Pre-Civil War and Civil War Southern Railroad Tickets and Receipts, circa 1859 -- 1865


Title: Pre-Civil War and Civil War Southern Railroad Tickets and Receipts
Dates: circa 1859 -- 1865
Call Number: MS186
Size: 0.25 Linear Feet, 1 box
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This collection contains railroad tickets for enslaved persons, the general public, and soldiers of the Confederate States of America. The bulk of the material in this collection is dated from 1859 to 1860. The railroad tickets are from Richmond, Virginia to several cities, including Montgomery, Virginia; Vicksburg, Virginia; and Selma, Alabama.

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This collection is organized in one series.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Pre-Civil War and Civil War Southern Railroad Tickets and Receipts, circa 1859 -- 1865. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History

Processing Notes

Processed by Susanne Belovari, spring 2012.

This collection is processed.

In March 2021 this finding aid was reviewed for offensive description by Collections Management Archivist Adrienne Pruitt. Terms pertaining to slavery were updated according to P. Gabrielle Foreman, et al. "Writing about Slavery/Teaching About Slavery: This Might Help" community-sourced document, accessed December 15, 2020,

Custodial History

These proclamations were found in the Ryder Collection of Confederate Archives in 2011; the Ryder collection was cataloged as part of the WPA in 1939/1940 but in later decades the catalog ( A Calendar of the Ryder Collection of the Confederate Archives at Tufts College 1940) was forgotten and library staff added other materials to the Ryder collection, usually items from the South, from the 18th and 19th century and around the time of the Civil War.

Because the proclamations were not part of the original Ryder collection, items were removed and a separate, 'artificial' collection was created.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Pre-Civil War and Civil War Southern railroad tickets and receipts, 1859 -- 1865

    This series contains railroad tickets for enslaved persons, so-called 'negro tickets,' from 1859, undated pre-Civil War tickets, confederate soldier tickets, and Southern Express received from Treasurer Elmore.