Fred Harvey Collection Exhibit

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

Fred Harvey (1835-1901) began a partnership with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1878. In 1889, the Railway gave Harvey exclusive rights to manage and operate his eating houses, lunch stands, and hotel facilities upon the Santa Fe's railroads west of the Missouri River. The Harvey Houses took pride in their first class food, service, and cleanliness. More information can be found about this Exhibit in:

About the Collection

Special Collections has arranged the original physical Harvey materials as three series:

Series 1: Photographs, undated, (boxes 1-11) arranged alphabetically by state.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1896-1945 (boxes 12-17).

Series 3: Miscellaneous Records, 1906-1940s (vols. 18-23).

The boxes contain folders, subdivided by city /or location. Within these folders reside the photographs. This layout is maintained in the web version, and can be viewed in the

Finding Aid

The Harvey Collection is among the most heavily requested by visitors and researchers asking for reprints. Use of these images are only allowed with permission from The University of Arizona Library's Special Collections. To find out how this is done go to


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