Lehigh Valley Railroad Land Documents
Scope and Contents
The earliest date mentioned in the documents is 1773 (Tomlinson survey of land) referred to in a later dated deed to the most recent items from the Peca Coal Company dated 1962. The bulk of the documents are land exchanges mostly in the 1850s to the 1890s.
- Lehigh Valley Rail Road Company (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The Delano Land Company founders were Warren Delano Jr. (1809-1898), maternal grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Sara Delano (1854-1941), FDR's mother, was one of several children of Warren Jr.); Frederick Delano (1811-1857); Edward Delano (1818-1881); and Franklin H. Delano (1813-1893), president of Delano Coal Company. The Delano brothers also had a financial interest in the Union Mining Company, also known as Mount Savage Iron Company, as well as the Delano Coal Company. The Delano brothers' associate was Asa Packer, builder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and Lehigh University. In the 1850s, the Delano Land Company purchased several thousand acres of land around the town of Delano, Schuylkill County where they developed coal mines and collieries. The LVRR "owned" the town of Delano. The Delano brothers were interested in mining and real estate. The Delano Family was a prominent New England family and some of them came from Asa Packer's hometown in Connecticut. The Delano Land Company acted as agent on behalf of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company and the Lehigh Valley Coal Company.
The collection of documents, contracts, deeds, land titles, indentures, agreements, etc. reflect the acquisition, exchange or development of coal and timber lands acquired by the Delano Land Company on behalf of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company and the Lehigh Valley Coal Company with the many collieries and coal mines in the anthracite coal lands of northeastern Pennsylvania. Some of the deeds and land warrants and patents have dates as early as 1773, 1785 and 1793 indicating the early history of anthracite coal lands in Pennsylvania.
4 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 2 linear feet ; 1 flat box 2 linear feet )
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Asa Packer and Sarah Packer signed documents filed in autograph file.
Photogravure of "Signing of the Declaration of Independence."
"Faux Painting " of "The Black Diamond Lehigh Valley Railroad" steam locomotive LV No. 2010 in a railroad yard at Sayre, Pennsylvania.
- Lehigh Valley Railroad Land Documents SC MS 0275
- Delano Land Company Agent
- Eleanor Nothelfer
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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