Harvey County Historical Museum (HCHM) photo archive contains images reflecting public and private life in Harvey County from 1860 to the present day. Viewing options are on-line or on-site.

On-line Viewing of Selected Collections at HCHM

Thanks to a collaboration with the Forsyth Library at Ft. Hays State University, the following HCHM collections can be accessed on-line.

Nicholson Family Collection: John C. Nicholson was president of the Meridian Highway Association, which created the first trans-continental road (today’s highway US-81) in the United States (running from Canada, through the US and into Mexico). Collection features family-related photos from 1870 through 1940.

J. Birch Stuart Collection: J. Birch Stuart was active in the Harvey County Historical Society in the 1960s and 1970s. Featured are many photos taken in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

L. M. “Mike” Hurley Collection: Mike was a railroad brakeman and conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was also a railroad enthusiast and historian who authored the book “Newton, Kansas: #1 Santa Fe Rail Hub, 1871-1971.” Collection contains Newton rail hub pictures and photos related to the Harvey House.

Santa Fe Rail Mill Collection: Donated by Randy Young who retrieved these photos from discards at the Santa Fe Rail Mill when it closed in September 1999.

View the HCHM on-line collections

On-site Viewing of HCHM Photo Archive

The HCHM Photo Archive includes an estimated 10,000 images dating from 1871 to the present. Over 8,600 of these have been digitized and are in a searchable database on the visitor’s computer in the museum’s Carnegie Gift Shop. The collection includes photographs of Harvey County’s people, buildings, landscapes, businesses and organizations.

Orders and Fees

Image duplication is available in both digital and print formats. Certain requests may require special arrangements and could be subject to additional fees.

For non-commercial use of digital images and prints, please contact the photo curator at pictures@hchm.org for a Photograph Order Form and mail it along with your payment to:

Photo Registrar
Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives
PO Box 4
Newton, KS 67114-0004

For commercial use of digital images and prints, please contact the photo curator at pictures@hchm.org for a Photograph Permission Form and mail it along with your payment to the address listed above.

Preferred Citation

When using images obtained from our Photo Archives, please acknowledge their source as follows: Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives

Contact Information

Email: info@hchm.org
Telephone: 316.283.2221
Mailing address:
Photo Registrar
Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives
PO Box 4
Newton, KS 67114-0004