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Accession 1685

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Delaware Coach Company records
Dates: 1814-1973, bulk 1940-1966
Accession Number: 1685
Creator: Delaware Coach Company.
Extent: 109 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The Delaware Coach Company was originally incorporated as the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Company on June 25, 1910, and operated an electric street railway line from Wilmington, Delaware, to Chester, Pennsylvania, and to Philadelphia. Throughout the early twentieth century, the company purchased stock in and leased numerous electric railway, transportation, and utilities companies in the Wilmington and Chester areas. In 1941, it changed its name to the Delaware Coach Company as trackless trolleys and buses replaced electric streetcars. Included are official documents and correspondence; personnel and financial records; public relations files; land deeds; legislation; labor agreements and contracts; equipment, fare, and route policies; ordinances; minute books, and other miscellaneous material created by Delaware Coach and its predecessor electric streetcar companies.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

Personnel and other employee records containing private information are subject to a 75-year time seal from the date of their creation.

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Historical Note

The Delaware Coach Company was originally incorporated as the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Company on June 25, 1910, and operated an electric street railway line from Wilmington, Delaware, to Chester, Pennsylvania, and to Philadelphia. Throughout the early twentieth century, the company purchased stock in and leased numerous electric railway and transportation companies in the Wilmington and Chester areas. On November 16, 1927, Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. changed its name to the Delaware Electric Power Company, which acted as a holding company for numerous street railway lines, bus companies, and utilities companies in the greater Wilmington region. As electric street railway systems faced continuous competition from gas-powered buses and automobiles throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Delaware Electric Power Co. began to phase out its streetcar system in favor of bus lines and trackless trolleys. To reflect this change, Delaware Electric Power Co. dissolved the majority of its subsidiary and operating companies in the mid-to-late 1930s. On June 27, 1941, the company once again changed its name to the Delaware Coach Company.

Predecessor companies of the Delaware Coach Co. date back to the January 23, 1811 incorporation of the Wilmington & Great Valley Turnpike Company. By 1813, the company completed two and a half miles of the proposed turnpike road (present day Concord Pike) that would extend from Wilmington, Delaware, to West Chester, Pennsylvania, and there connect with other turnpikes in the “Great Valley” of Pennsylvania. The turnpike was a necessity owing to the poor state of old Concord Road, which had damaging effects on local agriculture and manufacturing by obstructing the shipment of goods. More private roads followed. The Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Co. (present day Route 13) was chartered in 1813 and surveyed from the eastern side of the Brandywine Bridge at Wilmington to Philadelphia, while the Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Road (present day Route 4) was incorporated on January 30, 1815 and partially completed by 1821. These private roads usually charged one cent per mile for a horse and rider and were eventually converted into free public highways by an Act of the Delaware General Assembly. Although Wilmington contained five turnpike roads by 1825, public transportation in the form of horse-drawn streetcars would not arrive within the city limits until the height of the Civil War.

Horse-drawn streetcars were essential in transporting the population from the dense inner city to newly annexed areas. As early as the 1830s, cities such as Philadelphia and New York used horse-drawn omnibuses and shortly after horse-drawn streetcars to serve local industries and manufactories, as well as to transport passengers who entered the city on its perimeter to homes and businesses located on the interior. Unlike omnibuses, horse drawn streetcars had flanged wheels and operated on rails laid in the street. This allowed for larger vehicles, higher speeds, and smoother operations. By 1860, Wilmington’s population was just over 21,000 compared to Philadelphia’s 560,000 residents. Nonetheless, Wilmington’s development of horse railways was likely influenced by its close location to one of the country’s largest urban areas. Financial uncertainties brought about by the start of the Civil War delayed construction of Wilmington’s first horse railway for several years.

On February 4, 1864, Delaware Legislature incorporated the Wilmington City Railway Company, which operated the city’s first horse railway. The company’s first president was Mill Creek Hundred native Joshua T. Heald (May 26, 1821-July 22, 1887) who, at a young age began working as a bookkeeper for Wilmington railcar manufacturers and later shipbuilders, Betts, Pusey & Harlan. In the 1850s, Heald amassed his fortune through real estate and banking, which partially influenced the route of his new Wilmington City Railway. The route began at the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad station at Front and Walnut Streets, continued north to Delaware Avenue and to what later became the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad’s crossing at present-day DuPont Street. Heald sought to develop the real estate along the railway’s route and purchased numerous lots that he later promoted to his working class clientele. The line soon extended to Rising Sun Lane, giving it access to those working at the DuPont powder yards. However, the company made little to no attempt at expanding its lines any further until 1881, when track was laid to the Brandywine Creek Bridge. The company constructed other extensions in the late 1880s and early 1890s, but travel was limited to Wilmington proper and did not extend to the city’s suburbs. Wilmington City Railway’s failure to extend its lines prompted the organization of the city’s second horse railway, the Front and Union Street Railway Company, incorporated on February 20, 1877. It carried passengers and freight from the intersection of Front and Market Streets to the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad. Like the Wilmington City Railway Co., the Front and Union Street Railway Co. served a limited area and had insufficient finances for large-scale expansion.

By 1880, the population of Wilmington was over 42,000. As more people flocked to the city and neighborhoods expanded, there was a dire need for a more sufficient public transportation system. Horse-drawn railways could not properly serve an increasing population, while animal power proved inadequate and the 166 horses used by Wilmington’s two street railway systems dumped a considerable amount of waste in city streets. In the late 1860s, street railway systems in Chicago tried replacing horses with steam engines, but the experiment was met with public dissatisfaction due to the smoke, noise, and sparks the engines produced. In 1883, an electrified streetcar was first exhibited in Chicago during the Exposition of Railway Appliances and soon thereafter numerous companies experimented in electrifying their streetcar systems.

Although the technology was still unproven, Wilmington City Railway Co. management decided to modernize and electrify their lines. The company built an experimental electric line one and a half miles in length from the intersection of Market and 10th Streets to the Riverview Cemetery. Some, however, objected to the new electric system, fearing the “ravages of electricity” and an uncertain technology that too often disrupted continuous service. Nonetheless, Wilmington’s first electric streetcar began operations on March 7, 1888. Once service became more reliable, weekday traffic on the line steadily increased. By May, the company deemed the experiment a success, prompting the Wilmington City Railway to accept the electric system and construct extensions of the line. The Front and Union Street Railway Co. followed suit and adopted electrification system in 1889. Because electric streetcars were much larger and faster than their horse-drawn counterparts, the cost per passenger mile was reduced by nearly 50% and the average price per fare decreased from ten cents to five cents. Travel times also decreased significantly. The Rising Sun line was reduced from sixty to thirty minutes and the Delaware Avenue line from ten to seven-and-a-half.

After years of reliable service, traffic in the city streets increased and the extension of lines in the 1890s promoted the expansion and growth of Wilmington. Accordingly, horse-car service was discontinued around 1892 and new electric streetcar companies emerged, increasing passenger transport for a growing population. On May 2, 1893, the Gordon Heights Railway Company was incorporated to construct a feeder line from the Gordon Heights Pier along the Delaware River to Shellpot Park. An amusement park was subsequently constructed at the river to generate additional traffic. Another company, the Elsmere and Wilmington Electric Railway Co., incorporated May 1, 1895, built a line from Brandywine Springs and transferred passengers to the Wilmington City Railway Co.’s line.

By the late 1890s, Wilmington contained six streetcar companies that in most cases only provided service over three or four streets. However, large-scale consolidation of electric streetcar companies took place in most American cities by the turn of the century. Merger on a smaller scale began in Wilmington on August 17, 1891, when the Wilmington City Railway Co. purchased the smaller Front and Union Street Railway Co., thereby eliminating its immediate competitor. Wilmington City Railway Co.’s stock remained in the hands of Wilmington financiers until 1897, when private bankers E. W. Clark & Company of Philadelphia purchased the majority stock. During the 1890s, the Clark interests purchased numerous lines in Chester, Pennsylvania, and planned to connect the cities of Wilmington and Chester to create a single, dominant electric railway in one of the largest metropolitan regions in the Mid-Atlantic. Nearly all of the stock was transferred to a new company, the Wilmington and Chester Traction Co., incorporated February 21, 1898. The new company held nearly all of the capital stock of the Wilmington City Railway, the Gordon Heights Railway, Front and Union Street Railway, and the Chester Traction Company. Further consolidation followed when John A. Riggs, a financier from Reading, Pennsylvania, began purchasing streetcar companies surrounding Philadelphia and others stretching as far west as Harrisburg. Riggs’s acquisitions were controlled by a holding company known as the United Power and Transportation Co., which acquired the Wilmington and Chester Traction Co. in May 1899.

Riggs, however, was underfinanced and little was done to expand his company’s lines. In 1903, the Interstate Railways Company – also controlled by Riggs – purchased the United Power and Transportation Co.’s stock. Interstate Railways achieved little and was plagued by financial problems. Although the company extended some smaller lines to outside Wilmington’s city limits, Interstate Railways fell victim to debilitating strikes and the 1907 economic depression drove it into bankruptcy. After defaulting interest payments on its bonds, Interstate Railways reorganized its subsidiaries and leased the Wilmington and Chester area properties through the J. G. White Engineering Co. to the DuPont interests on July 1, 1910. A new company, the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co., was formed June 25, 1910 to operate the Delaware trolley properties; a subsidiary known as the Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company was formed June 2, 1910, to operate the Pennsylvania lines. Oscar T. Crosby (April 21, 1861-January 2, 1947), an electric engineer and first president of the Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington DC, was named the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co.’s first president.

Capitalized at $5.5 million, the new company benefitted from local control and implemented several upgrades to older equipment while also raising wages for employees. Service was drastically improved and worn out rails were replaced with new ones. However, local control of the company was short-lived. In January 1913, Crosby resigned as company president and disposed of his interests to another holding company: the National Properties Company. Pittsburgh financier and National Properties Co. president Van Horn Ely took over operations of the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. and spearheaded the June 1, 1915 consolidation of its long-time competitor, the Peoples Railway Company (which formed May 15, 1900 through the merger of the Brandywine Springs Railway, Elsmere and Wilmington Electric Railway, Park Railway, and the Citizens’ Railway Company). On October 1, 1915, Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction purchased the stock of the Wilmington Southern Traction Company and the Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Company. Indeed, it had succeeded in creating a complete street railway monopoly in the state of Delaware. In December, Ely expanded his holdings further by purchasing the stock of the American Railways Co., a utilities holding company that controlled numerous electric railway, gas, electric, ferry, and steam heating companies.

After this series of mergers, Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. began to clean up its lines and removed redundant ones. Lines of the former Peoples Railway that duplicated those of Wilmington & Philadelphia were removed and the rails used elsewhere to extend one-way operations through downtown Wilmington; operating bottlenecks within the city were eliminated. Older lines such as the New Castle-Delaware City were overhauled and modernized. By the end of 1916, profit margins improved and the company saw an increase in business during the First World War, but this prosperity was short-lived. During the war, Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction was not guaranteed necessary supplies due to labor shortages. In turn, rising labor and equipment costs forced the company to increase fare rates from six to eight cents in 1920 and transition from paper tickets to more costly metal tokens. This wartime financial strain on Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction resulted in the collapse of American Railways Co., leading to its consolidation with United States Electric Railway and Light Co., another large utilities holding company (whose name was changed to the American Electric Power Co. in 1923). Nevertheless, Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction’s fare increase was successful and the company made a surplus of $1.5 million in the 1920s. But new modes of personal transportation put electric trolley operations in considerable danger.

Between 1890 and 1918 the automobile was a novelty; something only wealthy Americans could enjoy. Yet the advent of Henry Ford’s assembly line reduced the cost of its production and brought the comfort and novelty of the automobile to the masses. As a result, electric streetcar companies began to face increasing competition and congestion in the city streets. The general public lost interest in once popular suburban amusement parks built by street railway stockholders to keep their lines busy. Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction also faced competition from independent bus lines formed in the early 1920s. To counter these problems, the company introduced one-man cars to save on labor and reduced the number of cars that terminated in downtown Wilmington. Still, these measures were not enough.

To stay competitive, the company on April 27, 1925, organized a bus subsidiary called the Delaware Bus Company and began a line from Wilmington to Newark, Delaware. Later that year, Delaware Bus Co. acquired numerous independent bus lines in Delaware, including Red Arrow Bus Line, Inc., the United People’s Transit Company, and the Delaware Rapid Transit Company. Aside from bus transportation, profits also came by way of utilities sales. As a subsidiary of American Electric Power Co., over 40% of Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction’s profits originated from the sale of electric power and 20% from the sale of gas; electric rail transportation continued to decline. To reflect this trend, Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction on November 16, 1927 changed its name to the Delaware Electric Power Company. Through a series of corporate transfers, it became a subsidiary of the Philadelphia-based United Gas Improvement Company in February 1928. Shortly thereafter, United Gas Improvement merged all of its electric and gas utilities on December 31, 1928 to form the Delaware Power and Light Company, which in turn was controlled by Delaware Electric Power.

