Mss:724 1914-1920 B827
Brazil Railway Company. Brazil Railway Company Records, 1914-1920: A Finding Aid
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Mss:724 1914-1920 B827
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Brazil Railway Company
Title: Brazil Railway Company records
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.
Processed: December 2009
By: Benjamin Johnson
This collection was previously part of the Forbes family business records. It has
been separated from that collection.
Appointment necessary to consult collection.
Cite as: Brazil Railway Company Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard
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
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.
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
- Volume 1, Brazil Railway receivership journal,
Date: October 13, 1914-June 7, 1915
- Volume 2, Brazil Railway receivership journal,
Date: June 2-September 30, 1915
- Volume 3, Brazil Railway receivership journal,
Date: October 1-December 31, 1915
- Volume 4, Brazil Railway receivership journal,
Date: January 1-March 31, 1916
- Volume 5, Brazil Railway receivership journal,
Date: April 1-July 31, 1916
- Volume 6, Brazil Railway receivership journal,
Date: August 1-December 31, 1916
- Volume 7, Brazil Railway receivership journal,
Date: January 2-March 31, 1917
- Volume 13Brail Railway receivership journals index
- Volume 14, Report on railway properties in Southern Brazil,
Date: September 15, 1916
Scope and Contents: Report on the railway properties in southern Brazil, leased, owned, or controlled
by the Brazil Railway Company, by F.A. Moliter, September 15, 1916.
- Volume 15, Reports,
Scope and Contents: Reports generated on May 1, 1916 by Charles E. Perkins on the Brazil Land, Cattle,
& Packing Company and the Uruguay Railway Co.
- Volume 16Exhibits to the report of receiver W. Cameron Forbes
- Volume 18Form records of component railways
- Volume 19New York Trust Co. checks
- Box 20, Letters and papers,
Scope and Contents: Letters and papers kept from October 1914-September 1915, largely organized alphabetically.
H.S. Gordon file kept, 1916-1917 and material related to co-receiver Charles E. Perkins,
December 1917-September 1918.
- Box 21, Letters and papers,
Scope and Contents: Letters and papers largely kept by Charles E. Perkins from1917-1920. Also includes
papers and accounts of the Brazil Land, Cattle, and Packing Co., 1915-1918.
- Box 23Reorganization dossier, #1-4
- Box 24Reorganization dossier, #5-6
- Box 25, Confidential letters, nos. 1-107,
- Box 26, Confidential letters and reorganization papers,
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.
Uruguay Railway Company.