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United States Railroad Securities Commission papers

Call Number: MS 517

Scope and Contents

The U.S. Railroad Securities Commission Papers extend from 1890 to 1914, although the bulk of the material falls within the two years, 1910 and 1911.

The collection deals with the investigation, in 1910, of questions pertaining to the issuance of stocks and bonds by railroad corporations. Included in the material is the correspondence of the Commision, assorted documents collected for its use, and the bound testimony of its public hearings.

The collection consists of 4 containers, holding approximately 2000 items, and three bound volumes.


  • 1890-1914


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Edward Schenck Griswold, 1920 and William E. S. Griswold, Jr., 1967.


4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, testimony, legal briefs, published reports and studies, and other papers used by William E.S. Griswold, secretary of the Railroad Securities Commission, for an investigation of the railroads' issuance of stocks and bonds, 1910-1911. Includes "Proceedings of the investigation" (3 vols.). Correspondents include Louis D. Brandeis, Charles G. Dawes, Stuyvesant Fish, James Jerome Hill, Walker Downer Hines, Robert Scott Lovett, Samuel Rea, Jacob Henry Schiff, Paul Moritz Warburg, and George Woodward Wickersham.

Other Finding Aids

Additional information not yet available in the online version of the finding aid exists in the repository. Contact Manuscripts and Archives for assistance.

Guide to the United States Railroad Securities Commission Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
January 1980
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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