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Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad Company Records M006

Title:
Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad Company records
Creator:
Atlantic and St Lawrence Railroad Co.
ID:
M006
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1844-1854
Date [inclusive]:
1844-1894
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Records including 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.
Preferred Citation:

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

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.

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.

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.

Letterbook [1845-47]

Volume-folio 1

1845 Jan - Feb

Box 1 Folder 1

1845 Mar

Box 1 Folder 2

1845 Apr

Box 1 Folder 3

1845 May - Jun

Box 1 Folder 4

1845 Jul - Aug

Box 1 Folder 5

1845 Sep

Box 1 Folder 6

1845 Oct

Box 1 Folder 7

1845 Nov

Box 1 Folder 8

1845 Dec 1 - 19

Box 1 Folder 9

1845 Dec 19 - 31

Box 1 Folder 10

1846 Jan - Apr

Box 1 Folder 11

1846 May - Dec

Box 1 Folder 12

1847 Jan - Feb

Box 1 Folder 13

1847 Mar - Apr

Box 1 Folder 174

1847 May - Dec

Box 1 Folder 15

1848 Jan - Mar

Box 1 Folder 16

1848 Apr - Jun

Box 1 Folder 17

1848 Jul - Sep

Box 1 Folder 18

1848 Oct - Dec

Box 1 Folder 19

1849 Jan - Feb

Box 1 Folder 20

1849 Mar - Jun

Box 1 Folder 21

1849 Jul

Box 1 Folder 22

1849 Aug 1 - 18

Box 1 Folder 23

1849 Aug 19 - 31

Box 1 Folder 24

1849 Sep - Nov

Box 1 Folder 25

1849 Dec

Box 1 Folder 26

1850 Jan - Feb

Box 1 Folder 27

1850 Mar

Box 1 Folder 28

1850 Apr

Box 1 Folder 29

1850 May

Box 1 Folder 30

1850 Jun

Box 1 Folder 31

1850 Jul

Box 1 Folder 32

1850 Aug - Oct

Box 1 Folder 33

1850 Nov - Dec

Box 1 Folder 34

1851 Jan - May

Box 1 Folder 35

1851 Jun - Dec

Box 1 Folder 36

1852 Jan - Aug

Box 1 Folder 37

1852 Sep - Oct

Box 1 Folder 38

1852 Nov - Dec

Box 1 Folder 39

1853 Jan - 1854 Mar

Box 1 Folder 40

Undated

Box 1 Folder 41-42

Chronological and alphabetical lists

Box 1 Folder 43

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.

Charter, leases, etc.

Volume 1

Clippings

Box 1 Folder 44

Committee reports: 1845 Jan - Apr

Box 1 Folder 45

Committee reports: 1845 May

Box 1 Folder 46

Committee reports: 1845 Jun

Box 1 Folder 47

Committee reports: 1845 Jul - Aug

Box 1 Folder 48

Committee reports: 1845 Sep

Box 1 Folder 49

Committee reports: 1845 Oct

Box 1 Folder 50

Committee reports: 1845 Nov

Box 1 Folder 51

Committee reports: 1846 - 1847

Box 1 Folder 52

Committee reports: 1848 - 1850

Box 1 Folder 53

Committee reports: 1851 - 1852

Box 1 Folder 54

Committee reports: undated

Box 1 Folder 55

Grand Trunk R.R.

Box 1 Folder 56

Miscellaneous pamphlets

Volume 2

Notes and statistics - John Neal and others: Boston

Box 1 Folder 57

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

Box 1 Folder 58

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

Box 1 Folder 59

Notes and statistics - John Neal and others: miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 60

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

Box 1 Folder 61-62

Printed material: broadsides, 1844-1846

Box 1 Folder 63

Printed material: broadsides, 1851-1852

Box 1 Folder 64

Printed material: proposals and specifications for construction

Box 1 Folder 65

Provisional committee, 1845

Volume 3

Records of the corporators named in the charter, 1845

Volume 4

Reports of the president and directors, 1847-1894

Box 1 Folder 66-67

F.R. Barrett scrapbook

Volume-folio 5

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

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