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AC&Y Railroad Historical Society Donates Collection

07/30/2014

Akron Canton and Youngstown Railroad Locomotive

The Akron, Canton & Youngstown (AC&Y) Railroad Historical Society recently donated its significant collection of historic records to The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries.  The AC&Y Historical Society is a group of rail historians, modelers, and railfans who share a common interest in the AC&Y and its predecessors.  Since its inception in 1993, the group has worked to preserve the history of the AC&Y for future generations and has amassed a substantial collection of original records on the history of the railroad. 

The AC&Y Railroad was a 171-mile single track railroad running east-to-west from Mogadore to Delphos, Ohio.  Organized in 1907, the railroad grew during the rubber boom of the 1910s and by the 1920s was recognized as the most profitable Class I railroad in the nation.  It merged with other railroads throughout its history and existed as an independent operation until 1981. 

The AC&Y Historical Society Collection consists of approximately 60 cubic feet of materials that document the history of this small, yet important local railroad.  The collection includes authorizations for expenditures, accident files and reports, land records, legal documents, maps, drawings, waybills, timetables, station records, correspondence, annual reports, publications, photographs, and a few small artifacts.  The collection, which dates from 1915-1998, will be of use to a wide variety of researchers including students, historians, hobbyists, scholars, and anyone with an interest in local railroads and the history of transportation. 

The AC&Y Railroad Historical Society Collection and other resources on local railroads are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building in downtown Akron.  Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be accessed on the department’s website at http://www.uakron.edu/libraries/archives.