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Accession number 2010.42
Object ID 2010.42
Object Name Ledger
Date 1831-1837
Title New York and Harlem Railroad ledger book
Scope & Content New York and Harlem Railroad ledger book, 1831- 1837. Ledger has 528 numbered pages with 56 of them bearing manuscript ledger entries, plus an unnumbered table of contents leaf (detached.) Folio is 17.5" X 11", original full sheep with unusual decorative gilt bands and extensive tooling.
The ledger offers insight into the early construction of the city's first rail line, with entries dating from June 1, 1831, just a few weeks after the New York and Harlem Railroad incorporation. Expense accounts show the sources for the company's iron rails and granite stone, and the wooden rails ordered for the Bowery portion of the line. Also listed are the numerous contractors for grading work along 4th Avenue (now Park Avenue) which ran to more than $570,000 in itself, as well as accounts for bond holders and separate accounts for several of the company's officers.
Extent of Description One 17.5" X 11" bound ledger book
Level of description Item
Subjects Railroad companies
Railroad construction workers
Railroad construction & maintenance
Railroad employees
Expense accounts
People/ Corporations New York and Harlem Railroad
Metro-North Railroad
Number of images 1