J.E. THOMAS PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of portions of 16 chronologically arranged letters and a map that J.E. Thomas wrote to his parents while employed as a surveyor by the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in 1883-1884. It is unclear who numbered the pages or letters.
Collection also available on microfilm: Mflm190.
The collection is open for research.
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J.E. (Joe) Thomas worked as a surveyor for the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in Nebraska in 1883 and 1884. During his employment with the railroad he wrote letters home to his mother and father. These letters and one hand-drawn map comprise this collection.
His letters indicate he may have resided near Boston, Massachusetts, and possibly near Putnam, Connecticut. His trip West ,which began in Boston was summarized in his first letter: "Cost me from Boston here, tickets and meals [etc.] about $49.00." He traveled through Buffalo, Chicago, and Omaha to Lincoln, Nebraska. The letters covers less than a year. There is little information about his family, however it appears that he did have a sister, "Mag". The only indication that Thomas's first name was Joe came from a note added by someone else (Arthur) on his first letter home. Arthur is mentioned as though he might be a cousin or relative.
From Thomas's writing it might be deducted that at the time of the correspondence he may of been in his early 20s. He wrote on February 24, 1884 "I think this is just the life for one to lead early in life as it fits for them to endure hardships, gives them an idea of living and of new country." Several other comments lend credence to this age range.
1 microfilm reels (35mm)
Other Finding Aids
Collection of letters purchased from Michael Vinson Rare Books of Afton, Wyoming in 2001.
Number of Boxes: 1 (.25 lf)
Microfilm: 1 reel (Mflm 190)
PROCESSED AND ENCODED BY:
Roger L. Dudley
- Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Company -- Archival resources.
- Letters (correspondence) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Microfilms. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Railroads -- Surveying -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Thomas, J. E. (Joe) -- Correspondence.
- J.E. THOMAS PAPERS
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