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Earl E. Fitch railroad receipts

 Collection — Folder: S1803
Identifier: S1803

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of 8 way-bills from the 1850s, most for merchandise shipped from Richmond to New Castle, Indiana. These way-bills show transactions for: the Eaton and Hamilton and Richmond and Miami Railroads; the Cincinnati, Logansport and Chicago Railroad; the Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad Line; and hauling for which shipping point and destination are handwritten without designation of a railroad line.

Basic information on each way-bill consists of shipper, destination, number of cars, cosignees, descriptions of articles, weight, expenses paid, and where final charges were payable. The way-bills are a record of the kinds of merchandise that were being carried by rail in the 1850s.


  • 1854-1856

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

When the Pennsylvania Railroad Freight House at New Castle, Indiana, was torn down, Earl E. Fitch found way-bills which had been kept by more than one railroad company, all of them dated in the 1850s. At one point, the Pennsylvania Railroad operated ¼ of Indiana’s rail mileage and made a huge impact on the state of Indiana. Other railroads that are mentioned in the collection include the Eaton and Hamilton and Richmond and Miami Railroad; Cincinnati and Logansport and Chicago Railroad and the Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad.

Source: Materials in the collection; Book review of “The Pennsylvania Railroad in Indiana” from Indiana University Press.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Museum.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998/09/23 by Philip N. Williams. Collection reprocessed 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier.
Earl E. Fitch railroad receipts
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.