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Pacific Railway Act: Primary Documents in American History

Digital Collections

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials associated with the Pacific Railway Act, including manuscripts, newspaper articles, government documents, and maps. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Abraham Lincoln Papers

Selected highlights from this collection:

Congressional Publications

Pacific Railway Act References:

Selected references to the Pacific Railway Act can be found in the Congressional Globe on the following dates:

Historic Newspapers

Selected highlights from this collection:

In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including a guide on the Golden Spike. In 1869, the Pacific and Union railroad tracks were joined by a golden spike, completing the Transcontinental Railroad. This guide provides access to material related to "Golden Spike" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


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