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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records - Correspondence

 Record Group
Identifier: CB&Q-3

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of the Collection

The correspondence series consists of incoming and outgoing letters by CB&Q executives, members of the board, lawyers, and other employees. There is extensive correspondence from presidents G.B. Harris and C.E. Perkins, as well as vice president and treasurer J.C. Peasley and vice president T.J. Potter. Many CB&Q executives were routinely promoted and held numerous positions within the company, and the correspondence reflects their different jobs and responsibilities. While much of the material is from higher level executives and their assistants, there is also significant correspondence from other departments, including freight agents, ticket agents, transfer agents, purchasing agents, and road masters, as well as incoming letters from employees further down the hierarchy, reflecting a wide variety of work experience at CB&Q. Correspondence content also reflects this diversity, and includes corporate, financial, and legal matters, expansion and acquisition, relations with other railroads and subsidiaries, personnel and policies, and all aspects of railroad management. There is also extensive coverage of engineering and construction decisions, patents, passenger and freight rates, and accidents and damages, as well as pass requests and other routine business matters.

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.

Original title for this Record Group, in the 1949 printed guide, is "Letters by Individual Writer or Recipient."


  • Creation: 1857-1918



Materials are in English.

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).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.


319.6 Linear Feet (771 boxes and 1 oversize box)


Incoming and outgoing letters of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q) executives, members of the board, lawyers, and other employees. Content covers virtually all aspects of railroad management, including financial and legal matters, expansion and acquisition, relations with other railroads and subsidiaries, personnel and policies, construction, rates, and other business matters. Forms part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 3 B1: Baldwin, W. W., 1879-1911
Series 3 B2: Sidney Bartlett, 1885-1889
Box 32
Series 3 B4: Gamaliel Bradford: Out letters, 1879-1880
Box 32
Series 3 C3: Cameron, J.S., 1881-1885
Boxes 33-42
Series 3 C5: Carter, J.L. , 1883-1901
Boxes 43-47
Series 3 D2.1: Dawes, C.M., 1898
Box 48
Series 3 D2.11: Delano, F.A., Out-letters, 1890
Box 48
Series 3 D3.1: Demling, J. F. – In-letters, 1891-1898
Boxes 49-50
Series 3 D4.1: Denison, J. N. – Out-letters, 1864-1880
Boxes 51-61
Series 3 D6.1: Dexter, Wirt, Out-letters, 1881-1890
Box 62
Series 3 F3: Forbes, J.M., 1878-1896
Boxes 63-65
Series 3 G2.1: Gardner, J.L., 1881-1899
Box 66
Series 3 G5: Goddard, L.O., 1881-1898 1881-1898
Boxes 67-87
Series 3 G7: J. N. A. Griswold, 1875-1877
Box 88
Series 3 H2.1: Hall, A. T. – In-letters, 1867-1880
Boxes 89-94
Series 3 H4: Harris, Robert, 1867-1879
Boxes 95-111
Series 3 H5: Harris, G. B., 1857-1917
Series 3 H6: Howland, Thomas S., 1875-1902
Boxes 270-274
Series 3 H7.1: Higginson, C.M., Out-letters, 1888-1890
Box 275
Series 3 H8: Hunnewell, F.W. , 1883-1902
Boxes 275-276
Series 3 L3: Ladd, W.J., 1883-1901
Boxes 277-318
Series 3 M2: Manholtz, C.L., 1878-1879
Boxes 319-320
Series 3 O5.1: Olney, Richard, 1883-1904
Boxes 321
Series 3 P2: Peasley, J.C., 1877-1903
Boxes 322-444
Series 3 P4: Perkins, C. E., 1871-1918
Boxes 445-621
Series 3 P5.1: Perkins, W. C. – Out-letters, 1880
Box 622
Series 3 P6 Potter, T. J., 1874-1888
Boxes 623-714
Series 3 P8.1: Pratt, E. E. – Out-letters, 1881-1884, 1890-1891
Boxes 715-717
Series 3 R2.1: Rhodes, G. W. – In-letters, 1888-1892
Box 718
Series 3 R3: Ripley, E. P., 1878-1887
Boxes 719-726
Series 3 R4.1: Ross, G. H. – In-letters – Car Service Papers, 1889-1890
Box 727
Series 3 S5.1: Stanwood, A. G. – Out-letters, 1892-1894, 1897-1899
Boxes 728-731
Series 3 S7: Stone, H. B., 1882-1890
Boxes 732-735
Series 3 S8: Strong, W. B., 1873-1878
Boxes 736-740
Series 3 T3.1: Taylor, J. G. – In-letters from W. W. Baldwin, 1885-1906
Boxes 741-742
Series 3 T5: Touzalin, A. E., 1881-1882
Boxes 743-747
Series 3 T7: Tyson, George, 1875-1879
Box 748
Series 3 W3: Walker. J. M., 1862-1881
Boxes 749-759
Series 3 W4.1: H.W. Weiss: Out-letters, 1878-1896
Boxes 760-770
Series 3 W6.1: W. Howard White: Out Letters, 1881-1883
Box 771

Collection Stack Location

4a 33 1-12; 4a 34 1-7; 4a 37 1


Deposit of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Company, 1943, with subsequent additions, 1948-onward. Ownership transferred to Newberry Library by Burlington Northern Company, 1975.

Processed by

Martha Briggs, Alison Hinderliter, Lisa Janssen, Kelly Kress, Emma Martin, Andrew Olofsson, and Pamela Olson, 2014.

Inventory of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records - Correspondence, 1857-1918
Alison Hinderliter and Kelly Kress
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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