The Virginia American Water Company Collection Finding Aid MS103

The Virginia American Water Company Collection Finding Aid MS103


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Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library

717 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
pwalker@alexlibraryva.org
URL: http://alexlibraryva.org/lhsc

Angie Rickwalt

Repository
Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library
Identification
MS103
Title
The Virginia American Water Company Collection (MS103)1866-1988
Quantity
7 Linear Feet, 15 Boxes
Creator
Virginia American Water Company
Language
English .

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Virginia American Water Company Collection, MS103, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, Va.


Biographical / Historical

The Virginia American Water Company was originally founded in 1852 as the Alexandria Water Company. The idea for a supply of clean water can be attributed to Benjamin Hallowell, who after losing three children to disease, may have realized the importance of clean water. The Alexandria Water Company was chartered by the Virginia Legislature on March 22, 1850 and Hallowell served as its first President. The company expanded in the early 1900s and again in the 1950s. In 1972, the company merged with the Old Dominion Water Corporation and the Prince William Water Company to become the Virginia American Water Company.

Content Description

The collection consists of financial records, such as account books from the 1800s; dividend payments; income tax returns from 1919-1928; company records and reports; an employee records book from the 1920s-1940; letters of correspondence; company histories; franchise map; and newsclippings from various newspapers in 1956-1957. Of particular interest are the 1867 property book and the book containing the "Copies of Deeds, Agreements, & Contracts" from 1853-1892. Both contain drawings and diagrams of where water pipes had been laid in Old Town.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in six series as follows: Series I: Correspondence, 1866-1980 Series II: Company Records, 1859-1960 Series III: Financial Records, 1852-1929 and Annual Reports, 1851-1879 Series IV: Legal Documents, 1924-1948 Series V: Company History/Photographs and Miscellaneous Items Series VI: Drawings and Sketches

Related Material

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Box 202; Alexandria City Records, Box 19MM, Box 19UU (Water and gas pipes, 1855); Boothe Family Papers, Box 164 (Annual Reports, 1851-1879); Box 195.

Erickson, Philip M., Cdr. Alexandria Water Company Permits: The First 1000 'Pipers.' Alexandria, VA: City of Alexandria Archaeology, 1988. Hallowell, Benjamin. Autobiography of Benjamin Hallowell. Philadelphia: Friends Book Association, 1884. Swain, Perry Carpenter. "Robert Hartshorne Miller, 1798-1874, A Quaker Presence in Alexandria." Graduate Thesis, George Washington University, 1988.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Alexandria (Va.) -- Economic conditions
  • Alexandria (Va.) -- History.
  • Municipal water supply -- Virginia -- Alexandria

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Alexandria (Va.) -- Economic conditions
  • Alexandria (Va.) -- History.

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1866-1980.
Scope and Contents

This series includes business letters, letters to employees, and other various correspondences pertaining to the early years of the Alexandria Water Company

  • Outgoing and incoming letters to the State Corporation Commission, September 1919, December 1920, December 1922-January 1923. box: 1, Text folder: 1,
  • Circular letter to Cameron Run Pump House employees, 1921-12. box: 1, Text folder: 2,
  • Worker compensation claim by Alan Cogan, 1919-10. box: 1, Text folder: 3,
  • Letter of complaint by Mrs. Kate N. Taylor, 1922-11. box: 1, Text folder: 4,
  • Letter regarding the company audit, 1922-12. box: 1, Text folder: 5,
  • Note for D.J. Howell.. box: 1, Text folder: 6,
  • Letters to and from War Department regarding soldiers bathing at Edsall Station, 1911-06. box: 1, Text folder: 7,
  • Pipe distribution in Rosemont (see also blueprint collection).. box: 1, Text folder: 8,
  • Letter to Chief Engineer from National Board of Fire Underwriters regarding cleaning of water mains (includes drawings), 1917, 1922. box: 1, Text folder: 9,
  • Letter regarding high water pressure, 1929-04. box: 1, Text folder: 10,
  • Letter regarding water main on Duncan Avenue, 1921-04. box: 1, Text folder: 11,
  • Letter to Fairfax County regarding Belle Haven Golf Club, 1927-04. box: 1, Text folder: 12,
  • Letters regarding assessment of American Water Company properties by Commonwealth of Virginia, 1929-06. box: 1, Text folder: 13,
  • Letters of Gardner L. Boothe, company attorney, 1948-10-1948-11. box: 1, Text folder: 14,
  • Copy of letter to Robert H. Miller taken from the Autobiography of Benjamin Hallowell, 1873-04. box: 1, Text folder: 15,
  • Alexandria Water Company Centennial Story, 1980. box: 1, Text folder: 16,
  • Miscellaneous letters and correspondence, 1920s. box: 1, Text folder: 17,
  • Correspondence book, 1866-1899. box: 2, Text
Series II: Company Records, 1859-1860.
Scope and Contents

This series contains various company records, such as personnel records, various reports and lists, all pertaining to the running of the water company.

