Summary Information
Title: South West Pennsylvania and Eureka Pipe Line Companies Records
Collection Number: AIS.1964.11
Creator: Eureka Pipe Line Company.
Creator: South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Company.

Collection Dates: 1889-1928
Extent: 11.25 linear feet (100 volumes)

Language: English

Abstract:
This collection of records pertains to five pipe line companies: Eureka Pipe Line Company, South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Company, Buckeye Pipe Line Company, Cumberland Pipe Line Company, and Southern Pipe Line Company. The collection contains varied forms of ledgers including letter/copy books, financial ledgers, production/inventory ledgers, balance books, check books, and rental ledgers.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

November 2004
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center Staff.
History

This collection of records pertains to five pipe line companies: Eureka Pipe Line Company, South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Company, Buckeye Pipe Line Company, Cumberland Pipe Line Company, and Southern Pipe Line Company. The earliest records in the collection are those that belong to Eureka (1889). Most of the records detail Eureka’s layout of oil pipelines for businesses in Allegheny and the surrounding counties. Essentially Eureka’s pipelines were transporting unrefined oil from Oil City, Pa., which was then either used to power factories and farms, or was refined into gasoline for commercial transportation. The company dealt exclusively with the James Brothers’ lumber and manufacturing companies.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

Most of the records in the collection, including all of the ledgers, deal with the Eureka and South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Companies. Series VIII deals with the Southern Pipe Line Company. The six record center boxes in Series VIII contain the records of the first four companies mentioned in the history. Located in the boxes are several blueprint maps that show the layout of Pipe Lines in Allegheny County. The collection contains varied forms of ledgers including letter/copy books, financial ledgers, production/inventory ledgers, balance books, check books, and rental ledgers. Additional scope notes are found at the series level.


Arrangement

The records are organized into seven series:

Series I. Letter/Copy Books, 1889-1924

Series II. Purchase and Collection Reports and Transfers, 1897-1924

Series III. Production, Inventory, and Shipping Ledgers, 1891-1928

Series IV. Balance Books, Check Stub Books, and Vouchers, 1895-1923

Series V. Rentals, 1906-1922

Series VI. Contacts and Address Ledgers

Series VII. Material in Boxes


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Petroleum pipeline industry -- Pennsylvania
  • Petroleum pipelines -- Pennsylvania

Corporate Names
  • Buckeye Pipe Line Company.
  • Cumberland Pipe Line Company.
  • Eureka Pipe Line Company.
  • South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Company.
  • Southern Pipe Line Company.

Genres/Forms
  • Ledgers (Account books)

Category
  • Business and Industry

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions; however, users of this collection must make an appointment with the Archives Service Center before the collection can be serviced because of its current physical arrangment.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of R.L. Lockwood on February 3, 1964.

Preferred Citation:

South West Pennsylvania and Eureka Pipe Line Companies Records, 1889-1928, AIS.1964.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Andy Newman in November 2004.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Letter/Copy Books, 1889-1924

Scope and Content Notes:

Series I consists of letter/copy books used by the Eureka Pipe Line Company during the years 1889 to 1924. These contain letters detailing work carried out that accompanied payments to Eureka.

Volume 1 Letter/Copy Book, 1889-1905
Volume 2 Letter/Copy Book, 1893-1896
Volume 3 Letter/Copy Book, 1903-1906
Volume 4 Letter/Copy Book, 1905
Volume 5 Letter/Copy Book, 1905-1908
Volume 6 Letter/Copy Book, 1906
Volume 7 Letter/Copy Book, 1907
Volume 8 Letter/Copy Book, 1908
Volume 9 Letter/Copy Book, 1911-1912
Volume 10 Letter/Copy Book, 1911-1917
Volume 11 Letter/Copy Book, 1912-1913
Volume 12 Letter/Copy Book, 1914-1915
Volume 13 Letter/Copy Book, 1914-1919
Volume 14 Letter/Copy Book, 1916-1917
Volume 15 Letter/Copy Book, 1918-1920
Volume 16 Letter/Copy Book, 1919-1920
Volume 17 Letter/Copy Book, 1920-1924

Series II. Purchase and Collection Reports and Transfers, 1897-1924

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains Purchase and Collection Reports and Transfers of the Eureka Pipe Line Company. This type of ledger details the financial status of the company in the transportation of oil, purchase of land, lay of pipe, overall profit, and employee payroll.

Volume 18 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, July 1897-November 1900
Volume 19 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, October 1908
Volume 20 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, November-December 1908
Volume 21 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, January-February 1909
Volume 22 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, March-April 1909
Volume 23 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, July 1909
Volume 24 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-November 1909
Volume 25 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, 1909
Volume 26 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, 1909-1911
Volume 27 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, March 1910
Volume 28 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, April 1910
Volume 29 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-October 1910
Volume 30 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, November 1910
Volume 31 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, November 1910-January 1911
Volume 32 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, February-May 1911
Volume 33 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-September 1911
Volume 34 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, October-November 1911
Volume 35 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, December 1911-January 1912
Volume 36 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, 1911-1914
Volume 37 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, February-March 1912
Volume 38 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, April-May 1912
Volume 39 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, June-July 1912
Volume 40 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-November 1912
Volume 41 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, December 1912-January 1913
Volume 42 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, February-March 1913
Volume 43 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, April-May 1913
Volume 44 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, June-July 1913
Volume 45 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, October-November 1913
Volume 46 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, December 1913-January 1914
Volume 47 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, February 1914
Volume 48 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, April-May 1914
Volume 49 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, June-July 1914
Volume 50 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-September 1914
Volume 51 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, October-November 1914
Volume 52 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, December 1914-January 1915
Volume 53 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, February-March 1915
Volume 54 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, June-July 1915
Volume 55 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-September 1915
Volume 56 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, October-November 1915
Volume 57 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, December 1915-January 1916
Volume 58 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, April-May 1916
Volume 59 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, June-July, November 1916
Volume 60 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-September 1916
Volume 61 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, August-September 1916
Volume 62 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, October-December 1916
Volume 63 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, January-February 1917
Volume 64 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, March-April 1917
Volume 65 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, May-June 1917
Volume 66 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, July-August 1917
Volume 67 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, September-October 1917
Volume 68 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, November-December 1917
Volume 69 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, March-April 1918
Volume 70 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, May-June 1918
Volume 71 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, September-October 1918
Volume 72 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, January-February 1919
Volume 73 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, March-April 1919
Volume 74 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, May-June 1919
Volume 75 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, July-August 1919
Volume 76 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, September-October 1919
Volume 77 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, November-December 1919
Volume 78 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, March-April 1920
Volume 79 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, May-June 1920
Volume 80 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, July-August 1920
Volume 81 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, September-October 1920
Volume 82 Purchase and collection reports and transfers, 1924 ((longer ledger book, different format))

