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Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Co. Coal Department photographs

Accession 1990.267

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Co. Coal Department photographs (Accession 1990.267), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Co. Coal Department photographs
Dates: 1903-1915
Accession Number: 1990.267
Creator: Bunnell, W. B.
Extent: 35 images
Physical Description: 35 photographic prints : b&w ; 8x10 in.
Location: GL Box 1
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) Railroad was one of the largest and most prosperous anthracite transporting and mining companies in Pennsylvania. This collection consists of dated and undated views of a boiler, breakers, collieries, fan houses, hoist, mule barns, pumps, shafts, steam plant, tunnels and an electric power plant in the anthracite mining areas in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties of eastern Pennsylvania.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) Railroad was one of the largest and most prosperous anthracite transporting and mining companies in Pennsylvania. The DL&W had a particular market advantage in that it directly operated coal mines beginning in 1851 when its Coal Department was organized. Many years and many fortunes later, after the U.S. government successfully prosecuted other anthracite railroads for antitrust violations, the DL&W voluntarily divested itself of its Coal Dept. It then became the Glen Alden Coal Company in 1921.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of dated and undated views of a boiler, breakers, collieries, fan houses, hoist, mule barns, pumps, shafts, steam plant, tunnels and an electric power plant in the anthracite mining areas in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties of eastern Pennsylvania. These were all properties of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company's Coal Department. The ten identified breakers are: Archibald, Bliss, Brisbin, Continental, Diamond, Hampton, Holden, Loomis, Pyne, Sloan, Taylor, Truesdale, and Woodward. There are also two images (exterior and interior) from the Storr's Mine wash house. Most of the views are exteriors devoid of workers. Twelve of the photographs include a photo credit, "Bunnell." W. B. Bunnell was the official photographer of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.

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Access Points

Anthracite coal industry--Pennsylvania.
Coal mines and mining--Pennsylvania.
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company.
Lackawanna County (Pa.)--Coal mines and mining.
Luzerne County (Pa.)--Coal mines and mining.
Photography of coal mines--Pennsylvania.
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