  • Personnel records, 1920's-1940. box: 3, Text folder: 1,
  • List of pipe laid, 1851-1917. box: 3, Text folder: 2,
  • Rules, Regulations, and Rates, 1867 and November 1918. box: 3, Text folder: 3,
  • Report of Holmes Run Storage Reservoir, 1904. box: 3, Text folder: 4,
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, Wheat v. City Council of Alexandria, 1982-02. box: 3, Text folder: 5,
  • Meter lists, 1928-07. box: 3, Text folder: 6,
  • Personal correspondence, possibly by Robert Miller, 1868. box: 3, Text folder: 7,
  • Consumer premises data, 1920. box: 3, Text folder: 8,
  • American Water Works Association, certificate of corporate membership, 1909. box: 3, Text folder: 9,
  • American Water Works Association, resolution concerning effect of war conditions upon maintenance and management of water works, 1918-04. box: 3, Text folder: 10,
  • Report to Virginia Board of Health, 1923-11. box: 3, Text folder: 11,
  • Test by New York Water Board on mortar with sand. box: 3, Text folder: 12,
  • Statistical report on pumping stations, 1933. box: 3, Text folder: 13,
  • Inspection report, 1931. box: 3, Text folder: 14,
  • Agreement with stockholders, 1929-04. box: 3, Text folder: 15,
  • Meeting minutes, 1926. box: 3, Text folder: 16,
  • Minutes from annual meeting of stockholders and newly elected Board of Directors, 1927-11. box: 3, Text folder: 17,
  • Location of valves. box: 3, Text folder: 18,
  • Meter installation documents. box: 3, Text folder: 19,
  • Report to the Honorable J.M. Hill, city council. box: 3, Text folder: 20,
  • Report to stockholders, 1925-06. box: 3, Text folder: 21,
  • Proposed pipe extension, 1923-09. box: 3, Text folder: 22,
  • Drawings of properties to be plotted and properties completed, 1920s. box: 3, Text folder: 23,
  • Fire hydrants, 1920s. box: 3, Text folder: 24,
  • Advertising, 1933, 1964. box: 3, Text folder: 25,
  • Statement made by P.H. Dowdell at meeting of Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, 1960. box: 3, Text folder: 26,
  • Materials pertaining to Fairfax County, 1967-1972. box: 3, Text folder: 27,
  • Property Book, 1867. box: 4, Text
    Existence and Location of Copies

    photocopy available in vertical file

  • Copies of Deeds, Agreements & Controls, 1853. box: 5, Text
    Existence and Location of Copies

    photocopy available in vertical file

Series III: Financial Records and Annual Reports, 1851-1929.
Scope and Contents

This series contains documents such as income tax returns, account books, a dividend book, and other various financial documents as well as the annual reports from the President and Board of Directors to the stockholders.

  • Annual Information Return, 1921-1929. box: 6, Text folder: 1,
  • Receipts, 1865-1902, 1926. box: 6, Text folder: 2,
  • Income Tax Returns, 1919-1928. box: 6, Text folder: 3,
  • Dividend Summary, 1855-02-1929-01. box: 6, Text folder: 4,
  • Appraisal Summary, 1906-11. box: 6, Text folder: 5,
  • Income Statement, 1923. box: 6, Text folder: 6,
  • Income Statement, 1924. box: 6, Text folder: 7,
  • Income Statement, 1925. box: 6, Text folder: 8,
  • Income Statement, 1926. box: 6, Text folder: 9,
  • Income Statement, 1927. box: 6, Text folder: 10,
  • Income Statement, 1928. box: 6, Text folder: 11,
  • Income Statement, 1929. box: 6, Text folder: 12,
  • Prepaid insurance, 1924, 1928. box: 6, Text folder: 13,
  • Flat rate delinquents, 1929-04. box: 6, Text folder: 14,
  • Taxes, 1928-01-1929-06. box: 6, Text folder: 15,
  • Tax reports to State Corporation Division, 1950s. box: 7, Text folder: 1,
  • List of dividend payments on stock of Domestic and Resident Corporation, 1923-1927. box: 7, Text folder: 2,
  • Materials in transit, 1927. box: 7, Text folder: 3,
  • Salaries, Inventory, Certificates and Canceled Certificates, 1929. box: 7, Text folder: 4,
  • Miscellaneous financial documents, 1920s. box: 7, Text folder: 5,
  • Inventory of filtration plant, 1928-07. box: 7, Text folder: 6,
  • Annual Reports, 1851-1870. box: 7, Text folder: 7,
  • Annual Reports, 1870-1879. box: 7, Text folder: 8,
  • Account Book, 1850-1862. box: 8, Text folder: 1,
  • Account Book (Abstract of Water Rents Received), 1852-1855. box: 8, Text folder: 2,
  • Account Book, 1862-1865. box: 8, Text folder: 3,
  • Dividend Payment Book, 1855-1887. box: 8, Text folder: 4,
  • Unused account book. box: 8, Text folder: 5,
  • Account Books, 1929-1937. box: 9, Text folder: 1,
Series IV: Legal Documents, 1924-1948.
Scope and Contents

