Railroads and Railways

"City of Kansas City" Records, 1947 (K0093)
2 f

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Press kit distributed prior to the inaugural run of the "City of Kansas City" rail service between Kansas City and St. Louis. It contains facts about the train and its schedule, as well as photographs of the train's interior.

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A.G. Taubert Photograph Collection, 1882-1920 (P0184)
1 folder

Series of four original photos showing aftermath of train wreck on Frisco Railroad, circa 1920. Additional postcards of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University, and photos of Ha Ha Tonka.

Adair County, Missouri, Railroad Bond Election Notice, 1870 (C2877)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Notice of election held March 29, 1870, in Adair County on bond issue to subscribe $100,000 to the capital stock of the Quincy, Missouri, and Pacific Railroad Company. OVERSIZE.

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James R. Alderman Papers, 1838-1876 (C3153)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)

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Miscellaneous documents and notes, largely concerning real estate transactions, licensing of lawyers and preachers, indentures, government appointments, and elections, and railroad charters. Arranged chronologically.

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Clarence W. and Idress Head Alvord Collection, 1759-1962 (C0970)
21.2 cubic feet, 1 oversize volume

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Correspondence, writings, and collected materials of Alvord, professor of history at the universities of Illinois and Minnesota; and his wife, writer and former curator of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis. The collection includes territorial documents and Ste. Genevieve records; LIBERTY TRIBUNE papers; Missouri state and county records; and Civil War and military papers.

George H. Ambrose Papers, 1858-1924 (R0641)
(6 folders)

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These are personal and business papers of George H. Ambrose, a county judge of Lafayette County, Missouri, and president of the Lexington & St. Louis Railroad company. The collection includes correspondence, legal and business papers, memoranda books, and bank account books.

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American Zinc, Lead & Smelting Company Records, 1901-1965 (R0010)
157 cubic feet (3700 folders, 27 rolls of microfilm)

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The American, Lead and Smelting Company (commonly known as "American Zinc") was a large nonferrous metals firm which mined, processed, smelted, and marketed basic zinc and lead products. It had major mining and milling operations in Missouri, Wisconsin, and Tennessee, smelters in Kansas and Illinois, and interests in ore processing machinery. Founded in 1899, the company became a leader in the zinc industry.

Archie Hayden Railroad Photograph, no date (P0169)
1 photograph

Copy print of a Northern Missouri Railroad locomotive.

Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company Records, 1870 (R0095)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company Records contains photocopies of a quitclaim deed by which the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company sold fort acres of land in Dallas County, Missouri to William Miller. The deed was executed on December 29, 1870 and was filed for record on January 12, 1904.

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Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company Records, 1876-1877 (R1288)
(1 oversize volume)

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This Atlantic and Pacific Railroad volume is a register of warranty and quitclaim deeds by the for lands
sold by the company in Barry, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Phelps,
Pulaski, Stone, and Webster Counties in Missouri.

Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company Records, 1870-1880 (R0086)
(2 rolls of microfilm)

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The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company Records contains a microfilm copy of the records for the company. The records include indexed accounts of operating expense and revenue.

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Jean Coover Babcock Papers, 1944-1996 (K0740)
6.25 c.f.

Family, personal, and professional materials of Babcock, a ballerina and dance instructor. Family papers include photographs, printed materials, ephemera, and material regarding her father's his job as a railroad engineer. Personal and professional papers include correspondence; photographs; clippings; programs from dance and theatre performances; material documenting her ballet career in Germany and Canada; and administrative and financial records of her Kansas City dance schools.

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Thomas Frazier Baker III Papers, 1959-1967 (C2465)
8.4 cubic feet (716 folders, 8 volumes)

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Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.

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Leslie S. Barber Papers, 1950-1966 (K0118)
10 f

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Research notes and writing relating to biographical sketches of postal clerks who worked on the Kansas City and Pueblo Railway Post Office line. Also included are lists of postal clerks who served on other lines as well as reminiscences about Barber's family and friends. Genealogical notes on the Barber family and assorted newspaper clippings is included.

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Franklin Hoke Barnitz Papers, 1860-1894 (R0164)
(1 roll)

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This collection consists of correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Franklin H. Barnitz of Lake Spring, Dent County, Missouri. He was a native of Pennsylvania and freighter who operated from the railhead of the Southwest Branch of the Pacific Railroad in Phelps County before moving to Lake Spring. The collection includes letters from his family in York, Pennsylvania, and from friends and business associates in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.

Israel J. Baumgardner Photograph Collection, 1880-1940 (R1299)
5 cubic feet (58 folders, 18 CDs, 3,685 negatives, 14 glass plate negatives)

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The Israel J. Baumgardner Photograph Collection contains the negatives created by Baumgardner, a photographer in Rolla, Missouri. Many of the images are studio portraits, but others include roadside landmarks of Route 66, World War I and II era images, and the local area. He also engaged in commercial and advertising photography.

Mary Alice Beemer Photograph Collection, circa 1885-1955 (R0496)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder, 37 photographs)

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These are photographs of the town of Newburg and vicinity in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are views of employees, equipment, and facilities of the "Frisco" railroad, businesses, buildings, and street scenes, and miscellaneous photographs of locations near Newburg including the Dana Lead Mine and Stonydell Swimming Pool.

