The Resource Virginia railroads collection, 1828-1894, (microform)

Virginia railroads collection, 1828-1894, (microform)

Virginia railroads collection, 1828-1894
Virginia railroads collection, 1828-1894
Records, 1828-1894, of the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company, including some pertaining to other Virginia lines such as the Clover Hill, Piedmont, Roanoke Valley, and Virginia Midland Railroads. Records include correspondence, stock certificates, receipts, and bills. Correspondence covers routine matters such as claims, requests for free passes, and inquiries regarding employment opportunities; the Richmond and Danville's stock holdings and interest in acquiring other railroads; collegial consultations with other lines; and company financial matters. During the Civil War years, there are multiple slips from the Confederate government ordering the transport of supplies, slaves, and military men. Also of note are a handful of documents, 1846-1876, reflecting the Richmond and Danville Railroad's uneasy relationship with the town of Manchester, Virginia. Their disputes were based in part on charges that the railroad was unduly obstructing public streets and emptying culvert contents into the canal. There is very little in the latter portion of the records to shed light on the company's impending 1894 reorganization
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The Richmond and Danville Railroad Company was chartered by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on 9 March 1847. It was critical to, but ultimately unsuccesful at, sustaining the Confederate war effort. After the Civil War, it grew to encompass some 3,300 miles of track in nine Southern states as the Richmond and Danville Railroad System. In 1894, it entered receivership and was reorganized by J.P. Morgan's Drexel, Morgan, and Co. banking firm into the Southern Railway Company. Since 1980, the Southern Railway has been part of the Norfolk Southern Railway.
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Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
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The Huntington Library;
Virginia railroads collection, 1828-1894, (microform)
  • This collection forms part of the Robert Alonzo Brock Collection at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
  • The Robert Alonzo Brock Collection was filmed by The Huntington Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia with funding provided by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation
  • Microfilmed as arranged by The Huntington Library
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safety base polyester
  • The Library of Virginia
black and white
Emulsion on film
silver halide
service copy
Immediate source of acquisition
The Library of Virginia Foundation, The Roller-Bottimore Foundation, and The Robins Foundation
Positive negative aspect
low reduction ratio
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microfilm reel
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