Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Michigan Central Railroad Company Business Records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Business Records,
Creator: Michigan Central Railroad Company.
Inclusive dates: 1846-1959, and undated
Extent: Approximately 5 cubic feet (in 3 boxes, 23 volumes, 1 Oversized folder, 1 Oversized rolled item)
Abstract:
This collection includes correspondence, track blueprints, various schedules, financial accounts, and other materials.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# many

Access Restrictions:

Michigan Central Railroad Company Business Records are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has been transferred to the Clarke Historical Library.

Preferred Citation:

Michigan Central Railroad Company Business Records, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is organized by format, location, and date.


History

Organizational History:

The Michigan Central Railroad Company was chartered on March 28, 1846. Its purpose was to have a rail line from Detroit via Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Dexter, Jackson, Marshall, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo to a point on or near Lake Michigan which would be accessible to steam boats on the lake. The Company’s rail lines operated in most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula counties. By 1929 the Company’s rail lines ran from Detroit to Grand Rapids, Mackinaw City, and South Haven, Michigan; into Chicago, Illinois; Toledo, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Pennsylvania; Niagara Falls and New York State; and through Ontario found its way back to Detroit. The company grew, buying and leasing other rail lines, until some of its properties were transferred or “conveyed” in 1976 to the Consolidated Rail. The remaining properties were conveyed in 1978 to Penn Central Corporation (For further information see Michigan Railroads and Railroad Companies by Meints.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection originally was in small packets of related materials which accounts for overlapping chronological sequences. It is organized by format, location, and date into Correspondence, some with Track Blueprints, Movements of Trains, Track Schedules, and various Financial Account Books, 1846-1960.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Michigan Central Railroad Company.
    • Railroads--History--Michigan.
    • Railroad tracks.
    • Horning, H.A.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Michigan Central Railroad Company Business Records [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Correspondence, November 29, 1908-January 1, 1910
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence, January 3, 1909-March 12, 1910, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, May 19-September 1, 1910, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, April 13, 1910-March 2, 1911, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, August 28-December 8, 1914
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence, March 23-November 18, 1915
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence, October 1916-March 5, 1917, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence, August 3, 1921-March 20, 1922, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Correspondence, February 10-March 12, 1922, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence, April 16-July 6, 1922, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Correspondence, March 28, 1922-September 2, 1924, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Correspondence, May 15, 1924-December 13, 1925, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Correspondence, July 20-October 8, 1929
    Box   1 F   13
    Correspondence, May 13, 1930-December 7, 1959, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Correspondence and Material Requests, June 5, 1917-May 7, 1930, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Correspondence and Material Requests, April 20-August 4, 1925
    Box   1 F   16
    Correspondence, H. A. Horning, Jackson, Michigan, April 19-October 27, 1909
    Box   1 F   17
    Correspondence, H. A. Horning, Jackson, Michigan, January 25-August 10, 1910
    Box   1 F   18
    Correspondence, H. A. Horning, Jackson, Michigan, August 10-December 31, 1910
    Box   1 F   19
    Correspondence, H. A. Horning, Jackson, Michigan, January 3-September 18, 1911
    Box   1 F   20
    Correspondence, H. A. Horning, Jackson, Michigan, January 17, 1912-December 14, 1914
    Box   1 F   21
    Correspondence, H. A. Horning, Jackson, Michigan, January 20, 1914-December 31, 1915
    Box   1 F   22
    Correspondence, H. A. Horning, Jackson, Michigan, March 1, 1916-October 3, 1918
    Box   1 F   23
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Chandler, Michigan, October 28-November 29, 1909
    Box   1 F   24
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Groveton, Michigan, July 26-November 14, 1916
    Box   1 F   25
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Henderson, Michigan, July 7, 1928-January 7, 1929
    Box   1 F   26
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Henderson, Michigan, July 7, 1928-January 7, 1929
    Box   1 F   27
    Track Blueprints, Holt, Michigan, 1907
    Box   1 F   28
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Holt, Michigan, March 29, 1917-January 9, 1920
    Box   1 F   29
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, November 8, 1904-January 4, 1911
    Box   1 F   30
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, June 7, 1909-June 12, 1911
    Box   1 F   31
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, November 1, 1909-July 26, 1910
    Box   1 F   32
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, April 10-June 21, 1911
    Box   1 F   33
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, September 5-October 5, 1911
    Box   1 F   34
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, May 4, 1912-February 27, 1925
    Box   1 F   35
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, October 9, 1912-June 26, 1913
    Box   1 F   36
