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United States Postal Service records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2

Scope and Contents

The collection contains handwritten, typewritten, and printed postal schedules, dispatches, and employee records. The materials relate to the early mail service in the American West by rail. It includes information on railway post offices, postal employees, and railway policy covering 1869 to 1947.


  • 1869-1947


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Continental Congress named Benjamin Franklin the first Postmaster General in 1775. The postal system Congress created helped bind the new nation together and support the growth of commerce. When railway mail service began, mostly letter mail was sorted on the cars, which were not equipped to distribute other kinds of mail. Today, the Postal Service fuels the nation's economy and delivers hundreds of millions of messages and billions of dollars in financial transactions each day to eight million businesses and 250 million Americans. The Post Office Department recognized the value of railway transportation for mail as early as November 30, 1832. By about 1869, other mail, except packages, was sorted as well.

Today the Postal Service is making history, too, as it helps lead the way in making the federal government more businesslike and responsive to customer needs.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

This collection was found unprocessed in the cold vault of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections and it was recommended that the collection be processed in March 2003.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Register of Papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States