Stock certificates, [ca. 1840-1900]


Date: Circa 1840-1900 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, Ca. 145 items.


This collection includes certificates issued primarily by railroad companies, banks, and industrial companies. There are some bonds issued by the City of Philadelphia. Also of interest are the scenic engravings of railroads on the certificates.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 145 items.


Presented by Kenneth W. Rendell, 1976; accessioned, 1977.

Early American History Note

This collection contains 121 stock and bond certificates for companies, most of which are railroad companies. The bonds are notable for having engraved depictions of locomotives on them. There is also at least one that is signed by Cornelius Vanderbilt. The majority of the certificates date to the late-nineteenth century.

Indexing Terms


  • Art
  • Bonds (financial instruments).
  • Business Records and Accounts


  • Bonds -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Business and Skilled Trades
  • Railroad companies.
  • Stock certificates.