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Railroads, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters
Crerar Ms 270
Special Collections Research Center
A bound volume containing letters, legal documents regarding rail commerce from 1810 to 1924. The volume was assembled in the 1880s. The items come from United States, England and France.
The collection is open for research.
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A bound volume containing letters, legal documents regarding rail commerce from as early as 1810 and as recently as 1924. The volume was assembled in the 1880s. Several of the documents are scale drawings of railroad and railcar components. The materials concern London, France and U.S. and are in French and English. Some letters are typed onto company letterhead, but most are handwritten on blank sheets or personal stationery. One letter implores the Duke of Cambridge to consider financing a railway. There are also several Certificates of Invention detailing railroad innovations. One document is a pact among railway financiers, including their names and the amount they have pledged toward the construction of a railroad connecting Berwick and Kelso.
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Crerar Ms 270