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Series 8 J2: Jacksonville & Saint Louis Railway Company, 1896-1918

Identifier: CB&Q +8 J2

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of the Collection

From the Record Group: Most series include a volume of corporate records detailing articles of incorporation, meeting minutes, resolutions, and notice of acquisition or dissolution. Other materials include annual reports, financial statements, correspondence, journals, ledgers, legal papers, contracts, construction statements, equipment reports, and memos. Many series contain materials concerning relations with other roads, and correspondence on the company’s acquisition by CB&Q. Also included are a few non-railroad entities, such as bridge, coal, and construction companies. This record group contains some of the earliest materials in the CB&Q collection, and offers a unique look at the rapid expansion of the railroad, as well as the interconnected relationships between the major players– including James F. Joy, J. M. Forbes, C. E. Perkins, and J. W. Brooks.

Forms part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records.

This finding aid supersedes the Guide to the Burlington Archives in the Newberry Library, 1851-1901 (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1949), and incorporates subsequent additions to the company records. Certain materials have been deaccessioned and donated to the Burlington Route Historical Society; see curator for details.


  • 1896-1918

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Biographical/Historical note

This company was incorporated in 1896 to construct a line from Jacksonville south to Centralia, Illinois, then from a connection with the CB&Q at Concord to Jacksonville, Illinois. The company did not construct any planned line, but rather purchased the Jacksonville, Louisville & St. Louis Railway and acquired the Jacksonville & Concord Railway Company in 1904. These combined roads were acquired by the CB&Q in 1905.

Physical Description

6 oversize volumes


Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States