Despite some investment in its electric railway system, Delaware Electric Power’s street railway department continued to fade financially. Beginning in 1928, lesser used trolley lines were replaced with bus services while significant rail renovation had not taken place since 1915. The Great Depression put even more strain on the company’s street railway operations. Between 1930 and 1933, the company’s marginal lines were removed and replaced with bus lines. By 1934, only seven railway lines remained. Because the company produced its own electricity, trackless trolleys – buses operated by electricity using overheard wires – were an attractive alternative to street railcars. They eliminated expensive rail replacements, seated more passengers, and reduced operating costs by 16%; most former rail lines were converted to trackless trolleys in 1939. In the mid-1930s, subsidiary operating companies such as the old Wilmington City Railway Co. and the Front and Union Street Railway Co. were finally dissolved. The last trolley line in Wilmington operated on January 6, 1940. By 1942, Wilmington city streets still contained an estimated 24 miles and 3,361 tons of unused rail. The remaining rail were removed by outside contractors and scrapped for the war effort.

In 1941, United Gas Improvement Co. severed the connection between Delaware Power and Light Co. and Delaware Electric Power Co. because of New Deal legislation (Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935) that prohibited electric utilities from operating transit systems. As a result, Delaware Electric Power was left with only transit operations and changed their name to the Delaware Coach Company on June 27, 1941. After the general prosperity of the war, urban transportation declined as many began moving away from the city and into the suburbs. In the late 1940s and early 1950s the company introduced several promotional offers and new bus features designed to attract passengers; most were aimed at women and children. These included a Ride “N” Shop program that offered passengers discounts to certain downtown department stores; Mother’s Day promotions whereby women received a free carnation; and diesel buses with new Nylon seats. The company overhauled their original trackless trolleys in 1950, but no new equipment was purchased. Without its connection to Delaware Power and Light Co., Delaware Coach lacked the resources it needed to survive economic and financial downturns. Thus, on March 30, 1951, United Gas Improvement sold Delaware Coach to Russel S. Stoughton, a Pennsylvania investor and the company’s first private owner in 40 years.

Stoughton’s tenure, however, did not last long. On August 28, 1956, he sold Delaware Coach to the New York-based American Transportation Enterprises (ATE), well-known for salvaging transit companies in financial distress. ATE took measures to economize Delaware Coach’s fleet of trackless trolleys and buses by eliminating the former and replacing the entire system with buses by the end of 1957. In 1963, ATE promoted Charles W. Croft to vice president and general manager of Delaware Coach, who formerly acted as the company’s superintendent of equipment. As general manager, Croft instituted new uses for the company’s buses, including charters to numerous special events, schools, workplaces, and sports venues. He also introduced experimental fare packages and new methods of advertising. In 1969, the Delaware General Assembly created the Delaware Authority for Regional Transit (DART) to assume bus operations formerly run by Delaware Coach. For two years DART operated under the Greater Wilmington Transportation Authority until the governing authority was replaced by the Delaware Department of Transportation in 1971. In 1994, the Delaware General Assembly created the Delaware Transit Corporation to manage and operate DART, which today provides services throughout Delaware with 500 buses and 70 bus routes.

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Scope and Content

The Delaware Coach Company records consist of official documents and other company material from the files of Charles W. Croft, vice president and general manager of Delaware Coach in the 1960s. Although many of Mr. Croft’s files are from the 1940s through the 1960s when Delaware Coach operated strictly as a transit company, electric street railway companies in Wilmington and Chester, Pa., are well-represented and help trace the evolution of mass-transit in northern Delaware and to a smaller extent southeastern Pennsylvania. The records also give insight into the effects that New Deal legislation had on public utility holding companies.

The bulk of the collection documents the Delaware Coach Company and its operations in the Wilmington metropolitan area in the mid-twentieth century. Company records detail Delaware Coach’s efforts to maintain profitable operations as urban mass transit declined after the Second World War, and focuses on bus and trolley coach operations rather than streetcar operations. Along with financial statements and operating expenses, other documentation includes promotional events designed to attract passengers, labor and union contracts and agreements, cost studies, and route analysis reports. Most other functions of the company are represented. Route changes, advertising, fare rates, bus stops, equipment upgrades, publicity, passenger complaints, and employee earnings, photographs, and newsletters supplement the extensive statistical data found in Mr. Croft's files. There are similar but less extensive records for the Delaware Bus Co. and the Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., both Delaware Coach subsidiaries; the majority of records from the Delaware Electric Power Co. focus on the transition from streetcar to bus services.

A large portion of Mr. Croft's files consists of documents and material related to Wilmington and Chester’s late nineteenth and early twentieth century horse-drawn and electric street railway companies. The bulk of this material comprises official and legal documentation such as railway leases, ordinances, land deeds, agreements, articles of association, charter amendments, and by-laws. Numerous reports, data, and correspondence document track construction and removal efforts in Wilmington and Chester during the Great Depression and World War II. A series of account books that include ledgers, cash books, and journals detail the financial end of nineteenth and early twentieth century street railway company operations in Wilmington, De, and Chester, Pa. In addition, minute books of numerous Delaware Coach predecessors, including the Wilmington City Railway Co., Front and Union Street Railway Co., and the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co., give insight into decisions made by management and stockholders. They also help untangle the corporate web of consolidations and mergers that affected most electric street railway and utilities companies after the turn of the twentieth century.

Personnel records (which are subject to a 75-year time seal from the date of document creation) include those from Delaware Coach Co. and also cover the period when the company was known as the Delaware Electric Power Co. and Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. These include disciplinary records, medical exams for employment and military service, evaluations, applications and reference letters, and pension applications. Some files contain a photograph of the employee. Accident and injury reports (also subject to a 75-year time seal from the date of creation) document such occurrences at the Wilmington City Railway Co. from April to May 1901, and the Delaware Coach Co. between 1959 and 1963. Those from the Wilmington City Railway Co. consist of statements from trolley operators that detail accidents as trivial as a man twisting his ankle on the trolley, to horses, dogs, and people being hit. Delaware Coach Co. bus accident reports include names of bus drivers and other drivers involved, description of damaged vehicles, location of the accident, and the cause and extent of the damage. Injury reports document injuries to Delaware Coach employees, insurance and damage claims, and descriptions of medical bills and treatments given to accident victims.

Reports and data submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission chronicle the ramifications that the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 had on public utility holding companies and their subsidiaries who operated transit systems. The separation by act of legislation of Delaware Electric Power Co.'s gas, electric, and other utilities operations from their bus and trolley transit system is represented through numerous exchanges with the SEC, ultimately leading to the sale of Delaware Coach Co. to Russel S. Stoughton in 1951. Accordingly, Stoughton's purchase of stock in and the finalization of the sale of Delaware Coach Co. is well-documented. A series of near complete financial and operating reports from Delaware Coach Co. and its subsidiary bus lines give insight into how these companies fared statistically during significant government policy changes and economic downturns.

Other material of interest includes a series of maps that help reconstruct numerous bus and street railway lines in both Chester and Wilmington, while blueprints detail various trolley coach equipment, bus models, and seating arrangements used by the company in the 1930s and 1940s. There is also a small collection of trackmans' badges used by employees of the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Traction Co. Lastly, a small collection of stock transfer books and certificates dating from 1814 to 1936 contain prominent names from northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. Such names include Tatnall, Gilpin, and Mendenhall. This series largely consists of stock transfers from early nineteenth century turnpike companies and a few street railway companies, most notably the Wilmington City Railway Co. Included in some of the turnpike company books are notes dating from the 1820s through the 1850s that lists stockholders and the transfer of shares.

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Arrangement

The records are organized and arranged into eleven distinct series:

Series I: General Manager’s files, is divided into five subseries by company name. They are arranged alphabetically by document type or subject, and then chronologically.

Series II: Street railway company files, is divided into two subseries. Subseries A is arranged alphabetically by company name and then by document type and then chronologically. Subseries B is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.

Series III: Minute books, is arranged alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.

Series IV: Personnel records, is arranged alphabetically by company name and then alphabetically by surname.

Series V: Accident and injury reports, is divided into two subseries. They are arranged alphabetically by document type and then chronologically.

Series VI: Securities and Exchange Commission reports, is arranged alphabetically by document type or subject and then chronologically.

Series VII: Scrapbooks, historical files, and miscellany, is arranged alphabetically by subject or document type and then alphabetically.

Series VIII: Financial and operating reports, is arranged alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.

Series IX: Stock transfer books and certificates, is divided into two subseries. They are arranged alphabetically by company name and then chronologically.

Series X: Account books, is divided into numerous subseries by company name, and then alphabetically by document type and then chronologically.

