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Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.

Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.


The collecting of large corporate archives at the Newberry was initiated in 1943 by Librarian Stanley Pargellis, who advocated the acquisition of records of Midwestern enterprises that contained materials for social and intellectual history as well as business history. Pargellis’s vision was realized with the deposit of several large and important archives of Midwestern railroad companies: the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, the Illinois Central Railroad Company, and the Pullman Company. Smaller railroad-related collections have also been added. 

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Railroads—United States  

Reference Sources 

Association of American Railroads. Bibliography of railway history. Washington, D.C. : The Association, 1940. Call Number: lower case folio h 66 .053

Barger, Ralph. A Century of Pullman Cars Volumes I and II. Sykesville, Md. : Greenberg Pub. Co., c1988-c1990. Call number: Case Ref TF 459.B37 1988

Hansen, Holly T. The directory of North American railroads, associations, societies, archives, libraries, museums and their collections. Croydon, Utah : H.T. Hansen, 1999.  Call Number: Ref HE2741 .H36 1999 

Middleton, William D., George M. Smerk, and Roberta L. Diehl, eds. Encyclopedia of North American railroads. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2007. Call Number: Ref TF22 .E53 2007

Publications about the Newberry Library Collections  

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

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. 

Mohr, Carolyn Curtis, comp. Guide to the Illinois Central Archives in the Newberry Library, 1851–1906. Chicago: Newberry Library, 1951. Call number: Ref H 668 .434, in checklist area.

Highlights from the Newberry Library Collections 

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records

Illinois Central Railroad Company Archives 

Pullman Company Records 

Manuscript Collections  

Beberdick, Frank H. (Frank Harry), 1927-. Frank H. Beberdick Pullman Collection, 1881- 2001.  
4.3 linear feet (2 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)  
Miscellaneous materials relating to the historic Pullman company town and Pullman Manufacturing Company, 1881-2001, collected by Pullman (IL) resident and archivist Frank Beberdick. 
Call Number: Midwest MS Beberdick Pullman  

Chicago Union Station Company. Chicago Union Station Company Records, 1920-1958. 
0.1 linear feet (2 folders)  
Documents relating to the company’s issue Series “C” Bonds (printed volume, 1920), together with a file containing letters, memoranda, and other documents relating to vacations with pay authorized for war veterans returning from service with the armed forces, 1945-1958. Also an “m” Series sinking fund bond. 
Call Number: Midwest MS 110

Railroad photograph collection, ca. 1868-1914. 
0.1 linear feet (2 folders).  
Two groups of railroad photographs, including 15 reproductions related to the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, ca. 1868-1869, and 34 snapshots and postal cards of railroad men, engines, cars, stations and wrecks apparently taken in Wisconsin, ca. 1913-1914.  
Call Number: Midwest MS 145 

Digital Resources  

Online gallery of images by subject entitled CB&Q: Building an Empire  

CB&Q processing blog: Everywhere West  

The Pullman Digital Collection features 1,299 drawings of heavyweight and lightweight cars. 

The online exhibit Pullman: Labor, Race, and the Urban Landscape in a Company Town features many images from the Pullman collection.

Collections at Other Institutions 

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Illinois Railway Museum Libraries

Barringer Collection at the Mercantile Library St. Louis

Transportation Library at Northwestern University

Hays T. Watkins Research Library at Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum