The Benson Latin American Collection

Records of the Ferrocarril Noroeste de México



Descriptive Summary

Creator Mexico Northwestern Railway Company.
Title Records of the Ferrocarril Noroeste de México
Dates: 1910-1919
Abstract Business records (primarily correspondence) of the Mexico Northwestern Railway Company (Ferrocarril Noroeste de México), including materials about events of the Mexican Revolution and its effects on the operations of the Company, and the Company's relations with the governments of Mexico and the United States.
OCLC Record No. 31769787
Extent 2.5 linear ft. (circa 2,645 items)
Language: English, Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Ferrocarril Noroeste de México (Mexico Northwestern Railway Company), a British-owned corporation, operated in the early 20th century between El Paso, Texas, and the lumbering, mining and agricultural areas of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. In 1909 the company was incorporated in Canada under the direction of Fred Stark Pearson. R. Home Smith of Toronto, Canada, was the company president; other company officials and managers included Luís Riba, Louis Roy Hoard, J.O. Crockett, and H.I. Miller. The company purchased four short railways and constructed one; it also acquired extensive timber lands and lumber businesses and formed the Madera Company (with mills at Madera and Pearson, Chihuahua) and the El Paso Milling Company in Texas. The Northwestern Railway suffered great damage during the Mexican revolution of 1910-1920. Communication and transportation of products and supplies became very difficult and, at times, impossible. Company officials negotiated with both government and revolutionary forces in an attempt to protect company property, employees, and their families, and successfully steered the company through the revolution. In 1945 the Mexico Northwestern Railway Company's properties in Mexico were sold to banker from Chihuahua.


Scope and Contents

Business records of the Ferrocarril Noroeste de México (primarily letters, telegrams, and translations of coded telegrams), newspaper clippings, and maps contain information from the years 1910-1916 and April-May of 1919 about events of the Mexican Revolution, its effects on the operations of the railroad company, and the company's relations with the Mexican and United States governments and Mexican revolutionaries such as Pancho Villa. Correspondence is between company officials, investors, managers and other employees, such as Pearson, Riba, Miller, Crockett, and Smith; Mexican and United States government officials; and revolutionary leaders such as Pancho Villa (referred to in the correspondence as General Francisco Villa). Newspaper clippings, mostly from U.S. and British papers, pertain to politics and revolutionary events in Mexico, especially those affecting the railways and/or foreigners in Mexico. Maps are of railroad routes in Mexico.

Most of the materials are in English with a few items in Spanish.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Pearson, Fred Stark.
Smith, R. Home.
Hoard, Louis Roy, 1886-1973
Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923
Riba, Luis.
Crockett, J. O.
Miller, H. I.
Subjects (Corporations)
Corralitos Company.
Cusi Mining Company.
El Paso Milling Company.
Madera Company.
Mexican Light and Power Company.
Mexican Tramways Company.
National Railways of Mexico.
Phelps, Dodge & Co.
Sierra Madre Land and Lumber Company.
Turney and Burgess (Firm)
Places
Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920.
Chihuahua (Mexico : State)--History--Revolution, 1910-1920.
Mexico--Politics and government--Revolution, 1910-1920.
Babicora Ranch (Chihuahua (Mexico : State))
Colonia Dublán (Mormon settlement)
Cumbre Tunnel.
Las Varas Ranch.
Subjects
Railroads--Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920.
Corporations, British--Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920.
Lumber camps--Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920.
Corporations, British--Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920.
Other Authors
Aiken, Peter S.
Alexandre, H.
Brown, E. N.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
Burr, E. S.
Bussing, G. H.
Carranza, Venustiano.
Castañeda, A.
Castillo, Máximo.
Clark, F. J.
Clarke, Walter
Cooper, C. H.
Cox, A. L.
Cravath, W. V.
Creel, Enrique C.
Crockett, J. O.
Dudley, R. M.
Edwards, T. D.
Farragut, W. J.
Fernandez, Juan.
Ferris, H.C.
Flether, E .E.
Fox, B S.
Glumaz, S. J.
Gow, Walter.
Griscom, Lloyd C.
Hagan, Jules, Mrs.
Harmon, E. M.
Harrsen, Harro.
Hartman, L. M.
Herr, F.C.
Hert, A.T.
Holmes, Tom B.
Hopkins, S. G.
Houghton, E.C.
Hoyer, J. F.
Huerta, Victoriano.
Jones, F.C.
Lascurrain, Pedro.
Lathrop, A. L.
Ledwidge, Edward.
Lester, R. T.
Lewis, H.C.
Littlepage, Thomas P.
Lind, John.
Madero, Francisco I., 1873-1913.
Masteller, M. L.
McClanahan, H. C.
McKenna, W. R.
Mercado, Salvador R.
Miller, H. I.
Morgan, E. D.
Myers, C. F.
Orozco, Pascual.
Paddack, J. E.
Palmer, Bradley W.
Parra, Kid.
Pearson, Fred Stark.
Pickett, A. J.
Pruett, J. J.
Riba, Luís.
Romney, Junius.
Ruiz, Apolonio.
Rutledge, George.
Salazar, José Ynés.
Sanburn, J. N.
Saumenig, H. M.
Scofield, Bernard.
Smith, William Alden.
Taft, Charles Phelps, 1843-1929.
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
Thede, Porter C.
Trueb, A. M.
Velasquez, Herculano.
Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923.
Wemple, F .L.
West, Duval.
West, O. C.
Williams, Louis E.
Wilson, Henry Lane.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
Wisdom, C. R.
Woodcock, H .B.

Related Material

Mexican Railway Company Limited Records.

