Railroads – Publications about the Newberry Library Collections

Currier & Ives. The Express Train. c.1930. Poole #04.
Currier & Ives. The Express Train. c.1930. Poole #04.

Baldwin, W.W. Documentary History of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company. 3 vols. Chicago: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, 1929. Call number: 6A 1101. The Newberry Library holds the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company archives. Volume one describes lines east of the Mississippi River. Volume two describes lines in Iowa and Missouri. Volume three describes lines west of the Missouri.

Briggs, Martha and Cynthia H. Peters. Guide to the Pullman Company Archives. Chicago: The Newberry Library, 1995. 794p. Call number: Ref Z 6621 N663 E5 1997a

Hirsch, Susan E. “The Pullman Company Archives at the Newberry Library.” Origins 4.4 (1988): 1-3. Call number: E 171 073 and photocopy in checklist area. This archive consists of 1,600 square feet of ledgers, drawings, work orders, and financial records of the Pullman Corporation from the 1870s until 1959. There are no personal letters of George Pullman or office correspondence relating to the administration of the company. The material is richest for the daily function of the company in the 1920s and 1930s.

Jackson, Elizabeth Coleman and Carolyn Curtis, comps. Guide to the Burlington Archives in the Newberry Library, 1851–1901. Chicago: Newberry Library, 1949. Call number: Ref HE 2791 C6425 in checklist area. This collection, of approximately 400 square feet, is richest for the years 1870 to 1895. It is strongest in terms of financial and administrative records. There is little material of a working nature, i.e. payrolls, lists of employers, track or engine construction and maintenance, or any policy statements.

Jackson, Elizabeth Coleman. “Supplement to the Guide to the Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company.” Unpublished, 1953. Call number: Special Collections Reference.

Lightner, David L. “Construction Labor on the Illinois Central Railways.” Illinois State Historical Society Journal 66.3 (1973): 285-301. Call number: Local History F 896 .444 and photocopy in checklist area.

Mohr, Carolyn Curtis, comp. Guide to the Illinois Central Archives in the Newberry Library, 1851–1906. Chicago: Newberry Library, 1951. 210p. Call number: Ref H 668 .434 in checklist area. This archive of 350 square feet contains a valuable series of letters from the President, Stuyvesant Fish, 1887–1906 (80 volumes). The richest part of the collection runs from 1880 to 1905, with strengths in high-level administration. There are no working papers dealing with railway operations or personnel for this period.

Newberry Library. “Historical News and Comments.” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 30 (1943): 310-313. Call number: F 875.587.

Werner, Herbert D. “Supplement to the Guide to the Burlington Archives in the Newberry Library 1851-1901.” Unpublished, 1953. Call number: Special Collections Reference.