Papers of Thomas Lafayette Rosser [manuscript] 1858-1909.

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Rosser, Thomas Lafayette, 1836-1910. Papers of Thomas Lafayette Rosser [manuscript] 1858-1909.

Papers of Thomas Lafayette Rosser [manuscript] 1858-1909.

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, a commonplace book, photographs and stereoscopic views of Rosser, assistant chief engineer for the Northern Pacific Railroad. Most of the letters wre written by Rosser to his sons at school and contain family news. A letter, 1862 May 11, from Joseph Eggleston Johnston to Robert Edward Lee regarding the evacuation of Norfolk, and one, 1899, from Charles Ellet Cabell describing action in the Philippines are included. Rosser's letterbook, 1871-72, and diaries, 1872-1873, describe his engineering work on the Northern Pacific Railroad. The letterbook contains copies of receipts, business correspondence, a payroll, salary vouchers, memoranda on unfinished work on each section and notes on his survey of the Dakota territory. Ira Spaulding, Samuel Beckley Holabird and Winfield Scott Hancock are mong the correspondents. In his diaries he records visits with his family, daily work on the railroad, an exploration trip along the Yellowstone, Indian skirmishes, the failure of Jay Cooke and Co. and the consequent collapse of the railroad, his efforts to find other employment, and his invention of a canal-railroad combination canal lock. There are references to Cooke, David Sloan Stanley, George Armstrong Custer and Thomas Leonidas Crittenden. The collection also contains a commonplace book, 1868, of accounts and religoius essays, stereoscopic views chiefly of Minnesota and the Northern Pacific constructin, photographs of Rosser family members, his home, Port Arthur, Ontario and other scenes on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, a school report from the Edgehill School, Albemarle Co. and a souvenir booklet, 1906, of the Northern Pacific Pioneers reunion.

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