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Miscellaneous (mostly railroad) stock certificates

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Hagley Museum and Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Creator:
Canada Southern Railway Company. Cincinnati Northern Railroad Company. Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad Company. Cleveland and Toledo Railroad Company. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Company. Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway Company. Cleveland, Painesville and Ashtabula Rail Road Company. Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Little Falls and Dolgeville Railroad Company. Mahoning Coal Railroad Company. McKeesport and Belle Vernon Railroad Company. Merchants Despatch Transportation Company. Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad Company. New York and Northern Railway Company. New York and Ottawa Railway Company. New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railway Company. Niagara Falls Branch Railroad. Peoria and Eastern Railway Company. Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad Company. Ulster and Delaware Railroad Company. Utica and Schenectady Railroad Company. Wallkill Valley Railroad.
Title:
Miscellaneous (mostly railroad) stock certificates
Date:
1848-1907
Call Number:
233
Extent:
104 items
General Physical Description:
104 items : stock certificates ; 10 x 11.5 in. or smaller.
Location:
GL Box 1.
Language:
English
Abstract:
Historically, a stock certificate is a paper record of ownership in a company. Certain information is included on a stock certificate: number of share, identification number, a corporate seal, and signatures. This collection consists of predominantly unissued stock certificates for American railroad companies. There are also four certificates of tax free municipal bonds of the City of Philadelphia.
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Biography/History

Historically, a stock certificate is a paper record of ownership in a company. Certain information is included on a stock certificate: number of share, identification number, a corporate seal, and signatures. Most of them have intricate artwork or designs to help prevent fraud. The certificate represents partial ownership in a company. While certificates in the past were issued on paper, it is now common that the records are kept electronically.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of predominantly unissued stock certificates for American railroad companies. Over thirty companies are represented. There are also four certificates of tax free municipal bonds ("city loans") issued to different individuals under authority of the City of Philadelphia: they date 1855, 1856, 1866, 1883.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Ephemera.
Subject(s)
  • Municipal bonds--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • Railroad companies--History.--United States.
  • Stock certificates.

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