Research and Access:
Employee Record Requests
The Hays T. Watkins Research Library contains records that may be of interest to genealogists and researchers looking for information about specific individuals who worked for the B&O Railroad.
These records exist in microfilm form and contain some of the records of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad employees between 1905 and 1971. They do not contain all of the records of B&O employees. Many records prior to 1905 were destroyed in the Baltimore Fire of 1904 and records after 1971 are the property of CSX Transportation and are not available to the public.
The collection consists of several thousand individual payroll records, which were microfilmed by the Payroll Department during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in the B&O’s Baltimore office. It does not contain records of every employee who worked for the B&O during this time period, just those whose payroll cards were in the Baltimore office and were not lost or destroyed.
The records do not contain personal information, i.e. information on spouses, children, parents, or home addresses. They are job records only. They give the person’s name, date of birth, job title, division, department, station, salary (sometimes), and subsequent changes in the job or salary, including date of retirement, resignation, or dismissal, and in some instances, date of death.
Due to the condition of the records there is only one way to access these records. Individuals must request a search of the files that will be done by library staff. There are fees associated for this service. Due to the number of research requests please allow 4-6 weeks to be completed.
Fees include research of all pertinent databases for one individual (employee). If any material is found on a particular individual, researcher will receive a copy of the original work record and/or a detailed report of all findings compiled by library staff.
Non-member: $50 / individual
Member: $35.00 / individual
Additional genealogical information may be found using the following: