Collection Number: 05768

Collection Title: Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s

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Size 88.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 36,000 items)
Abstract Business records of the Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company, short-line railroad that runs from Raeford, N.C. to Laurinburg, N.C., and its subsidiaries including the Red Springs & Northern Railroad, Robeson County Railroad, Fairmont & Western Railroad, Franklin County Railroad, Nash County Railroad, Yadkin Valley Railroad, and Saltville Railroad (in Virginia). Records include correspondence, board minutes, financial and legal files, reports and photographs of railroad accidents, records of track repair and maintenance, permitting and Authority for Expenditure (AFE) documents, and other administrative and financial papers.
Creator Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Box 59 closed pending curatorial review.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records #5768, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Margaret Goode and Ann Borden Thomas in December 2017 (Acc. 103296).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Co. (L&S) is a short-line railroad that runs from Raeford to Laurinburg, N.C. It was incorporated on March 1909 by N.G. Wade, D.M. Flynn, J.F. McNair, J. Blue, A.L. James, and J.A. Jones. J.F. McNair served as its first president until his death in 1927. The railroad has primarily been used for hauling freight, though the business has offered passenger and mail service during its history. L&S has also included several subsidiaries in North Carolina, including the Red Springs & Northern Railroad, Robeson County Railroad, Fairmont & Western Railroad, Franklin County Railroad, Nash County Railroad, Yadkin Valley Railroad, and Saltville Railroad (in Virginia). The company also operates a railroad car shop, a track maintenance crew for hire, and a large fleet of rail cars for leasing to other railroads. In 1998, L&S was sold to Gulf & Ohio Railways.

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The collection consists of the business records of the Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company and its subsidiaries, including correspondence, board minutes, financial and legal files, reports and photographs of railroad accidents, records of track repair and maintenance, permitting and Authority for Expenditure (AFE) documents, and other administrative and financial papers.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Annual reports, 1950s-1970s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 1

Box 2

History, 1980s-1994 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 2

Box 3-4

Box 3

Box 4

Accident reports, 1942-1972 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 3-4

Box 5

Various correspondence, 1909-1912 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 5

Box 6

Correspondence from the Bureau of Accounts; Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC); locomative repairs, 1920s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 6

Box 7

Financial statements, 1950-1970 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 7

Box 8-9

Box 8

Box 9

ICC, 1910s-1941 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 8-9

Box 9

Recordkeeping book, 1916 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 9

Box 10

Blueprints, etc., 1910s-1924 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 10

Box 11

Recordkeeping books, 1920s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 11

Box 12

Undated photographs #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 12

Box 13

Photographs, 1891-1997 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 13

Box 14

Stock certificates, 1909-1963 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 14

Box 15

1900s-1910s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 15

Box 16

1910s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 16

Box 17

1909-1912 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 17

Box 18

1909-1912 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 18

Box 19

1911-1912 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 19

Box 20

1909-1913 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 20

Box 21

1909-1915 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 21

Box 22

1909-1918 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 22

Box 23

1914-1917 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 23

Box 24

1918 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 24

Box 25

1919 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 25

Box 26

1910s-1920s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 26

Box 27

1920s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 27

Box 28

1920s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 28

Box 29

1921-1922 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 29

Box 30

1920s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 30

Box 31

1920s-1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 31

Box 32

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 32

Box 33

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 33

Box 34

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 34

Box 35

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 35

Box 36

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 36

Box 37

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 37

Box 38

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 38

Box 39

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 39

Box 40

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 40

Box 41

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 41

Box 42

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 42

Box 43

1930s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 43

Box 44

1930s-1940s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 44

Box 45

1940s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 45

Box 46

1940s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 46

Box 47

1940s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 47

Box 48

1941-1942 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 48

Box 49

1940s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 49

Box 50

1940s-1960s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 50

Box 51

1950s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 51

Box 52

1970s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 52

Box 53

1970s-1980s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 53

Box 54

1970s-1980s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 54

Box 55

1970s-1980s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 55

Box 56

1980s-1990s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 56

Box 57

1980s-1990s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 57

Box 58

1970s-1980s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 58

Box 59

Payroll, 1937-1979 #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" Box 59

Closed pending curatorial review.

Oversize Volume SV-5768/1

Reports to the Interstate Commerce Commission, Bureau of Valuation, circa 1920s-1960s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" SV-5768/1

Oversize Volume SV-5768/2

Atlantic Coastline Railroad Company Records of Property Changes, Roadway Completion Reports, and other related papers, circa 1930s-1960s #05768, Series: "Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Records, 1920s-1990s" SV-5768/2

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Laura Smith

Processed by Nicole Cvjetnicanin and Rebecca Stubbs, March 2019

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