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Earl E. Fitch railroad receipts 1854-1856.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S1803 (Text) 00000106547029 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.01 Cubic feet 1 folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 1998/09/23 by Philip N. Williams. Collection reprocessed 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection is made up of 8 way-bills from the 1850s, most for merchandise shipped from Richmond to New Castle, Indiana. These way-bills show transactions for: the Eaton and Hamilton and Richmond and Miami Railroads; the Cincinnati, Logansport and Chicago Railroad; the Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad Line; and hauling for which shipping point and destination are handwritten without designation of a railroad line. Basic information on each way-bill consists of shipper, destination, number of cars, cosignees, descriptions of articles, weight, expenses paid, and where final charges were payable. The way-bills are a record of the kinds of merchandise that were being carried by rail in the 1850s.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Earl E. Fitch railroad receipts, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
When the Pennsylvania Railroad Freight House at New Castle, Indiana, was torn down, Earl E. Fitch found way-bills which had been kept by more than one railroad company, all of them dated in the 1850s. At one point, the Pennsylvania Railroad operated Indiana's rail mileage and made a huge impact on the state of Indiana. Other railroads that are mentioned in the collection include the Eaton and Hamilton and Richmond and Miami Railroad; Cincinnati and Logansport and Chicago Railroad and the Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad. Source: Materials in the collection; Book review of "The Pennsylvania Railroad in Indiana" from Indiana University Press.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Museum.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Railroads > Freight > Indiana.
Shipment of goods > Indiana.
New Castle (Ind.)

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