Series XI: Blueprints and maps, is divided into two subseries and arranged by subject relation.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. General Manager's files, 1922-1973
Scope and Content
Consists of documents from the files of Charles W. Croft, who was made vice president and general manager of Delaware Coach Co. in 1963. The series is divided by company or organization into six subseries, and includes documents created by the American Transit Association (Subseries A), Delaware Bus Company (Subseries B), Delaware Coach Company (Subseries C), Delaware Electric Power Company (Subseries D), Greater Wilmington Transportation Authority (Subseries E), and the Southern Pennsylvania Bus Company (Subseries F). The records range from the 1920s to the early 1970s and focus on bus and trolley coach operations rather than streetcar operations. They include various official documentation and correspondence regarding equipment purchases, fare and route changes, schedules, bus services, advertising, labor agreements, employee newsletters and photographs, reports to regulatory commissions, transit reports and studies, statistical data, financial information, promotions, and corporate papers such as by-laws and charters.
Note that the companies in this series are largely interconnected. Delaware Electric Power Co. is included in this series because it began to fade out its streetcar operations in favor of trolley coaches and bus lines. As a result, many documents in Subseries D focus on the transition from streetcar to bus services. After Delaware Electric Power Co. severed its connection with public utilities and changed its name to Delaware Coach Co. in 1941, bus lines took precedence. Delaware Bus Co. and Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co. were operating subsidiaries of Delaware Electric Power Co./Delaware Coach Co., and operated bus lines in northern Delaware and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, respectively.
Access Restrictions
Box 8, folders 7-11, and box 25, folders 4-6, Employee earnings records; box 64, Employee insurance enrollment cards; and box 9, folders 1-2, Employee medical claims, are subject to a 75-year time seal from the creation of the documents.
A. American Transit Association, 1948-1966
Box Folder
1 1 Misc. correspondence, 1959-1964
1 2 Monthly Transit Traffic , 1950, 1953-1954
1 3 Monthly Transit Traffic, 1955-1958
1 4 Monthly Transit Traffic, 1959-1961
1 5 Monthly Transit Traffic , 1962-1964
1 6 Operators' wage changes, 1964
1 7 Operating reports, 1957-1962
1 8 Passenger and fare studies, 1955-1963
1 9 Passenger Transport , 1956 January-1956 August
1 10 Passenger Transport , 1957 February-1957 May
1 11 Passenger Transport , 1959 January-1959 June
1 12 Passenger Transport, 1959 July-1959 December
1 13 Passenger Transport , 1960 January-1960 June
1 14 Passenger Transport , 1960 July-1960 December
1 15 PR releases, 1948-1961
Box Folder
2 1 Project-Adequate Roads reports, 1952-1956
2 2 Transit wage settlements, 1962-1963
2 3 Transit Fares, vol. 2, 1961-1966
2 4 Wage releases, 1961-1962
B. Delaware Bus Company, 1925-1968
Box Folder
2 5 Annual report of Delaware corporations, 1925-1933
2 6 Agreements, 1933, 1938
2 7 Annual report to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1957
2 8 Annual report to New Jersey Department of Public Utilities, 1966
2 9 Board minutes, 1965-1968 [Also includes board minutes from the Delaware Coach Co.]
2 10 Bus leases, 1961-1963
2 11 By-laws, 1948 May 24
2 12 Census of Motor Bus and Electric Transportation Carriers, 1957-1961
2 13 Charter bus studies and information, 1966
2 14 Charter equipment, 1964
2 15 Charter operations and regulations, 1964
2 16 Delaware race track services, 1937-1954
2 17 Depreciation study, 1938 January 25
2 18 Disbursements, 1963 January-1967 March
2 19 Employee subjection to Fair Labor Standards Act, 1939 October 28
2 20 Equipment financing, 1962-1964
2 21 Fare tariff, 1957
2 22 Five year forecast of bus purchases, 1944 [Includes reports for Delaware Bus Co., Delaware Coach Co., and Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co.]
2 23 Franchise for service for DuPont - Wilmington to Chamber Works, 1951
2 24 Garden State Park advertisements, 1968
2 25 Garden State Park services, 1962-1965
2 26 ICC annual reports, 1962-1964
Box Folder
3 1 ICC annual reports, 1965-1966
3 2 ICC annual reports, 1967-1968
3 3 ICC capital expenditure reports, 1957-1966
3 4 ICC monthly service reports, 1957-1959
3 5 ICC motor carrier annual report forms, 1954-1959
3 6 ICC quarterly reports, 1942-1966
3 7 ICC tariff - joint passenger and charter buses, 1957
3 8 Income statements, 1961-1963 [Includes joint statistics for Delaware Coach Co.]
3 9 Income statements, 1961-1963 [Includes joint statistics for Delaware Coach Co.]
3 10 Income statements, 1966 [Includes joint statistics for Delaware Coach Co.]
3 11 M. M. study, 1962
3 12 Misc. papers, 1925
3 13 Monthly passenger revenue, 1950-1952 [Includes joint statistics for Delaware Coach Co.]
3 14 New Jersey operations, 1966
3 15 Red Arrow Bus Line, Inc. - certificate of incorporation, 1933
3 16 Red Arrow Bus Line, Inc. - correspondence and fare, 1925
Box Folder
4 1 Red Arrow Bus Line, Inc. - Pennsylvania state tax reports, 1923-1927
4 2 Safety department disbursement records, 1962-1963
4 3 Special bus mileage, 1936
4 4 Special event services, 1958-1966
4 5 Statistical report - all bus companies, 1925
4 6 Transit statistics - daily, 1966 [Includes joint statistics with Delaware Coach Co.]
4 7 Transit statistics - weekly, 1966-1967 [Includes joint statistics with Delaware Coach Co.]
4 8 United People's Transit Co. - consolidation with Delaware Bus Co., 1925
4 9 United People's Transit Co. - misc., 1925-1926
C. Delaware Coach Company, 1931-1971
Box Folder
4 10 100th anniversary material, 1963-1964
4 11 28 day report, 1961-1963 [Includes accounts receivable, fleet performance reports, and weekly transit operating statistics.]
4 12 Accounts classifications, 1955
4 13 Accounts receivable - bus damages and accidents, 1947-1954
4 14 Accounts receivable - bus damages and accidents, 1947-1952
4 15 Administrative projects, 1961-1962
4 16 Advertising - misc., 1947-1964
4 17 Advertising - John Gilbert Craig Advertising, Inc., 1950-1956
4 18 Advertising - proposal, undated
4 19 Advertising - radio, 1953-1967
4 20 Advertising - presentation, A.T.E. Advertising, Inc., 1960s
4 21 Advertising - traveling displays, Lackey & Lamdin, 1946-1959
4 22 Agreement, 1941-1950 [Land southwest of Shellpot Creek for sewage line construction.]
4 23 Agreement, 1949-1950 [With Sears, Roebuck & Co. to lay sewer pipes through Delaware Coach Co. property.]
4 24 Agreement, 1950 [With Delaware Power & Light Co. for the retainment of certain records from the Delaware Electric Power Co. and Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co.]
Box Folder
5 1 Agreement, 1954, 1958 [With Diamond State Telephone Co. for use of public telephone lines.]
5 2 Agreement, 1957 [With Diamond Ice & Coal Co. for gasoline.]
5 3 Agreement, 1958 [Transportation of Bulletin newspapers.]
5 4 Agreement, 1958 May 16 [Sale of substation equipment.]
5 5 American Transportation Enterprises - accounting, 1960, 1965
5 6 American Transportation Enterprises - accounting seminar, C.W. Croft papers, 1965
5 7 American Transportaion Enterprises - procedure manual, undated
5 8 American Transportation Enterprises - report procedures, 1959-1963
5 9 American Transportation Enterprises - Ride "N" Shop program report, 1962
5 10 Annual pass requests, 1963
5 11 Annual pass requests, 1964
5 12 Apartment residents, 1960
5 13 Appraisal of property and equipment, 1959-1961
5 14 Approval of debt financing, 1950
5 15 Bail bond application forms, 1960
5 16 Bridge clearances, 1955, 1957
5 17 Booklet - "Cities on the Move", 1967 November [Produced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the promotion of urban transportation systems in cities throughout the United States.]
5 18 Bus services - Brandywine Raceway, 1957-1968
5 19 Bus services - Christmas, 1965
5 20 Bus services - Cochrans' operations, 1953-1954
5 21 Bus services - Delaware Park, 1957
5 22 Bus services - DuPont Co. Louviers building transportation, 1951-1957
5 23 Bus services - Jewish Community Center, 1960
5 24 Bus services - John Wanamakers, 1957-1965
5 25 Bus services - Lancaster Court apartments, 1948-1951
5 26 Bus services - O'Neal's, 1959
5 27 Bus services and supplies, 1954-1962
5 28 Bus stops, 1951-1963
5 29 Bus turn around - B&O station, Newark, DE, 1958
5 30 By-laws, 1948 May 24
5 31 C. W. Croft promotion to general manager, 1963
5 32 Campus Travel, Inc. - accident claims, 1957
5 33 Cash statements - weekly, 1961
5 34 Charter bus rates, 1964
5 35 Charter coach regulations, 1964-1965
5 36 Charter commission meals, 1963
5 37 City and telephone directory ads, 1961-1965
5 38 Civilian defense, 1941-1942
Box Folder
6 1 Classification of accounts for subsidiary operating companies, 1968
6 2 Collective bargaining, 1964
6 3 Competition, 1955, 1959
6 4 Complaint reports, 1963-1968
6 5 Correspondence, 1939-1948
6 6 Correspondence, 1960
6 7 Correspondence (misc.), 1956-1957
6 8 Correspondence (misc.), 1956-1958
6 9 Correspondence - Compagnie Generale Industrielle de Transports, 1965
6 10 Correspondence - Delaware County Electric Co., 1927-1930
6 11 Correspondence - Delaware County Transportation Co., 1922-1926
6 12 Correspondence - head office (Delaware Coach Co.), 1962-1964
6 13 Correspondence - Johnstown Traction Co., 1958-1960
6 14 Correspondence - operational, 1963-1964
6 15 Cost study, 1962
6 16 Credit investigations, 1958-1962
6 17 Custody agreements - Marine Midland Trust Co., 1957
6 18 Deeds - Shellpot Park land, 1931-1952
6 19 Deeds - various, 1941-1956
Box Folder
7 1 Delaware Authority for Regional Transit - correspondence, 1971
7 2 Delaware Authority for Regional Transit - minutes, 1968 July 31-1971 September 28
7 3 Delaware Authority for Regional Transit - operational analysis, 1971
7 4 Delaware Department of Transportation - annual report, 1970
7 5 Delaware Power & Light Co. - electric tariff rates, 1957, 1961
7 6 Delaware Power & Light Co. - gas and electric maps, undated
7 7 Delaware Public Service Commission - annual reports, 1960-1967
7 8 Delaware Public Service Commission - annual reports, 1963-1967
7 9 Delaware Public Service Commission - certificates for buses, 1956-1960
7 10 Delaware Public Service Commission - legislation, 1949-1954
7 11 Delaware Public Service Commission - quarterly reports, 1950-1955
7 12 Delaware Public Service Commission - quarterly reports, 1956-1958
7 13 Delaware Public Service Commission - questionnaire, 1965
7 14 Delaware State Chamber of Commerce - Legislative Bulletin , 1957 August 7
7 15 Delaware State Planning Office - "Land Use Inventory ", 1967 March
7 16 Delaware State Planning Office - "A Management Information System for Delaware ", 1968 June
7 17 Delaware State Planning Office - "Preliminary Comprehensive Development Plan ", 1967 June
7 18 Delaware State Planning Office - "State Planning Program for Delaware", 1967 December
7 19 Delaware State Planning Office - "Transportation Inventory ", 1966 December
7 20 Designation of process agents - various motor companies, 1952-1955
7 21 Designation of process agents - various motor companies, 1953-1959
7 22 Directors' meeting minutes, 1940-1944
Box Folder
8 1 Directors' meeting minutes, 1945-1949
8 2 Directors' meeting minutes, 1952
8 3 Dispatcher's trouble reports, 1960
8 4 Dispatching regulations, 1961, 1964
8 5 Employee comparisons (active employees), 1946-1959
8 6 Employee compensation - widows, 1943-1956
8 7 Employee earnings records - Abbott-Cooper, 1954
8 8 Employee earnings records - Corrigan-Haynes, 1954
8 9 Employee earnings records - Heal-McDowell, 1954
8 10 Employee earnings records - McMahan-Silver, 1954
8 11 Employee earnings records - Simon-Wysocki, 1954
8 12 Employee grievances, 1952-1957
8 13 Employee holiday pay procedures, 1950-1953
Box
64 Employee insurance enrollment cards, undated [Contains group insurance policy enrollment cards for family members of Delaware Coach Co. employees. Includes hourly, retired hourly, retired salary, as well as cancellations and additions.]
Box Folder
8 14 Employee leave of absence, 1942-1955, 1962
Box Folder
9 1 Employee medical claims, 1962
9 2 Employee medical claims, 1962-1963
9 3 Employee military policy, 1945-1954
9 4 Employee newsletter - Transit Crier, 1951-1955
9 5 Employee newsletter - Token Crier, 1945-1946
9 6 Employee newsletter - Token Crier, 1947-1948
9 7 Employee newsletter - Token Crier, 1948-1949
9 8 Employee newsletter - Token Crier, 1950-1951
9 9 Employee notices, 1944-1946
9 10 Employee notices, 1961
9 11 Employee pension applications, 1948-1955
9 12 Employee relations, 1944-1945
9 13 Employee rosters, 1964
9 14 Employee vacation policy - salaried, 1955-1962
9 15 Employees' daily assignments, 1960
9 16 Employer's claim notices, 1961
9 17 Employment qualifications, undated
9 18 Equipment purchases, 1963-1964
9 19 Expenditure listings, 1951-1958
9 20 Expense reimbursements, 1956-1961
Box Folder
10 1 Experimental fare package, 1945-1962
10 2 Experimental fare package, 1962
10 3 Experimental six-month fare, 1962
10 4 Fare collection irregularities, 1962
10 5 Fare collection procedure, 1961-1962
10 6 Fare handling inspections, 1957-1960
10 7 Fare increase case, 1949
10 8 Fare increase case - applicant's exhibits, 1960-1961
10 9 Fare increase case - application correspondence, 1958
10 10 Fare increase case - application correspondence and reports, 1956-1957
10 11 Fare increase case - application reports, 1950-1952
10 12 Fare increase case - application reports, 1952
10 13 Fare increase case - application reports, 1953-1954
10 14 Fare increase case - commission orders, 1958
10 15 Fare increase case - commission's exhibits, 1960-1961
10 16 Fare increase case - effective tariffs, 1958
10 17 Fare increase case - formal Public Service Commission orders, 1960-1961
10 18 Fare increase case - formal Public Service Commission orders, 1960-1961
10 19 Fare increase case - intervener's exhibits, 1960-1961
10 20 Fare increase case - newspaper clippings, 1961
10 21 Fare increase case - notices placed in buses, 1960-1961
10 22 Fare increase case - petition, 1957
Box Folder
11 1 Fare increase case - public complaints, 1960-1961
11 2 Fare increase case - submissions and explanations, 1958
11 3 Fare increase case - submissions and explanations, 1958
11 4 Fare increase decisions - Wilmington cab companies, 1957, 1960
11 5 Fare increases, 1954-1962
11 6 Fare information, 1965-1966
11 7 Fare promotion, 1962
11 8 Fare rates and schedules, 1963-1964
11 9 Fare rates and wages, 1961-1962
11 10 Fare refunds, 1955-1963
11 11 Fare studies, 1947-1948
11 12 Fare studies - Shreveport, La., 1948
11 13 Fare tariff correspondence, 1960
11 14 Fare tariff reports, 1947-1956
11 15 Fares and service levels, 1959-1968
11 16 Financial - comparative statements, 1948
11 17 Financial - consolidated statements, 1950
