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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:705 1832-1834 B74

Boston and Lowell Railroad, Woburn Branch, Woburn Massachusetts records


Boston and Lowell Railroad, Woburn Branch, Woburn Massachusetts records span the years 1832 to 1834 and document the constrcution of a branch railroad in Massachusetts.


  • 1832-1834


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice.

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0.25 linear feet (1 volume)

The collection includes an account book of Samuel Abbot, a contractor on the Woburn branch of the Boston and Lowell Railroad. Also included are a time book and payroll records.

Biographical / Historical

The Boston and Lowell was one of the first railroad systems in the United States, chartered by Massachusetts on June 5, 1830. Service began on May 27, 1835 with further expansion and branch lines constructed in the ensuing decades. The Boston & Lowell struggled with competition from the Boston & Maine until ultimately it was leased by the Boston & Maine on April 1, 1887, and then merged fully into the B&M on January 1, 1919. The Boston & Lowell continued operating as a division within the Boston & Maine until it was sold to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority in 1983.

Details of this historical note are from the Nashua City Station website.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Volumes 1 and 2, gift of Elizabeth A. Burnham, 1953. Volume 3 gift of Proprietors of Locks & Canals, 1961.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2021 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Processing Information

To enhance discoverability, this collection was removed from an artificial collection of Records Relating to Railroad Construction in New England and Pennsylvania in August 2021.

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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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