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Papers of Arthur B. Havens

Call Number: RH MS 49


Business forms and legal documents related to business and professional interests of Arthur B. Havens, a real estate broker and collection agent in the early history of Leavenworth, Kansas. The papers include documents of the Kansas Immigration Society and communications from Leavenworth newspaperman Daniel Read Anthony and from Isaac Peckham Christiancy, a former Michigan senator and supreme court justice.


  • Creation: 1844 - 1911


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Arthur B. Havens

Arthur Bostwick Havens was born in 1836 to Ceballos Daniel Paul Havens and Eleanor Frey Havens of Ephratah (Fulton County), New York. In the 1850s, he and his brothers Paul Egbert Havens and Eugene Frey Havens moved to Kansas Territory. They settled in Leavenworth, where Arthur Havens became a real estate broker and collection agent, an agent for the Merchants' Despatch Fast Freight Line, and secretary of the Kansas Immigration Society, which promoted Kansas settlement and land sales. From 1876 to 1882, he and his brother Paul co-owned and operated a large flour mill near Leavenworth. Havens was married to Frances Beaumont. He died in 1921.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 2 oversize folders)

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Scope and Contents

The Arthur Havens papers are comprised largely of business forms and legal documents related to Havens' business interests and professional memberships. The collection's business communications, which include no letters written by Havens himself, consist of one telegram (from Leavenworth newspaper owner Daniel Read Anthony to Kansas Senator Edmund G. Ross, denouncing Ross's vote against impeachment of U. S. President Andrew Johnson), and two letters addressed to Havens from Isaac Peckham Christiancy, a prominent Michigan statesman and a fellow native of Fulton County, New York.

Physical Location

RH MS 49

Physical Location

RH MS Q330

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Emily (Mrs. C. A.) Preyer.

Related Materials

At RH MS 555 (Spencer Library's Anthony and Havens Family Papers) are letters from Arthur Havens to his brother Paul Havens, a letter to Arthur Havens from his brother Eugene Havens and family photographs.

Guide to the Arthur B. Havens Collection
Papers of Arthur B. Havens
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2004; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mh, 2004; revised by skt, 2010
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Preferred citation
Arthur B. Havens Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 49, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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