Formed by a merger of four railroads in 1869, the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway System provided an unbroken rail route between Chicago, IL, and Buffalo, NY. Controlled by the Vanderbilt family, the railroad was dominated by New York interests, and they connected it with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad to create a totally controlled railroad linking New York City with Chicago.
This collection consists entirely of financial records of the Lake Shore System. The records include daybooks, ledgers, journals, stock ledgers and listings of stock transfers. These materials contain information on the types of supplies used by the railroads, salaries paid to various personnel, and names of individuals and companies that invested in the railroad industry. The fairly complete runs of ledgers, journals, and daybooks provide the basis for a detailed analysis of railroad management.
The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway System Records provides an excellent look at the day-to-day financial management of American railroads in the nineteenth century.
Number of rolls: 64