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Thomas Elwood Calvert, 1849-1916


RG1998.AM:  Thomas Elwood Calvert, 1849-1916

Papers:  1826-1937, mostly 1910-1916
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Construction Engineer, Burlington Railroad
Size:  2.0 cu.ft.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Thomas E. Calvert was born near Newton Square, Pennsylvania, Sept. 10, 1849, the son of Isaac A. and Pheobe R. Calvert. He spent his youth on his father's farm and attended the public schools in Media, Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen, Calvert was sent to a boarding school at Norristown where he took a college preparatory course. He then entered Yale University from which he graduated in 1870.

Soon after his graduation, in April 1871, Calvert came to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and was employed in the engineering department of the Burlington Railroad west of the Missouri River. After several years of preparation, he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Lines West, in 1878. He became General Superintendent of the Lines West Division in 1884 and held this position until 1904 when he was transferred to Chicago as Chief Engineer of the entire Burlington system.

Thomas E. Calvert retired in 1912 and returned to a new home that he built in Lincoln, Nebraska. Calvert Street in Lincoln is named in his honor. Calvert died in December of 1916 and was buried in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of manuscript material arranged in five series: 1) Correspondence, 1826-1935; 2) letter press books, 1885-1916; 3) Legal and Financial materials, 1890-1916; 4) Scrapbooks, 1877-1895; and 5) Miscellaneous materials.

Series 1, General correspondence, mainly relates to the Burlington Railroad and includes rejection letters Calvert received when he initially sought work with the railroad.

Series 2, Letter Press Books, contains five volumes arranged in chronological order.

Series 3, Legal and financial materials, includes substantial information regarding the construction and furnishings of Calvert's new Lincoln home.

Series 4, Scrapbooks, consists of two volumes assembled by Mrs. Calvert.

Series 5, Miscellaneous materials, includes blueprints from locomotives and train cars as well as memorabilia from trips Mrs. Calvert took after Mr. Calvert's death.

Some correspondents include Thomas Doane, 1870-1885; George W. Holdrege 1885-1900; A.E. Touzalin 1885-1889; and Daniel Willard 1904-1935.

Note: See the photo component [RG1998.PH] for photographs.

DESCRIPTION

Series 1 - General Correspondence, 1826-1935

Box 1
Folder
  1. Letter from Elizabeth Lewis to Deborah Calvert, 1826 (see oversize)
  2. 1870-1890
  3. 1893-1909
  4. 1910-1911
  5. 1912
  6. 1913
  7. 1914
  8. 1915
  9. 1916
  10. Letters to Mrs. (Cora Hardy) Calvert, 1917-1935
  11. Undated correspondence
  12. Bound volume of letters from Calverts' overseas trip, 1911-12

Series 2 - Letter Press Books, 1885-1916

Volume
  1. 1872-1885 (see oversize)
  2. 1885-1890 (see oversize)
  3. 1891-1900 (see oversize)
  4. 1900-1910 (see oversize)
  5. 1910-1916 (see oversize)

Series 3 - Legal and Financial Files, 1890-1916

Box 1
Folder
  1. Automobile Expense, 1912-1916
  2. Barber, H.O. & Sons, (Flour Mill), 1912-1916
  3. C.B. & Q Freight Bills, 1910-1916
  4. Clow, James B., & Co. (Iron Works), 1910-1914
  5. Curtis, Towle, & Paine Co., 1912-1914
  6. Dobbs, Harry (Contractor), 1911-1913
Box 2
Folder
  1. Hardy Furniture, 1911-1916
  2. Harvey Enslow Lumber Co. and Enterprise Planing, 1913-1916
  3. Howard and Korsmeyer Electric Companies, 1911-1912
  4. Kunkler Plumbing Supplies, 1911-1912
  5. Lincoln Wallpaper Co. and Green Decorator, 1911-1912
  6. Marshall Oil Co., 1912-1915
  7. Matthews Gas Machine Co., 1912-1916
  8. Nebraska Cornice Works, 1911
  9. Nichols Roofing Co., 1911
  10. Reimers, Kaufman Co., 1911
  11. Sanitary Refrigerator & Table Co., 1915
  12. Steinway, and Welte & Co. (pianos), 1912-1916
  13. Western Brick and Supply Co., 1911
  14. Western Glass & Paint & Supply Co., 1911-1916
  15. Westover Co. (Iron Works), 1911
  16. Wolff, Mfg. and Yates Lumber Co., 1911-1915
  17. Miscellaneous bill statements, 1911-1913
  18. Miscellaneous bill statements, 1914-1917
  19. Miscellaneous materials relating to house, undated
  20. Tax receipts, 1890-1911
  21. Warranty deeds
  22. Miscellaneous financial statements

Series 4 - Scrapbooks, 1877-1895

Volume
  1. Cora Hardy Calvert's collection of greeting cards (see oversize)
  2. Cora Hardy Calvert's newspaper clippings (see oversize)

Series 5 - Miscellaneous Materials

Box 2
Folder
  1. Printed Material
Box 3
Folder
  1. Printed Material
  2. Blueprints (Locomotives, cars, Calvert neighborhood)
  3. Genealogy
  4. Marriage certificates of Calvert ancestors, ca. 1700s, 1800s (see oversize)
  5. Postcards collected by Cora Hardy Calvert
  6. Postcards collected by Cora Hardy Calvert
  7. Postcards collected by Cora Hardy Calvert
  8. Miscellaneous notebooks
  9. Cora Hardy Calvert's diary from overseas trip, 1911-1912
Volume
  1. Bound book containing Calvert's personal notes (see oversize)

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

Calvert, Cora Belle (Hardy), 1861-1940
Calvert, Thomas Elwood, 1849-1916
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Lancaster County (Neb.) -- History
Lincoln (Neb.) -- History

 

07-11-2007   Revised TMM/tmm

 

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