Scope and Contents
The collection is composed of the papers of the Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company from 1836 to 1944. Documents relating to physical facilities are specifications for locks, canals, surveys, and plats (some blue prints) of canal property. Business papers include a charter, articles of association, stock certificates, minutes of the Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company, legal documents pertaining to a court action against the Big Four Railway Company, and affidavit, deeds, contracts, and correspondence. The correspondence relates to issues of land ownership, land use, leasing rights and canal maintenance.
The collection includes 2 oversize folders with company account books, (B010)
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.
The Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company was organized in 1866. According to its charter, the company was formed for the purpose “of constructing, maintaining, and owning a hydraulic power operation and its attendant canals, damn, feeders, water powers, waste weirs and other appurtenances.” The organization was authorized by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana and its affairs were managed by five directors.
The company’s canal ran from the Whitewater Valley Canal, just below Brookville (Franklin County), proceeding north through Brookville to Metamora and then to Laurel, including a dam at Laurel.
0.35 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 2 oversize folders)
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