Chellis Glendinning Papers (1890-2008, bulk 1980s-2007)
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Subject Files  1837-1925 [series]:

The Subject Files are arranged into ten subseries: Ellet Family, Bridges, Estate, Railroads, Steam Rams, Rivers and Canals, Drafts, Publications, and Tariffs and Tolls. Arranged chronologically, the Subject Files reflect his professional involvement with railroad, canal, and bridge companies, and the United States Army. The materials relate specifically to his work building railroads, canals and bridges; surveying rivers; researching railroad and canal tariffs and tolls for passengers and merchandise; and constructing and commanding the U.S. Ram Fleet. Notable to the files are building specifications for locks, dams, and suspension bridges; reports and writings from the Mississippi River survey; court documents from legal dispute with the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company; and Charles Rivers Ellet’s Diary, 1862-1863. The Bridge materials primarily document the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company legal dispute. Records in the Railroads subseries consist primarily of organizational documents, monthly reports, work exhibits, and building specifications. Materials in Tariffs and Tolls illuminate Ellet’s work analyzing railroad and canal economic transportation cost and profit models, with reflective writings, and railroad and canal company publications. Records in the Rivers and Canals reflect Ellet’s work for the James River Kanawha Company through organizational documents and building specifications, and the survey of the Mississippi River Delta.

 
Ellet Family [subseries]:

Family papers, writings, school records.

Box   25   1
Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell
Box   25   2
Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell-Collection Notes
Box   25   3
Charles Rivers Ellet
Box   25   4
Alfred Ellet
Box   25   5
The American Society for the Advancement of Science, 1848
 
Estate [subseries]:

Tax documents, indentures, will and testament, personal estate financial documents, land warrants, and land holdings lists.

Box   25   6
Land Holdings, 1827-1839
Box   25   7
Land Holdings, 1851
Box   25   8
Land Holdings, 1864
Box   25   9
Land Holdings, 1868-1876
Box   25   10
Will and Testament, 1851
Box   25   11
Household, 1856
Box   25   12
1859
Box   25   13
Indentures, 1775-1798
Box   25   14
Indentures, 1821-1833
Box   25   15
Indentures, 1834
Box   25   16
Indentures, 1835-1836
Box   25   17
Indentures, 1837
Box   25   18
Indentures, 1838
Box   25   19
Indentures, 1844
Box   25   20
Indentures, 1847
Box   25   21
Indentures, 1849
Box   25   22
Indentures, 1851
Box   25   23
Indentures, 1852
Box   25   24
Bonds, 1846
Box   28  
Certificates, 1834-1839
Box   28  
Certificates, 1840-1853
 
Bridges  1841-1853 [subseries]:

Bridge specifications and work estimates, court documents from Niagara Falls International Bridge Company and Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company court cases.

Box   26   1
Fairmount Suspension Bridge, 1841
Box   26   2
Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, 1847
Box   26   3
Wheeling Suspension Bridge, 1848
Box   26   4
Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, 1848
Box   26   5
Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, Court Documents, 1848
Box   26   6
Supreme Court Niagara County, Summons to Respond to Complaint, 1848
Box   26   7
Supreme Court Niagara County, Complaint Response, 1848
Box   26   8
Supreme Court Niagara County, August 26, 1848
Box   26   9
Supreme Court Niagara County, Office of Baldwin, 1848
Box   26   10
Supreme Court Niagara County, Court Statement, August, 28, 1848
Box   26   11
Wheeling Suspension Bridge, 1849
Box   26   12
Wheeling Suspension Bridge, 1850
Box   26   13
Supreme Court, Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company, December Term, 1851
Box   26   14
Potomac Suspension Bridge, 1853
 
Railroads  1837-1860 [subseries]:

Specifications, monthly reports, work exhibits, articles of agreement, cost estimates for work, and site measurements.

Box   27   1
Utica and Schenectady Railroad, 1837
Box   27   2
Reading Railroad, 1838
Box   26   3
Potomac Railroad Company, An Act, 1847
Box   27   4
Central Railroad Specifications, 1847
Box   27   5
Report on Mr. Herron's Cast-Iron Rail for Railroads, 1848
Box   27   6
Baltimore and Ohio Railroads, 1850
Box   27   7
Opinion on Parts of the Western Location of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1850
Box   27   8
Orange and Alexandria Railroad Company, 1851
Box   27   9
Hempfield Railroad, 1852
Box   27   10
1853
Box   27   11
Covington and Ohio Railraod Company, 1853
Box   27   12
Hempfield Railroad Company, 1853
Box   27   13
Virginia Central Railroad Company, 1853
Box   27   14
Virginia Central Railroad Company, 1855
Box   27   15
Hempfield Railroad Company, 1855
Box   27   16
Virginia Central Railroad, 1856
Box   27   17
Virginia Central Railroad, 1857
Box   27   18
Notes for Colonel Fontaine in Regards to the Ohio Railroad, 1860
 
Steam Rams  1855-1905 [subseries]:

General orders, reflective writings, U.S. Ram Fleet crew member lists, and Charlie Rivers Ellet's Diary, 1862-1863.

