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Norfolk and Western Railroad Records



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Norfolk and Western Railroad Records, 1881-1979 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Norfolk and Western Railroad Records, 1881-1979Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Norfolk and Western Railway Company.

Extent: 10.0 MS boxes


Arranged by series as follows:

Series 1: History

Series 2: Annual reports

Series 3: Rules and By-laws

Series 4: Legal documents

Series 5: Subject files

Subjects: Clark, Clarence H., Norfolk and Western Railway Company., Railroads -- Virginia., Railroads -- West Virginia.

Languages: English


Chartered in 1881, the Norfolk and Western Railroad was created and organized when Clarence H. Clark and his associates purchased the property and franchises belonging to the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad Company.  The combined length owned by Clark and associates, after the rights had been bought in a public sale, was just over 400 miles.  By the year 1900 another 1,100 miles had been added including a branch as far north as Columbus, Ohio.  Growth was limited for the railroad until after the close of World War II.  In 1959 Norfolk and Western acquired another 600 miles of track, used primarily for coal transport, from the then defunct Virginia Railway.

In 1964 N&W added another 2,100 miles to its already large network of tracks by buying up the franchise rights of the Nickel Plate Railroad.  Finally, six years later in 1970 N&W took over full control of the Wabash Railroad which added yet another 2,400 miles.  This stretched its lines to over 7,600 miles and included such cities as Norfolk, Buffalo and Detroit, and as far west as Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha and Kansas City.  By 1970 the Norfolk and Western Railway Company had assets totaling over two billion dollars.  Although it had much mileage in both Virginia and West Virginia more than two thirds of N&W track lay north and west of the Ohio River.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This is a collection of Norfolk and Western Railroad Company business records and papers including agreements, annual fiscal reports, annual reports, annual reports to shareholders, articles of consolidation and merger, bills of sale, bonds, certificates, contracts, deeds, deeds of assignment, deeds of contracts and lease, deeds of conveyance, deeds of release, deeds of trust or mortgage, indentures, leases, lawsuits, petitions, plan of organization, power of attorney, releases, rule and by-law booklets, and subject files. All records, including the legal documents, are printed copies which would have been available to stockholders and regulatory agencies.

Subject/Index Terms

Clark, Clarence H.
Norfolk and Western Railway Company.
Railroads -- Virginia.
Railroads -- West Virginia.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions placed on this collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification/Folder/Box], Norfolk and Western Railroad Company Records, Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0063 SAA 063

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: History],
[Series 2: Annual Reports],
[Series 3: Rules and By-Laws],
[Series 4: Legal Documents],
[Series 5: Subject Files],

Series 1: HistoryAdd to your cart.
Historical and reference material pertaining to the Norfolk and Western Railroad. The inclusive dates are from the inception of the railroad up to 1958.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: History, 1882-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: History, (nd)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: VOL 1. Norfolk and Western Corporation History, (c. 1882)Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: History],
[Series 2: Annual Reports],
[Series 3: Rules and By-Laws],
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