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William Payne, Correspondence

Title: William Payne, Correspondence

Creator: Payne, William

Dates: 1865-1869

Quantity: 2 folders (0.1 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0281

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: William Payne, Correspondence (MS 0281). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


William Payne grew up in Fayette, Howard County, Missouri, and later moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska, after his marriage. In Nebraska City he established the business "Bradley and Payne, Forwarding and Commission Merchants, Steam Boat Agents, Dealers in Grain, and all kinds of Produce." He wrote letters to his brothers Thomas and Benjamin Payne, who both lived in Fayette, Missouri, to encourage them to relocate and to provide information on investment opportunities. His letters provide details on the growth of Nebraska City and the influence of the railroads and western expansion.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of Payne's original letters written to his brothers.


Pioneers - Nebraska

Railroads - Nebraska

Railroads - Nebraska

West (U.S)

Cargo ships


Cattle - Nebraska

Wheat trade - Nebraska

Nebraska - Nebraska City

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Company

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1865, Feb. 23-1869, Sept. 16 Box 1. Folder 2. Notes, envelopes

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