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White Water Valley Canal Company stock certificates

 Collection — Folder: S2424
Identifier: S2424

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three stocks certificates issued by the White Water Valley Canal Company on January 13, 1843, November 20, 1843, and October 1, 1844. The one, two, and five dollar stock certificates are each signed by the company's secretary L. B. Tupper and company president Meredith Helm.


  • 1843-1844

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.

Historical Note

In 1836, the Mammoth Internal Improvement Act was passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Noah Noble. The act authorized the appropriation of funds for the construction of canals, turnpikes, and railroads throughout the state and the Whitewater Canal was one of the projects funded by the legislation. After a few years, the act's strain on financial resources forced the state into bankruptcy and the Whitewater Canal project was turned over to White Water Valley Canal Company, a privately financed organization chartered in January 1842. The company finished the portion of the canal between Brookville and Cambridge City, but a series of floods and a costly law suit forced it into receivership in 1855 and the company was later purchased by the Whitewater Valley Railroad Company in 1865.


Burden, Donald R. "The Whitewater Canal Historic Corridor Guide: Abstract." Ball State Theses and Dissertations. Accessed September 15, 2022.

Esarey, Logan. A History of Indiana: From its Exploration to 1850. Indianapolis, IN: W.K. Stewart Co., 1915.

Indiana State Museum. "Historic Sites: Whitewater Canal." Accessed September 14, 2022.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dr. Christopher B. Coleman on 1942/10/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/15 by Laura Eliason.
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