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Adams Express Company Journal
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
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[Identification of item], Adams Express Company Journal, 1855-1863, 95M5, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
Journal: 1 v.
The Adams Express Company was founded in Boston in 1839. Originally called Burke and Company, its name was changed to Adams and Company after only two weeks when Alvin Adams agreed to buy out his partner. By 1850, the company had spread throughout the south, southwest, and north. Much additional capital was invested at that time and the company's name was again changed to the Adams Express Company. During the Civil War, the company made a substantial amount of money shipping packages to and from the Union troops. In World War I, the government seized the railroad cars used by the express companies and they lost money. The companies were merged into one large company, the Consolidated Express Company. Adams continued to exist but only as an investment company.
This journal contains entries for deliveries made by the Adams Express Company from September 7, 1855 to November 1, 1863. The bulk of the entries are for the delivery of money though there are a few items listed and one entry for the delivery of a "Negro woman named Ann . . . " There are several entries for deliveries made to the officers and men of the 35th Ohio Infantry Regiment while serving in Kentucky.