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, November 5-December 10, 1912
    Box   1 F   37
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, May 13-August 29, 1913
    Box   1 F   38
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, June 17, 1913-April 28, 1914
    Box   1 F   39
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, October 9, 1912-June 26, 1913
    Box   1 F   40
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, August 27, 1915-April 24, 1916
    Box   1 F   41
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, October 27, 1915-January 21, 1916
    Box   1 F   42
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, April 20-July 11, 1916
    Box   1 F   43
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, May 25-November 8, 1916
    Box   1 F   44
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, December 11, 1916-June 28, 1917
    Box   1 F   45
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, January 6-October 19, 1917
    Box   1 F   46
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, February 5, 1917-February 14, 1924
    Box   1 F   47
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, July 18, 1917-April 15, 1926
    Box   1 F   48
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, July 28-December 28, 1926
    Box   1 F   49
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, October 3-26, 1917
    Box   1 F   50
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, December 13, 1917-December 31, 1920
    Box   1 F   51
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, January 22, 1918-December 6, 1919
    Box   1 F   52
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, December 20-31, 1918
    Box   2 F   1
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, February 19-24, 1919
    Box   2 F   2
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, March 18, 1919-February 23, 1923
    Box   2 F   3
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, April 21, 1919-July 1, 1921
    Box   2 F   4
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, May 20, 1919-April 16, 1921
    Box   2 F   5
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, June 26, 1919-June 4, 1920
    Box   2 F   6
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, July 11, 1919-April 18, 1920
    Box   2 F   7
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, December 11, 1919-July 9, 1920
    Box   2 F   8
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, April 20-September 10, 1920
    Box   2 F   9
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, September 1-10, 1920
    Box   2 F   10
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, 1920-1921
    Box   2 F   11
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, February 4, 1922-February 27, 1925
    Box   2 F   12
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, June 8, 1922-July 19, 1923
    Box   2 F   13
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, August 15, 1922-September 17, 1923
    Box   2 F   14
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, September 13, 1922-May 13, 1923
    Box   2 F   15
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, February 5-September 7, 1923
    Box   2 F   16
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, February 5-October 15, 1923
    Box   2 F   17
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, December 11, 1923-May 5, 1924
    Box   2 F   18
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, April 10-December 10, 1924
    Box   2 F   19
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, November-December 13, 1924
    Box   2 F   20
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, January 14-February 27, 1925
    Box   2 F   21
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, January 21-February 4, 1925
    Box   2 F   22
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, February 14-March 28, 1925
    Box   2 F   22
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, August 19-September 29, 1925
    Box   2 F   23
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, April 22, 1927-January 9, 1928
    Box   2 F   24
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, August 18, 1927
    Box   2 F   25
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, January 12-November 23, 1928
    Box   2 F   26
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, 1928-November 30, 1929
    Box   2 F   27
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, April 25-May 9, 1928
    Box   2 F   28
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, May 3-December 15, 1928
    Box   2 F   29
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, May 31-June 30, 1928
    Box   2 F   30
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, December 16, 1928-June 7, 1929
    Box   2 F   31
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Lansing, Michigan, February 25, 1929
    Box   2 F   32
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Leslie, Michigan, May 14-August 27, 1917
    Box   2 F   33
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Maple River Pit, Michigan, January-10-19, 1922
    Box   2 F   34
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Mason, Michigan, December 3-8, 1924
    Box   2 F   35
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Mason, Michigan, September 21-December 18, 1925
    Box   2 F   36
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Mason, Michigan, September 21, 1925-May 7, 1930
    Box   2 F   37
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Mason, Michigan, July 10, 1929-January 21, 1930
    Box   2 F   38
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Owosso, Michigan, November 3, 1911
    Box   2 F   39
    Track Blueprints, Owosso, Michigan, October 14, 1916
    Box   2 F   40
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Owosso, Michigan, August 12-September 10, 1921
    Box   2 F   41
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Owosso, Michigan, April 27-September 14, 1925
    Box   2 F   42
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Owosso Junction, Michigan, August 28-29, 1912
