Adams Express Company Journal

Abstract

Adams Express Company Journal (.1 cubic foot, 1 volume; dated 1855-1863) contains entries for deliveries made by the Adams Express Company from September 7, 1855 to November 1, 1863.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Adams Express Company Journal
Date
1855-1863
Extent
0.1 Cubic feet
Subjects
Express service--Kentucky--History.
Journal (bookeeping records)
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by: Eric Weig
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Adams Express Company Journal, 1855-1863, 95M5, Special Collections and Digital Programs, University of Kentucky.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Adams Express Company was founded in Boston in 1839. Originally called Burke and Company, its name was changed to Adams and Company after only two weeks when Alvin Adams agreed to buy out his partner. By 1850, the company had spread throughout the South, Southwest, and North. Much additional capital was invested at that time and the company's name was again changed to the Adams Express Company. During the Civil War, the company made a substantial amount of money shipping packages to and from the Union troops. In World War I, the government seized the railroad cars used by the express companies, and they lost money. The companies were merged into one large company, the Consolidated Express Company. Adams continued to exist but only as an investment company.
Scope and Content
Adams Express Company Journal (.1 cubic foot, 1 volume; dated 1855-1863) contains entries for deliveries made by the Adams Express Company from September 7, 1855 to November 1, 1863. The bulk of the entries are for the delivery of money, although there are a few items listed and one entry for the delivery of a Negro woman named Ann . . . There are several entries for deliveries made to the officers and men of the 35th Ohio Infantry Regiment while serving in Kentucky.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Adams Express Company Journal, 1855-1863

  • Box 1, Item 1
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