Boston and Albany Railroad Company records
- 1829-1916 (inclusive)
- Majority of material found within 1831-1875
Conditions Governing Access
114 linear feet (342 volumes, 69 boxes)
The records for each railroad generally include directors' records and meeting minutes; stock records; transportation and engineering records and surveys; financial records, accounts, bills, and vouchers; legal records; and correspondence. The Western Rail-Road Corporation records comprise the largest series, followed by the Boston and Worcester Railroad Corporation records.
The Albany and West Stockbridge Railroad Company was built to connect the Western Rail-Road line with Albany, New York. The New York state legislature first incorporated the Castleton and West Stockbridge Railroad Company in 1834. In 1836, another act of the New York legislature authorized a railroad line from the Hudson River at Greenbush to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the company was renamed the Albany and West Stockbridge Railroad. Construction of the Albany and West Stockbridge Railroad was completed in 1842, and the line was leased to the Western Railroad.
The Boston and Worcester Railroad Corporation and Western Rail-Road Corporation merged in 1867 to become the Boston and Albany Railroad Company. In December 1870, the Albany and West Stockbridge Railroad Company, along with the Hudson and Boston Railroad Corporation, merged with the new company, creating a united line from Boston to Albany. The Boston and Albany Railroad Company remained an independent line until 1900, when it was leased to the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company (later the New York Central Railroad.)
Several other branch railroads were part of the holdings of the Boston and Albany Railroad Company or its major predecessors. These included the Pittsfield and North Adams Railroad Corporation, the Hudson and Berkshire Railroad (later renamed the Hudson and Boston Railroad Corporation), the Ware River Railroad Company, and the Hudson and West Stockbridge Railroad.
- Series A. Boston and Worcester Railroad Corporation records, 1831-1882
- Series B. Western Rail-Road Corporation records, 1829-1901
- Series C. Albany and West Stockbridge Railroad Company records, 1834-1877
- Series D. Pittsfield and North Adams Corporation records, 1846-1872
- Series E. Boston and Albany Railroad Co. records, circa 1850-1916
- Series F. Western Rail-Road, Pittsfield and North Adams Railroad, and Boston and Albany Railroad combined records, 1848-1872
- Series G. Ware River Railroad Company records, 1873
- Series H. Housatonic Railroad records, 1847-1848
- Series I. Hudson and Berkshire Railroad records, 1835-1867
- Series J. Hudson and Boston Railroad Corporation records, 1854-1857
- Series K. Hudson and West Stockbridge Railroad records, 1842
- Oversized materials
Existence and Location of Copies
Volume A11: Boston and Worcester Railroad Corporation: Reports of directors to stockholders and legislature, January 8, 1833 - November 16, 1840, is available as a digital surrogate.
Volume B1: Western Rail-Road Corporation: Corporation records, March 8, 1833 - September 4, 1867, is available as a digital surrogate.
The collection was reprocessed in 2007. Unbound records were refoldered and placed in appropriate storage containers. The original arrangement of these records was largely left unchanged, but oversized items were separated and unfolded for conservation purposes. The new location of these separated items is indicated in the collection inventory below.
- Boston and Albany Railroad Co. Boston and Albany Railroad Co. Records, 1829-1916 (inclusive), 1831-1875 (bulk): A Finding Aid
- Baker Library
- EAD ID
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