Held at: Delaware County Historical Society [Contact Us]408 Avenue of the States, Chester, Pennsylvania, 19013
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Delaware County Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century, was founded in 1846 and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1968, PRR merged with rival New York Central (NYC) to form the Penn Central Transportation Company, which filed for bankruptcy within two years. Part of the company was transferred to Conrail in 1976, which was itself broken up in 1999, with roughly equal parts going to the Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation. Norfolk Southern received most of the former PRR; Amtrak received the electrified segment east of Harrisburg.
Construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Delaware County began shortly after the company's founding in Radnor Township. Lansdowne, PA was added as a stop along the line in 1880. As of 2013, the Lansdowne Station (designed by renowned architect Frank Furness) serves as a stop along SEPTA's (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Media/Elwyn Regional Rail line.
This collection consists of records created by Pennsylvania Railroad station agent M. I. Marshall from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s. Most of the records relate to the Lansdowne railroad station in Delaware County, Pennsylvania; a few relate to the Fernwood-Yeadon station (Delaware County), which is no longer active. The following materials are included:
Agent's monthly balance sheets, Lansdowne station, 1967 Agent's monthly balance sheets, Fernwood station, circa 1965-1969 (incomplete) Lansdowne agent M.I. Marshall's deposit records, 1957 and 1959 Agent's stubs, the Pullwood Co., circa 1958 Exemption certificates, circa1956-1960 Memoranda securing space for passengers, circa1957-58 Agent's consolidated daily record, circa 1960 Baggage tags, ticket stubs, etc.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Delaware County Historical Society directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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