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SWATARA RAILROAD PAPERS, 1805-1894
#272

(1.0 cubic feet: 3 DB)

by: Don Darroch & Robert S. Harding, May 1988

History

The Swatara and Good Spring Railroad was incorporated in 1831 with Judge William Donaldson as president. Renamed the Swatara Railroad in 1841, it was one of several lines connecting the First Pennsylvania anthracite coal field via waterways to the East Coast. Until 1848 it was powered by horses and was extended and rebuild periodically. In 1863, Donaldson sold his interest in the Swatara to the Philadelphia and Reading Co., which renamed it The Good Spring Railroad.

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents relating to the business of the Swatara Railroad and particularly of its president "Judge" William Donaldson. Included are receipts, operating statistics, financial statements and correspondence, filed chronlogically by year 1805-1894.

Provenance

Transferred from Division of Agriculture, October 17, 1987.

Container List

Box Folder
CORRESPONDENCE, 1805-1894
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Miscellaneous notes and correspondence, n.d.

2 Shipping documents, receipts, insurance policies, 1805-1833
3 Correspondence: Swatara RR 1834-1840
4 William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1841
5 William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1842
6 William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1843
7 William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1844
8 William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1845

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1846

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1847

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1848

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1849

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1850

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1851

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1852

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1853

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1854

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1855

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1856

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1857

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1858

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1859

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1860

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1861

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1862

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1863

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William Donaldson/Swatara RR 1864-1894

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