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United States Railroad Administration Records

 Collection
Identifier: M258

The United States Railroad Administration was an independent federal agency, established by presidential proclamation on December 26, 1917. The materials in the collection are the records of the United States Railroad Administration, and include: circulars, orders, bulletins, dockets, rate advice correspondence, questionnaires, statistics, contracts between the government and the railroads, as well as letters, telegrams, and cases.

Dates

  • 1898-1923
  • Majority of material found in 1917-1920

Creator

Extent

27 Linear Feet (27 record boxes)

Scope and Contents

The materials in the collection are the records of the United States Railroad Administration, and include: circulars, orders, bulletins, dockets, rate advice correspondence, questionnaires, statistics, contracts between the government and the railroads, as well as letters, telegrams, and cases.

Biographical / Historical

The United States Railroad Administration was an independent federal agency, established by Presidential Proclamation 1419, December 26, 1917, under the authority of the Army Appropriation Act (39 Stat. 645), August 29, 1916. The USRA operated railroads, coastwise steamship lines, inland waterways, and telephone and telegraph companies that were seized by the government in the interest of national defense, and entered into compensatory agreements with seized carriers pursuant to the Federal Control Act (40 Stat. 451), March 21, 1918. All United States railroads were returned to private control on March 1, 1920, under the terms of the Transportation Act (41 Stat. 470), February 28, 1920. USRA functions thereafter centered on liquidation and final settlement of accounts.

Arrangement

The collection is unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Interstate Commerce Commission Library ; gift; 1996.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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