Erie Lackawanna Railway Company Records

Collection Number: 5013

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library

This collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Erie Lackawanna Railway Company Records, 1903-1966
Collection Number:
5013
Creator:
Erie Lackawanna Railway Company (EL);
Erie Railroad Company (ERIE);
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&;
W)
Quantity:
1.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Reports and publications generated or collected by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Company. Includes records from both the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company and the Erie Railroad, the two predecessor railroad companies that formed the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Company.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Erie Lackawanna Railway [EL], known as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad until 1968, was formed from the 1960 merger of the Erie Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. The two railroads merged because of a loss of income that occurred because of declining passenger traffic, lower freight shipments because of the decline of coal in western Pennsylvania, and the damage caused to track systems by Hurricane Diane in 1956.
The Interstate Commerce Commission approved the merger on September 13, 1960, and on October 17 the Erie Railroad and Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad merged to form the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. For the previous four years, the two lines had already begun consolidating their assets, particularly their facilities on the Hudson River waterfront and their trackage through southern New York State. After the merger, the EL did manage to regain profitability in the late 1960s.
The Erie Lackawanna Railway, as opposed to "railroad," was formed March 1, 1968 as a subsidiary of the Norfolk and Western Railway [NW], which had purchased the EL. Due to a combination of the continuing decline in railroad traffic, both passenger and freight, and the major losses suffered by the railway during Hurricane Agnes in 1972, the EL was forced to declare bankruptcy. Although the company initially resisted joining the consolidation of eastern rail lines by the federal government, it was eventually forced to change its position due to the fincial burdens caused by the oil shortages of the early 1970s. In 1976, the EL was able to successfully petition the federal governement and join the ConRail system.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1903-1966
Bulk dates: 1909-1956
This collection consists of records from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Company. The majority of the records pre-date the founding of the EL, and as such offer more information on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company and the Erie Railroad. Of particular interest are the numerous personnel directories for both railroad companies, which contain the names of employees, their positions, their addresses and telephone numbers. Guides to stations served by both railroad systems provide a comprehensive view of the regions served by both railroads. Additionally, the annual reports include promotional pictures, some of which document damage to the systems, locomotives used by both systems, and company headquarters.
There is also documentation concerning the regulation of the railroad industry during World War II by the War Manpower Commission. Additionally, there are records addressing general regulations on the railroads in areas such as wages and interstate commerce. Finally, there are records of meetings with the United States Railroad Labor Boards regarding the national agreements regarding rules and working conditions.
PROCESSING INFORMATION:

Some of the pamphlets and booklets are very fragile and require careful handling.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Erie Lackawanna Railway Company.
Erie Railroad Company
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company
ConRail

Subjects:
Railroads
Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Company. Archives.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Erie Lackawanna Railway Company Records #5013. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1943
Box 1 Folder 2 1943
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 3 1943
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 4 1941
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 5 1956
Format: Publication
Box 1 Folder 6 1921
Format: Publication
United States Railroad Labor Board. Wage Series, Report No. 2
Box 1 Folder 7 1922-1956
Box 1 Folder 7 1922
Format: Pamphlet
Handbook of Special Instructions and Condensed Bulletins, in effect February 1, 1922. Signature of A. J. Schilling on cover.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder 7 1956
Format: Pamphlet
Box 1 Folder 8 1916
Format: Publication
May 1 1916. Signature of A. J. Schilling on cover. Booklet is annotated with updates to station names and notes on agents at stations.
Box 2 Folder 1 1908
Format: Publication
October 1st, 1908.
Box 2 Folder 2 1934-1935
Box 2 Folder 2 1934
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment and Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; First Aid to the Injured; Residence Address and Telephone Directory. June 1, 1934
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 2 1935
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment and Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; First Aid to the Injured; Residence Address and Telephone Directory. July 1, 1935
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 3 1909
Format: Publication
April 1st, 1909
Box 2 Folder 4 1913-1916
Box 2 Folder 4 1916
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. April 1916.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 4 1915
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. April 1915.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 4 1913
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. August 1913.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 4 1913
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. April 1913
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 5 1917-1926
Box 2 Folder 5 1917
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. April 1917
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 5 1920
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. June 1920.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 5 1922
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. March 1922.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 5 1926
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. July 1926
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 6 1916-1931
Box 2 Folder 6 1916
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. October 1916.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 6 1924
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. March 1924
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 6 1926
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. July 1926.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 6 1929
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. October 1929
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 6 1931
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. July 1, 1931.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 7 1909-1912
Box 2 Folder 7 1909
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. October 1, 1909
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 7 1910
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. April 1, 1910
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 7 1910
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. October 1, 1910.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 7 1911
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. April 1, 1911
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 7 1911
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. October 1, 1911.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 7 1912
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. June 1, 1912.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 2 Folder 7 1912
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc.; Instructions for Railway Mail; Telephone Directory; First Aid to the Injured. October 1912.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 1 1921
Format: Publication
Before the United States Railroad Labor Board, Chicago, Il., January 10-18, 1921. Also included: Insert to the volume, Closing Statements of the Association of Railway Executives, Conference Committee of Managers before the United States Railroad Labor Board. January 27, 1921.
Box 3 Folder 2 1939
Format: Publication
Relating to the National Railroad Adjustment Board and Historical Background And Growth Of Machinery set up for the Handling Of Railroad Labor Disputes 1888-1940. Compiled by Harry E. Jones, Executive Secretary for the National Railroad Adjustment Board.
Box 3 Folder 3 1903-1908
Box 3 Folder 3 1903
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. January 1, 1903.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 3 1904
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. January 1, 1904
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 3 1905
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. January 1, 1905.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 3 1906
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. April 1, 1906.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 3 1906
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. October 1, 1906.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 3 1907
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. October 1, 1907.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 3 1907
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. April 1, 1907.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 3 1908
Format: Pamphlet
List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Equipment, Facilities, Etc. April 1, 1908.
Format: Pamphlet.
Box 3 Folder 4 1957
Format: Publication
Includes notes for shareholder meeting, March 20, 1957.
Box 3 Folder 5 1965-1966
For fiscal years 1964 and 1965.
Box 3 Folder 5 1964
Format: Publication
Author: Erie Lackawanna Railroad Company
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 5 1965
Format: Publication
Author: Erie Lackawanna Railroad Company
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 6 1955-1956
Box 3 Folder 6 1957
Format: Publication
Author: Gilbert Burck
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 6 1955
Format: Publication
Notes: April 1955
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 6 1956
Format: Publication
Notes: March 23, 1956
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 6 1955
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 6 1956
Format: Publication
Author: William T. Faricy
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 6 1956
Format: Publication
Author: Eastern Railroad Presidents Conference
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 6
Format: Publication
Author: David I. Mackie
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 7 1956-1957
Box 3 Folder 7 1956
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 7 1957
Format: Publication
Author: Eastern Railroad Presidents Conference
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 7 1956
Format: Publication
Notes: October 29, 1956
Format: Publication
Language: English.
Box 3 Folder 8 1956
Format: Publication
Box 3 Folder 9 1956
Format: Publication
October 18-19, 1956. Contains information on track grades, the 104th Annual Report for FY1955 with pictures of the damage done by Hurricane Diane to track system, and train time table for 1956.