Freeling Tufts collection
The collection includes personal and business correspondence and documents reflecting Freeling Tufts' career as a cvil engineer and real estate entrepreneur.
- Creation: 1864 - 1906
- Tufts, Freeling, 1844-1905 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The materials associated with RH MS 45 are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.
All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or email@example.com, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of Freeling Tufts
Freeling Tufts was born September 10, 1844 in Litchfield, New Hampshire. He was educated at the New London (New Hampshire) Institute, receiving his training as a civil engineer. He worked in this profession for five years on the Lake Erie railroad, for three years on the Chicago and Northwestern line, and for three years on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific line.
In 1877 Tufts moved to Atchison, Kansas and was employed as an assistant engineer on the Central Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad. By 1879, Tufts was promoted to chief engineer of that line.
In that same year Tufts began to dabble in mortgage and real estate deals while still an employee of the Union Pacific. By the middle 1880s he was involved in a number of financial ventures, including acting as an investor in the Luray, Paradise, Sylvan Grove and Lucas town companies, in Lincoln (Kansas) Land, Investment and Improvement Company, and other ventures in Lincoln and Russell counties in Kansas.
In 1893 Tufts was appointed receiver for the insolvent Kansas Trust and Banking Company, a leading farm credit company in Atchison, Kansas, whose president was John J. Ingalls, an early settler in Kansas and U.S. Senator serving the state for 18 years. Tufts' efforts to revive the company failed, but he continued his involvement in the real estate business until his death in 1905.
10.5 Linear Feet (23 boxes + 33 volumes)
Language of Materials
Scope and Contents
This collection contains incoming and outgoing professional and personal correspondence, diaries, an autograph book, and financial records documenting the life and business interests of Freeling Tufts. The earliest item in the collection is an autograph book from the 1860s; the bulk of the collection dates from the 1880s-1900s and documents Tufts' business interests and financial state throughout his years living in Kansas.
RH MS 45
Contact Spencer Library Reader Services (Library Annex)
RH MS A10
RH MS B29
RH MS B31 - RH MS B34
RH MS CK5
RH MS CK6
RH MS E68
RH MS G19
RH MS G22
RH MS H5
Other Finding Aids
See the attached Pdf for the container list for RH MS 45, the bulk of the collection: ksrl.kc.tuftsfcorresp.ead.pdf
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Fred Kest, 1960; part of a larger collection.
- Harvey, William G. (Person)
- Armsby, E. G. (Person)
- Mortgage and Trust Company of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Penn.) (Organization)
- Kansas Trust and Banking Company (Atchison, Kan.) (Organization)
- Guide to the Freeling Tufts Collection
- Freeling Tufts collection
- Finding aid compiled by lgg 27 February 1974. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2016.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Freeling Tufts Collection, RH MS 45, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.