Subjects

    Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railway Company
    Scott City Northern Railroad Company
    Topeka and Northwestern Railroad
    Union Pacific Railroad Company
    Railroad companies -- Kansas -- History
    Railroads -- Kansas -- History

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