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Norfolk and Western Railway Company blueprints and records

 Collection
Identifier: AC-441

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 112 blueprints, correspondence (business and personal), reports and invoices for individuals, such as C.J. French of Narrows, Virginia and businesses, such as Maple Shade Inn, the Virginian Railway Company, and the Norfolk and Western Railway Company. These date 1894-1994.

Dates

  • 1894-1994, undated

Creator

Language

The materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Historical Note

The Norfolk and Western Railway (reporting mark NW), was a US class I railroad, formed by more than 200 railroad mergers between 1838 and 1982. It was headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia for most of its 150-year existence. Its motto was "Precision Transportation." The Norfolk and Western Railway formed as the Atlantic, Mississippi, & Ohio Railroad (AM & O) during a 1870 merger between Southside Railroad Company (1846), Norfolk & Petersburg (1849), Virginia & Tennessee Railroad (1849), and the proposed Virginia & Kentucky Railroad, which was never built. AM & O was sold at auction to C.H. Clark in 1881 and became Norfolk & Western. The Norfolk & Western Railway acquired Shenandoah Valley Railroad (1870) in 1890 and the Virginia Carolina, which was nicknamed the "Virginia Creeper," in 1917. Norfolk & Western merged with Southern Railroad to form Norfolk Southern in the 1980s.

Extent

3.25 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversize box)

Abstract

Norfolk and Western Railway Blueprints and Records include reports from the railway about construction, upgrades, and legal disputes; blueprints; individual and business receipts and invoices; and correspondence.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. Blueprints are housed in separate boxes and are arranged by number.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in three separate accessions (AC.2009.042, AC.2010.048, and AC.2010.060) between 2009 and 2010.

Related Materials

AC.267: Norfolk and Western Railroad Photographs and Postcards, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

AC.305: Norfolk and Western Railroad at Whitetop Photographs, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

AC.544: Norfolk and Western Male Chorus Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

AC.673: Norfolk and Western Railway Company Employee Passes, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

AC.685: Norfolk and Western Railway Company Coal Shipment Cards, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

AC.760: "Virginia Summer Resorts via the Shenandoah Valley Route" map, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, August 2013. Additions to the collection and updates to the finding aid completed by Cynthia Harbeson, October 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
Title
AC.441: Norfolk & Western Railway Reports and Papers, 1894-1994, undated
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Anita Elliott
Date
August 5, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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