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Identifier: A0129

Title: William K. Bixby Papers, 1700-1931


William Keeney Bixby, businessman and financier, was born January 2, 1857, at Adrian, Michigan, son of Alonzo Foster and Emma Louisa Keeney Bixby. He was educated in public schools and graduated from Adrian High School in 1873. Following graduation, he worked as a baggage handler on the railroad in Texas, and was later brought to St. Louis by H.M. Hoxie, president of the Missouri Pacific. Bixby began his St. Louis career with the American Car and Foundry Company, of which he became president, subsequently acting as chairman of the board until his retirement in 1905. He was also a cofounder of the Lithosite Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, manufacturers of roofing tile and soil pipe. Bixby's social and civic interests were numerous, and following his retirement he continued to serve on the board of directors of several banks, utilities, and industries. He was an avid collector of autographs, manuscripts, and rare books, and was generous in presenting them to others. He served two terms as president of the Missouri Historical Society (1907-1913 and 1925-1930), and was instrumental in securing a permanent headquarters for the society in Forest Park. Bixby married Lillian Tuttle June 13, 1881, in San Antonio, Texas. They had six children: Sidney, William, Harold, Ralph, Emma, and Ruth. Bixby died October 29, 1931.

The collection includes Bixby's own papers together with the manuscripts collected by him. Bixby's correspondence relates to his business affairs, his purchases and sales of manuscripts, his philanthropic work, the many books that he published privately, his activities with the Red Cross, his world travels, and the many societies of which he was a member. Includes material on the St. Louis City Art Museum, the Sears Memorial at Mary Institute, Washington University, the Wixford controversy concerning credit for the method of purifying St. Louis city water, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, the construction of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, and the Missouri Historical Society. Business record books include two minute books (1890-1900) and one ledger (1895-1899) of the Missouri Car and Foundry Company and the corporate record book of the Lithosite Manufacturing Company (1897-1899). Papers collected by Bixby include: a large autograph collection (European royalty and others); letters of Samuel Houston, Dorothy Jordan, Madame de Pompadour, and Zachary Taylor; material relating to Fort Chartres, Illinois (1730), Kaskaskia, Illinois (1753), Arkansas River fortifications (1751-1755), Andrew Jackson, and the Mexican War; and a missal bifolium from Florence, Italy (circa 1450-1470).

33 boxes; 4 volumes; 3 oversize folders

Indexed in the archives card catalog.

Cite as: William K. Bixby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1700-1931

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931

Subjects: Business
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)
Missouri State Capitol (Jefferson City, Mo.)
Mexican War, 1846-1848


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