This series contains copies of contracts, deeds, and other legal agreements involving the water company.

  • 103G:1 Document granting Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company the right to construct and maintain lines, 1917-04. box: 10, Text folder: 1,
  • Agreement with Washington Railway Company, 1924. box: 10, Text folder: 2,
  • Contract towards development of "Wilmar" subdivision, 1924. box: 10, Text folder: 3,
  • Contract with St. Agnes School of Arlington, 1926. box: 10, Text folder: 4,
  • Contract for payment of meter rentals. box: 10, Text folder: 5,
  • Documents regarding Occoquan Company and Washington Railway and Electric Company, 1902, 1946-1947. box: 10, Text folder: 6,
  • Deed regarding purchase of Occoquan Company, 1948. box: 10, Text folder: 7,
  • Certificate of Amendment of Charter, 1948. box: 10, Text folder: 8,
  • Agreement with Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Company, 1948. box: 10, Text folder: 9,
  • Deeds with Potomac Electric Power Company, 1948. box: 10, Text folder: 10,
  • Documents about dissolution of Occoquan Company, 1948. box: 10, Text folder: 11,
  • Materials regarding Virginia Water Company, 1948. box: 10, Text folder: 12,
  • Documents filed with State Corporation Commission regarding Virginia Water Company and Occoquan Company, 1948. box: 10, Text folder: 13,
Series V: Company History/Photographs and Miscellaneous Items.
Scope and Contents

This series contains two histories written about the Alexandria Water Company, as well as some photocopied photographs of various reservoirs and pump stations, and miscellaneous materials.

  • History of the Alexandria Water Company, 2 reports, 1959-1988. box: 11, Mixed Materials folder: 1,
  • Photographs of St. Elmo's Reservoir, Cameron Run Station, and Taylor's Run, 1927-1944. box: 11, Mixed Materials folder: 2,
  • Miscellaneous materials pertaining to City of Alexandria. box: 11, Mixed Materials folder: 3,
  • News clippings, 1956-01-1956-12. box: 11, Mixed Materials folder: 4,
  • News clippings, 1957-01-1957-12. box: 11, Mixed Materials folder: 5,
  • Franchise map, 1966. box: 11, Mixed Materials folder: 6,
  • Miscellaneous Company records and documents. box: 11, Mixed Materials folder: 7,
  • Photos #1-5. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 1,
  • Photos #6-11. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 2,
  • Photos #12-13. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 3,
  • Photos #14-26. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 4,
  • Photos #27-31. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 5,
  • Photos #32-45. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 6,
  • Photos #46-48. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 7,
  • Photos #49-64. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 8,
  • Photos #65-70. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 9,
  • Photos #71-79. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 10,
  • Photos #80-108. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 11,
  • Photos #109-161. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 12,
  • file. box: 15, Graphic Materials folder: 13,
Series VI: Drawings and Sketches.
Scope and Contents

This series contains engineer's sketches and drawings of property and pipelines

  • Engineeer's sketches of streets, pipe layout, and equipment, 1920. box: 12, Text folder: 1,
  • Engineer's sketches. box: 12, Text folder: 2,
  • Engineer's sketches. box: 12, Text folder: 3,
  • Large drawings and blueprints; oversized documents. box: 13, Text
  • Virginia American Water Company - xerox of photographs found in photograph collection. box: 14, Text folder: 1,
  • Annual Report for Virginia Water Company, 1952. box: 14, Text folder: 2,
  • Depreciation of account files, 1920-12. box: 14, Text folder: 3,
  • Appraisal and depreciation of company plants, 1906-11. box: 14, Text folder: 4,