Fred Harvey papers 1858-1990


2 linear ft.
Collection contains correspondence, notes, ephemeral items, financial materials, and legal documents of the Fred Harvey company as well as personal papers of Fred Harvey and his extended families. The papers originated from three Fred Harvey great-grandchildren (Steward, Dagget, and Helen). While assembled as one collection, the three entities have mostly been retained.
Frederick H. Harvey was born in 1835 in London, UK, and emigrated to the United States in 1850 where he started the famous Harvey House railroad enterprise. Fred Harvey and his wife Barbara S. (Mattas) had five children, Ford F., Byron S., Marie J. (Hall), Sybil M. and Minnie B. (Huckel). Fred Harvey died 1901. The children, along with some of their children, continued the Harvey House enterprises until the 1960s.
The Fred Harvey Company started in 1875 when Fred Harvey opened two eating houses along the Kansas Pacific Railway. In 1878 Harvey started the first of his eating house-hotel establishments along the ATSF tracks and a rapid growth of Harvey Houses soon followed. The Fred Harvey Company also became famous for promoting the American Southwest in the late 19th century. The company successfully brought new and higher dining standards to the Western United States. It continued to flourish in the 20th century with the rise of the automobile. Fred Harvey's legacy was continued in the family until 1965 when the company was sold.
Photographs received with collection are housed in the Photo Archives, The New Mexico History Museum (HP 2011.01).
Collection is open for research.
Fred Harvey papers, Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, The New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, NM U.S.A..
Limited duplication of print materials is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.
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