Guide to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Papers, 1855-1979, undated

Summary Information

Title: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Papers, 1855-1979, undated
Collection: AC.290
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of three copies of a summons to the company by the Commonwealth of Virginia in April 1855 signed by James D. Morris, and a copy of a page from a Court of Appeals of the Supreme Court of West Virginia in the case of the Railroad versus Charles J. Faulkner, no date given. Also, nine Exchange Trip Passes and two Statements of Earnings and Deductions, 1977 and 1979.

Creator: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chartered in 1827 in Baltimore to compete with the canal freight traffic, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company was one of the longest running of American railroads and one of the first large-scale railroads built. The B&O Railroad inspired practices that subsequent railroads implemented as standard operating procedures. In the early 1830s, the railway experimented with steam/coal power and carriage designs through competitions. By 1853, the railroad had reached the Ohio River. While it was significantly damaged by Civil War battles, the railroad recovered and prospered through World War Industry. In 1964, the B&O Railroad merged into the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.

Scope and Contents

There are three original copies of the Summons document, dated April 16, 1855, and one page of the Court of Appeals document, undated. The Summons document forbids the construction or use of a wharf in or near Benwood or the city of Wheeling. The Court of Appeals document refers to a case of the Railroad versus Charles J. Faulkner, his former employer, arguing for compensation of wages. Also in this collection are nine B & O Exchange Trip Passes: two to C.F. Danner family and seven to F.J. Petrilla, and two B & O Statements of Earnings and Deductions of unnamed employee, 1977 and 1979.


These documents are arranged in a single folder chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection acquired parts of this collection in July 1998 and in 2010. Acquisitions were accessioned separately as AC.2002.037, AC.2011.023 and AC.2011.112.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006; Reprocessed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.290: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  ACSC_Box Folder

Summons, 1855 

8 16

Two Exchange Trip Passes to C.F. Danner and family, 1935 

8 16

Seven Joint and Employee Trip Passes to F.J. Petrilla, 1949-1951 

8 16

Two Statements of Earnings and Deductions to Unnamed B&O Employee, 1977 and 1979 

8 16