The Resource Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad records

Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad records

Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad records, 1834-1997
Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad records
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  • Records, 1834-1997 of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad, comprising administrative, legal, financial, and some technical records, as well as photographs, a few broadsides, and some plans and drawings. In addition to R.F.&P. company records, the collection includes documentation of 21 additional companies. Some are wholly owned subsidiaries, others were merged into R.F. &P. R.R., or are predecessor companies of those who merged with the R.F.&P. Yet another group of companies was affiliated with the R.F.&P. through a partial ownership of interest. The amount of records for those associated companied varies greatly. For some, there is only a minute book or a few annual reports or security records. For others, the holdings are more extensive and a variety of record groups is present. The companies that have a larger share of records in this collection are the Richmond Land Corp., the Richmond Terminal R.Y. Co., and the Washington Southern R.Y. Co. Series I.-X. are records of the R.F.&P. R.R. itself and are organized according to the company's departmental structure; series XI.-XXXI. each represent an affiliated or associated company and are arranged in alphabetical order
  • Series I. General Administration, Management (1834-1981), consists of correspondence, minutes, and miscellaneous records. Series II. Legal Department (1834-1986), is made up of five sub series: Charters and Bylaws; Cases, Claims, and Dockets; Contracts; Real Estate Files; and Miscellaneous Files. Series III. Finance Department (1834-1995), is organized into 4 sub series: Treasurer's Files, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Securities, and Taxes. The financial records make up the bulk of this collection. Series IV. Transportation Department (n.d., 1858-1929), contains one letter book of the General Superintendent's office, E.T.D. Myers, (who should become the R.F.&P. President from 1889 to 1905) recording outgoing correspondence from 4 May 1882-20 Nov. 1882, and miscellaneous items, including three broadsides. Series V. Maintenance of Way Department, Engineering, Technology, Research, etc. (1889-1986), contains records relating to several engineering and technology projects, and a scrapbook on research
  • Series IX. Photographs, (n.d., ca. 1920-1990), includes photographs from 5 binders / albums as well as loose photographs of presidents and localities: 1. Broad Street Station Pictures; 2. Steam Locomotive Pictures, 3. No Title [Bryan Park Terminal Construction and Misc. Cars and Railroad Scenes]; 4. R.F.&P. Presidents, 5. Aquia Creek [Construction]; 6. Loose photographs: localities, presidents; 7. Negatives of Presidents; and 8. List of Presidents and other officers, departments and personnel. All photographs, except the Aquia Creek Construction Scenes, are described on an item-level in Appendix B of the finding aid. Copies of the photographs are available in a binder housed at the beginning of the collection. These copies should be consulted rather than the originals. Series X. Library (ca. 168-, 1875-1979), contains 17 volumes and 14 booklets, of legal, and technical content, and several publication of the Association of American Railroads, including an 1968 color comic strip, Rails Across America
  • Series XI. Alexandria & Fredericksburg Railway Co. (n.d. 1863-1901), contains legal and financial documents, as well as one map. Series XII. Alexandria & Washington Railroad Co. (1887-1890), contains one register of stock certificates, 1887, a stock ledger, 1887-1890, and a stock transfer journal, 1887. Series XIII. Fruit Growers Express Co. (1920-1966), is comprised of annual reports for 1920-1966. The only year missing from the 1920-1966 run is 1956. Series XIV. Lewis Ginter Land and Improvement Co. (1901, 1939-1957), includes a minute book with the Act of Incorporation, 1901, Bylaws, and Board of Directors and Stockholders Minutes from 1939 to 1957, when the Company was liquidated and absorbed by the Richmond Holding Corporation
  • Series XV. Potomac Railroad Co. (1869-1917), includes one minute book with Board of Directors Minutes from 1869 until 1917, when the Company was dissolved and fully merged into the Washington Southern R.Y. Co. Also included is a stock transfer register for the years 1872-1874. Series XVI. Potomac Steamboat Co. (1845-1889), contains Dividend Obligations, 1870-1889 (?) and a Stock Transfer Register, 1845-1871, 1889. The entries for 1845 show the purchase of 50% of shares by the R.F.&P. Series XVII. The Pullman Co. (1960-1966), includes Annual Reports, 1960-1966. Series XVIII. R.F.&P. Transportation Co. (1929-1939), contains a Minute book for this with Articles of Association and the Charter; the minutes for Board of Directors and Stockholders cover the full ten years of its existence. Also included are Stock Certificates, 1929, and one resolution, 1932
