John H. White, Jr. Railroad Reference Collection, 1880s-1990
White, John H. 1933-
Watkins, J. Elfreth (John Elfreth) 1852-1903
Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI
31.33 cu. ft. : 94 boxes
John H. White, Jr., historian and museum curator, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. B.A. in history, Miami University, Ohio, 1958. Shortly after receiving his degree, White joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution as Assistant Curator of the Division of Transportation, Department of Science and Technology, Museum of History and Technology; he later became Associate Curator of the Division, 1961-1966; Curator, 1967-1985; and Senior Historian, 1986-1989. White specialized in land transportation, particularly the history of railroads.
This collection of railroad materials was begun many years ago by employees of the Smithsonian Institution, and maintained later by curators and museum specialists in the Division of Transportation, NMHT, later named the National Museum of American History (NMAH).
Material collected by Smithsonian employees for many years. The archival materials include photographs, notes, ephemera, writings, photocopies, and miscellany. Some of the clippings date back to the time of J. Elfreth Watkins in the 1880-1890s. Collection includes the manuscript for John H. White's book, "The American Railroad Freight Car" (in Series 5), and the archival materials he compiled while doing research for the book.
John H. White, Jr. Railroad Reference Collection, ca. 1830-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History