Series III. Production, Inventory, and Shipping Ledgers, 1891-1928

Scope and Content Notes:

Series III contains records that detail production, shipping and receiving practices of the Eureka Pipe Line Company.

Volume 83 Loose pages, Eureka P.L. Co., release/hold ledger (shipping/receiving/inventory), 1891-1904
Volume 84 Production List/Inventory-monthly sales/loss, contains blueprint, 1897
Volume 85 Consolidated Chemical Co., Kane, Pa. - received/delivered book, transfers, 1898-1906
Volume 86 Pool & Material Book (inventory), 1909-1915
Volume 87 Shipping/Receiving Ledger, 1914-1919
Volume 89 Invoice copies - many deal with James Bros. Mfg. Co., 1914-1919
Volume 90 Trial Balance Sheets - names include: Kane & Elk R.R. Co., James Mfg. Co., LaMont Chemical Co. 1921-1928

Series IV. Balance Books, Check Stub Books, and Vouchers, 1895-1923

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains check stubs, vouchers, and check registers. Vouchers contain check stubs from businesses for the transportation of oil. The record of Gauger's Daily Runs consists of dates, destinations (business or individual), and monies needed or collected. These records are probably those of Eureka's debt collector.

Volume 91 Balance Book, overall balance of Co. - lists all accounts, 1895-1906
Volume 92 Notes and Bills, 1899-1905
Volume 93 Consolidated Chemical Co. check stubs, 1904-1905
Volume 94 E.E. Collins, Right of Way Department, voucher ledger, Oil City, Pa., Eureka Pipeline Co., 1906
Volume 95 Voucher book, July-August 1908
Volume 96 Check stubs, 1911-1912
Volume 97 LaMont Chemical Company, Kane Bank & Trust Company, check register, 1915-1917
Volume 98 Voucher book, 1918-1920
Volume 99 Record of Gauger's Daily Runs (debt/monies collector?), 1922-1923

Series V. Rentals, 1906-1922

Scope and Content Notes:

Series V contains records of the Eureka Pipe Line Company's land rentals in Allegheny and the surrounding counties. Land containing a pipe line with oil flow was essentially owned by the company, and could be rented by companies or individuals.

Volume 100 Southwest rents and taxes, 1906
Volume 101 Eureka Rentals, 1915-1918
Volume 102 Southwest Rentals, 1915-1922

Series VI. Contacts and Address Ledgers, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

This series includes contact and address ledgers of the Eureka Pipe Line Company. These ledgers contain alphabetized names of individuals and businesses also containing contact information.

Volume 103 Ledger. Alphabetical list of people, businesses, employees, etc. with addresses, undated
Volume 104 Name index book, undated

Series VII. Material in Boxes, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

This series consists of six record center boxes which contain letters, maps, telegraphs, audits, reports, and balance books. The material is loose within each box and appears to contain no original order or arrangement. The list of records under the box heading is a description of what was found in the box when opened for inspection (the first records seen to the last).

Box 1 Hand written letters, maps of pipe line layout, Right of Way contracts, blueprints, indexed telegraphs, 1900-1920 (Contents deals primarily with Buckeye Pipe Line Co.)
Box 2 Real estate audits/taxes, letters, telegraphs, 1893-1915 (Contains papers from Eureka, 1893-1906 and South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Co., 1903-1915.)
Box 3 Telegram books from Oil City, telegraphs of South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Co., superintendent's summary of broken lines, 1913-1920
Box 4 Telegraphs, records, blueprints, Right of Way/damage reports, large map, profiles, letters, receipts, 1912-1924 (Contains records from Eureka Pipe Line Co., South West Pennsylvania Pipe Line Co., Pure Oil PL Co., and Cumberland Pipe Line Co.)
Box 5 Large blueprints, telegram books with name Simmons and Oil City, 1915-1918
Box 6 Ledgers, real estate and tax statements, balance book, report of broken lines and loss of oil, over and short reports, 1907-1926 (Includes materials from Eureka Co.)
Box 7 Unprocessed, undated
Box 8 Unprocessed, undated
Box 9 Records, vouchers, record for applicant for Right of Way, map, 1891-1919 (Includes materials from Southern Pipe Line Company and Pipe Line. Includes maps of Susquehanna River to Millway Station (Lancaster Count, Pa.); Millway Station east to Chester County, Pa.; Chester County to Point Breeze; Pipe Line, Lower Birmingham Township and Concord Township.)
Box 10 Records of Buckeye Pipe Line Company, undated
Box 11 Records of Cumberland Pipe Line Company, undated