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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records - Auditor's Office

 Record Group
Identifier: CB&Q-36

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of the Collection

Records in this record group break down into four basic subject areas: Ledgers, Journals, Construction Accounts, and Miscellaneous Accounts, Cash Balances, etc. Records are very scattered and incomplete. Most of the financial information for the railroad company is summarized in annual reports: see CB&Q 32.12, Annual Reports, for these summaries.

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.


  • Creation: 1855-1914



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.

History of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Auditor's Office

The auditor's office was responsible for maintaining the detailed financial accounts of the CB&Q, and collecting reports of expenses from the various departments and affiliated corporations. Expenses could include repairs, new building, rent, advertising, train service, station service, and fuel.


43.9 Linear Feet (7.5 boxes and 85 oversize volumes)


Financial records (Ledgers, Journals, Construction Accounts, and Miscellaneous Accounts) of the CB&Q Railroad Company. Mostly detailed financial records kept in large ledger books. Forms part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series +36.1: Expenditures Ledgers, Oct. 1866-Dec. 1901
Volumes 1-14
Series +36.12: Construction Ledgers, May 1867-Jul. 1881
Volumes 1-3
Series +36.2: Expenditures Journals, Jan. 1873-Dec. 1901
Volumes 1-15
Series +36.24: Journal, Apr. 1869-Apr. 1871
Volume 1
Series +36.3: Construction Accounts, May 1871-Dec. 1883
Volumes 1-3
Series +36.34: Construction Account Books, Ledgers, Oct. 1880-Feb. 1886
Volumes 2-4
Series +36.35: Construction Accounts, Journals, Chicago, May 1882-Feb. 1886
Volumes 1-2
Series 36.36: Construction Accounts, Jan. 1879-Jul. 1882 and 1898
Box 1
Series 36.37: Construction Estimates, Dec. 1879-Oct. 1880
Box 1
Series 36.38: Construction Accounts, Appropriations and Charges, 1890-Jun. 1901
Box 2
Series 36.39: Memorandum of Charges for New Work, 1882-1884, 1888
Box 2
Series 36.391: Material Reports, Feb. 1891-Dec. 1892
Box 3
Series +36.6 - Trial Balances and Miscellaneous Statements, 1855-1863
Volume 1
Series +36.61: General Balances, 1887-1914
Volumes 1-32
Series +36.62: Daily Cash Balances, Apr. 1, 1880-Jun. 4, 1901
Volumes 1-10
Series 36.64: Daily Morning Statements, 1890-1901
Boxes 3-7
Series 36.9: Treasurer's Earnings, Jan. 1879-Jun. 1892
Box 8
Series +36.92: Lease Records, Dec. 1895-Jan. 1913
Volume 1
Series 36.98: Auditor's Book, 1888-1890
Box 8

Collection Stack Location

4a 35 11; 4a 38 2-4


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 - Auditor's Office, 1855-1914
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

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States