Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad Company Records, 1844-1894
ID
M6
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1844-1854
Date [inclusive]
1844-1894
Extent
2.0 linear feet.
Language

Preferred Citation

Atlantic & St. Lawrence Railroad Company Records, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library


Biographical/Historical Note

The Atlantic & St. Lawrence Rail Road, the first line built from Portland, Maine, to Montreal, Quebec, was established to carry traffic from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence waterway to an Atlantic port. Chartered in February 1845, ground was broken in July of the following year; the last segment of the line was finally opened in July 1853. Leased by the Grand Trunk Railway, the Atlantic & St. Lawrence became part of the Canadian National system. Its corporate name was dissolved in 1959.


Scope and Content

The records, consisting of correspondence, Provisional Committee and Corporators' meeting minutes, committee reports, clippings, documents, and printed pamphlets and broadsides, focus on the establishment, routing, and construction of the railroad. The correspondents include some of Maine's most prominent citizens and interested parties in Montreal and Sherbrooke, Quebec; London, England; and Boston. Although notables such as Charles E. Barrett, James Deering, Neal Dow, Samuel Fessenden, Hannibal Hamlin, John A. Poor, Francis O.J. Smith, and Ashur Ware are represented, the bulk of the correspondence (20 or more letters each) is among E.F. Beal, Sir Alexander T. Galt, Josiah S. Little, John Neal, William Pitt Preble, and Reuel Williams.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

M6.1: Correspondence, 1845-1854   0.75 linear feet.

Series Description:

Correspondence of the railroad's operators and directors, dealing largely with the founding and early operation of the line. The approximately 400 letters date from 1845 to 1854.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Volume-folio
1

Letterbook [1845-47] 

Box Folder
1 1

1845 Jan - Feb 

1 2

1845 Mar 

1 3

1845 Apr 

1 4

1845 May - Jun 

1 5

1845 Jul - Aug 

1 6

1845 Sep 

1 7

1845 Oct 

1 8

1845 Nov 

1 9

1845 Dec 1 - 19 

1 10

1845 Dec 19 - 31 

1 11

1846 Jan - Apr 

1 12

1846 May - Dec 

1 13

1847 Jan - Feb 

1 174

1847 Mar - Apr 

1 15

1847 May - Dec 

1 16

1848 Jan - Mar 

1 17

1848 Apr - Jun 

1 18

1848 Jul - Sep 

1 19

1848 Oct - Dec 

1 20

1849 Jan - Feb 

1 21

1849 Mar - Jun 

1 22

1849 Jul 

1 23

1849 Aug 1 - 18 

1 24

1849 Aug 19 - 31 

1 25

1849 Sep - Nov 

1 26

1849 Dec 

1 27

1850 Jan - Feb 

1 28

1850 Mar 

1 29

1850 Apr 

1 30

1850 May 

1 31

1850 Jun 

1 32

1850 Jul 

1 33

1850 Aug - Oct 

1 34

1850 Nov - Dec 

1 35

1851 Jan - May 

1 36

1851 Jun - Dec 

1 37

1852 Jan - Aug 

1 38

1852 Sep - Oct 

1 39

1852 Nov - Dec 

1 40

1853 Jan - 1854 Mar 

1 41-42

Undated 

1 43

Chronological and alphabetical lists 


M6.2: Reports, Notes, Legal Documents, etc., 1844-1894   1.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

Records of the railroad, including manuscript reports of various committees, and printed reports of the directors; broadsides; legislative acts; notes and statistics; printed and manuscript charters, leases, etc.; and a small amount of material concerning the railroad's part in the Grand Trunk system.

Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Volume
1

Charter, leases, etc. 

Box Folder
1 44

Clippings 

1 45

Committee reports: 1845 Jan - Apr 

1 46

Committee reports: 1845 May 

1 47

Committee reports: 1845 Jun 

1 48

Committee reports: 1845 Jul - Aug 

1 49

Committee reports: 1845 Sep 

1 50

Committee reports: 1845 Oct 

1 51

Committee reports: 1845 Nov 

1 52

Committee reports: 1846 - 1847 

1 53

Committee reports: 1848 - 1850 

1 54

Committee reports: 1851 - 1852 

1 55

Committee reports: undated 

1 56

Grand Trunk R.R. 

Volume
2

Miscellaneous pamphlets 

Box Folder
1 57

Notes and statistics - John Neal and others: Boston 

1 58

Notes and statistics - John Neal and others: Canals & inland routes and trade 

1 59

Notes and statistics - John Neal and others: Director's list and bills on laying track 

1 60

Notes and statistics - John Neal and others: miscellaneous 

1 61-62

Printed material: acts, reports, deeds, legislative documents [pamphlets] 

1 63

Printed material: broadsides, 1844-1846 

1 64

Printed material: broadsides, 1851-1852 

1 65

Printed material: proposals and specifications for construction 

Volume
3

Provisional committee, 1845 

4

Records of the corporators named in the charter, 1845 

Box Folder
1 66-67

Reports of the president and directors, 1847-1894 

Volume-folio
5

F.R. Barrett scrapbook 

Ovsz-Box
1

Grand Trunk Railway Table of Gradients between Island Pond and Portland; List of Directors 1845-1880; Map of British possessions in North America, 1827; Two broadsides:"To the Citizens of Portland"; Prospectus with map; Survey of Maine towns; Questions and Answers re Montreal; Statistics by county; Memorial to Legislature 12/24/1844; Diagrams of grades and elevations