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Belchamber Family Papers, 1892-1993 (CG0041)
3.2 c. f.

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The Belchamber family papers contain photographs, correspondence and scrapbooks from the Belchamber family and its various branches. This collection also includes photographs and memorabilia relating to Will Mayfield College in Marble Hill, the Iron Mountain Railroad, and regional buildings and environs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Benecke Family Papers, 1816-1989 (C3825)
90.8 cubic feet, 62 volumes, 3 audio tapes, 3 audio discs, 413 glass plate negatives

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Correspondence, business and law firm records, civic, political, legislative, and personal papers of a German American family of Brunswick, MO. Civil War and military claim agents' records. Records of military and veterans' organizations; the State Federal Soldiers' Home; immigration; the Constitutional Convention, 1943-1944; the Constitutional Convention Association; and U.S. Commissioners. Church and cemetery records. Maps, photographs and glass plate negatives.

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Louis Benecke Photographs, 1873 (CA5315)
1 folder

Fourteen photographs taken by Benecke of Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway bridges, depots, and roundhouses in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Includes views of Parsons and Ft. Scott, KS and Denison, TX.

Marion Tinsley Bennett Papers, 1941-1948 (C1043)
14 cubic feet, 69 audio discs

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Congressional papers and correspondence of Philip Allen Bennett (1881-1942) and his son and successor, Marion T. Bennett. M.T. Bennett served from 1943 to 1948. His committees were Census, Territories, Veterans, and Foreign and Interstate Commerce.

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Richard Charles Blanchard Collection, 1890-1940 (K0787)
35 c.f.

Architectural and engineering drawings for various track and yard layouts for Kansas City area railroads.

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Wells Howard Blodgett Letter, 1916 (C1586)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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To [Benjamin McAllister] Anderson, [Columbia, MO], from St. Louis, MO, March 3, 1916. Blodgett sent Anderson a copy of the "Act to incorporate the Louisiana and Columbia Railroad," approved January 27, 1837.

Blount Family Papers, 1861-1947 (C0047)
4 cubic feet (246 folders, 82 volumes), 15 oversize volumes

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Business papers recording farming, mining, and mercantile activities in southeast Missouri, particularly Potosi and Washington County. The collection contains family correspondence, legal and financial records, as well as medical notebooks from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

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Ashleigh P. Boles Papers, 1886-1960 (C2431)
10 cubic feet

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The papers of Ashleigh P. Boles contain correspondence, photographs, and publications of horticultural agent and director of Agricultural Development Department of the Missouri Pacific Lines. The collection also contains similar materials relative to his participation in short courses on railroad transportation of agricultural products; and membership in Friends of the Land Society, Civitan Club, and American Railway Development Association.

Boone County and Jefferson City Railroad Company Petition, 1866 (C1472)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The collection consists of a petition for condemning land which James E. Johnson refused to convey to the railroad. Petition to G.H. Burckhartt, Judge of the Boone County Circuit Court, and summons to James E. Johnson to appear at the Columbia Courthouse.

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Botts-Lewis Family Letters, 1837-1877 (C0213)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)

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Letters from the Botts and Lewis families in Virginia to the Peyton and James Botts families in Missouri. Farm crops, operations, land conditions, prayer meetings, collection of debts, slave prices, family matters, and other miscellaneous topics.

Elzie Brand, "History of East End", no date (R0172)
1 folder

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East End in Iron County, Missouri, was the eastern terminus of the Sligo and Eastern Railroad.
It was a shipping point for lumber and cordwood, 1912-1929

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William Clark Breckenridge Papers, 1752-1927 (C1036)
4.75 cubic feet, 21 volumes, 3 rolls of microfilm

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Correspondence and miscellaneous papers of W.C. Breckenridge, St. Louis businessman, writer and historian. Two copies of EARLY PRINTING IN MISSOURI, 1808-1849. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and illustrations, engravings, letters, and miscellaneous printed materials.

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Brinkerhoff and Smith Land Agency and Loan Company Papers, 1867-1878 (C0055)
2.7 cubic feet (162 folders)

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The papers contain correspondence of Brinkerhoff and Vial, land agents in Clinton, Missouri, later Brinkerhoff and Smith Land Agency. The materials cover renting and selling land, paying taxes on property for non-resident owners and checking titles, and loans on property in southwestern Missouri, particularly Henry County.

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Dutton Brookfield Papers, 1844-1979 (C2732)
72.4 cubic feet, 5 audio cassettes

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The papers of Dutton Brookfield contain the business, political and personal papers and photographs of a Kansas City, MO, community leader. Brookfield was President of Unitog Company (1953-1979), a mayoral candidate (1963, 1971), and on boards of numerous corporations and educational and civic organizations. Family papers include letters from the Civil War, World War I and II, and Vietnam.

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Burlington Northern Railway Company, Seniority Roster Collection, 1956-1988 (R1368)
0.5 cubic foot (5 folders)

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Burlington Northern Railway Company Seniority Rosters consist of lists of employees ranked by their seniority within the company.

