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Jere L. Krakow Fred Harvey Company Research Collection

Identifier: MSS-1038-BC

Scope and Content

The collection was amassed by Jere Krakow as he was researching and preparing to write a history of the Fred Harvey Company. The materials include Krakow’s research, records from the Fred Harvey Company and its subsequent owner, Amfac, as well as papers from other sources, including Harvey family members. The collection, arranged in 5 series, consists of original and photocopied materials.

Jere Krakow Research: Primarily background materials, correspondence, notes, logistics, including papers written by Krakow and others on topics relating to the Fred Harvey Company, railroads, Harvey Girls, Harvey Houses.

“Fred Harvey and the American West” (film by Gary DeWalt): Film proposal, treatment, research, including correspondence from people/employees formerly associated with Fred Harvey operations.

Harvey Family: Biographical information, family tree, personal and legal documents, materials from family scrapbooks and from family members.

Fred Harvey Company Records: Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, stock related materials, payroll and financial ledgers, ephemera/memorabilia relating to the Fred Harvey Company and its connection to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. Includes Daggett Harvey Jr., Harold Schweizer, J. F. Huckel correspondence.

Fred Harvey v. Harvey House: Legal documents and correspondence from copyright/trademark infringement case.


  • 1858-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1995


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Jere L. Krakow was born on June 4, 1938 in Davenport, NE. His undergraduate degree was from Peru State College (NE), followed by his M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and a Doctorate from the University of Colorado. He was professor of history at Missouri State University in Springfield from 1967-1983. Krakow left academia for a career with the National Park Service in the mid-1980s. In 1995, he was named Superintendent of Long Distance Historic Trails for the Intermountain Region, and retired from the NPS in 1997.

Krakow’s research interest in the Fred Harvey Company developed while participating as a fellow in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on the American West at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA (1978). Planning to write a company history, Krakow pursued the Fred Harvey Company/Amfac Inc. as potential sources of Harvey Company records. (Amfac acquired the Fred Harvey Company from descendants of Fred Harvey in 1968). Krakow eventually gained access to the records, and, with the assistance of Daggett Harvey Jr. (great-grandson of Fred Harvey and Amfac Board of Directors' member), he received some research funding and ultimately took possession of the records. Krakow’s research was interrupted when he left academia for the National Park Service. He died in Albuquerque, NM on November 3, 2017, without having produced his Fred Harvey Company history.


9 boxes (9.27 cu. ft.) plus 1 oversized folder


Collection consists of Jere Krakow’s research materials as well as official records of the Fred Harvey Company, and related papers from other sources including family members.

Related Archival Material

Fred Harvey Company Photograph Collection Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries. Fred Harvey Papers Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Santa Fe, New Mexico Fred Harvey Company Menus Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Separated Material

Microfilm reels have been transferred to Kansas State Historical Society, where Krakow previously donated the bulk of microfilm reels.

Three dimensional items have been transferred to the New Mexico History Museum.
Finding Aid of the Jere L. Krakow Fred Harvey Company Research Collection, 1858-2015
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131