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Title: Nebraska Secretary of State, Corporation Division, Railroad Filings

Creator: Nebraska Secretary of State

Dates: 1857-1970

Quantity: 28 boxes (28 linear ft.)

Collection Number: RG 002

Language: English

Restrictions: None

Copyright: To inquire about usage, please contact the Nebraska State Historical Society

Preferred Citation: Nebraska Secretary of State Records, Subgroup Nine, Series Three, Railroad Filings, 1857-1970 (RG 002). Nebraska State Historical Society

Formats: None

Historical Note

The territorial secretaries were appointed by the President of the United States for a five-year term. The Territorial Constitution of 1866 provided for the election of the Secretary of State by the people for a two-year term.

Beginning with the general election of November 1966, the Secretary of State is elected by the people for a four-year term. The duties of the Secretary of State were first prescribed in an act approved June 24, 1867. These duties are constantly being increased and the following are only a few: fix the seal of state to commissions issued by the Governor and keep a register of the same; approve depository bonds; receive abstracts of votes from county clerks, and election commissioners, tabulate election results for the Legislature and Canvassing Board; register cattle brands and publish a brand book and a monthly supplement from the registration fees.

The Secretary of State is a member of the following boards: Board of Canvassers, of which he/she is the secretary; Board of Equalization and Assessment; Board of Pardons; State Records Board; Nebraska Brand Committee; State Real Estate Commission; and the State Standards Committee. He/she serves as a chairperson of the last three agencies. See Record Group inventories for individual agencies and boards of which the Secretary of State was a member.

Scope and Contents

Subgroup Nine, Corporation Records, Series Three, Railroad Filings, 1857-1970.

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