A Guide to the Virginia American Water Company Collection, 1866-1988 Virginia American Water Company 103

A Guide to the Virginia American Water Company Collection, 1866-1988

A Collection in
Alexandria Library
Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number 103


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Processed by: Angie Rickwalt, 1996

Repository
Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number
103
Title
Virginia American Water Company Collection 1866-1988
Physical Characteristics
13 boxes, 103-103J (7 linear feet)
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Virginia American Water Company Collection, Accession #103, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection is on deposit by the Virginia American Water Company.


Biographical/Historical Information

The Virginia American Water Company was originally founded in 1852 as the Alexandria Water Company. The idea for a supply of clean water can be attributed to Benjamin Hallowell, who after losing three children to disease, may have realized the importance of clean water. The Alexandria Water Company was chartered by the Virginia Legislature on March 22, 1850 and Hallowell served as its first President. The company expanded in the early 1900s and again in the 1950s. In 1972, the company merged with the Old Dominion Water Corporation and the Prince William Water Company to become the Virginia American Water Company.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of financial records, such as account books from the 1800s; dividend payments; income tax returns from 1919-1928; company records and reports; an employee records book from the 1920s-1940; letters of correspondence; company histories; franchise map; and newsclippings from various newspapers in 1956-1957. Of particular interest are the 1867 property book and the book containing the "Copies of Deeds, Agreements, & Contracts" from 1853-1892. Both contain drawings and diagrams of where water pipes had been laid in Old Town.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in six series as follows:

Series I: Correspondence, 1866-1980
Series II: Company Records, 1859-1960
Series III: Financial Records, 1852-1929 and Annual Reports, 1851-1879
Series IV: Legal Documents, 1924-1948
Series V: Company History/Photographs and Miscellaneous Items
Series VI: Drawings and Sketches

Related Material

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Box 202; Alexandria City Records, Box 19MM, Box 19UU (Water and gas pipes, 1855); Boothe Family Papers, Box 164 (Annual Reports, 1851-1879); Box 195.

Erickson, Philip M., Cdr. Alexandria Water Company Permits: The First 1000 'Pipers.' Alexandria, VA: City of Alexandria Archaeology, 1988.
Hallowell, Benjamin. Autobiography of Benjamin Hallowell. Philadelphia: Friends Book Association, 1884.
Swain, Perry Carpenter. "Robert Hartshorne Miller, 1798-1874, A Quaker Presence in Alexandria." Graduate Thesis, George Washington University, 1988.

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Contents List

Series I: Correspondence, 1866-1980
Box: 103 - 103A

This series includes business letters, letters to employees, and other various correspondences pertaining to the early years of the Alexandria Water Company.

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Series II: Company Records, 1859-1960
Box: 103B - 103C-1

This series contains various company records, such as personnel records, various reports and lists, all pertaining to the running of the water company.

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Series III: Financial Records and Annual Reports, 1851-1929
Box: 103D - 103F-1

This series contains documents such as income tax returns, account books, a dividend book, and other various financial documents as well as the annual reports from the President and Board of Directors to the stockholders.

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Series IV: Legal Documents, 1924-1948
Box: 103G

This series contains copies of contracts, deeds, and other legal agreements involving the water company.

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Series V: Company History/Photographs and Miscellaneous Items
Box: 103H

This series contains two histories written about the Alexandria Water Company, as well as some photocopied photographs of various reservoirs and pump stations, and miscellaneous materials.

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Series VI: Drawings and Sketches
Box: 103I - 103K

This series contains engineer's sketches and drawings of property and pipelines.

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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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