Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad
Records, 1879-1896

Mss:724
1879-1903
A863

Historical Note:

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 with locations at Devenshire Street and later, 95 Milk Street. After the company restructured in 1895, all administrative functions were consolidated and located in Chicago.

Scope and Content:

This collections consists of fourteen volumes of annual reports, notebooks and accounting information which detail the financial transactions made during the years 1879-1889. Three of the notebooks are indexed in alphabetical order. Annual reports are bound in leather with gold imprint on the cover and include handwritten notations presumably made by J. Torr Harmer, Assistant General Auditor for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad during these years.

NOTE: One folder of statements, by-laws and an 1889 auditor's report was transferred to the Manuscripts Vertical files (Mss 724 f. 7-82).

Provenance : Gift of Dr. Torr Wagner Harmer, 1937

Amount: 14 volumes

Container List:

Vol. 1. Notebook showing construction to April 30, 1879 with the name of road, charges, credit; payroll figures (with names), occupation, where employed and salary; mileage on main line and divisions with miles from previous station; earnings; general balance sheet; expenses; map of rail lines; and time tables,
Vol.2 Alphabetical listing of leased lines and sundry memoranda, No. 1, ca. 1882. v.3
Vol. 3. Alphabetical listing of leased lines and sundry memoranda, No. 2, ca. 1882, kept by J. Torr Harmer.
Vol. 4. Distribution of Accounts, general directions for setting up railroad accounts with carbon copies of letters sent by comptroller attached to the back cover, 1887
Vol. 5. Alphabetical listing of memoranda, 1896
Vol. 6. Annual report, 1879, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 7. Annual report, 1880, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 8. Annual report, 1881, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 9. Annual report, 1882, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 10. Annual report, 1883, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 11. Annual report, 1884, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 12. Annual report, 1885, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 13. Annual report, 1886, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer
Vol. 14. Annual report, 1887, bound copy presented to J. Torr Harmer

See Also:

Manuscripts Vertical Files (Mss 724 f 7-82) contains folder of statements, by-laws and an 1889 auditor's report.
List of stockholders of record, October 11,1883 (located in BMC 14)