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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
New York Central Railroad System Stock Certificates Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of nearly three hundred stock certificates of companies comprising the New York Central Railroad System.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of two hundred ninety stock certificates of companies, mainly railroads, which became part of the New York Central System. The certificates are not only of historic but also of artistic interest since most are beautifully ornate and bear intricate engravings (wood, lithographic, steel) of trains and related scenes. Included are certificates of the Chicago and Canada Southern Railroad Company (1800s-1900s); The Detroit Monroe & Toledo Railroad Company (1850s); Jersey Shore, Pine Creek & Buffalo Railway Company (1800s); Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Company (1907); The Mahoning Coal Railroad Company (1800s); New Jersey Junction Railroad Company (1800s); New York and Northern Railway Company (1900s); The Peoria and Eastern Railway Company (1890s); Utica and Schenectady Rail Road Company (1840s-1850s); White Water Rail Road Company (1800s, 1878, 1890s). Some certificates have coupons still attached. Some certificates are signed by the company presidents. Printers and engravers of the certificates include the National Bank-Note Co., New York; Franklin Bank Note Co., New York; Franklin-Lee Bank Note Co., New York; The American Bank Note Company, New York and Philadelphia; Henry Seibert & Bros. , New York


The certificates are arranged alphabetically by corporate name.

Collection History


The certificates were a gift of Kenneth W. Rendell on December 28, 1973 .

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 1, 2006. Finding aid written by Tenley Eakin on August 2, 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

New York Central Railroad System Stock Certificates Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1