11 18 Financial - consolidated statements, 1950-1952
11 19 Financial - cost sources, 1956-1957
11 20 Fuel used, 1956-1963
11 21 Grier, R. - personal Christmas list, 1963
11 22 Hospital building fund, 1963
11 23 Inter-company bus rental procedures, 1963-1967
Box Folder
12 1 Investment brokers' statements, 1958
12 2 Investment brokers' statements, 1958
12 3 Investment securities, 1951-1956
12 4 Investment securities, 1952-1956
12 5 Investment securities, 1955-1956
12 6 Investment securities, 1955-1956
12 7 Investment securities, 1958
12 8 Investment securities, 1958-1959
12 9 Investment securities, 1958-1959
12 10 Investment securities, 1958-1959
12 11 Key drop-in procedure, 1962
12 12 Labor agreements, 1962-1964
12 13 Labor agreements, 1962, 1966-1969
12 14 Labor agreements - Simpson & Curtin contract, 1953-1957
12 15 Labor agreements - Simpson & Curtin studies, 1947-1954
12 16 Labor contracts, 1937-1943
12 17 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1944-1945
12 18 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1945-1946
12 19 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1946-1947
Box Folder
13 1 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1947-1948
13 2 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1948-1949
13 3 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1949-1950
13 4 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1949-1950
13 5 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1950-1951
13 6 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1951-1952
13 7 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1952-1953
13 8 Labor contracts and correspondence, 1953-1954
13 9 Labor negotiations, 1952-1953
13 10 Lease - comfort station, 1948-1957
13 11 Lease - office at Odd Fellows building, 1944-1957
13 12 Lease - Tower Hill School, 1947-1964
13 13 Lecture - "Wood as an Engineering Material ", 1943
13 14 Legal - Berl, Potter & Anderson, 1954-1964
13 15 Legal - Hull, Leiby and Metzger, billing statements, 1956-1966
13 16 Legal - McIntire Bus Lines, 1966
13 17 Legal - Pennsylvania corporate bribery law, undated
13 18 Legislation - corporate franchise tax, 1961
13 19 Legislation - corporate income tax, 1957-1961
13 20 Legislation - Delaware motor vehicle laws, 1953
13 21 Legislation - Delaware Public Authority, acquiring privately owned transportation systems, 1964
13 22 Legislation - Delaware state sales tax, undated
Box Folder
14 1 Legislation - Delaware wage laws, 1965
14 2 Legislation - Fair Labor Standards Act, 1943
14 3 Legislation - Fair Labor Standards Act, 1947-1961
14 4 Legislation - Federal highway program, 1954-1959
14 5 Legislation - Federal Transit and Housing Act, 1961
14 6 Legislation - Federal U.S. Transportation tax, 1954-1962
14 7 Legislation - fuel tax relief, 1957-1963
14 8 Legislation - Highway Highlights , 1963 February
14 9 Legislation - house bills, 1961
14 10 Legislation - ICC charter rights, 1959
14 11 Legislation - license tax on uninsured drivers, 1962
14 12 Legislation - limitations on taxing power, 1961
14 13 Legislation - "The McDowell Newsletter", 1959-1962
14 14 Legislation - Pennsylvania contributions authorization, 1945
14 15 Legislation - "Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Legislative Bulletin ", 1961-1962
14 16 Legislation - police merger, 1961
14 17 Legislation - proposed Wilmington license ordinance, 1958-1959
14 18 Legislation - smoking on buses, undated
14 19 Legislation - Wilmington driving and traffic regulations, 1934
14 20 Legislation - Wilmington payroll tax, 1958
14 21 Legislation - Wilmington tax assessment appeal, 1961
14 22 Maintenance agreement, 1941-1952, 1957
14 23 Maintenance forms and procedures, undated
14 24 Mileage procedure, undated
14 25 Miscellaneous, 1963
14 26 Miscellaneous work papers, schedules, etc., 1920s-1960s
14 27 Money management study, 1962 May
14 28 Motor Carrier Act, 1935
14 29 Municipal resolutions - trolley and bus operations, 1930-1950
14 30 National Association of Motor Bus Operators - Legal and Legislative Bulletin, 1956-1958
14 31 National Association of Motor Bus Operators - statements, 1960
14 32 National Council of the Aging, 1962
14 33 National Surety Corporation - power of attorney, 1959-1961
14 34 New Jersey certificates of compliance, 1949-1958
14 35 New Jersey route change, 1965-1966
14 36 New Jersey Turnpike Authority, 1952-1963
14 37 News releases, 1950-1962
14 38 Newspaper articles - utility rates, 1926-1934
14 39 Noise control, 1950
14 40 Office supplies, 1962-1965
14 41 Office of Transportation - urban mass transportation, 1964
14 42 Officers and directors, 1955
Box Folder
15 1 Operating expenses, 1946, 1955
15 2 Operating expenses, 1967-1969
15 3 Operating meeting minutes, 1961
15 4 Operators' advances, 1954-1963
15 5 Operators' notices, 1956-1957
15 6 Operators' notices, 1959-1960
15 7 Operators' notices, 1960
15 8 Operators' rules, 1941
15 9 Operators' wages, 1961-1962
15 10 Outside repair work procedures, 1964
15 11 Parking - city of Wilmington, 1961-1966
15 12 Passenger complaints, 1958-1959
15 13 Passenger determination, 1948-1962
15 14 Payroll and timekeeping, 1946-1965
Box Folder
OS-1 1 Payroll and cost of living analysis, 1945, 1950
Box Folder
15 15 Payroll data, 1962
15 16 Policeman's ball, 1963-1964
15 17 Policy procedures - Cincinnati, Newport & Covington Transportation Co., 1960
15 18 Population data, 1940-1950 [Includes breakdown of population in various cities, counties, and boroughs in Delaware, as well as areas served by Delaware Coach Co.]
15 19 Projected costs, 1960-1962
15 20 Projected insurance costs, 1964
15 21 Promissory note - United Gas Improvement Co., 1950-1956
15 22 Promotions - air-conditioned buses, 1970
15 23 Promotions - charters, 1962-1964
15 24 Promotions - Christmas turkey, 1963
15 25 Promotions - Downtown Day, 1963
15 26 Promotions - Mother's Day, 1961
15 27 Promotions - mystery bus, 1961
Box Folder
16 1 Promotions - Nylon trolley seats, 1948
16 2 Promotions - passenger (misc.), 1958-1959
16 3 Promotions - passenger (misc.), 1961
16 4 Promotions - passenger (misc.), 1961-1962
16 5 Promotions - Ride "N" Shop, 1961-1968
16 6 Promotions - various transit companies, 1961-1963
16 7 Public feedback, 1957-1966
16 8 Public service change requests, 1954-1964
16 9 Publicity - American Cancer Society, 1959-1966
16 10 Publicity - American Red Cross, 1959-1965
16 11 Publicity - bus strike, 1960
16 12 Publicity - correspondence, 1960-1966
16 13 Publicity - McDowell Associates, 1962-1966
16 14 Publicity - misc. contributions, 1961-1966
16 15 Publicity - United Community Fund, 1961-1964
16 16 Purchase approval request, 1963
16 17 Racial discrimination, 1960-1965
16 18 Record destruction certificates, 1946-1957
16 19 Reports - "Arterial Highways and Streets in the Wilmington Area", 1952 May
16 20 Reports - "Arterial Route Analysis", Delaware State Highway Department, 1950
16 21 Reports - "Contribution of Mass Transit to Shopping on Market Street", 1971 May
16 22 Reports - Delaware Companies, 1956
16 23 Reports - "Diamond State Bus Lines", 1941-1961
16 24 Reports - "Estimated and Actual Cost of Track Removal in Wilmington ", 1942
Box Folder
17 1 Reports - "Evaluation of the Recommended Highway Plan", 1967 July
17 2 Reports - "Governor's Transit Study, State of Iowa", 1956 December
17 3 Reports - "Land Use & Transportation Planning Forecasts", 1968 August
17 4 Reports - Law Committee, 1950
17 5 Reports - Mass Transportation in Wilmington, DE, 1965 May
17 6 Reports - monthly manager report, Line & Roadway Department, 1945
17 7 Reports - "Program Design", New Castle County Program, 1966 February
17 8 Reports - Regional Planning Commission of New Castle County, Delaware, 1944 July 1
17 9 Reports - statistical, 1954-1955
17 10 Reports - superintendent, 1960
17 11 Reports - superintendent, 1961
17 12 Reports - supervisor, 1958-1961
17 13 Reports - "Transit Situation, Wilmington and New Castle County ", 1967 November
17 14 Reports - transportation in Brussels, Belgium, 1963
17 15 Reports - "Transportation Study: Wilmington Metropolitan Area", 1948
17 16 Reports - TRIPACT, 1971 April
17 17 Rerouting to Penn Station, 1951
17 18 Route change requests, 1964-1965
17 19 Route and schedule changes, 1964
17 20 Route and schedule changes, 1964
17 21 Run assignments, 1960
17 22 Safety film, 1962
17 23 Savings bonds, 1957
17 24 Scavenger box revenue, 1958-1960
17 25 Schedule and job analysis, 1960-1962
17 26 Schedule requests, 1955-1965
17 27 Schedule requirements and cutbacks, 1956-1964
17 28 School and mail carrier fares, 1951-1962
Box Folder
18 1 School bus contracts, 1958, 1966-1967
18 2 School charters, undated
18 3 Signs and notices, 1958-1964
18 4 Sixth and Hawley records, 1947-1951 [Contains list of Delaware Coach Company documents stored at its Sixth and Hawley Street offices in Wilmington.]
18 5 Snow and ice removal, 1945-1961
18 6 Snow storm procedures, 1960-1961
18 7 Snow removal equipment, 1940
18 8 Speeches - Delaware Coach Co. public relations, 1953, 1957
18 9 Speeches - public transit in Wilmington, 1948
18 10 Speeches - safety in mass transit, 1934-1941
18 11 Speeches - transit history, 1939, 1956, undated
18 12 Speeches - value of mass transit, 1932-1938, undated
18 13 Speeches - war time transportation in Wilmington, 1944
18 14 Staff meeting notes, 1959
18 15 Stiltz, Inc. - revocation of certificate, 1958-1959
18 16 Strike of 1949-1950, 1949-1950
18 17 Strike procedure, 1960
18 18 Survey - on-off ride check, 1963
18 19 Survey - "People's Opinion of Public Transit in Wilmington", 1963 May
18 20 Survey - wages, skilled craft occupations, and women office workers' occupations, 1964-1965
18 21 Survey - Wilmington traffic, 1932
18 22 Tangible properties, 1960-1962
18 23 Tax file, 1961
18 24 Telephone listings, 1960
18 25 Telephone procedures, 1961-1964
18 26 Tenant leases, 1965-1966
18 27 Ticket destruction certificates, 1946-1958
18 28 Ticket sales and accounting procedures, 1948-1962
18 29 Tire invoices - United States Rubber Co., 1939-1952
18 30 Tire invoices - United States Rubber Co., 1953-1963
18 31 Toilet facilities, 1955-1958
18 32 Token audits, 1921-1938
Box Folder
19 1 Token audits, 1946-1949
19 2 Token reports, 1955-1958
19 3 Training procedures, 1943-1948
19 4 Training procedures, 1953-1954
19 5 Transfer purchases, 1961-1964
19 6 Transfer regulations, 1948-1963
19 7 Transit problems and procedures, 1955-1962
19 8 Transit relief campaign, 1961-1963
19 9 Transit relief campaign, 1961-1963
19 10 Transit relief promotion, 1959-1963
19 11 Transit relief VIP letters, 1961-1962
19 12 Transit relief VIP letters, 1962-1963
19 13 Transit relief VIP letters, 1963-1964
19 14 Transit Study Committee, 1961
19 15 Transit wage settlements - various companies, 1962
19 16 Transportation Authority - oath of office, 1968
19 17 Uniform fabric samples, 1966
Box Folder
20 1 Uniform notices and statements, 1960
20 2 Uniforms - correspondence, 1943-1957, 1966
20 3 Union correspondence, 1961-1962
20 4 Vehicle listing, undated
20 5 Virginia Transit Co. - statistical data, 1963
D. Delaware Electric Power Company, 1926-1942
Box Folder
20 6 Additions and retirements of carrier operating property, 1940
20 7 Agreement, 1937 [With J. G. Brill Company to purchase trackless trolleys.]
20 8 Agreement of consolidation, 1928 November 5 [Between the Delaware Public Service Company and Delaware Electric Power Company.]
20 9 Agreement of consolidation, 1936 November 19 [Between the Wilmington City Railway Company and the Delaware Electric Power Company.]
20 10 Agreements and leases, 1926-1928
20 11 Agreements and leases, 1928
20 12 Billings, 1937
20 13 Board resignations, undated
20 14 Bond redemption, 1940
20 15 Bond retirement, 1941 April 29
20 16 Bonds and mortgages, 1928-1932
20 17 Bus seats, 1939-1940
20 18 By-laws, 1933 October
20 19 Change of name to Delaware Coach Co., 1941 June 17
20 20 Charters, undated
Box Folder
21 1 Classification of accounts - trolley coach and gas bus operations, 1939
21 2 Construction authorizations, 1929-1940
21 3 Corporate certificates, 1927-1941 [Includes certificates of amendment related to the company's name change, reduction of capital, settlements, and agreements of merger and consolidation.]
21 4 Correspondence, 1937-1939
21 5 Cost statements for improvement requisition, 1927-1933
21 6 Deeds - various, 1937-1938
21 7 Delaware Public Service Co. - certificate of incorporation, 1928
21 8 Depreciation study, 1937
21 9 Determination of overhead charges, 1941
21 10 Dividend orders, 1932
21 11 Expired contracts, 1929-1935
21 12 Financial papers, 1939-1940
21 13 Gold debentures due, 1929
21 14 Preferred stock certificate - unissued, undated
Box Folder
22 1 Preferred stock ledger, 1931-1932
22 2 Preferred stock redemption, 1937
Box Folder
88 5 Preliminary consolidations, 1940
Box Folder
OS-1 1 Property descriptions and sketches of former street railways, 1940
OS-1 1 Property outlines of street railways, undated
Box Folder
22 3 Property retirement orders - streetcars, 1926-1928
22 4 Property retirement orders - track, 1926-1928
22 5 Reports - "Abandonment of Trolley Car Service in Delaware and Operating Analysis of Present and Proposed Operations after Substitution of Gas and Trolley Buses", 1938 June 17
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OS-1 2 Reports - "Abandonment of Trolley Car Service in Delaware and Substitution of Gas Buses", 1936 June 20
OS-1 3 Reports - estimated cost of trolley coach changeover, 1937 February 1
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22 6 Reports - fare situation, 1930
22 7 Reports - insulation methods in trolley coaches, 1941 February 20
22 8 Reports - operation of small, medium, and large buses, 1938 March 1
22 9 Reports - Park Place-Marcus Hook bus operations, 1934 March 21
22 10 Reports - paving obligations in Delaware and Pennsylvania, 1932 July 21
22 11 Reports - property, 1940 February 29
Box Folder
OS-1 2 Reports - property valuation of street railways, 1937
Box Folder
22 12 Reports - Shellpot Park, 1931 August 28
22 13 Reports - taxes, 1932 November 1
22 14 Reports - trolley coaches, 1939-1945
22 15 Retirements from fixed capital, 1928-1942
22 16 Service equipment, 1939-1941
22 17 Stock retirement, 1937
22 18 Transfer of rights - Elsmere trolley bridge, 1940
22 19 Trolley coach equipment, 1939-1942
22 20 Trolley coach operations - Wilmington, 1941
E. Greater Wilmington Transportation Authority, 1968-1973
Box Folder
22 21 Applications, 1971
22 22 Civil action lawsuit, 1969
22 23 Correspondence, 1968-1969
22 24 Correspondence, 1970
22 25 Correspondence, 1971
22 26 Correspondence and minutes, 1968-1971
Box Folder
23 1 Correspondence and minutes, 1968-1971
23 2 DART operations, 1973
23 3 Financial balance sheet, 1970
23 4 Financial data, 1970-1973
23 5 Merger proposal - Wilmington Parking Authority, undated
23 6 Miscellaneous, 1969-1971 [Includes agendas, proposals, invoices, billings, and various handwritten notes.]
23 7 News clippings, 1968-1970
23 8 Reports - fair value of property to be acquired by the Authority, 1968 October
