Fred Harvey Collection Exhibit

Traveling the Rails in Grand Style
Photographs and Supplemental Materials of the Fred Harvey Hotels,
1896-1945

About the Collection


There are approximately 2,000 photographs depicting exterior and interior views of hotels, eating houses, railroad stations and news stands operated by Fred Harvey. States represented are Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Other photographs document the Indian exhibits at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, 1915, and the Panama-California Exposition, 1915-1916. All photographs can be viewed through this online exhibit.

The collection holds many other materials as well, although these are not available online. A scrapbook depicts Mexican scenes and individuals, as well as Southwestern Indians. Hermit's Rest, Phantom Ranch, and Hermit Creek Camp, all at the Grand Canyon, can be explored through two guest book registers. A ledger book records certain Grand Canyon operations from 1906 to 1933. Details of news stands are revealed through blueprint plans. There is also correspondence, consisting primarily of letters of commendation for services rendered to patrons. Many are written on menu cards or hotel stationery.

To view these materials, arrange a visit to the Special Collections Reading Room. Check their website for hours and availability.


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