W. P. Fife Papers
|| W. P. Fife Papers
||0.25 linear feet
||Purchased from Michael Heaston, 12-1993
||JEO, 2-2-1994; JEF, 4-27-1998; MN, 2-6-2012
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This collection of W. P. Fife’s
papers contains promotional information regarding investment securities
and purchase of stock in the Great Western Oil Refinery and Pipe Line Company.
These reports and letters to potential investors urge investments in the
refinery located in Erie, Kansas, and they represent the investment fervor
surrounding the growing Kansas oil industry in the early 20th century. Included
are references for Fife and information about his business connections and
career as an evangelist.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
||Box 1 FF 1-6
||Sales Circulars. 1904-1906. Promotional information
regarding investment securities and purchase of stock in the Great
Western Oil Refinery and Pipe Line Company in Erie, Kansas, as well
as in gold mines in Colorado. Of interest are changes in Fife’s
location, title and businesses.
||Box 1 FF 7
||Biographical Information. 1905.
Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing
Series 1 ‒ Sales Circulars
||Sales circular from W. P. Fife of Denver, Colorado,
to potential investors outlining the opportunities in buying shares
and the dividends available on investments in Colorado gold mines.
||Sales circular from Fife, “Financial Agent,”
of Denver, appealing to investors in the Great Western Oil Refinery
and Pipe Line Company, Erie, Kansas. Includes references, projected
stock dividends and progress report. Manuscript notation by Fife
on cover. 10-7-1905.
||Sales circular from Fife, “President,”
of Kansas City, Missouri, describing potential investments in his
Great Western Oil Refinery and Pipe Line Company. Includes an encapsulation
of business methods and hopes of contracting to Standard Oil. Circa
||Sales circular from Fife, “Mining and Oil
Operator”of St. Louis, describing Great Western Oil Refinery
and Pipe Line Company and investment possibilities. Included are
projections for future profit on investment, outline of current
success of oil refinery, and organization of the company. 3-1-1906.
||Sales circular from Fife, “Investment Securities,”
St. Louis, outlining stock and operation of the Great Western Oil
Refinery and Pipe Line Company. Includes references for Fife and
the company along with letters from current stockholders promoting
||Sales circular from Fife, Investment Securities,
St. Louis, reporting on operation of Great Western Oil Refinery
and Pipe Line Company and appeal for investment promising great
returns in stock. 4-11-1906.
Series 2 ‒ Biographical Information
||Reprint of Kansas City Journal
article on Fife and his interest in Kansas oil fields and Colorado
gold mines. Includes information on his career as an evangelist.