23 9 Schedule additions, 1969
F. Southern Pennsylvania Bus Company, 1922-1960
Box Folder
23 10 Arbitration, 1945
23 11 Arbitration - George v. Davis, 1945
23 12 Arbitration - George v. Davis, 1955-1958
23 13 Billings, 1938
23 14 Blackout and air raid organization chart, 1942
23 15 Bus fare investigation, 1946-1949
23 16 Bus fare investigation, 1946-1949
Box Folder
OS-1 3 Bus mileage, 1936 December 1
Box Folder
23 17 Bus mileage, 1945-1956
23 18 By-laws, 1948
23 19 Certificates of public convenience, 1953
23 20 Certificates of public convenience, 1953
Box Folder
24 1 Certificates of public convenience applications, 1935-1941
24 2 Charter and incorporation papers, 1922
24 3 Correspondence, 1925-1929
24 4 Correspondence, 1931-1938
24 5 Correspondence, 1931-1933
24 6 Correspondence, 1933-1934
24 7 Correspondence - Drew Bus Lines, 1925-1927
24 8 Correspondence - Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1922-1941
24 9 Correspondence - Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1941-1942
24 10 Depreciation study, 1935-1937
24 11 Designation of agent, 1936-1956
Box Folder
25 1 Employee photographs - Acers-Wright, 1950s; 93.0 items 3 x 4.5 cm.
25 2 Employee photographs - Acers-Mumley, 1950s; 6.5 x 9 cm.
25 3 Employee photographs - Murphy-Zoranski, 1950s ; 6.5 x 9 cm.
25 4 Employee earnings records - Acers-Golden, 1955
25 5 Employee earnings records - Gordon-Poole, 1955
25 6 Employee earnings records - Powelson-Zoranski, 1955
25 7 Employee vacation authorization, 1958-1960
25 8 Federal income tax returns, 1927-1928
25 9 Fixed capital data, 1924-1936
25 10 Garage addition - Chester, Pa., 1943
25 11 Garage building cost estimates, 1943
25 12 Garage location study, 1957-1958
25 13 ICC application to consolidate, 1957
25 14 Interstate operations - Florida, 1957
25 15 Interstate operations - Georgia, 1957-1958
25 16 Lease - Darby terminals, 1927-1939
25 17 Legal opinions, 1923-1941
Box Folder
26 1 Legal opinions, 1945-1946
26 2 Materials cost estimates, 1937-1938
Box
OS-4 Operating analysis, 1927-1952
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26 3 Passenger carrier application, 1936
26 4 Receivers’ procedure, 1965
26 5 Route application under grandfather clause, 1958
26 6 Supporting fire loss claims, 1948
26 7 Surplus account summary, 1937
Volume
83 Traffic data and statistics - monthly report, 1948 January 1-1948 November 30
Box Folder
26 8 Transfer of rights to Delaware Bus Co., 1957
26 9 U5-B report, 1938-1939
26 10 Union agreements, 1942-1955
26 11 Union agreements and correspondence, 1943-1952
26 12 Union agreements and correspondence, 1953-1959
II. Street railway company files, 1882-1943
Scope and Content
Contains corporate and official documentation from electric street railway companies in Wilmington and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, most notably the city of Chester. Subseries A: Corporate papers, includes incorporation papers, leases, deeds, agreements, reports to regulatory commissions, city ordinances, dissolutions, financial reports, articles of association, charters, and resolutions. The majority of street railway companies represented in this series were merged and consolidated with the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Company in 1915, and continued to operate in some capacity under the Delaware Electric Power Company. Most were dissolved in the mid-1930s. Note that papers from turnpike companies are also included. Subseries B: Track construction and removal, contains reports and other documentation relating to streetcar track construction and removal in the Wilmington and Chester areas from the 1920s to the early 1940s.
A. Corporate papers, 1882-1941
Box Folder
26 13 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - agreements, 1893
26 14 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - agreements, 1893-1895, 1900-1902
26 15 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - agreements, 1906
26 16 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - agreements, 1906-1908
Box Folder
27 1 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - agreements, 1908-1910
27 2 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1933-1939
27 3 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - arbitration agreement, 1911
27 4 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - articles of association, 1892-1893
27 5 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - bonds, 1900, 1903
27 6 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - capital stock increase, 1893 June 12
27 7 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - certificate of change of office location, 1930 February 6
27 8 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - condemnation proceedings, 1900 June 4
27 9 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - deed of trust, 1913
27 10 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - dissolution, 1936 April 25
27 11 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - journal entries, 1933-1936
27 12 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - lease, 1893 December 7 [With Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa.]
27 13 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - lease cancellation, 1936 September 15 [With Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa.]
27 14 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - list of papers, 1908 October 10
27 15 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - mortgage, 1913 July 1
27 16 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - ordinances, 1893-1916
27 17 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - original consent, 1893-1894
27 18 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - property extensions, 1892-1893
27 19 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - resolution, 1899 November 15
27 20 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - right of way for double track, 1899 September 16
27 21 Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co. - sale of road, 1902, 1921
27 22 Chester Street Railway Co. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Service Commission, 1930-1939
27 23 Chester Street Railway Co. - articles of association, 1882 July 13
27 24 Chester Street Railway Co. - dissolution, 1936
27 25 Chester Street Railway Co. - lease, 1890 December 31 [With Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa.]
27 26 Chester Street Railway Co. - journal entries, 1933-1940
27 27 Chester Street Railway Co. - ordinances, Providence Ave. Division, 1892-1898
27 28 Chester Street Railway Co. - ordinances, Upland Division, 1883-1901
27 29 Chester Traction Co. - articles of incorporation, 1894 March 28
27 30 Chester Traction Co. - corporate loan reports, 1936-1940
27 31 Chester Traction Co. - deeds, 1900-1901
27 32 Chester Traction Co. - federal income tax returns, 1929-1940
Box Folder
28 1 Chester Traction Co. - lease, 1910 July 1 [To Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.]
28 2 Chester Traction Co. - mortgage, 1894, 1914
28 3 Chester Traction Co. - net income return, 1909-1916
28 4 Chester Traction Co. - net income tax return, 1935-1940
28 5 Chester Traction Co. - operating agreement, 1894 June 27 [With the Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa.]
28 6 Chester Traction Co. - suits pending, 1937
28 7 Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co. - articles of association, 1898
28 8 Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co. - dissolution, 1936
28 9 Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co. - indenture, 1898 June 16 [With National Real Estate Co. for land near Highland Ave. in Chester, Pa.]
28 10 Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co. - journal entries, 1933-1936
28 11 Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co. - lease cancellation, 1936 [999 year lease between Chester Traction Co.]
28 12 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - agreement, 1916 September 1 [Lease of track to Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.]
28 13 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Service Commission, 1928-1932
28 14 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1933-1939
28 15 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - articles of association, 1916 May 23
28 16 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - brief of proof, 1936
28 17 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - certificate of public convenience, 1916 May 25
28 18 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - certificates of notification, 1916
28 19 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - deeds, 1924-1941 [Sale of property in the Borough of Eddystone to John A. Yerger.]
28 20 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - dissolution, 1936
28 21 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - Federal Trade Commission report, 1928-1929
28 22 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - journal entires, 1933-1936
28 23 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - lease, 1916 September 1 [To Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.]
28 24 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - mortgage, 1913, 1916
28 25 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - ordinance, 1916 May 23 [For the construction of a street railway on certain streets in Chester, Pa.]
28 26 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - ordinance, 1916 May 23 [For laying track in the city of Chester, Pa.]
28 27 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - ordinance, 1916 May 23 [For connecting with the tracks of the Union Railway Co. and the Chester, Darby and Philadelphia Railway Co.]
28 28 Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co. - ordinances and agreements, 1907-1916 [Includes purchase agreements for streetcars and other related equipment.]
28 29 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Service Commission, 1932
28 30 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1933-1939
28 31 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - articles of association, 1892-1893
28 32 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - deed of trust, 1913 January 1
28 33 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - dissolution, 1931
28 34 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - lease, 1893 April 3 [To Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa.]
28 35 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - ordinances and deeds, 1890-1936
28 36 Chester and Media Electric Railway Co. - trust agreement, 1913 April 1
28 37 Chester and Rockdale Electric Railway Co. - articles of association, 1906 May 4
28 38 Chester and Rockdale Electric Railway Co. - certificate of branch extension, 1907
28 39 Chester and Rockdale Electric Railway Co. - letters patent, 1906
28 40 Chester and Rockdale Electric Railway Co. - registry, 1906 June 20
28 41 Delaware County & Philadelphia Electric Railway Co. - deed of trust, 1913
28 42 Delaware County & Philadelphia Electric Railway Co. - lease, 1910 July 1 [To Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company.]
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29 1 Delaware County & Philadelphia Electric Railway Co. - ordinances, Baltimore Pike, 1909
29 2 Delaware County Transportation Co. - journal entries, 1927 January-March
29 3 Financial statements - various railways, 1936 September 17
29 4 Front & Union Street Railway Co. - charter amendments, 1910-1933
29 5 Front & Union Street Railway Co. - contracts and condemnation proceedings, 1899-1918
29 6 Front & Union Street Railway Co. - deeds, 1885-1923
29 7 Front & Union Street Railway Co. - incorporation papers, 1891, 1910
29 8 Front & Union Street Railway Co. - synopsis of deeds, 1898
29 9 Gordon Heights Railway Co. - agreement, 1898 [For construction of right of way through property in Brandywine Hundred.]
29 10 Gordon Heights Railway Co. - charter amendments, 1893
29 11 Gordon Heights Railway Co. - property title, 1894
29 12 Gordon Heights Railway Co. - resolution, 1936
29 13 Media, Glen Riddle and Rockdale Electric Street Railway Co. - deed, 1929
29 14 Media, Glen Riddle and Rockdale Electric Street Railway Co. - lease, 1910 July 1 [To the Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company.]
29 15 Media, Glen Riddle and Rockdale Electric Street Railway Co. - lease cancellation, 1928 [Cancellation of 990 year lease between the Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.]
29 16 Morton Avenue Railway Co. - notice of application, 1907 January 21
29 17 New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - deeds, 1900
29 18 Ordinances - street traffic regulation in New Castle, 1916
29 19 Ordinances - various railways, 1882-1905 [Includes Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., Chester Street Railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., Media, Middletown and Chester Electric Railway Co.]
29 20 Ordinances - various railways, 1882-1928 [Includes Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co., Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., Chester Street Railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co.]
29 21 Ordinances - various railways, 1890-1905 [Includes Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., Chester Street Railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., and Media, Middletown and Chester Electric Railway Co.]
29 22 Ordinances - various railways, 1890-1930 [Includes Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., Chester Street Railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., and Media, Middletown and Chester Electric Railway Co.]
29 23 Ordinances - various railways, 1890-1931 [Includes Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co., Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., Chester Street Railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., and Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co.]
29 24 Ordinances - various railways, 1890-1931 [Includes Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co., Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., Chester Street railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., and Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co.]
29 25 Ordinances - various railways, 1893-1931 [Includes Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co., Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., Chester Street Railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co.]
29 26 Ordinances and agreements - various railways, 1892-1936 [Includes Chester and Media Electric Railway Co., Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co., Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co., Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co., Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., and Chester Street Railway Co.]
29 27 Packing lists - various railways, undated
