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Mss:724 1914-1920 B827

Brazil Railway Company. Brazil Railway Company Records, 1914-1920: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:724 1914-1920 B827
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Brazil Railway Company records
Date(s): 1914-1920
Quantity: 9 linear feet (19 volumes, 8 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Brazil Railway Company records include administrative material, financial records, and letters and papers pertaining to the reorganization of the company spearheaded by W. Cameron Forbes, 1914-1920.


Gift of W.Cameron Forbes through Harvard College Library, 1951.

Processing Information:

Processed: December 2009
By: Benjamin Johnson

Processing Note:

This collection was previously part of the Forbes family business records. It has been separated from that collection.

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Brazil Railway Company Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Materials

Additional material concerning W. Cameron Forbes can be found in the Forbes family business records, which are also held at Baker Library. Mss:766 1803-1942 F693

Historical Note:

The Brazil Railway Company was founded in 1906 by New York businessman and Latin American industrialist Percival Farquhar. He had a dream of industrializing the Southern Amazon region by building railways to carry and distribute goods and materials. In 1913, the Brazil Railway Company filed for bankruptcy due to the Balkan Wars and a freeze in credit. A court in Maine appointed W. Cameron Forbes as receiver of the company and he created a reorganization and credit pay back plan for the company. The Brazil Railway continued to operate until roughly 1940.

Scope and Content Note:

The records of the Brazil Railway Company include receivership journals, administrative records, financial material, reports, and letters. The material documents the reorganization of the company after it filed for bankruptcy in 1913 and W. Cameron Forbes' attempt to repay debts and restore the company to a profit making enterprise. Also included is correspondence of co-receiver Charles E. Perkins and records relating to the Brazil Land, Cattle, and Packing Co., the Madeira-Mamoré Railway, and the Uruguay Railway Company.

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Additional Index Terms

Railroads -- South America.
Farquhar, Percival, 1864-1953.
Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron), 1870-1859.
Gauld, Charles Anderson, 1911-
Perkins, Charles E.
Brazil Land, Cattle, and Packing Company.
Ferrovia Madeira-Mamoré.
Uruguay Railway Company.