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
Title: Joseph W. Bishop, Jr. papers Creator: Bishop, Joseph W., Jr., 1854- Inclusive dates: 1880-ca.1910 Extent: 11 items Abstract:
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
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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.