  • Series XIX. Richmond-Greyhound Lines, Inc. (1926-1971), includes a minute book covering the years 1932-1906, and Articles of Incorporation; the minute files for Board of Directors and Stockholders date 1951-1959; in addition there is a notice and some correspondence for 1968-1971, as well as Bylaws, 1935, and financial files, 1858-1968. Series XX. Richmond Holding Corp. (1957-1975), contains a inute book, minute files, and financial records. Some legal real estate files for this company can be found in Series II.D. Series XXI. Richmond Land Corporation (1915-1987), includes minutes, 1915-1970 and financial records. Some legal real estate files for this company can be found in Series II.D. Series XII. Richmond Terminal Railway Co. (1916-1975), includes minutes, legal records, and financial records. Series XXIII. Richmond Union Terminal Corporation (1929-1960), contains a Minute Book, 21 Mar. 1929-18 May 1960, including Board of Directors and Stockholders Meeting minutes, Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws
  • Series XXIV. Richmond-Washington Co. (1901-1971) This series comprises one legal volume and financial files. Series XXV. Seaboard Air Line Railroad Co. (1947), includes one document, the Application No. 4 of Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company under Section 20 a of the Interstate Commerce Act, 11/19/1947. Series XXVI. South Washington Land Corporation (1957-1975), includes minutes, 1957-1975, articles of incorporation and bylaws, 1957, 1968, as well as financial files, 1965-1968. Series XXVII. Suburban Motor Corporation (1928-1929), includes one Minute book for Board of Directors and Stockholders Meetings, 1928-1929 with Articles of Association and Bylaws; it covers the time form the company's incorporation to its merger into the R.F.&P. Transportation Co. in 1929. Series XXXVIII. Trailer Train Co. (1959-1966) contains annual reports from 1959 to 1966
  • Series XXIX. Virginia and Carolina Railroad Co. (1882-1886), includes two stock certificate books, dating from 1882-1886, that document purchase of stocks by R.F.&P. president Joseph P. Brinton, and Moncure Robinson, who was the company's president from 1840-1847. Series XXX. Washington and Fredericksburg Steamboat Co. (1840-1871), contains securities for this predecessor of the Potomac Steamboat Co. (see above). Series XXXI. Washington Southern Railway Co. (1871-1925), consists of minutes, legal files, financial files, and miscellaneous files
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available on microfilm (Misc. Reels 2161-2177).
Biographical or historical data
The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (R.F.&P. R.R.) was incorporated by an Act of the General Assembly of Virginia on 25 February 1834. It was at the time the sixth railroad to be chartered in Virginia. The company's purpose was to provide rail service from Richmond to the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. The R.F.&P.R.R. ceased to exist in 1991, when it was merged into the CSX Corporation. Please see finding aid (available online and in repository) for a full historical background note, or refer to the published volumes cited below.
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Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad records
  • The collection also comprises unprocessed plans and drawings for about 500 architectural and engineering projects
  • Vol. 1-192 of the State Government Publication, Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, commonly known as Virginia Reports, covering the years 1790-1952, were transferred to the Library of Virginia's Government Document Department, where they are currently being processed and integrated into the existing holdings (Call-No.: K62 V78 [Also Fiche 42])
  • For a detailed scope and content note, series description, and historical background note please refer to the finding aid, which is both available online and in the repository
  • The photographs (Series IX) have been scanned and copies have been placed in a binder at the beginning of the collection. PLEASE CONSULT THE BINDER INSTEAD OF THE ORIGINALS
sub series are arranged alphabetically, and chronologically within each record type, unless otherwise mentioned in the series description.
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
  • 106.5
  • 530
Immediate source of acquisition
Commonwealth Altalntic Properties
Organization method
Organized into thirty-one series: I. General Administration, Management, II. Legal Department, III. Finance Department, IV. Transportation Department, V. Maintenance of Way Dept. (Engineering, Technology, Research), VI. Public Relations Department, Advertising, Marketing, VII. Membership in Societies and Associations, etc.,VIII. Publications Department, IX. Photographs, X. Library, XI. Alexandria & Fredericksburg Railway Co., XII. Alexandria & Washington Railway Co., XIII. Fruit Growers Express Co., XIV. Lewis Ginter Land and Improvement Co., XV. Potomac Railroad Co., XVI. Potomac Steamboat Co., XVII. The Pullman Co., XVIII. R.F.&P. Transportation Co., XIX. Richmond-Greyhound Lines, Inc., XX. Richmond Holding CorporationXXI. Richmond Land Corporation, XXII. Richmond Terminal Railway Co., XXIII. Richmond Union Terminal Corporation / Union Terminal Corporation, XXIV. Richmond-Washington Co., XXV. Seaboard Air Line Railroad Co., XXVI. South Washington Land Corporation, XXVII. Suburban Motor Coach Corporation, XXVIII. Trailer Train Co., XXIX. Virginia and Carolina Railroad Co., XXX. Washington and Fredericksburg Steamboat Co., XXXI. Washington Southern Railway Co.;
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