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Butler County, Missouri Collection, 1968 (R0318)
(1 folder)

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These are typescripts of historical interviews with residents of Butler County, Missouri, by Robert Manns of Poplar Bluff. Topics include life along the Black River and in the communities of Hamtown, Qulin, and Rombauer, logging and railroads in Butler County, and the tornado of 1927.

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C.M. Phelps Railroad Photograph, 1903 (P0172)
1 photograph

Copy photo of "Ellington" locomotive on the Missouri Southern R.R. line.

Cairo and Fulton Railroad Company Papers, 1857-1866 (C1785)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Letters about the exchange of railroad land certificates for land; includes $650 in certificates, a blank bond bearing coupons, and samples for redesign of land certificates.

Cairo and Fulton Railroad Company Seals, 1853 (C3247)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Examples of two kinds of seals to be used on wax or paper, and handwritten description of one seal.

Scott Carey Papers, 1917-1961 (C2336)
0.38 cubic feet (18 folders)

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The papers of Scott Carey contain correspondence, reports of arrests, affidavits, and photographs pertinent to Carey's work as a private detective and Frisco Lines agent in Scott and Pemiscot Counties. A private detective for more than fifty years, Carey was also a special officer for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad in the Missouri Bootheel region.

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Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis, AFL-CIO Records, 1892-1979 (C3696)
34 rolls of microfilm

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Minutes, correspondence, financial records, labor contracts and apprenticeship records. The St. Louis District Council, one of four in the state of Missouri, worked to unionize carpenter shops, provided benefits for members, and mediated jurisdictional disputes between unions.

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Charles L. Carr Papers, 1915-1951 (K0909)
2 c.f.

Carr was an attorney in Kansas City, MO and the General Solicitor for the Kansas City Public Service Company. Includes the personal and professional papers of Carr: correspondence, printed materials from various organizations, files related to the streetcar company and the Missouri State Supreme Court..

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John C. Carr Papers, 1914-1920 (C0082)
0.5 cubic feet

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Papers of a Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad claim agent located in Cameron, MO, concerned with injury claims and law cases.

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Carthage Horse Railway Company Records, 1883-1891 (R0734)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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This volume contains corporate minutes of the Carthage Horse Railway Company and a predecessor firm, the Carthage Railway Company. The company operated a horse-drawn transit system in Carthage in Japser County, Missouri.

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Terence W. Cassidy Collection, 1879-1991 (K0302)
95 c.f.

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Collected materials of Cassidy, librarian and historian, concerning the history of street railway systems, interurbans, and buses in the Midwest, particularly the Kansas City area. Includes Cassidy's personal and research files: printed materials, publications, articles, and photographs. Also administrative records of the Kansas City Street Railway Company, the Kansas City Public Service Company, and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority.

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Cassville and Exeter Railway Company Records, 1909-1976 (R0421)
5 folders

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These are papers concerning a short-line railroad which connected the towns of Cassville and
Exeter in Barry County, Missouri, begun as the Cassville & Western Railway in 1896 and reorganized
as the C&E in 1919. The collection includes letters, documents, clippings, and photographs

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Centralia, Missouri, Centennial Celebration Papers, 1957 (C3162)
0.12 cubic feet (6 folders)

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Research notes and typed drafts of histories of many of Centralia's clubs, businesses, institutions, and prominent citizens, compiled for the city's centennial celebration in 1957.

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J. D. Champlin Papers, 1867 (R0952)
(1 folder)

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This is a letter dated September 15, 1867 from J. D. Champlin of Champlin, Balch and Company, railroad contractors, in St. Louis, Missouri, to his son, John. The letter concerns construction of the Iowa Central Railroad and some family matters.

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Chariton River Blockhouse Photograph, no date (C0789)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Photograph of blockhouse guarding the Chariton River, Macon County, on Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad.

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Charles Allonby Photographs, 1877-1971 (P0053)
0.19 cubic feet

Photographs of Thomas Hart Benton, the Newton County Courthouse, L. Carroll Gum, the Herman Jaeger property (near Neosho, MO), and relating to the Kansas City Southern #805 train wreck.

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Charles Annegan Photograph Collection, 1910, no date (P0192)
2 photographs

Photos of a train accident near Collins, MO, ca 1900, and employees of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Kansas City, 1910.

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Charles Trefts Photographs, 1903-1963 (P0034)
3690 photographs

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This collection contains images from 1900 to 1963 depicting St. Louis City and County people, public buildings, riverfront scenes, bridges, churches, catastrophes, houses and parks. Trefts photographed many historic events such as the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition; the 1934 World Series; and aviation in St. Louis including the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in 1908 and Charles Lindbergh's return from Paris in 1927. A number of images focus on Crawford and Iron Counties and the Lake of the Ozarks region in the early 1930s.

Chester, Perryville, Sainte Genevieve and Farmington Railroad Company Collection, 1894 (R0861)
(1 folder)

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This is a numbered, blank, stock certificate for the Chester, Perryville, Ste. Genevieve & Farmington Railroad Company. Organized in 1894, the company was part of Louis Houck's railroad network in southeasten Missouri.