29 28 Peoples Railway Co. - deeds, 1895-1929
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30 1 Peoples Railway Co. - federal income tax returns, 1927-1933
30 2 Peoples Railway Co. - journal entries, 1933
30 3 Peoples Railway Co. - mortgage and property sales, 1933-1937
30 4 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - accounts receivable, 1933-1935
30 5 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - agreement, 1911-1932 [With Bell Telephone Co. regarding pole use.]
30 6 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - agreement, 1924 [With the city of Chester, Pa., for the right to attach police and fire alarm equipment to Southern Pennsylvania Tractions Co.'s poles.]
30 7 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - agreement, 1924 [Transfer of motor generator sets from Delaware County Electric Co.'s Lansdowne Substation to Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.]
30 8 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - agreement, 1925 [With the city of Chester, Pa., for providing poles for the suspension of traffic lights.]
30 9 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - agreement, 1929 [With Delaware County Electric Co. over transmission line from Chester to Linwood, Pa.]
30 10 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - bill of sale, 1924 [Gas tanks leased from the Texas Company.]
30 11 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - bill of sale, 1935 [Poles sold to the Bell Telephone Co.]
30 12 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - bill of sale, 1936-1937 [For poles in Chester, Pa.]
30 13 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - cancelled agreements, 1893-1935 [Includes various cancelled agreements with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co.]
30 14 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - dissolution, 1935-1940
30 15 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - dissolution, 1935-1940
30 16 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - lease, 1918 October 18 [To the Darby, Media and Chester Street Railway Co. and the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.]
30 17 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - legal documents, 1931
30 18 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - operating finances, 1926-1936
30 19 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - ordinance book, 1882-1927
30 20 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - production report, 1922
30 21 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - registry report, 1928
30 22 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - track mileage report, 1933
30 23 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co. - track work, 1931
30 24 Street and track repair inquiries - various railways, 1937
30 25 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - agreements, 1894-1910 [Lease of railway properties to Chester Traction Company.]
30 26 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Service Commission, 1928-1932
30 27 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - annual report to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1933-1939
30 28 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - articles of association and letters patent, 1889-1890 [Includes letters patent.]
30 29 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - deed of trust, 1913
30 30 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - excise taxes, 1910-1916
30 31 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - financial data, 1917-1928
30 32 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - ordinances, 1890-1898 [Track construction in Chester, Pa.]
30 33 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - ordinances and agreements, 1889-1898
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31 1 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa. - releases and charter, 1935, 1939
31 2 Wilmington Amusement Parks Co. - agreement, 1931 October 2 [With Diamond State Amusement Co. for the operation of Shellpot Park.]
31 3 Wilmington Amusement Parks Co. - capital stock tax reports, 1933-1936
31 4 Wilmington Amusement Parks Co. - certificate of incorporation, 1915 December 4
31 5 Wilmington Amusement Parks Co. - corporate papers, 1915-1936 [Includes certificate of dissolution, certificate of change of location and resident agent, leases, indentures, and articles of incorporation.]
31 6 Wilmington Amusement Parks Co. - dissolution, 1936
31 7 Wilmington Amusement Parks Co. - federal income tax reports, 1927-1936
31 8 Wilmington and Brandywine Springs Railway Co. - deeds and agreements, 1897-1898
31 9 Wilmington and Chester Traction Co. - corporate papers, 1899-1933 [Includes agreements, certificate of dissolution, change of capital stock, contracts, and legal papers.]
31 10 Wilmington and Chester Traction Co. - dissolution, 1933
31 11 Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Road - dissolution, 1936
31 12 Wilmington City Railway Co. - accounts payable, misc. companies, 1898 March
31 13 Wilmington City Railway Co. - accounts payable, misc. companies, 1898 March
31 14 Wilmington City Railway Co. - agreement, 1903-1906 [Property of the Wilmington and Edgemoor Electric Railway Co. reverted to management of Wilmington City Railway Co.]
31 15 Wilmington City Railway Co. - agreement of merger and consolidation, 1933 October 26
31 16 Wilmington City Railway Co. - by-laws and resolutions of Board of Directors, 1933, 1936
31 17 Wilmington City Railway Co. - certificates of indebtedness issued, 1889-1892
31 18 Wilmington City Railway Co. - charter, 1910 June 16
31 19 Wilmington City Railway Co. - deeds, 1864,1906, 1926 [For Rising Sun Lane acquisition. Includes photostatic copies of 1864 deeds between Wilmington City Railway Co. and private landowners.]
31 20 Wilmington City Railway Co. - deeds, 1885-1934
31 21 Wilmington City Railway Co. - indentures, 1901-1936
31 22 Wilmington City Railway Co. - operating agreement, 1891-1906 [Between the Gordon Heights Railway Co. and the Front and Union Street Railway Co.]
31 23 Wilmington City Railway Co. - property dispute, 1936 [Dispute over ownership of abandoned right of way through the Worth Steel Company's property in Claymont. Includes photostatic copies of deeds dating back to 1898.]
31 24 Wilmington City Railway Co. - reduction of interest rate, 1901
31 25 Wilmington City Railway Co. - resolution, 1900 [Right to operate along Rising Sun Lane.]
31 26 Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Co. - dissolution, 1936
31 27 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - corporate papers, 1893-1929 [Includes articles of association, articles of incorporation, agreement for consolidation with Wilmington Southern Traction Co., charter amendments, and history of the company to 1916.]
31 28 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - corporate papers, 1899-1915 [Includes certificate of change of address and resident agent , agreement for consolidation with New Castle and Delaware City Traction Co., and articles of incorporation of New Castle and Delaware City Traction Co.]
31 29 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - deeds, 1933 [Car barn property in New Castle reverted to Francis Janvier.]
31 30 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - federal income tax returns, 1927-1933
31 31 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - history, undated
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32 1 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - ordinances, 1902
32 2 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Co. - property release, 1933
32 3 Wilmington, New Castle and Southern Railway Co. - deeds and agreements, 1904, 1908
32 4 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - agreement, 1912 [With Delaware & Atlantic Telegraph & Telephone Company over pole usage.]
32 5 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - certificate of bond destruction, 1947
32 6 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - certificate of incorporation and amendments, 1910
32 7 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - consumer deposits refunded, 1927 July-November
32 8 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - employee rules and regulations, 1910
32 9 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - index to documents, undated
32 10 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - lease, 1911-1914 [With New Castle County Electric Company. Includes articles of incorporation for the New Castle County Electric Co.]
32 11 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - property value report, 1919 [Includes report for Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company.]
32 12 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. - property value report, electric railways, 1919
32 13 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Co. - dissolution, 1936
32 14 Wilmington Southern Traction Co. - corporate papers, 1899-1918 [Includes articles of incorporation, levy court papers, indentures, and resolutions.]
32 15 Wilmington and West Chester Electric Street Railway Co. - incorporation papers, 1897
B. Track construction and removal, 1920-1943
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32 16 Street construction and paving, 1942 May
32 17 Track construction, 1920-1924
32 18 Track construction, 1925
32 19 Track construction, 1926
32 20 Track construction, 1927
32 21 Track construction, 1928
32 22 Track construction, 1929
32 23 Track construction, 1930
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33 1 Track construction, 1931
33 2 Track construction, 1932
33 3 Track construction, 1933
33 4 Track construction, 1934
33 5 Track construction, 1935
33 6 Track construction - Eleventh Street bridge, 1931
33 7 Track location plan - Wilmington, 1942
33 8 Track mileage - non-operating track, 1941
33 9 Track removal - Borough of Trainer, 1937
33 10 Track removal - Chester, Pa., 1934-1937
33 11 Track removal - Chester, Pa., 1937-1938
33 12 Track removal - Chester, Pa., 1938
33 13 Track removal - Collingdale Borough, 1938
33 14 Track removal - Delaware State Highway Department, 1942
33 15 Track removal - Eddystone Borough, 1938
33 16 Track removal - Eighth Street paving, 1942
33 17 Track removal - Marcus Hook and Trainer, 1933-1942
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34 1 Track removal - notes, 1942
34 2 Track removal - Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, De., 1944
34 3 Track removal - rail shipments, 1942
34 4 Track removal - reports, 1942
34 5 Track removal - scrap rail removed, 1942
34 6 Track removal - scrap rail sold, 1937-1938
34 7 Track removal - various municipalities, 1931-1933
34 8 Track removal - Welsh Street, Chester, Pa., 1936
34 9 Track removal - Wilmington, 1939-1942
34 10 Track removal - Wilmington, 1940-1942
34 11 Track removal - Wilmington, 1940-1943
34 12 Track removal - Wilmington, 1941-1942
34 13 Track removal certificates - Wilmington, 1942
34 14 Works Progress Administration - track removal notes, 1942
34 15 Works Progress Administration - track removal reports, 1942
34 16 Works Progress Administration - work forms (blank), 1940s
III. Minute books, 1848-1939
Scope and Content
Consists of minute books from predecessor and early subsidiary companies of Delaware Coach Co. Most are electric streetcar companies in Wilmington and Chester, Pa., that later merged with the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Company in 1915. These minute books give insight to the consolidation, merger, and dissolution of several competing street railway companies. Of special note are the minute books of the Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Company and the Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Road, both private turnpike companies that formed before and during the War of 1812 and remained a subsidiary of Delaware Electric Power Co. until the mid-1930s. Early bus lines absorbed by Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction subsidiaries in the mid-1920s are also represented.
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35 Brandywine Railway Company, 1902 March 3-1912 April 27; 1.0 volume
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35 Chester & Eddystone Street Railway Company, 1916 May 23-1936 April 28; 2.0 volumes
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35 Chester and Delaware Street Railway Company - directors' minutes, 1898 June 11-1936 April 27; 1.0 volume
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35 Chester and Delaware Street Railway Company - stockholders' minutes, 1898 May 11-1936 April 28; 1.0 volume
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35 Chester and Media Electric Railway Company, 1892 April 29-1936 May 1; 1.0 volume
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36 Chester, Darby and Philadelphia Railway Company, 1892 June 22-1930 June 23; 2.0 volumes
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36 Chester Street Railway Company, 1882 June 27-1939 June 20; 2.0 volumes
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36-37 Chester Traction Company, 1895 April 27-1932 March 28; 2.0 volumes
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37 Delaware Bus Company, 1925 April 25-1968 August 2; 3.0 volumes
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37-38 Delaware County & Philadelphia Electric Railway Company, 1892 -June 1-1933 February 27; 3.0 volumes
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38 Delaware County Transportation Company, 1922 July 27-1926 November 26; 1.0 volume
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38-39 Delaware Electric Power Company, 1920 March 26-1935 December 17; 3.0 volumes
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39 Elsmere and Wilmington Electric Railway Company, 1895 May 18-1901 June 29; 1.0 volume
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39 Front and Union Street Railway Company, 1881 February 17-1932 June 27; 2.0 volumes
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39-40 Gordon Heights Railway Company, 1893 May 2-1933 September 29; 3.0 volumes
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40 Media, Glen Riddle and Rockdale Electric Street Railway Company, 1901 April 11-1928 June 21; 1.0 volume
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40 Miscellaneous companies [includes minutes of Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Company, 1930 December 22-1936 April 28; Chester Traction Company, 1932 May 23-1936 April 28; Delaware Public Service Company, 1928 October 26-1928 December 3; Front and Union Street Railway Company, 1932 September 26-1933 September 29] ; 1.0 volume
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41 New Castle and Delaware City Traction Company, 1911 April 28-1912 May 29; 1.0 volume
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41 Park Railway Company, 1901 March 5-1901 June 29; 1.0 volume
