Northern Pacific Railway Company Records, Mss 128

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Northern Pacific Railway Company Records, Mss 128


The Northern Pacific Railway Company was a transcontinental railroad that crossed Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. This collection includes both bound and unbound correspondence, construction and expense reports, financial ledgers, right-of-way descriptions and maps, activity logs, publicity materials (including photographs and film reels), and personnel records created by employees of the Northern Pacific Railway Company and its subsidiary lines between the years 1870 and 1968--though materials are predominantly from the late 1880s through the early 1940s.

Items in the Northern Pacific Railway Company Records, Mss 128 Collection

Polish Northern Pacific Railway brochure cover
This brochure by the Northern Pacific Railway's Immigration Department attempts to encourage Polish immigrants to migrate to Trout Creek in Western Montana. The brochure highlights the agricultural, educational, and commercial appeals of Trout…

Polish Northern Pacific Railway Flyer
This flyer is for a lecture intended to encourage homesteading along the Northern Pacific Railway.

Northern Pacific Railway payroll with Japanese names, pages 15-16
This payroll from 1906 lists the names of several workers for the Northern Pacific Railway. According to an article by Yuki Ichioka appearing in a 1980 of Labor History, Japanese labor began to replace Chinese labor in the 1880s and 1890s.

Letter from the Oriental Trading Company
One means by which the Northern Pacific Railway imported its labor was through trading companies that recruited workers from Asia. Many firms involved in the importation of labor were owned or run by employees of Asian descent. In this case, the…

Northern Pacific Railway force report for Cascade Division (Washington), 1887
Force reports listed the number of laborers assigned to specific tasks and any notes by the foremen. These notes often include inclement weather conditions or progress on a specific project, such as a tunnel or bridge. As this report indicates,…

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