    Box   2 F   43
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Saginaw Division, Paines, Michigan, September 25, 1918-December 22, 1928
    Box   2 F   44
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Saginaw Division, Paines, Michigan, May 9-November 28, 1923
    Box   2 F   45
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, August 23, 1910-February 24, 1913
    Box   2 F   46
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, September 13, 1910-February 13, 1913
    Box   2 F   47
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, September 13-November 16, 1910
    Box   2 F   48
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, September 25-29, 1913
    Box   2 F   49
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, October 21-29, 1913
    Box   2 F   50
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, October 11, 1915-March 11, 1916
    Box   2 F   51
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, November 7-October 30, 1912
    Box   2 F   52
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, November 16, 1916
    Box   2 F   53
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, August 21, 1917-September 6, 1921
    Box   2 F   54
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, July 16-October 10, 1918
    Box   2 F   55
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, July 17, 1918-October 19, 1920
    Box   2 F   56
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, March 11-September 14, 1919
    Box   2 F   57
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, July 9-August 15, 1923
    Box   2 F   58
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, September 7-October 1, 1923
    Box   2 F   59
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, January 6-February 7, 1927
    Box   2 F   60
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, St. Charles, Michigan, January 26-February 21, 1927
    Box   2 F   61
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Swan Creek, Michigan, April 21, 1910-January 30, 1913
    Box   2 F   62
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Swan Creek, Michigan, October 30, 1911-January 10, 1912
    Box   2 F   63
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Swan Creek, Michigan, November 7, 1912-March 28, 1922
    Box   2 F   64
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Swan Creek, Michigan, January 3-December 27, 1922
    Box   2 F   65
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Swan Creek, Michigan, August 24, 1925-December 31, 1927
    Box   2 F   66
    Correspondence and Track Blueprints, Underwood, Michigan, December 3, 1926-April 1, 1927
    Box   2 F   67
    Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   2 F   68
    New York Central System Jackson Trunk Daily Times Records, December 1-26, 1955
    Box   2 F   69
    Stock Certificates, 1882, 1906-1907, undated
    Box   2 F   70
    Train Schedule, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Rolled, Oversized Item, Movement of Trains, Middle Division, September 7, 1908
    Box   3 F   2
    Rolled, Oversized Item, Movement of Trains, Middle Division, September 8, 1908
    Box   3 F   3
    Rolled, Oversized Item, Movement of Trains, Middle Division, September 9, 1908
    Box   3 F   4
    Rolled, Oversized Item, Train Schedule, Jackson, Michigan (folder 1 of 2), March 1, 1952
    Box   3 F   5
    Rolled, Oversized Item, Train Schedule, Jackson, Michigan (folder 2 of 2), March 1, 1952
    Box   3 F   6
    Rolled, Oversized Item, Train Schedule, Jackson, Michigan, May 11, 1952
    Box   3 F   7
    Rolled, Oversized Item (Does not fit in box, badly torn), Right of Way and Track Map, Jackson County, Michigan, June 30, 1918
    Box   3 F   8
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #1, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 1, 1912
    Box   3 F   9
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #2, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 3, 1912
    Box   3 F   10
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #3, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 7, 1912
    Box   3 F   11
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #4, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 8, 1912
    Box   3 F   12
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #5, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 15, 1912
    Box   3 F   13
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #6, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 17, 1912
    Box   3 F   14
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #7, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 18, 1912
    Box   3 F   15
    Oversized Folder, Oversized Flat Item #8, Folder is located in stack of volumes), Movement of Trains, Allegan Division, June 19, 1912
    V   1  
    Volume, Account Book, 1846-1863
    V   2  
    Volume, Account Book (pages 276-380 are blank), 1863-1875
    V   3  
    Volume, Cash Book, 1863-1865
    V   4  
    Volume, Cash Totals Book (pages 914-992, 999 are blank), 1866-1870
    V   5  
    Volume, Foreman Histories/Building Structures Book (pages 248-298 are blank), circa 1893-1903
    V   6  
    Volume, Ledger Book (22 pages at end are blank, top cover is unattached), 1846-1855
    V   7  
    Volume, Ledger Book (covers are missing), 1878-1880
    V   8  
    Volume, Time Book, 1910-1914
    V   9  
    Volume, Time Book (Correspondence inside both covers), 1914-1922
    V   10  
    Volume, Time Book, 1922-1930
    V   11  
    Volume, Time Book, 1925-1926
    V   12  
    Volume, Time Book, 1927-1929
    V   13  
    Volume, Time Book, 1930-1932
    V   14  
    Volume, Time Book, 1932-1935
    V   15  
    Volume, Time Book, 1935-1938
    V   16  
    Volume, Time Book, 1938-1941
    V   17  
    Volume, Time Book, 1941-1944
    V   18  
    Volume, Time Book, 1944-1947
    V   19  
    Volume, Time Book, 1947-1950
    V   20  
    Volume, Time Book (cover is loose), 1950-1953
    V   21  
    Volume, Time Book (includes loose account notes), 1953-1955
    V   22  
    Volume, Time Book, 1956-1958
    V   23  
    Volume, Time Book, 1958-1960