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41 People's Railway Company, 1900 May 14-1933 September 29; 5.0 volumes
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41 Red Arrow Bus Line, Inc., 1920 October 9-1925 July 7; 1.0 volume
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42 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company, 1910 June 23-1936 April 28; 3.0 volumes
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42 Southern Pennsylvania Transit Company, 1926 February 2; 1.0 volume
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42 Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa., 1922 February 2-1935 September 25; 1.0 volume
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42 United Peoples Transit Company, Inc., 1924 July 2-1925 July 20; 1.0 volume
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42 Wilmington Amusement Parks Company, 1915 November 8-1936 February 5; 1.0 volume
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43 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Company, 1910 June 28-1920 March 2; 5.0 volumes
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43-44 Wilmington & Chester Traction Company, 1898 March 10-1933 April 24; 4.0 volumes
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44 Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Road, 1848 September 4-1936 December 28; 1.0 volume
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45 Wilmington and Edgemoor Electric Railway Company, 1906 April 23-1933 June 26; 2.0 volumes
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45 Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Company, 1868 April 11-1936 December 28; 1.0 volume
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45 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1888 February 15-1936 December 28; 1.0 volume
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46-47 Wilmington City Railway Company, 1882 October 2-1936 December 17; 5.0 volumes
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47 Wilmington, New Castle and Delaware City Railway Company, 1912 May 25-1933 September 29; 3.0 volumes
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47 Wilmington Southern Traction Company, 1911 January 23-1915 December 10; 1.0 volume
IV. Personnel records, 1916-1960
Scope and Content
Consists of employee records from Delaware Coach Co., also covering the period when the company was known as the Delaware Electric Power Co. and Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. Includes disciplinary records, medical exams for employment and military service, evaluations, accident reports, applications and reference letters, insurance policies, and pension applications. Some files contain a photograph of the employee.
Access Restrictions
Delaware Coach Co. files subject to a 75-year time seal from the creation of the document. The Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. personnel files are open for research.
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48 Delaware Coach Company - A-G, 1940-1960
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49 Delaware Coach Company - H-O, 1940-1960
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50 Delaware Coach Company - P-R, 1940-1960
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51 Delaware Coach Company - S, 1940-1960
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52 Delaware Coach Company - T-Wa, 1940-1960
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53 Delaware Coach Company - We-Z, 1940-1960
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54 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Company - A-W, 1916-1932
V. Accident and injury reports, 1901, 1959-1963
Scope and Content
Consists of accident reports produced by the Wilmington City Railway Co. from April to May 1901, and both accident and injury reports from the Delaware Coach Co. between 1959 and 1963. Those from the Wilmington City Railway Co. consist of statements from trolley operators that detail accidents as trivial as a man twisting his ankle getting off the trolley, to horses, dogs, and people hit by trolleys. Delaware Coach Co. bus accident reports include names of bus drivers and other drivers involved, description of damaged vehicles, location of the accident, and the cause and extent of the damage. Injury reports document injuries to Delaware Coach employees, insurance and damage claims, and descriptions of medical bills and treatments given to accident victims. Also included are three lawsuits that resulted from bus accidents.
Access Restrictions
Subseries A: Delaware Coach Co., is subject to a 75-year time seal from the creation of the documents. Subseries B: Wilmington City Railway Co., is open for research.
A. Delaware Coach Co.
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55 1 Accident claim statistics, 1959-1960
55 2 Accident claims over $500, 1953-1957
55 3 Accident reports, 1959 January 1-1959 February 2
55 4 Accident reports, 1959 February 3-1959 February 21
55 5 Accident reports, 1959 February 24-1959 March 21
55 6 Accident reports, 1959 March 23-1959 April 30
55 7 Accident reports, 1959 April 30-1959 May 26
55 8 Accident reports, 1959 May 26-1959 July 8
55 9 Accident reports, 1959 July 10-1959 July 27
55 10 Accident reports, 1959 August 12-1959 September 16
55 11 Accident reports, 1959 September 16-1959 October 7
55 12 Accident reports - damage claims, 1960-1963
55 13 Correspondence, 1953-1961
55 14 Health insurance reports and procedures, 1943-1960
55 15 Injury reports, 1961
55 16 Injury reports, 1963 January
55 17 Injury reports, 1963 February
55 18 Injury reports, 1963 March
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56 1 Injury reports, 1963 April
56 2 Injury reports, 1963 May
56 3 Injury reports, 1963 June
56 4 Injury reports, 1963 July
56 5 Injury reports, 1963 August
56 6 Injury reports, 1963 October
56 7 Injury reports, 1963 November
56 8 Injury reports, 1963 December
56 9 Lawsuit - Baker vs. Delaware Coach, 1960-1963
56 10 Lawsuit - Paladinetti vs. Delaware Coach, 1960 August 4
56 11 Lawsuit - Younger vs. Delaware Coach, 1960 June 10
B. Wilmington City Railway Co.
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56 12 Accident reports, 1901 April 6-1901 April 15
56 13 Accident reports, 1901 April 18-1901 May 1
56 14 Accident reports, 1901 May 3-1901 May 13 [Includes lengthy accident report and Deputy Coroner's report for Helen Warakoskie (also spelled Warachiski; report no. 576a), a young girl hit by a trolley car at the corner of Maryland Ave. and Logan St. in Wilmington.]
56 15 Accident reports, 1901 May 16-1901 May 22
VI. Securities and Exchange Commission reports, 1935-1951
Scope and Content
Consists of reports, data, and other material produced by Delaware Electric Power Co. for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Included in this series are annual financial reports (10-K forms) from Delaware Electric Power and cost estimates of operating companies separated by the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. Most notable are documents regarding the surrender of stock by the United Gas Improvement Company to Delaware Electric Power by act of legislation, and the eventual separation of the latter company's utilities from its transit operations in 1941-1942. Accordingly, Russel S. Stoughton's purchase of Delaware Coach Co. in 1950-1951 is also represented.
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56 16 10-K form data, 1936-1939
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56 17 10-K form data, 1940-1943
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56 18 10-K form data, 1944-1949
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56 19 Bill of Complaint, 1935
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56 20 Cancellation and retirement of capital stock, 1950
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56 21 Cost estimates of operating separate companies, 1941, undated
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56 22 Form U5S annual supplement to registration statement, 1946
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56 23 Form U5S annual supplement to registration statement, 1947
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57 1 Form U5S annual supplement to registration statement, 1948
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57 2 Form U5S annual supplement to registration statement, 1949
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57 3 Form U5S annual supplement to registration statement, 1950
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57 4 Recapitalization of Delaware Coach Co. and sale of stock to Russel S. Stoughton, 1950
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57 5 Reports - Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, 1939-1941, undated
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57 6 Sale of outstanding stock by United Gas Improvement to Delaware Coach, 1950
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57 7 Sale of Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co. to Irving Katz, 1956
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57 8 Stoughton, Russel - application to acquire Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co. and Delaware Bus Co,, 1951
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57 9 Stoughton, Russel - finalization of Delaware Coach Co. sale, 1950-1951
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57 10 Stoughton, Russel - sale of Delaware Coach Co. stock, 1951
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57 11 Surrender of stock by United Gas Improvement to Delaware Coach, 1950 September 27
VII. Scrapbooks, historical files, and miscellany, 1916-1956
Scope and Content
Consists of miscellaneous material that does not fit in with the other series groups. Includes scrapbooks of newspaper articles that cover various topics on the transit industry, particularly strikes, tax policies, legislation, and city traffic and congestion problems. Correspondence from 1916 illustrates the transfer and purchase of stock between Van Horn Ely’s National Properties Co. and the American Railways Co. Historical documents from Delaware Coach Co.’s "Idea Library" are also included and outline numerous concerns of the company at the time. Of special note are three boxes of metal trackmans’ badges from the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction and Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.
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57 12 Bulletins - timber construction, 1936-1944
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57 13 Correspondence - National Properties Co. and American Railways Co. stock exchange, 1916
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57 14 Correspondence - National Properties Co. and American Railways Co. stock exchange, 1916
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57 15 Correspondence - National Properties Co. and American Railways Co. stock exchange, 1916
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57 16 Correspondence - National Properties Co. and American Railways Co. stock exchange, 1916
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57 17 Diary - unknown author, 1876 [Contains personal and business writings, including daily weather conditions and the grading and surveying of Wilmington city streets.]
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58 1 Historical documents list, 1963 [Letter from James E. Pugh of Kingston, Pa., to Delaware Coach Co. executive vice president Harry W. Springer regarding the potential donation of 32 historical documents to historical societies, genealogists, and scholars. The documents in question were in the possession of Delaware Coach. Also includes list of the documents catalogued by Pugh, most of which deal with eastern Pennsylvania history.]
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58 2 Historical files - Billy Spears newspaper clip sheets, 1951-1953
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58 3 Historical files - Branford Electric Railway, 1957
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58 4 Historical files - downtown traffic problems, 1946, 1956
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58 5 Historical files - employee motivation, 1949, 1961
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58 6 Historical files - investor-owned electric companies, 1962
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58 7 Historical files - public relations responsibilities, 1956
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58 8 Historical files - rail and bus line sketches, 1931
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58 9 Historical files - safety, 1953, 1959
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58 10 Historical files - ticket prices and schedule changes, 1925-1959
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58 11 Historical files - track removal blueprints, 1942
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58 12 Historical files - Wilmington's transportation system, 1912, 1945
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58 13 ICC non-discriminatory seating sign, undated
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58 14 Letterbook - Harvey J. Wiley, 1897-1898 [Consists of outgoing letters to various Wilmington area companies, private citizens, and city officials from Harvey J. Wiley, secretary of the Street and Sewer Commissioners in Wilmington, DE. Content of letters includes information regarding the paving and grading of city streets; permission to street railway companies to lay track; and notifications to citizens to remove obstructions from their property that block city streets and sewers.]
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58 15 Notebook - trolley line construction materials, circa 1902 [Includes prices for construction material related to railroad and trolley lines, such as cement, conduit, copper wire, rails, poles, and ties.]
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OS-1 4 Notice of regulations governing bus passenger discrimination, undated
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58 16 Photographs - unknown, undated [Includes six photographs. There are four 10.5 x 13 cm. photographs depicting a man painting a machine in a factory, and two photographs showing a corporate dinner setting with numerous executives.] ; 6.0 items
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OS-1 4 Reference book - Typical Designs of Timber Structures , 1942
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59 Scrapbooks, 1949-1950, 1952-1953
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60 Scrapbooks, 1954-1955
