Robert Harvey, 1844-1923 [RG2024.AM]


RG2024.AM:  Robert Harvey, 1844-1923

Papers:  1896-1923

Howard County, Neb.:  Civil engineer; pioneer

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


Robert Harvey, born January 4, 1844, at Savannah, Ohio, served in the 74th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. He moved to Nebraska, and in 1871 was influential in pioneering Howard County, Nebraska, and for about twenty-eight years was a deputy U.S. Surveyor. He was also an official of the Nebraska State Historical Society in charge of historical sites. He died on November 1, 1923, in Lincoln, Nebraska.


The Harvey collection includes material arranged in three series: 1) Correspondence, 1896-1923; 2) Manuscripts; and 3) Receipts.

The bulk of the Robert Harvey collection consists of correspondence from the early 1900s dealing primarily with the location of the Oregon Trail (and others), battle monuments, and other historical sites.


Series 1 – Correspondence, 1896-1923

Box 1


    1. Letter (1896) to W.H. Hill giving details of his life between 1869-1896

    1. Oregon Trail markers, historical sites, maps and detailed descriptions

    1. Oregon Trail markers, historical sites, general

Series 2 – Manuscripts

    1. “The Oregon Trail Across Nebraska” (3 copies)

    1. “A Historical Grave” (3 copies)

    1. An address on the dedication of a monument marking the point where the Oregon Trail crossed the Kansas-Nebraska border

    1. A detailed history of Howard County and St. Paul, Nebraska (description, letters, etc.)

      Biographies of the brothers N.J. and J.N. Paul, who organized Howard County in 1871

    1. “The Story of the Second Standard Parallel” (published in Eustis News, January 20, 1911)

      Harvey’s account of surveying in Nebraska.

Series 3 – Receipts

    1. Receipts for historical monuments giving exact locations

      Oregon Trail monument notes by Robert Harvey (1 vol.)



Harvey, Robert, 1844-1923

Historical markers — Nebraska

Howard County (Neb.) — History

Oregon Trail

St. Paul (Neb.) — History


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