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Papers of Kansas real estate investor J. Haviland Haight

Call Number: RH MS 556


This collection contains papers concerning the 19th century real estate investments of J. Haviland Haight in the Kansas counties of Leavenworth, Douglas, and Wilson.


  • Creation: 1850 - 1894


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 J. Haviland Haight, b. 1828.

J. Haviland Haight was born on February 12, 1828 to Charles and Elizabeth Haight of Poughkeepsie, New York. In the 1870s, Haight purchased substantial tracts of real estate in the Kansas counties of Leavenworth, Douglas, and Wilson. In addition to his purchases of rural acreage, Haight acquired many lots within the city of Lawrence in Douglas County. He maintained his Poughkeepsie residency, but also resided in Lawrence at various times and retained title to his properties in and around Lawrence through the 1880s.


.25 linear foot (1 box)

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Scope and Contents

The J. Haviland Haight papers are comprised largely of correspondence, business records, and legal documents relating to Haight’s real estate investments in Leavenworth, Douglas, and Wilson counties. Haight's real estate papers include letters, mortgages, promissory notes, cancelled checks, property tax receipts, fire and tornado insurance policies, and deeds, including the 1860 deed for Haight's Poughkeepsie, New York residence. Names of Haight’s wife and parents appear on various deeds and mortgages. Several other legal documents relating to family members are included.

The collection’s letters consist of business letters, most written by real estate agents or attorneys on Haight’s behalf. Haight’s signature appears only on the collection’s legal documents. Folder arrangement is largely by type of document (deeds, property tax receipts, etc.). Subarrangement within folders is chronological.

Physical Location

RH MS 556

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Carmen Valentino, 1995.

Guide to the J. Haviland Haight Collection
Papers of Kansas real estate investor J. Haviland Haight
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
J. Haviland Haight Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 556, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States