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A Guide to the James Edmundson Ingraham Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

Digitization funded with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ingraham, James Edmundson, 1850-1924
Title: James Edmundson Ingraham Papers
Dates: 1854-1920
Abstract: Correspondence, miscellaneous materials, and photographs of businessman, entrepreneur, and railroad company executive.
Extent: 1 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: Ms 56
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Businessman, entrepreneur, and railroad company executive. James Edmundson Ingraham was born and educated in Racine, Wisconsin. He moved to Florida in 1874 and became associated with Henry Sanford in Sanford, Florida. He spent most of his career working in Florida for the railroad tycoons, Henry Flagler and Henry Plant. As part of his work for the Plant railroad along the west coast of Florida, he conducted a survey through the Everglades from Ft. Myers to Miami in 1892. From 1892 until 1897 he was employed by Flagler in various positions, and from 1897 to 1899 he served as land commissioner for the Florida East Coast Railway (1897-1899). After the turn of the century, he served as president of Flagler's Model Land Company and as an officer of several small land companies organized by Flagler. In this capacity, he promoted land sales and spurred the growth of towns in Florida for several years.

Scope and Content

The Ingraham Papers (1854-1920) contain his business papers, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to railroads, the Everglades and the sugar industry in Florida. Of particular interest are Ingraham's manuscripts regarding the Flagler and Plant railroads and their role in developing South Florida.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Correspondence with and materials about J.E. Ingraham (including property records), Joshua Coffin Chase, Henry Sanford and the early railroads in Florida in the 19th century can be found in the Chase Collection. For additional materials pertaining to development in the Everglades, consult the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Papers, the William Sherman Jennings Papers, the May Mann Jennings Papers, and the Thomas E. Will Papers.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Items in the James Edmundson Ingraham collection have been digitized for America's Swamp: The Historical Everglades project, which is generously supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). In addition to the links that are provided throughout this guide to the collection, all materials can be browsed at the James Edmundson Ingraham page in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please note the majority of items in this collection are not described individually. Therefore, it is not possible to search for a specific item (e.g., a letter written by a particular author). Instead, the digital collection is best accessed by selecting a folder title and browsing the images contained in each folder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Edmundson Ingraham Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Conway C. Ford and Maria G. Ford.

Contents List

Manuscripts, Speeches, and Writings

1 A Man's Work, 1884-1909.
1 Our Asphalt Streets.
1 Seminole Indians.
1 Notes on a trip: Jupiter Inlet south to Miami, 1896.
1 Statement: Everglades drainage, 1917.
1 Flagler's Railroad.
1 Speech on Flagler
1 Dash through the Everglades.
1 Library catalog, 1887.
1 The Everglades, by Mrs. Ingraham; two letters, 1925.
1 Manufacturers Record 1922, Jan. 26.: "...Some Historical Facts About Florida".


1 Correspondence: 1854-1890
1 Correspondence: 1892-1901
1 Correspondence: 1902-1925
1 Letter from James E. Ingraham to Joseph Y. Porter, Sanford, Fla.: 1888


1 South Florida R.R. Co. : 1880 by-laws; stock distribution; and 1888 general order.
1 Passes.
1 Song of the Indian River Tropical Trunk Line (adv. Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West System).
1 National Railway Historical Society - Flagler dedication.
1 East Coast Railway maps. Ft. Pierce to Perrine Grant (Dade and Brevard counties).

News Clippings

1 Clippings - Family.
1 Clippings - Railroads, Flagler, and wife.


1 Chase, Joshua C.: "South Florida As I Found It, 1884-1885".
1 Saikai, Joseph (Yamoto settlement).
1 Roote, Fred. A.; death.
1 Statement: board for Ingrahams, Sanford.
1 Donation of land to Seminoles, Resolution, 1891.
1 Flagler deposition.
1 Season ticket, Coronation, 1901.
1 Value and taxes, East coast counties, 1910, 1915, 1922.
1 St. Johns Co. bonds, 1923.
1 Taxes, 1921-1922.
1 Reports of forestry committee, 1915.
1 Invitations (5).
1 Calling cards (5).
1 Flagler statue.
1 Land for sale.
1 Memorials: death of J.E. Ingraham with letters.
1 Sermon by Rev. J.P.T. Ingraham.
1 Flagler: memorial, will.
1 Stationary for Sanford Store, J.E. Ingraham, Agent.
1 Design for an Observatory for a 7 ft. Telescope and a Transit Instrument.


2 Photographs.
2 Family Photographs.
2 Family Portraits.
2 Family Photo Album (stored in separate box).

Diaries and Books

2 James Ingraham diary of an exploration trip through the Everglades, 1892 (typescript).
2 Family book: Dr. Eliz. Ingraham Pocket Medical 1884.
2 Family book: Dr. Eliz. Ingraham Address Book.
2 Family book: Rev. Ingraham Parochial Register 1901-1902.
2 Family book: Capt. F.A. Root Civil War Diary (Wisconsin Volunteers), 1863.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948.
Chase, Sydney Octavius, 1860-1941.
Everglades (Fla.)
Flagler, Henry Morrison, 1830-1913.
Plant, Henry Bradley, 1819-1899.
Railroads -- Florida.
Saint Augustine (Fla.) -- History.
Sugar growing -- Florida.

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