The papers of William Cary Hattan focus primarily on his career as a railroad engineer and on his personal involvement in the construction of two railroads in the early 20th century: the Western Maryland Railway, which operated between Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway (commonly known as the Clinchfield Railroad), which connected the coal fields of Southern Appalachia with the Atlantic coast ports, crossing the very difficult terrain of the Appalachian Mountains. Material in the collection also documents his education and training and other personal affairs.
Important subjects in the collection include the following:
Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway Company
Hattan, William C. (William Cary), 1875-1929
Railroads—Appalachian Region—Design and construction
Western Maryland Railway Company
The collection is arranged into two series as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1889-1929 and undated, and Series 2, Photographs and Negatives, 1904-1908 and undated.
The William Cary Hattan Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Hattan’s daughter, Mary Hattan Bogart of Erwin, Tenn., on May 5, 1989, with additional materials donated on July 6, 1989 and February 12, 2002.
Source of Acquisition
Mary Hattan Bogart
Method of Acquisition
The collection was processed by Ned Irwin, Brian Winstead, and Scott Phelps in 2006.