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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • General
  • Existence and Location of Originals

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Cyrus Kurtz Holliday papers
    Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHolliday
    Physical Description: 1.17 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1854-1949
    Date (bulk): 1854-1883
    Abstract: Papers belonging to 19th century Kansas railroad builder and politician Cyrus Kurtz Holliday.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Cyrus Kurtz Holliday papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Mrs. George W. Burpee, May 1960.

    Biographical / Historical

    Cyrus K. Holliday (1826-1900) was a promoter and railroad builder. He graduated from Allegheny College in 1852 and moved to Kansas, where he founded the city of Topeka and succeeded in having it declared the territorial capital. Holliday secured the charter for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, which was organized in 1860. He was elected its first president and was director until the time of his death. Holliday was a leader in Republican politics, served in the Kansas state legislature, and was active in many business enterprises.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of letters (52 original manuscript letters and 86 photocopies of typescripts), documents, 24 photographs, and a scrapbook related to the life and business activities of Cyrus K. Holliday. There are materials related to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company and its business matters, the development of the city of Topeka, and politics in Kansas.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2021, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Former call number: mssHolliday papers.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    The photocopied typescripts of 86 letters in the collection are copies of original materials held in the Kansas State Historical Society.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Businessmen -- Kansas -- Archives
    Legislators -- Kansas -- Archives
    Railroad companies -- West (U.S.)
    Railroads -- West (U.S.) -- History -- Sources
    Kansas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Kansas -- Politics and Government -- 19th century
    Topeka (Kan.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Letters (correspondence) -- Kansas -- 19th century
    Photographs -- Kansas -- 19th century
    Scrapbooks -- Kansas -- 19th century
    Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company -- History -- Sources