Thomas Wentworth Peirce, Jr. Papers.

Abel Briquet Photographs (Brisbin Photo Album).

Julio M. Limantour Papers.

Henry Ashby McCulloch Family Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Records of the Ferrocarril Noroeste de México, Benson Latin American Collection, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1971.

Processing Information

Prepared by the Mexican Archives Project, January 23, 1994.

The records were described by the Benson's Mexican Archives Project, October 1994.

Box and Folder Inventory added by Gilbert Borrego, December 2019.

Additions

No further materials are expected for this collection.


Box and Folder Inventory

Ferrocarril Noroeste de México, 1910-1919

Box Folder
1 1 #1-2, 1910 January
2 #3-29, 1910 November
3 #30-62, 1910 December 1-21
4 #63-94, 1910 December 22-31
5 #95-129, 1911 January 2-13
6 #95-129, 1911 January 2-13
7 #153-175, 1911 January 20-31
8 #176-208, 1911 February 1-7
9 #209-241, 1911 February 8-28
10 #242-267, 1911 March
11 #268-273, 1911 May
12 #274-310, 1912 February 1-8
13 #311-344, 1912 February 10-19
14 #345-374, 1912 February 20-23
15 #375-400, 1912 February 24-29
16 #401-422, #424-438, 1912 March 1-5, 1912 March 6-7
Note: #424 is actually dated May 6, 1912, not March.
17 #439-473, 1912 March 8-16
18 #474-511, 1912 March 17-31
19 #512-534, 1912 June 5-July 5
20 #535-562, 564-571 1912 July 6-11
21 #572-589, 1912 July 12-13
22 #590-614, 1912 July 14-15
Box Folder
2 1 #615-632, 1912 July 16-17
2 #633-656, 1912 July 18-19
3 #657-690, 1912 July 20-23
4 #691-709, 1912 July 24-25
5 #710-743, 1912 July 26-27
6 #744-764, 1912 July 28
7 #765-791, 1912 July 29
8 #792-810, 1912 July 30-31
9 #811-815, 1912
10 #816-823, 1913 January
11 #824-851, 1913 February 4-17
12 #852-874, 1913 February 18
13 #875-917, 1913 February 19-21
14 #918-950, 1913 February 1-13
15 #951-969, 1913 February 13-14
16 #970-994, 1913 February 14-21
17 #995-1025, 1913 February 2-3
18 #1026-1042, 1913 February 4-5
19 #1043-1068, 1913 February 5-8
20 #1069-1092, 1913 February 9-21
21 #1093-1126, 1913 February 22-25
22 #1127-1151, 1913 February 26-28
Box Folder
3 1 #1152-1176, 1913 March 1-12
2 #1177-1200, 1913 March 12-17
3 #1201-1222, 1913 March 17-20
4 #1223-1245, 1913 March 21-31
5 #1246-1271, 1913 March 1-2
6 #1272-1292, 1913 March 3-4
7 #1293-1324, 1913 March 5-6
8 #1325-1342, 1913 March 7-8
9 #1343-1376, 1913 April 3-12
10 #1377-1392, 1913 April 13-15
11 #1393-1410, 1913 April 15-19
12 #1411-1431, 1913 April 21-26
13 #1432-1445, 1913 April 28
14 #1446-1467, 1913 April 29-30
15 #1468-1498, 1913 May 1-6
16 #1499-1527, 1913 May 7-15
17 #1528-1555, 1913 May 16-21
18 #1556-1588, 1913 May 22-30
19 #1589-1609, 1913 June 2-5
20 #1610-1632, 1913 June 5-10
21 #1633-1657, 1913 June 11-14
Box Folder
4 1 #1658-1690, 1913 June 15-23
2 #1691-1718, 1913 June 24-30
3 #1719-1744, 1913 July 1-14
4 #1745-1777, 1913 July 15-21
5 #1778-1806, 1913 July 22-24
6 #1807-1841, 1913 July 25-31
7 #1842-1851, 1913 August-November
8 #1852-1882, 1913 December 1-18
9 #1883-1915, 1913 December 19-31
10 #1916-1975, 1914 January 1-15
11 #1976-2006, 1914 January 16-27
12 #2007-2018, 1914 January 28-31
13 #2019-2048, 1914 February 2-7
14 #2049-2073, 1914 February 8-9
15 #2074-2105, 1914 February 10-16
16 #2106-2137, 1914 February 17-28
17 Photographs #1-9, 1914
Box Folder
5 1 #2138-2157, 1915 January-February
2 #2158-2192, 1915 March-June
3 #2193-2226, 1915 July
4 #2227-2240, 1915 August-October
5 #2241-2302, 1915 November 1-December 14
6 #2303-2338, 1915 December 15-31
7 #2339-2373, 1916 January 4-13
8 #2374-2410, 1916 January 14-31
9 #2411-2423, 1916 February
10 #2424-2456, 1916 March 1-15
11 #2457-2481, 1916 March 16-20
12 #2482-2515, 1916 March 21-30
13 #2516-2546, 1916 April-October
14 #2547-2580, 1916 November-December
15 #2581-2604, 1919 April 5-May 15
16 #2605-2645, 1919 May 19-31
Map_Case Folder
OV 1 #811, 2022, 2579 [maps], 1912, 1914, 1916
2 #423, 563, 812, 816, 818, 819, 2149, 2150, 2349 [newspaper clippings], 1912, 1913, 1915, 1916
3 #813, 814, 1733, 1794, 1825, 1838, 2361, 2374, 2375 [newspaper clippings], 1912, 1913, 1916
4 #2578 [blueprint], 1916