Charles Ellet, Jr. Papers (1795-1941, bulk 1838-1863)
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Technical Drawings and Plans [series]:

Much of Charles Ellet, Jr.’s innovative work surveying rivers, evaluating and designing specifications for the building of locks, dams, railroads, river improvements and suspension bridges is documented in the Technical Drawings and Plans. Missing from the collection are drawings of his design for steam-powered rams.

The Technical Drawing and Plans series is divided into eight subseries: Railroads, Maps and Plans; Railroads, Designs and Patterns; Railroads, Hempfield Railroad; Estate,Township Plats, and Plans; Mississippi River; Bridges; James River and Kanawha Company 1836-1837; and James River and Kanawha Company, 1858-1859. The Railroads, Maps and Plans subseries contains line maps, profiles, plans, and profile drawings for the Virginia Central Railroad, and Pacific Railroad. The Railroads, Designs and Patterns subseries contains designs and patents for locomotives and the construction of railway flat bars, and edge rails. The Railroads, Hempfield Railroad subseries documents Ellet's planning and surveying for the elevated track through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of particular importance are the survey drawings for the first government sponsored survey of the Lower Mississippi River Delta in the Mississippi River subseries, and the technical drawings for Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge in the Bridges subseries.

 
Railroads, Maps and Plans [subseries]:

Railroad line maps, profiles, plans and survey drawings.

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A Plan of the Railway or Tramroad from the River Tyes at Stockton to Witton Park Colliery and of the Several Branches therefrom all in the County of Durhan, 1823
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Map of the Virginia Central Railroad
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The Philadelphia Granite Company, 1828
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Map of Daniel's Island showing thereon the Survey of the Two Lines for a Guard Bank for the Protection of the Island, 1838
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Center Line of the Richmond and Danville Rail Road, 1848
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Plan of the Freight Ground in Staunton Covington Extension Virginia Central Railroad
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Map of Routes for a Pacific Railroad, compiled to accompany the Report of the Hon. Jefferson Davis, Sec. of War
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Profiles of Routes Proposed for a Pacific Rail Road, Compiled to Accompany the Report of the Hon. Jefferson Davis Sec. of War
 
Railroads, Designs and Patterns [subseries]:

Designs and patents for locomotives and railways.

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MW Racouius's Locomotive Engine for Freight, Patent, #D
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Engine 500 HP, Rough Estimate
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M.W. Baldwin Philadelphia Patent
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Section of Tyes and Railway Iron Both Flat Bars and Edge Rails, Imported from England by A.& G. Ralston and Company, Philadelphia
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Drawing of the Plan for Attaching Brakes to the Wheels of the "Rockfish," 1854
 
Railroads, Hempfield Rail Road [subseries]:

Profiles and plans for elevated track.

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Tunnel Profile West Alexander Summit, Hempfield Railroad
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Hempfield Railroad Tunnel Number 1, Section Number 1 Cemetary Ridge
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Tunnel Section 22 Craig's Summit, Hempfield Railroad
 
James River and Kanawha Company, 1836-1837 [subseries]:

Survey drawings, plans, and specifications.

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Crop Section Tye River
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Cross Section Beaver Creek
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Combine Locks at Joshua's Fall
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Cross Sections of Tye River and James River
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Dam for Joshua's Fall
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Plan for Wooden Dam for Tye River
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Plan for Lower Lock on Pierce's Landing
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Sketch of North Abutement of Joshua Fall's Dam
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Cross Section of Opossum Creek, Sec. 11
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Cross Section of James River at Dam, June 1836
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Profile of the River Where the Dam is To Be, 1837
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Profile of the Line Across the Straights
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Porridge Creek, Sec. 34., June 1836
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Opossum Creek, Sec. 11
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Sunflower and Bolivar River
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Susquehanna and Yazoo River
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Caohoma, Tunica, Panola
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Cross Section Blackwater Creek
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Section of the River at the Upper Site
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James River, Horizontal Scale 100 ft, June 1836
 
James River and Kanawha Company,1851-1858 [subseries]:

Maps, survey drawings, and plans.

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Outline Map Showing Positions of Reservoirs Proposed for Feeding the Kanawha River
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James River, Blackwater Creek, Map
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Cross Section of Water Street
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Section of the River at the Upper Site
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James River, Crop Sections, Map
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Rivana River, Section 157-158
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Plan for Passing Bacaru Dam
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Map, Greenbrier
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Monongahua and Yohisgeny Bridge, Correspondence July 26, 1854
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Map of the Meadow River Reservoir Greenbrier County, VA, 1858
 
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [subseries]:
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Cross Section of a Dam near the mouth of the Ca, Capon-Ches. and Ohio Canal
 
Estate [subseries]:

Township plats and plans.

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Plan of Randolph Green Co., Illinois
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Plat of Township, No. 6, Macoupian County, Illinois
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Plat of Township, No. 8, Macoupin County, Illinois
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Plat of Township, No. 8, Montgomery County, Illinois
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Plat of Township, No. 9, Montgomery County, Illinois
 
Mississippi River [subseries]:

Survey drawings and maps.

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Proposed Spillway between Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain
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Sections of the Mississippi River Above and Below the Sauve Crevafse
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Sections of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers taken near Cairo December 3, 1850
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Sections of the Mississippi River at Memphis Tennessee, December 13, 1850
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Levels Taken Near Bolivas Landing, December 19, 1850
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Sections of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers, December 19, 1850
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Levels Taken Near Bolivas Landing, December 24, 1850
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Sections of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, December 30, 1850
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Soundings in the Mississippi River from the Bayou Manchac and Bayou Plaquemine, February 5, 1851
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Sections of the Red River and of the Mississippi River above and below the Red River
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Sections of the Red River Bayou Atchafalaya and Old River
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Course of the River Before the Cut-off was Made
 
Rams
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Tactical Drawing by Alfred Ellet
 
Bridges [subseries]:

Patents, profiles, and plans.

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Patent Combination Bridge and Controlled Spillway
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Western End of Bridge and Controlled Spillway
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Front Elevation, Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, 1848
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Profile of Bridge without Load, Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, 1848
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Five Sections of Iron Trufis, Side Elevation of Wooden Bridge, 1849
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Suspension Bridge Scale Drawing
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Plan of the Canadian Approach to the Niagara Suspension Bridge