A valuable collection containing many documents, 123 black and white photographs, and numerous maps. Each photograph is attached to an 8 x 5 index card with typewritten explanation and date; all maps are in fine condition. Various Various 1851 - 1959
DOCUMENTS relating to the organization of the Illinois Central Rail-Road Company. New York: Geo. S. Roe, 1851. 4to. [iv], 146 pages printed on blue paper. Original half-calf. FIRST EDITION of this great rarity containing the Act of congress donating lands to the States of Illinois, Mississippi and Alabama, in aid of the construction of a Railroad. Among the important papers are: Acts of Incorporation of the Illinois Central Railroad Company by the State of Illinois; Letters, Recipts from the treasurer of the State of Illinois for $200,000, Deeds, Financial plan, submitted by the President, and report of the president to the Directors, Mortgage, Illinois Central Railroad., its position and prospects, On the value of public lands of Illinois, a folding copy of the Construction bonds to be issued, and many other documents.
COLTON. MAP of Illinois. Hand Coloured. New sectional map of the State of Illinois compiled from the United States surveys. Also exhibiting the internal improvements, distances between towns, villages & post offices; the outlines of prairies, woodlands, marshes & the lands donated to the state by the General Govrnment for the purposes of internal improvement. New York: J.H. Colton, 1852. 42 x 28 folded. With the original Government attachment slip noting: "all government land within the red lines , colored green, is reserved from sale, until the Illinois Central Rail Road Company select 2,684,160 acres, donated by Congress. Length of road 699 miles. Hand colored map of the state of Illinois by J.M. Peck, John Messinger, and A.J. Mathewson copyrighted 1836. A fine copy of this beautiful map with an engraved leaf pattern border.
BROADSIDE: The Michigan Central Rail Road Offices." FARE REDUCED" May 8, 1854. 4-3/4 x 7-3/4 ". The Michigan Central had "Spring Arrangements" for the Great Central U.S. Mail Route. Trains leave Chicago. Sets forth fares from Chicago to various cities as well as times trains leave Chicago and the length of the journey (i.e. 1st Express. 6am through to New York in 35 hours, 2nd Express 8am through to New York in 42 hours and more). Reversed side is a map showing the routes.
BROADSIDE The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company. THE BEST THING IN THE WEST. The rich valley lands of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe situated on the beautiful Cottonwood and Arkansas rivers, in Southwestern Kansas. 2,500,000 acres for sale on eleven years' credit. Topeka, Kansas: Geo. W. Martin, Kansas Publishing House, . 7 x 13-1/2 Wonderful illustrations on front; back split into four separate columns, all which tout the fabulous opportunities of the Cottonwood and Arkansas valleys. HO! FOR THE NEW KANSAS "A FARM OR HOME IN THE WEST"
THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY. Offers for sale over 2,000,000 acres selected farming and wood lands in tracts of forty acres ad upwards, to suit purchases on long credits and at low rates of interest situated on each side of their rail-road, extending all te way from the extreme North to the South of the State of Illinois. New York: John W. Amerman, 1856 8vo. 62 pages. Frontispiece outline map of Illinois. Plain wrappers, stapled ss issued; chipped and interior a bit browned.
THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY. Offer for sale over 1,500,000 acres selected farming and wood lands in tracts of forty acres and upwards to suit purchases on long credit and at low rates of interest .Boston: Geo. C. Rand & Avery, 1857. 8vo. 80 pages. With 2 maps (frontispiece outline map of Illinois with boundry of the lands of the Illinois Central Railroad, and the double page map "Railway Guide to the Illinois Central Rail Road Lands." Text illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers, front detached but intact.
RAILROADS TO THE WEST. Letter of the Secretary of war, communicating, in answer to a resolution of the Senate, a copy of the report of Major D. Fergusson on the country, its resources, and the route between Tucson and Lobos Bay, March 14, 1863. 8vo. 22 pages. With 3 folding maps (23 x 30; 12 x 16; 9 x 17). Special Session, 37th Congress, Senate Ex. Doc. No. 1 [Washington D.C.] 1863. Disbound. First edition of this significant report of a military reconnaissance expedition ordered to investigate a potential western terminus for a southern transcontinental railroad, and the concomitant need for acquiring additional territory from Mexico. The maps: "La Libertad," a Mexican port on the Gulf of California, taken from an 1861 Mexican map; "Sketch of Lobos Bay," drawn under the direction of Major Fergusson; and "Head Quarters Department of New Mexico," showing the southwest United States and the northwest of Mexico, including portions of Baja California and the Gulf of California. (Graff 1306; Howes F87; Wagner-Camp IV:387)
DANVILLE, URBANA, BLOOMINGTON & PERKIN RAILROAD. The first mortgage seven per cent. "Gold Bonds." its charter and by-laws, and forms of first mortgage and first mortgage bonds, August 1, 1869. New York: W. H. Arthur & Co., 1869. 8vo. 43 pages. Original wrappers, slight chipping on the fore edge. With a large folding map 28 x 26 by COLTON. First edition of the original corporation consolidated in July 1869, with the Indianapolis Crawfordsville & Danville Railroad. Later (1879) it passed into the hands of a receiver, was sold under foreclosure and reorgaized in 1879.
HISTORY OF THE FIRST LOCOMOTIVES IN AMERICA. By William Henry Brown. Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., . 8vo. 48 pages With 2 panorama illustrations, 9-1/2 x 18 containing 7 plates. Original illustrated wrappers, very fragile; it is complete but needs re-sewing. According to the author, this is the first and only edition of this format called the popular edition. It is different from the original hard copy of over 200 pages, and was issued for another reader. It was probably sold in train stations and is now quite scarce.
RAILROAD GUIDE WITH POPULAR ROUTES FOR SUMMER AND WINTER TOURISTS. [Chicago] A. T. Sears & E. Webster, . Compliments of the General Ticket and Passenger Agent Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway. 4to. 157,  pp. Illustrated with hundreds of views, scenery and maps, tables, postal rates, advertisements, and tips for the tourist. Contemporary blue cloth, title in gilt on covers; interior excellent. First edition of the third publication. It is in essence a tourist's guide covering the United States from Colorado to Florida, with charming illustrations.
[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. As attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1905. Folio. [xxxvi] pp. Original publisher's pebbled cloth, title and Compliments of the Illinois Central Railroad Company in gilt on front cover. Binding and spine scuffed with light chipping on spine; interior is very good. First edition, first issue, limited to 200 copies, ours being 140. MAY, 1905. This keepsake from the Railroad Company contains illustrations and facsimiles of Company-related documents. The text provides details of certain legal issues and cases in which Lincoln was involved on behalf of the Company. (Monaghan, 1447).
LINCOLN ON THE NEW HAVEN AND THE BOSTON & ALBANY RAILROADS. Issued by the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc. Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, February, 1934. Bulletin No. 33. 8vo. 55 pages. Original hand printed and illustrated wrappers. Text illustrations
PHOTOGRAPHS. 123 black and white photographs date from mid-1930's to the late 1950's. Each photograph is attached to a 8 x 5 index card and contains a typewritten explanation and date. Most of the views are of railroad cars, tracts or stations in Illinois and Wisconsin. An additional 14 photographs are included which have not explanation attached.