Guide to the Swatara Railroad Papers
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0272
Creators:
Swatara Railroad Company
Agriculture, Divison of (NMAH)
Donaldson, William
Swatara and Good Spring Railroad
Dates:
1805-1894.
Languages:
English
English.
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
3 vertical boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Documents relating to the business of the Swatara Railroad Company of Danville, Pennsylvania and particularly of its president, "Judge" William Donaldson. Includes receipts, bills, contracts, operating statistics, financial statements and correspondence, filed chronologically by year.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Swatara and Good Spring Railroad was incorporated in 1831 with Judge William Donaldson as president. Renamed the Swatara Railroad in 1841, it was one of several lines connecting the First Pennsylvania anthracite coal field via waterways to the East Coast. Until 1848 it was powered by horses and was extended and rebuilt periodically. In 1863, Donaldson sold his interest in the Swatara to the Philadelphia & Reading Co., which renamed it the Good Spring Railroad.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Don Darroch, 1988
Author
Don Darroch
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Swatara Railroad Papers, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
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.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
This collection was transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Agriculture, October 17, 1987.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Coal mines and mining -- 19th century -- Pennsylvania Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroads -- 19th century -- Pennsylvania Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Financial statements -- 19th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Receipts -- 19th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 19th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anthracite coal industry -- 19th century -- Pennsylvania Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pennsylvania -- 19th century Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Good Spring Railroad 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