Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of American History
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Railroads forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Largest grouping is photos of canals and some related hydraulic structures (ca. 75). Next group is railroads, including photos of trains and individual cars, railroad bridges, stations, and a few interior shots of cars. A group of 45 photos mounted on cardboard illustrates the procedures for manufacturing the equipment and supplies for the telegraph. The postal service and telegraph are represented in 10 photos showing exteriors of post offices, sorting rooms, and instrument rooms for the telegraph. A series of ca. 75 photos illustrate the destruction and the refugee situation after the Quetta earthquake of 1935 (there are 5 copies of most of the Quetta photos)
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE The Columbia Brick and Tile Company Records consist of business, financial, production, and sales records; advertising literature for machinery, equipment and supplies; C 3854 Columbia Brick and Tile Company Records page 2 correspondence; occupational and mine health and safety, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, and Federal Power Commission materials; tax and employee records; contracts and labor agreements; blueprints; photographs, maps, printed materials, books, and m ...
These books contain property schedules and recapitulations showing the assessed valuation of public utility company property in each county or taxing district as determined by the Board of Equalization and later by the successor agency, the Tax Commission. Utility companies assessed here are those which operate across county lines. Utilities include transportation companies such as railroads, [rail] cars, automotive passenger companies, automotive freight companies, and airlines; power companies; oil and gas companies; water and other pipe line companies; telephone and telegraph companies; etc
Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff concern canal route, land acquisition, cost estimates, construction specifications, inspection reports, equipment and supply requests, freight charges, appropriations, laborers, payrolls, material estimates, stolen equipment and supplies, water levels, time schedules, canal traffic, flooding, repairs and dredging. Occasionally included are copies of construction blueprints and work status reports
These volumes of returns consist of notarized affidavits, property schedules, and recapitulations submitted by public utilities as the basis of assessment and apportionment by the Tax Commission; related correspondence is often stapled to the returns. Utilities include transportation companies such as railroads, [rail] cars, automotive passenger companies, automotive freight companies, and airlines; power companies; oil and gas companies; water and other pipe line companies; telephone and telegraph companies; etc. The returns show the property-real, personal, and otherwise-owned by the company on which the state centrally assesses taxes. This applies to companies which operate across county lines. In turn, the Tax Commission apportions the assessments among the counties and taxing districts within the counties where the companies conduct business
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE Because Rollins was active in so many fields, this collection is a valuable historical source for mid-nineteenth century Missouri. The three main areas he was involved with were politics, especially the Whig party; business, especially real estate and railroads; and education, specifically the establishment and growth of the University of Missouri in Columbia. The papers are arranged into five series: Correspondence, Legal, Business, and Political Papers, Miscellany, Accou ...
Minutes (1897-1985), annual reports (1885-1980), correspondence and subject files (1910s-1970s), payroll records (1885-1970), accounting records (1879-1977), operating statements (1921-1975), engineering and architectural drawings (1889-1954), and miscellaneous legal and financial papers (1896-1955) documenting the existence of a now defunct company organized in 1879 to serve the nine major railroads entering the Twin Cities. The jointly owned and operated company controlled 9.24 miles of St. Paul trackage and terminal facilities, including the depot building. The company was operated in tandem with the Minnesota Transfer Railway Company, with effective control of both properties exercised by the same board comprised of representatives of the nine joint tenants. The current depot facility was built during 1919-1924; passenger service ceased in 1971.