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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Mahl Papers, 1844-1916



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mahl, William, 1843-1918
Title: Mahl, William, papers
Dates: 1844-1916
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, memoirs, notebooks, memoranda, photographs, and printed material, the William Mahl Papers, 1844-1916, document William and J. T. Mahl’s business affairs and work with the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
Accession No.: 1941
Extent: 2 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Carlsruhe, Germany, William Mahl (1843-1918) immigrated with his family to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1848. In 1861, he began working for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad before becoming auditor for the Louisville, Cincinnati & Frankfort Railroad six years later. Mahl joined the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1882, working closely as comptroller with owner and president C. P. Huntington and his successor E. H. Harriman. Mahl also served as comptroller of the Union Pacific Railroad after it took control of the Southern Pacific in 1901. In 1912, Mahl became vice president of the company, retiring a year later.

Sources:

"William Mahl Dies; Railroad Pioneer."New York Times. May 14, 1918.

"Frederick William Mahl."A History of the New California: Its Resources and People, Vol. 1, edited by Leigh Hadley Irvine, 475-476. New York and Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905.

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Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, memoirs, notebooks, memoranda, photographs, and printed material, the William Mahl Papers, 1844-1916, document William and J. T. Mahl’s business affairs and work with the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. Memoranda and correspondence, especially letters to William from J. T., primarily discuss the operations of the Southern Pacific Railroad east of El Paso as well as the construction and maintenance of rail lines in Texas. Notebooks and manuscripts chronicle J. T.’s engineering and writing career in the 1890s and 1900s, while the memoirs describe William’s career in the railroad industry. Newspaper clippings, reports, and pamphlets in the printed material illustrate the accounting and business affairs of the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads as well as the companies’ close ties in the early 1900s. Additionally, photographs depict members of the Mahl, Skidmore, and Brodtmann families, graphs of Swiss railroad statistics, the construction of the Pecos Viaduct, and the locomotive C. P. Huntington.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mahl, William, 1843-1918 -- Archives.
Mahl, John Thomas, 1870-1901.
Subjects (Organizations)
Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Subjects
Railroads -- Texas.
Railroads -- United States.
Railroad engineering -- Texas.
Railroad engineering -- United States.
Places
Texas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Mahl Papers, 1844-1916, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Eugenia Nash Belden, March 1941.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E460 Correspondence, 1844-1895, 1895-1898
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2E461 Correspondence, 1899-1915
Memoirs, 1860-1913
Manuscripts
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2E462 Notebooks
Pamphlets
Statements--Southern Pacific
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2E463 Southern Pacific reports, 1905-1911, 1913-1915
Office manual, 1912
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2E464 Union Pacific reports, 1900-1903, 1904-1909, 1910
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2E465 Union Pacific, 1912
Memoranda, 1898-1912
Railroads, 1912-1913
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3Y197 Photographs
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3Y509 Photo album of Pecos Viaduct construction by J. T. Mahl

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