A Guide to the New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers, 1892-1906 New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers Ms2013-083

A Guide to the New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers, 1892-1906

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2013-083


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Processed by: Cort Rushton, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2013-083
Title
New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers, 1892-1906
Physical Characterstics
0.5 cu. ft. 1 box
Creator
New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes two ledgers for the New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company dated from 1892-1906. The ledgers contain documentation of transactions, land sales, commissions, and loans with detailed accounts of revenues and interest.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers, Ms2013-083, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers were acquired by Special Collections prior to 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company Ledgers was completed in October 2013.


Historical Note

The Land and River Improvement Company of New Alexandria was incorporated in 1888 with the main goal of establishing a successful business town. Following the completion of the first electrically powered trolley system in the United States in Richmond, VA, this mode of transportation became very attractive and stood as a symbol of modern technology, causing many other cities to begin construction of their own systems. Throughout the 1890s, the Land and River Improvement Company purchased a variety of properties in "New Alexandria" and the outer-Washington, D.C. area including Woodlawn, The Dyke Marsh, and others.

The founders of the Land and River Improvement Company carefully planned the town of "New Alexandria" with the first industry, the Deis Manufacturing Company, arriving in June of 1892. Over the course of the next two decades, the streetcar line was expanded on, a variety of industries moved to the area, including the Alexandria Woodenware Company, Mount Vernon Construction Company, and others, and the area itself seemed to flourish. However, after the streetcar burned in 1912 and the canal in Alexandria silted up, halting further industry, the Land and River Improvement Company abandoned the project and subsequently sold much of the land to a variety of sources, declaring bankruptcy in 1928. The present-day George Washington Memorial Parkway runs through New Alexandria where the streetcar system had previously been constructed.

Source: History of New Alexandria

Scope and Content

The collection includes two ledgers for the New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company dated from 1892-1906. The ledgers contain documentation of transactions, land sales, commissions, and loans with detailed accounts of revenues and interest. Worked in partnership with the New Alexandria Manufacturing Company, Deis Manufacturing Company, Mount Vernon Construction Company, the Richmond and Danville Railroad Connection and sale of Woodlawn Mansion, among many others. Documents the sale and purchase of land in and around Washington, D.C., primarily Alexandria, Virginia.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company.
  • Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Virginia--History

Contents List

Box 1
Ledgers