Box   27   19
Coast and Harbor Defenses, 1855
Box   27   20
Writings on U.S. Ram Fleet, 1861
Box   27   21
1862
Box   27   22
1863
Box   27   23
Charlie Rivers Ellet Diary, December 14,1862-June 6, 1863
Box   27   24
Mississippi River Ram Fleet and Marine Brigade, Remarks of Honorable James W. Brown, 1905
 
Rivers and Canals  1836-1859 [subseries]:

Work estimates, specifications, contracts, reports, river observations, articles of agreement, and meeting record extracts.

Box   28   1
James River and Kanawha Company, 1836
Box   28   2
Work Estimates and Bills of the James River Kanawha Canal Company, 1837
Box   28   3
Meetings of the James River and Kanawha Company, 1838
Box   28   4
Meetings of the James River and Kanawha Company, 1838
Box   28   5
Canal at Lynchburg, 1838
Box   28   6
James River and Kanawha Company, 1838
Box   28   7
James River and Kanawha Company Specifications and Work, 1838
Box   28   8
Contract for the Aqueduct of the James River Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   9
Specification of Eight Feet Lift on Section Number Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   10
Specifications for the Towing Path Section of the James River and Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   11
Specifications of the Mitre-Skills Foundation of the James River Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   12
Specifications for the Lock Gates of the James River and Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   13
Specifications for Enlarging Portion of the Lower Canal Designated as Section Number of the James River Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   14
Specifications for the Culverts of the James River and Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   15
Specifications for Bridges and Dams for the James River Kanawha Canal, 1838
Box   28   16
Specifications of a Pennsylvania Lock for the French Creek Division, 1838
Box   28   17
James River Kanawha Company Resolution, 1838
Box   28   19
Grand Junction Canal, 1844
Box   28   20
Civil Engineers Memorial, 1850
Box   28   21
The River and Harbor Bill and the Reservoir for Improving the Western Rivers, 1850
Box   28   22
Report and Records of Observations of the Mississippi River, 1851
Box   28   23
Observations and Statements of the Mississippi River, 1851
Box   28   24
James River Kanawha Canal, 1852
Box   28   25
Articles of Agreement "The Mississippi and Ohio River" plans, 1853
Box   28   26
Observations Water Supply and Usage, 1854
Box   28   27
Report Improvement of Ohio River, Committee of Commerce, 1856
Box   28   28
Notes for Bridge, 1856
Box   28   29
Improvements for the Ohio River, 1858
Box   28   30
James River and Kanawha Company, 1858-1859
 
Drafts  1850-1925 [subseries]:

Publication drafts for newspapers, pamphlets and books.

Box   29   1
Pacific Railroad, To the Editor of the Union, 1855
Box   29   2
Report Improvements of Ohio River, Committee of Commerce, 1856
Box   29   3
Charles Ellet, Jr. Biography
Box   29   4
An Historical Notice of the Plan of Improving the Navigation and Controlling the Floods of Rivers by Means of Artificial Reservoirs
Box   29   5
Facts for Virginians, 1861
Box   29   6
The Army of the Potomac and its Mismanagement, 1862
Box   29   7
Military Incapacity and What It Costs the Country, 1862
Box   29   8
History of the Mississippi Ram Fleet, 1855
Box   29   9
A Forgotten Hero, 1889-1890
Box   29   10
Charles Ellet, Jr. and his Steam Rams, 1911
Box   29   11
Encounter of the Two Steam Ram Fleets of the Mississippi, 1925
Box   29   12
Philadelphia and the West
 
Publications  1830-1862 [subseries]:

Pamphlets and publication extracts.

Box   29   13
Extract from the Innundation of the Delta of the Mississippi River
Box   29   14
Extract from the Report in the Improvement of the Ohio River
Box   29   15
Speech of Honorable J.A Gurley, of Ohio, 1862
 
Tariffs and Tolls  1834-1856 [subseries]:

Tariff and toll pamphlets, and research notes recording passenger rates and arrival times, and tariffs and tolls on railroads and canals.

Box   30   1
Mountain Section of the James River Kanawha Canal, 1834-1835
Box   30   2
Amount of Produce, Merchandise Brought Down the Lower Section of the James River and Kanawha Canal, 1835-1836
Box   30   3
Tolls Collected on the Mountain Section of the Blue Ridge Canal Turnpike, 1836
Box   30   4
Petersburg Railroad, 1838
Box   30   5
Pennsylvania Canal, 1838
Box   30   6
Philadelphia,Columbia and Alleghany Portage Railways, 1838
Box   30   7
Union Canal, 1838
Box   30   8
Grand Junction Canal, 1844
Box   30   9
Railraod Freight Tariffs, 1847-1848
Box   30   10
Schuylkill Navigation Company, 1848