Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Joseph W. Bishop, Jr. Papers, 1880-ca.1910

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, August 2009

Summary Information
Title: Joseph W. Bishop, Jr. papers
Creator: Bishop, Joseph W., Jr., 1854-
Inclusive dates: 1880-ca.1910
Extent: 11 items
This collection contains a 24 page manuscript entitled " A Few Experiences of United States ," written by Joseph W. Bishop, Jr., around 1908. This item documents his travels from Boston to Kansas to Colorado.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2906.

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

Joseph W. Bishop, Jr. Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


This collection is organized chronologically.


English-born Joseph W. Bishop (1854-19??) immigrated to Boston c. 1879, spent time in Kansas in 1880, and settled in Denver, Colorado, in 1881. In 1886, he married English immigrant E.L. Tuxbury.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a 24-page manuscript entitled "A Few Experiences of United States," written by Joseph W. Bishop around 1908. The item colorfully records his experiences traveling across the states, and is full of descriptions of urban life in Boston, life on the Kansas frontier, and Denver in its early years. Bishop comments at length on the places, people, and customs he observes, and discusses travel by boat and railroad, Kansas cowboys, Boston Irish dockworkers, construction of a sod house, and the impressive public institutions of Denver.

Accompanying the manuscript are various official documents, including his declaration of US citizenship and homestead papers, letters of recommendation for employment, tax receipts, and a broadside and survey map for a Denver subdivision.

Subject Terms

    • Boston (Mass.)--Description and travel.
    • Cattle drives--West (U.S.)--History--19th century.
    • Cowboys--Kansas--History.
    • Denver (Colo.)--Description and travel.
    • Dingee & Co.
    • Fire departments--Colorado--Denver.
    • Frontier and pioneer life.
    • Land companies--Colorado--Denver.
    • Land subdivision--Colorado--Denver Metropolitan Area.
    • Railroad travel--West (U.S.)--History--19th century.
    • Ranch life--Kansas.
    • Real estate business--Colorado.
    • Transportation--United States--1880-1900.
    • United States--Description and travel.
    • Voyages and travels--United States--History--19th century.
    Genre Terms:
    • Claims.
    • Deeds.
    • Letters of recommendation.
    • Tax records.
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Joseph W. Bishop, Jr. papers [series]
    Box   1 Folder   1
    Notice of sale of building lots,  ca. 1882    [Note: original located in Book Division, Broadsides]
    Box   1 Folder   2
    Declaration of intention to become a U.S. Citizen,  1880
    Box   1 Folder   3
    Receipt for registry of homestead claim,  1880
    Box   1 Folder   4
    Quit-claim for Denver lots bought from Collins by Bishop,  1882
    Box   1 Folder   5
    Deed of sale of land from Harman to Bishop,  1882
    Box   1 Folder   6
    Employer's letter of recommendation of Bishop as a bookkeeper,  1883
    Box   1 Folder   7
    Employer's letter of recommendation,  1885
    Box   1 Folder   8
    Employer's letter of recommendation of Bishop as draughtsman,  1886
    Box   1 Folder   9
    Country tax receipt; includes "Sheep Inspector's Tax",  1888
    Box   1 Folder   10
    County tax receipt,  1891
    Box   1 Folder   11
    Manuscript,  ca. 1908
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Alternate Locations

    A notice of sale of building lots with a map (oversized) has been moved to the book division Broadsides: Peremptory and unreserved sale... (Dingee & Co.; Denver, Colo.: News Print. Co., [1882])