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United States Railroad History Collection, 1840-1930

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1044
Bib ID 4079248 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Campbell, Reall, Foster, Bright, and Dallas (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Title United States Railroad History Collection, 1840-1930
Physical Description 2 boxes (2 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/37_RA-REE_05.pdf
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged.

Description

Summary

This collection consists of 37 letters written in reply to a questionnaire sent out by the Philadelphia attorneys, Campbell, Reall, Foster, Bright, and Dallas, in regard to the case of SHARPLESS ET AL. VS. THE MAYOR, ALDERMEN, AND CITIZENS OF PHILADELPHIA IN 1853. These letters of reply contain information for 17 states, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Arkansas, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Maine, and Louisiana. The letters give brief but full accounts of the history, legislation, and policy of aid to railroads by local governments in these states up to 1853, the year in which all of the letters are dated. The letters were written by state officials and functionaries and are all in script of the clarity of mid-19th century legal hands. Also, articles of incorporation for the West Virginia railroads Clarksburg, Weston and Glenville Railroad and Transportation Company, Weston and Buckhannon Railroad Company, Weston and Elk River Railroad Company, Weston and West Fork Railroad Company, and Buckhannon River Railroad Company; railroad stock certificates; and scrapbooks containing news clippings relating to the Great Erie Railway War, 1868, and sample railroad tickets for the New York Central Railroad.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Railroads - records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--North, Paul, Jr. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--07/--/53. Accession number--M-53-07.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2018-09-19 Title changed from "Railroad - records" to "Collection on United States Railroad History"

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Buckhannon River Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York Central Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pennsylvania. Supreme Court Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroad companies -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroad companies -- West Virginia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroads -- United States -- Finance Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroads and state -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
West Virginia and Pittsburgh Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weston and Buckhannon Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weston and Elk River Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weston and West Fork Railroad Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The case of SHARPLESS ET AL. VS. THE MAYOR, ALDERMEN, AND CITIZENS OF PHILADELPHIA IN 1853 was a proceeding in equity before the Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania. It was an attempt to enjoin the city from subscribing to stock in certain railroad companies on the ground that that the laws authorizing such subscripts were unconstitutional.