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Act to Amend the Charter of Knoxville and Kentucky Rail Road Company

Identifier: MS-3851

This collection is the handwritten Act to Amend the Charter of Knoxville and Kentucky Rail Road Company which details funds and boundary lines for the company's railway construction.

Dates: 1856

Almon C. Brown and Robert B. Thompson Records

Identifier: MS-2251

A pamphlet entitled "Prospectus of Oil Well Property in Overton County, Tennessee" describes the location and production of the wells on the property as well as the difficulties faced and recent improvements in transportation of the oil. The pamphlet is attached to an 1895 contract to sell this property between Almon C. Brown and Robert B. Thompson.

Dates: 1895 July 10

Campbell Wallace Papers

Identifier: MS-0001

This collection houses personal and professional correspondence documenting Campbell Wallace's involvement with insurance and property, requests for financial aid, references, verification of character, financial backing, railroads, private businesses, and stock companies.

Dates: 1840-1946; Majority of material found within 1840-1895

Captain William E. Merrill's Rail Road Bridges and Tunnels Document

Identifier: MS-3844

This collection contains a lithograph document compiled by Captain William E. Merrill in 1864 featuring records of bridges and tunnels along the railway between Georgia and Tennessee.

Dates: 1864

Carolina, Knoxville, and Western Railroad Circular

Identifier: MS-3629

This circular provides “facts and figures showing why the voters of Knox County should vote for the subscription of $100,000 at the election, Saturday, October 29.” Specifically, it lists the assessed valuation for each district in Knox County and compares the needed tax to the potential gains in markets and other value.

Dates: 1890 October

Cumberland-Sequatche Railroad Collection

Identifier: MS-1114

This collection houses 7 manuscript notebooks containing survey and engineering data.

Dates: 1870-1880

East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Records

Identifier: MS-2211

The East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Records Collection contains letters, legal papers, and receipts which document the development of a railroad connection between Knoxville and Virginia. Much of the material deals with a lawsuit for non-payment between the railroad and Jesse Crouch of Washington County, Tenn.

Dates: 1852-1871

East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad Company Letter Regarding William Hunt

Identifier: MS-0159

This letter appoints William Hunt Attorney in Fact for the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad Company. Hunt is instructed to apply to the Tennessee Legislature for the 250 bonds (worth $1,000 each) that the previous Legislature had set aside for the Railroad.

Dates: 1866 August 28

East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad Records

Identifier: MS-1100

This collection contains documents from the Office of East Tennessee & Virginia Rail Road Company in 1854. Included is a dray ticket, a letter to James L. Coile and sons about money owed for shares of stock in the company, and copy of a resolution to the Board of Directors regarding stock money collection arrangements.

Dates: 1854

Elliott, Johnson & Co. Letter

Identifier: MS-1188

In this letter to Richard H. Charles, a representative of Elliott, Johnson & Co. discusses Charles' purchase of bonds supporting the Chattanooga Union Railway Company. The author also mentions having sent Charles some circulars describing the railroad (not included), but regrets that they do not describe recent improvements.

Dates: 1889 August 10

G. W. Young Letter

Identifier: MS-2240

In a March 5, 1856 letter to his father in Chaplin, Conn., G. W. Young of Clarksville, Tenn. writes of the area's agricultural practices as well as the influence of a new railroad on coal mining and prices.

Dates: 1856 March 5

Illinois Central Railroad Annual Reports

Identifier: MS-3149

This collection consists of two bound volumes housing the annual reports of the Illinois Central Railroad Company's Board of Directors from 1852 to 1900. Topics discussed include passenger and freight business, railroad construction, income, expenditures, and general business conditions.

Dates: 1852-1900

J. W. Wilson & Co. Record

Identifier: MS-3218

This collection consists of one receipt describing J. W. Wilson & Co.'s shipment of goods by rail. The record is printed on the official paper of the company and includes a description of the goods shipped. The document is intended to validate the receipt of the goods at the destination address. The objects were sent to a Mr. Lieb in Shelbyville, Tennessee and addressed to the care of Evans & Shepard.

Dates: 1870 January 22

Kate Thornberg Letter

Identifier: MS-2908

In this letter to her sister Veronica Boyers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Nashville resident Kate Thornberg tells of freezing weather and a lack of food due to the influx of Union Soldiers and Confederate refugees and the Union's control of the Lexington and Nashville Railway Line.

Dates: 1864 December 10

Louisville & Nashville Railroad Case Brief Book

Identifier: MS-1694

This collection contains a case brief book of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. The first portion consists of an alphabetized directory of court cases, followed by a second portion containing brief accounts of each case.

Dates: undated

Mississippi Central & Tennessee Railroad Bill of Lading

Identifier: MS-1424

This bill of lading indicates that J. L. Moore consigned 10 bales of cotton to Fowlkes & Co. in Memphis, Tennessee at Loone's Station.

Dates: 1857 March 7

Nancy Dickinson Estabrook Diary

Identifier: MS-3368
Abstract This forty-page diary, written by Nancy Dickinson Estabrook, documents antebellum Knoxville, Tennessee from the perspective of an educated woman from New England. Estabrook is twenty-nine when the diary begins. She often records her religious and emotional thoughts, her feelings about her only daughter (Charlotte Ann Estabrook) and other relatives, and her own physical afflictions, which she feels will soon take her life. She mentions many notable Knoxvillians and local events, including the...
Dates: 1836-1838

Nashville and Florence Railroad Company Construction Cost Estimates

Identifier: MS-1431

The first document in this collection is a bid from O. H. P. Bennett Engineers dated April 17, 1880 indicating that they could construct the proposed Nashville and Florence Railroad at a cost of $19,990. The second item is a bid from Chas. W. Brown dated May 15, 1880 stating that his organization could construct the line for $39,000.

Dates: 1880 April 17-May 15

Nashville & Knoxville Railroad Prospectus

Identifier: MS-1096

This collection consists of a five-page typed prospectus describing the railroad set to be completed by May 1, 1890, extending from Lebanon to Cookeville, Tennessee.

Dates: circa 1890

New Market Railroad Construction Photograph

Identifier: MS-3327

This photograph depicts workers using a steam-driven shovel to repair railroad tracks in New Market, Tennessee. A number of civilians, including women in dresses and hats, are observing them. The damage to the tracks may have been incurred during the New Market Train Wreck (1904). A caption written across the top of the photograph reads Mr. Ed. King, New Market, Tennessee.

Dates: circa 1905

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