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Railway mortgage certificates

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 16408

Scope and Contents Note

The Railway mortgage certificates (1880-1937; 0.3 cubic feet) consist of two bound sets of railway mortgage documents. One set comprises a stack of $1000 mortgage certificate sheets for the Alabama Central Railroad, payable 1918. The second set comprises a stack of $1000 mortgage certificate sheets for the Oxford and Clarksville Railroad Company, payable November 1937. The latter includes agreements by the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company to pay the mortgage if Oxford and Clarksville defaults.


  • Creation: circa 1880s-1937

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Access

Documents are bound by a "Bushnell's Perfection Binding Strap" (Alvah Bushnell Co. Makers, Philadelphia, PA). Molly Schwartzburg, curator, has requested that the documents remain within the straps. If the patron wishes to examine the documents, Schwartzburg will have to be called to the reading room to evaulaute the removal of the straps.

Historical Note

The Oxford and Clarksville Railroad Company built the now-defunct rail line connecting Clarksville, Virginia and Oxford, North Carolina. That line became part of the Southern Railway upon the latter's creation.

The Alabama Central Railroad was built and added to over the course of the late 19th century.

Source:,,, Wikipedia.


0.3 Cubic Feet (2 flat boxes)

Railway mortgage certificates
Tanner Greene
25 March 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States