Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts

A Guide to the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts, 1855-1865 Ms.2009.038


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2009.038
Title
Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts1855-1865
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Co.
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection contains two receipts issued to the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts, Ms2009-038, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts were purchased by Special Collections in 2009. The documents had been part of a larger group of railroad-related materials compiled by a collector, then sold to a dealer (see "separated material" section).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts commenced and was completed in March 2009.


Historical Note

Founded in 1833 as one of the first railroads in the United States, the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad served eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, transporting coal over a line that initially spanned 94 miles. The company soon expanded into subsidiary interests, including coal mining, iron making, water transportation and shipbuilding. By the 1870s, the conglomerate had become the largest corporation in the world. Anti-trust laws, however, eventually forced the various entities to separate, and the railroad's operating name became the Reading Company. The company entered bankruptcy in 1971, and its lines became part of the Conrail system in 1976.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two receipts issued to the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. The first receipt, issued by the Catawissa, Williamsport & Erie Railroad and dated 1855, is for freight charges; the second is for springs and draws purchased of N. & A. Middleton of Philadelphia in 1865.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Separated Material

The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts were acquired as part of a larger collection of railway-related material that had been compiled by a collector, then sold to a dealer. In the course of processing, the receipts were removed to a separate collection. The acquisition of which these receipts were a part also included:

Chapman J. French Papers (Ms2009-034)
Mine Hill & Schuylkill Haven Railroad Stock Certificates (Ms2009-035)
New River Mineral Company Stock Certificate (Ms2009-036)
Norfolk & Western Railway and Associated Companies Collection (Ms2009-037)
Raleigh Coal & Coke Company Rail Spur Drawing (Ms2009-039)
Reed Island Iron Company Receipts (Ms2009-040)
Rock Island Lines Insurance Booklet (Ms2009-041)
Sullivan Railroad Company Stock Certificate (Ms2009-042)
Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railroad Annual Report (Ms2009-043)
Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway Annual Report (Ms2009-044)
Thomas Wood and Company Freight Records (Ms2009-045)
Virginia Iron, Coal and Coke Company Receipts (Ms2009-046)



Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Receipts by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Receipts
1855-1865