Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Astor, John Jacob (1822-1890) [Indenture between John Jacob Astor and two railroad companies]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04341 Author/Creator: Astor, John Jacob (1822-1890) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Document signed Date: 13 May 1882 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed by Astor, his wife, Charlotte Augusta, and Cornelius Vanderbilt as the Vice President of both railroad companies. Edwin F. Carey signed as a witness. Land indenture between Astor and his wife and the Spuyten Duyvil and Port Morris Railroad Company and the New York Central and Hudson River Rail Road Company. Involves land in Westchester County, New York. With illustration of the location of the land on page 300. Stamped Book 232, Page 289-300.

People: Astor, John Jacob, 1822-1890.
Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1843-1899.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Industry, Railroad, Woman Author, Women's History, Land Transaction, Contract, Transportation

Sub Era: The Gilded Age