Guide to the William Reed Gordon Transportation Records,

Collection Number: 2484

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
rareref@cornell.edu
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Date completed:
May 1976
EAD encoding:
Martin Heggestad, January 2004

© 2002 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
William Reed Gordon transportation records, 1872-1966, 1891-1911 (bulk)
Collection Number:
2484
Creator:
William Reed Gordon, 1899-
Quantity:
1.2 cubic ft.,
Forms of Material:
Letter impression books, correspondence, orders, bills, receipts, accounts, time-books, insurance policies, broadsides, photographs, timetables, and other materials.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Primarily letter impression books, loose correspondence, orders, bills, receipts, accounts, time-books, insurance policies, broadsides, photographs of the Ithaca Railway Company; correspondence of general managers directed to equipment manufacturers, and also concerning construction and rental of an apartment house in Cornell Heights under railway sponsorship; form letter from the Duplicate Transfer and Rebate Company of Philadelphis offering to furnish industrial spies; release and decision in a damage case, Bolster v. the Ithaca Street Railway Company, inventory of rolling stock; also, photographs, timetables, and printed items concerning other upstate New York railroads, and steamboats on Cayuga Lake.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Primarily letter impression books (3 v., 1891-95, 1896-97, 1906-10), loose correspondence (1906), orders, bills, receipts, accounts, time-books (2 v., 1903-06), insurance policies, broadsides, photographs of the Ithaca Railway Company; correspondence of general managers directed to equipment manufacturers, and also concerning construction and rental of an apartment house in Cornell Heights under railway sponsorship (1906); form letter (1906) from the Duplicate Transfer and Rebate Company of Philadelphis offering to furnish industrial spies; release and decision in a damage case, Bolster v. the Ithaca Street Railway Company (1904), inventory of rolling stock (1912); also, photographs, timetables, and printed items concerning other upstate New York railroads, and steamboats on Cayuga Lake.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Gordon, William Reed, 1899-
Duplicate Transfer and Rebate Company.
Ithaca Street Railway Company.

Subjects:
Business intelligence.
Electric railroads.
Lake steamers.
Railroad accidents.
Railroads--New York.
Steamboats--New York.
Street-railroads--New York--Ithaca.
Transportation--New York.

Form and Genre Terms:
Accounts.
Broadsides.
Inventories.
Photographs.
Timetables.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
William Reed Gordon transportation records, #2484. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1898
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 1
July 1906
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 2
Aug. 1906
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 3
Sept.-Oct. 1906
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 4
Nov.-Dec. 1906
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 5
n.d.
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 6
1892
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 7
1893
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 8
June 1894
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 9
July 1894
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 10
Aug. 1894
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 11
Sept. 1894
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 12
Oct.-Dec. 1894
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 13
1895-1899
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 14
July-Sept. 1901
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 15
Oct.-Dec. 1901
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 16
1902
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 17
1903
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 18
1904-1910
Accounts, bills, receipts
Box 1 Folder 19
1904
Bolster v. Ithaca Street Railway Co.
Box 1 Folder 20
(79 N.Y. Supp. 597) verifax of decision & original of general release signed by Lucy Bolster
1913
City Railroad Legislation (dittoed material)
Box 1 Folder 21
Notes and secondary materials - verifax of movie scenario involving destruction of Ithaca Street Railway car in plunge over Fall Creek Gorge ( 1916 ); Roster of Rolling Stock, June 1, 1912 with MSS notes; 1904 receipt accounts list
Box 1 Folder 22
Advertisements for Gordon's books and for Livonia, Avon, Lakeville RR
Box 1 Folder 23
Ithaca Street Railway Co. - photographs (1 neg., 2 pos.)
Box 1 Folder 24
Misc. railroads: photograph of Central N.Y. Southern RR (Ithaca-Auburn Shortline); pass for N.Y., Auburn and Lansing RR ( 1910 ); timetable for Ithaca, Auburn and Western Railway ( 1889 ); timetable for trains through Cortland (Erie, N.Y. Central, N.Y. and Ohio Midland, and Syracuse, Binghamton and N.Y. Railroads, 1872 ); timetable (verifax) for L.S. and M. Southern RR (n.d.)
Box 1 Folder 25
Steamboats on Cayuga Lake: 1 photograph of Steamer Frontenac 1907 , typed copy of newspaper clipping (Aug. 9, 1936 ) re: ferry boat "Busy Bee"
Box 1 Folder 26
1909
Post card of hotel at Rogues Harbor, South Lansing
Box 1 Folder 27
1891-1895
BV letterbook [see description of BV, Box 2, #1]
Box 1 Folder 28
1896-1897
BV letterbook
Box 2 Volume 1
Carbon copies of letters and telegrams sent by Ithaca Street Railway Co. with index to these - includes accounts of & letter to Cornell U. (1897) re: change of location of track near Cascadilla Building
1906-1911
BV letterbook
Box 2 Volume 2
Nov. 1903-May 1906
BV letterbook
Box 2 Volume 3
May 1903-Aug. 1906
Oversize volume - timebook
Volume
2 small broadsides
Box 1
Photocopy of brochure on Lake Cayuga Transportation Co.
Box 1
4-page mss. list of Cayuga Lake Steam Boats
Box 3
June 24, 1897, Dec. 3, 1901
Photocopies of several receipts on account with Ithaca Street Railway Co., 2 sheets
Box 1
June 1, 1974
List of Traction Books available from Harold E. Cox, Forty Fort, Pa., 1 p.
Box 1
Advertisement for Third Rails, Pantographs & Trolley Poles (Albany Hudson Fast Line) by Gordon, 1 p.
Box 1
2 post cards of the Bath & Hammondsport R.R. (2 different engines)
Box 1
Ithaca Street Railway Miscellany - Bills and checks from 1900 (one small folder)
Box 3
ca. 1899
Lehigh Valley Railroad, Rochester Junction Station Photograph (8"x10" print, negative in Master Negative File #N874)
Box 3