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61 Trackmans' badges - miscellaneous, undated [Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. Power and Light Department; Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. transportation badges; Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co. badge; round badges, unknown.]
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62 Trackmans' badges - Nos. 1-199, undated [Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction and Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company]
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63 Trackmans' badges - Nos. 200-499, undated [Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction and Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company]
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65 World War II employee service banner, circa 1944
VIII. Financial and operating reports, 1925-1959
Scope and Content
Consists of financial and operating reports of Delaware Coach Co. - including when the company was known as the Delaware Electric Power Co. - and its subsidiaries from the 1920s through 1960. Among the information Included in the reports are data relating to operating revenue and expenses, income, payroll, and taxes.
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66 Delaware Bus Co., 1925-1932
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67 Delaware Bus Co., 1933-1936 [1937 report missing.]
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68 Delaware Bus Co., 1938-1942 [1943 report missing.]
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69 Delaware Bus Co., 1944-1948
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70 Delaware Bus Co., 1949-1953
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71 Delaware Bus Co., 1954-1955 [Includes volume with summation of yearly financial data from 1931 to 1943.]
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71 Delaware Coach Co., 1941-1942
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72 Delaware Coach Co., 1942-1944
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73 Delaware Coach Co., 1945-1947
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74 Delaware Coach Co., 1948-1951
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75 Delaware Coach Co., 1952-1955
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76 Delaware Coach Co., 1957-1959
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77 Delaware Coach Co. and subsidiary companies, 1948, 1951-1952
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78 Delaware Coach Co. and subsidiary companies, 1953-1955
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79 Delaware Coach Co. and subsidiary companies, 1956
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79 Delaware Electric Power Co., 1928
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80 Delaware Electric Power Co., 1929-1931
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81 Delaware Electric Power Co., 1932-1934
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82 Delaware Electric Power Co., 1935-1939
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83 Delaware Electric Power Co., 1940 [includes volume with summation of yearly financial data from 1931 to 1941.]
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83 Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1925-1929
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84 Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1930-1934
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85 Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1935-1939
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86 Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1940
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86 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co., 1925-1936
IX. Stock transfer books and certificates, 1814-1936
Scope and Content
Consists of stock transfer books and stock certificates from early Wilmington-area turnpike companies and street railway companies. The documents date from 1814 to 1936 and contain prominent names from northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. Included in some of the turnpike company books are notes dating from the 1820s through the 1850s regarding the transfer of shares. Of particular interest in the Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Co. book is an 1817 note from Rumford Dawes stating that he is transferring two shares of stock to Jonathan Dawes. In addition, the back of the Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Co. book includes a complete list of the company's shareholders as of August 30, 1822.
A. Stock transfer books
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OS-4 Front and Union Street Railway Company, 1881-1933
OS-4 Wilmington City Railway Company, 1864-1896
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49 Wilmington and Chester Traction Company, 1898-1931
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87 1 Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Road, 1816-1936
87 2 Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Company, 1814-1936
87 3 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1816-1936
B. Stock certificates
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87 4 Delaware Bus Company, 1925
87 5 Media, Glen Riddle and Rockdale Electric Street Railway Company, 1901-1928
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OS-4 Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company, 1910-1912
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87 6 United People's Transit Company, 1922-1925
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OS-5 Wilmington and Philadelphia Traction Company, 1910-1911
OS-5 Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Road, 1822-1936
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87 7 Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Company, 1834, 1849-1901
Box
OS-5 Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Company, 1901-1912
Box Folder
87 8 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1814
87 9 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1814
87 10 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1814
87 11 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1814
87 12 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1814
Box Folder
88 1 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1814
88 2 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1814
88 3 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1875-1895
88 4 Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Company, 1896-1902
X. Account books, 1864-1937
Scope and Content
Consists of ledgers, cash books, and financial journals of various street railway companies in Wilmington, De, and Chester, Pa. Also included are ledgers of Wilmington-area turnpike companies, though these are not complete. Of note are a complete set of cash books and ledgers of the Wilmington City Railway Co. dating from 1864 to 1899.
A. Brandywine Railway Co.
Volume
1 General ledger, 1911 January-1911 December
B. Chester, Darby & Philadelphia Railway Co.
Volume
2 Bond register, 1913-1933
Volume
3 Cash book, 1908-1932
Volume
4 General ledger No. 1, 1917 July-1928 December
Volume
5 General ledger No. 2, 1908-1940
C. Chester and Delaware Street Railway Co.
Volume
6 General ledger, 1899-1929
D. Chester and Eddystone Street Railway Co.
Volume
7 Journal, 1916-1935
E. Chester Street Railway Co.
Volume
8 Cash book, 1898 January-1936 May
Volume
9 Cash book, 1898-1935
Volume
10 General ledger No. 1, 1933-1936
F. Chester Traction Co.
Volume
11 Cash book, 1895 January-1895 May
Volume
12 Cash book, 1895 July-1898 February
Volume
13 Cash book, 1903-1905
Volume
14 Cash book, 1907-1911
Volume
15 General ledger, 1895-1899
Volume
16 General ledger, 1897-1909
Volume
17 General ledger, 1912-1929
Volume
18 General ledger, 1920-1940
Volume
19 General ledger - accounts payable, 1898
Volume
20 Journal, 1894
Volume
21 Journal, 1894-1895
Volume
22 Journal, 1895-1898
Volume
23 Journal, 1899-1911
Volume
24 Journal, 1908-1911
G. City of Wilmington
Volume
25 Contract ledger, 1906-1908
H. Delaware County and Philadelphia Electric Railway Co.
Volume
26 Cash book, 1897-1899
Volume
27 Cash book, 1899-1902
Volume
28 Cash book, 1902-1904
Volume
29 Cash book, 1904-1907
Volume
30 Cash book, 1908-1911
Volume
31 Cash book, 1912-1928
Volume
32 General ledger No. 1, 1898-1899
Volume
33 General ledger No. 3, 1929-1931
Volume
34 General ledger - Clifton Heights, 1892-1899
Volume
35 Journal No. 1, 1895-1899
Volume
36 Journal No. 2, 1899-1906
Volume
37 Journal No. 3, 1906-1911
I. Front and Union Street Railway Co.
Volume
38 Journal A, 1881-1898
Volume
39 Journal B (cash book), 1881-1898
J. Gordon Heights Railway Co.
Volume
40 Journal No. 1, 1910-1932
K. Peoples Railway Co.
Volume
41 Journal, 1914-1932
L. Southern Pennsylvania Traction Co.
Volume
42 Cash book, 1924-1927
Volume
43 Construction ledger, 1926-1931
Volume
44 General ledger No. 1, 1914-1917
M. Union Railway Company of Chester, Pa.
Volume
45 Cash book, 1891-1894
Volume
46 General ledger, 1903-1937
N. Wilmington Amusement Parks Co.
Volume
47 Journal No. 1, 1915-1923
O. Wilmington & Chester Traction Co.
Volume
48 Stock ledger No. 1, 1898-1899
P. Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike Road
Volume
50 Cash book, 1901-1936
Q. Wilmington City Railway Co.
Volume
51 Bond interests, 1892-1901
Volume
52 Bond ledger, 1900-1911
Volume
53 Cash book, 1864-1871
Volume
54 Cash book, 1871-1879
Volume
55 Cash book, 1879-1886
Volume
56 Cash book, 1886-1892
Volume
57 Cash book, 1892-1897
Volume
58 Cash book, 1903-1906
Volume
59 Cash book, 1907-1911
Volume
60 Cash book - Eighth Street Branch, 1889 June-1890 April [Includes list of company shareholders.]
Volume
61 Dividend book, 1880
Volume
62 Dividend book, 1890-1899
Volume
63 General ledger, 1864-1884
Volume
64 General ledger, 1884-1891
Volume
65 General ledger, 1892-1899
Volume
66 General ledger, 1899
Volume
67 General ledger, 1899-1910
Volume
68 General ledger, 1901-1911
Volume
69 General ledger - Eighth Street Branch, 1889-1892
Volume
70 Journal, 1864-1871
Volume
71 Journal, 1871-1878
Volume
72 Journal, 1878-1884
Volume
73 Journal, 1899-1911
Volume
74 Journal, 1912-1932
Volume
75 Operating ledger, 1903 January-1904 September
Volume
76 Order book, 1871-1881
R. Wilmington and Edgemoor Electric Railway Co.
Volume
77 Cash book, 1906-1928
Volume
78 General ledger, 1906-1925
Volume
79 General ledger, 1906-1932
S. Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Co.
Volume
80 General ledger, 1910-1912
T. Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co.
Volume
81 General ledger, 1914-1915
U. Wilmington and Philadelphia Turnpike Co.
Volume
82 Cash book, 1872-1928
XI. Blueprints and maps, 1926-1942
Scope and Content
Consists of blueprints showing schematics of bus equipment including change holders, operators' trays, mirror arms, and waste receptacles. Bus engines, seating and standing arrangements, and various bus models are also represented. Maps largely show different bus routes with an emphasis on Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co.'s operations in Chester, Pa. Of particular notoriety is a large 1929 map that details every street railway and bus line from Delaware City, De., to Upper Darby, Pa., and a large book of real estate plans showing street railway properties in and around Wilmington.
A. Blueprints
Box Folder
OS-2 1 Outside mirror for trolley coach, 1939 December 28
OS-2 1 Bus mirror arm, 1942 January 10
OS-2 1 Waste receptacle assembly, Yellow Truck & Coach Manufacturing Co., 1937 September 8
OS-2 1 Waste paper receptacle installation, 1937 September 9
OS-2 1 Operators tray and change holder, Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1939 April 3
OS-2 1 Operators tray and change holder, Delaware Electric Power Co., 1939 April 3
OS-2 1 Transfer and change holder tray assembly, General Motors Truck Corp., 1935 June 19
OS-2 1 Drivers tray, General Motors Truck Corp., 1937 January 21
OS-2 1 Drivers tray support assembly, General Motors Truck Corp., 1937 January 22
OS-2 1 Coin catch tray, General Motors Truck Corp., 1935
OS-2 1 Farebox stanchion and hand rails at front of bus, 1942 March 6
OS-2 1 "EP" engine -CM Bus, undated
OS-2 1 Support bar for removing "EP" engine - CM Bus, undated
OS-2 1 Front support plate for removing "EP" engine - CM Bus, undated
OS-2 1 Rear support plate for removing EP engine - CM Bus, undated
OS-2 1 Bus seating and standing arrangement, undated; 3.0 items
OS-2 1 Seating and stanchion arrangement, Brill Coaches 601-652 and 656-660, 1940 May 7
OS-2 1 Proposed 23 passenger seating arrangement, Model 23-R, 1935 October 2
OS-2 1 25 passenger seating arrangement, Model 23-R, Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co./Delaware Bus Co., 1935 November 12
OS-2 1 Twin Coach longitudinal seats, Model 23-R, 1935 November 2
OS-2 1 Twin Coach ventilation, Model 23-R, undated
OS-2 1 Indiana bus model 16, Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1935 June 7
OS-2 1 Trolley coach Golden Glow dual beam headlight, undated
OS-2 1 Hose bridge for trolley coaches, Delaware Coach Co., 1942 December 28
B. Maps
Box Folder
OS-2 2 Street and railroad map, Chester, Pa., undated
Shelf
D3-D Trolley and bus line map, Delaware City to Upper Darby, 1929
D3-D Pole map, Delaware Electric Power Co. and underlying companies, 1936 July 1
Box Folder
OS-2 2 Highway and street map, Delaware County, 1940
OS-2 2 General street map, Chester, Pa., undated
OS-2 2 Marcus Hook-Elam bus line, Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., undated
OS-2 2 Gas bus routes, Delaware County, Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1942
OS-2 3 Present and proposed bus operations, Chester, Pa., circa 1928; 7.0 items
Aniline Village
Chester-Media line
Chester-Upland line
Darby-Wilmington line
Linwood line
Parkside line
Sun Village line
Box Folder
OS-2 4 Rail and bus lines, Delaware Electric Power Co. and subsidiaries, undated; 30.0 items
Key map of rail and bus lines
Boulevard Division
Chester-Aniline Village line
Chester-Boothwyn-Ogden line
Chester & Media line
Chester-Media line via Spring Haven Country Club
Chester-Media-Glen Riddle-Rockdale-Lenni line
Chester-Swarthmore line
Chester-Upland line
Darby-Folcroft line
Darby-Linwood line
Darby-Sharon Hill line
Darby-Wilmington line
Delaware Avenue Division
Eddystone-Marcus Hook line
Front Street-Ferry line
Marshallton bus line
Newark line
Park Place-Marcus Hook line
Rogers Corner & South Harrison Street Division
Sun Ship-Buckman Village line
Sun Village-Highland Avenue line
Sun Village-Marcus Hook line
Sun Village-Market Square line
Upland-Sun Hill line
Vandever Ave. & Stanton Division
Washington Street Division
West 4th Street & Oak Grove Division
West 8th Street Division
Wilmington-New Castle line
Box Folder
OS-3 1 Property plans, Delaware Coach Co./Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., 1926-1948; 58.0 items
OS-3 2 Real estate plans, Delaware Electric Power Co., 1926-1927; 140.0 items