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Charles A. Dewar Papers

Identifier: WH105

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a Japanese letter copying book (1881 October 27-1882 August 5) with copies of letters from Dewar to other Yellowstone division engineers concerning railroad construction. Letters posted from the Montana Territory. This portion of collection also available on microfilm (C MSS Mflm110).

Scope and Contents

Collection also contains an account book (1882 June 15-1883 Oct. 23) covering the 8th and 9th districts, Yellowstone Division with estimates, inventories, payrolls, meal & feed accounts.


  • 1881-1883


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Alexander Dewar was born March 15, 1851 in Michigan. He was the resident civil engineer, 8th and 9th districts, Yellowstone division, Northern Pacific Railroad. The Northern Pacific Railway (NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States from Minn. to the Pacific Coast. The main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific in 1883. Dewar died on December 31, 1909 in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana and is buried at Mountview Cemetery. In 1970 the Northern Pacific Railway merged with other lines to form the Burlington Northern Railroad.


1 box (.25 linear feet)

1 microfilm reel (Mflm110)

Other Finding Aids

Letter book contains index.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Unknown donor; n.d. Purchase; Goodspeed Book Shop (record book); n.d.


Collection contains microfilm Mflm 110.


Collection includes former collection: Northern Pacific Railway Company account book (C MSS -M567).

Finding Aid for the Charles A. Dewar Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States