Guide to the Ross Winans Letterbook
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0155
Creators:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Transportation
Winans, Ross, 1796-1877 (railroad equipment supplier)
Dates:
1850-1851.
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 volume
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letterbook contains copies of 417 business letters, arranged chronologically, relating to the manufacture and sale of railroad equipment including locomotive engines, tenders, and car wheels. These letters were replicated in a process similar to carbon copies in an almost perfectly uniform handwriting.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Winans was an inventor, mechanic, and builder of locomotives and railroad machinery, including wheels, axels, bearings trucks and carriages. In 1828 he developed a friction wheel with outside bearings which established a "distinctive pattern for railroad wheels for the next one hundred years or so. In the late 1820s also he became associated with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, eventually entering their service as an engineer. He retired from the locomotive business in 1860. When Winans died he left an estate worth over twenty million dollars.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by NMAH Staff, undated
Author
NMAH Staff

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Ross Winans Letterbook, 1850-1851, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Collection transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Transportation (now Division of Work and Industry), 1979.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Transportation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives