Northern Pacific Railroad Company records
Scope and Contents
The collection contains journals, timetables, contracts and miscellaneous records of the Northern Pacific's operations in Duluth, Minnesota. The journals include abstracts of contracts and agreements, 1884-1898, of the railroad's construction department. Most of the contracts concern northeastern Minnesota land and bridge agreements. Also included are reports of vessels passing through bridges, 1908-1915, and accidents and delay reports, 1905-1909. Both reports are in poor condition, but generally legible.
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
Biographical / Historical
The Northern Pacific Railroad was chartered in 1864 with the aim of providing a rail connection from the Great Lakes to the Pacific. Construction of the railroad began in 1870 at Thomson, Minnesota. Northern Pacific was backed by financier Jay Cooke until 1873 when it went bankrupt and was reorganized. The railroad was reorganized again in the early 1900s by James J. Hill. In 1970 Northern Pacific merged with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Great Northern, and Spokane, Portland and Seattle and their subsidiaries to become the Burlington Northern.
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Language of Materials
The collection contains journals, timetables, contracts and miscellaneous records of the Northern Pacific's operations in Duluth, Minnesota.
This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at email@example.com or 218-726-8526.
This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library, and are on permanent loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society.
- Agreements (Contracts) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Construction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Contracts Subject Source: Local sources
- Cooke, Jay, 1821-1905
- Hill, James J. (James Jerome), 1838-1916
- Northern Pacific Railroad Company
- Northern Pacific Railway Company
- Railroads Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Reports Subject Source: Local sources
- Guide to the Northern Pacific Railroad Company records
- Finding Aid Authors: B.H. Bruemmer.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Collecting Area Details
Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001