Thomas Norrell Railroad Photographs Collection, circa 1840-circa 1960 (bulk 1870-1940)
Norrell, Thomas 1899-1985
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)
18 cu. ft
circa 1840-circa 1960 bulk 1870-1940
Norrell was a collector of photographic and print materials on the history of railroads, and was a scholar on railroad history. .
The collection contains approximately 11,000 images (original photographic prints and photographic postcards, original film and glass plate negatives, and duplicate/copy photographic prints and negatives) the majority of which are external views of single locomotive engines of North American railroad and industrial companies. Images of international railroad company locomotives and of representative locomotives from various locomotive works and builders are also included. The collection contains a small number of subject-specific images covering such topics as train wrecks, funeral trains, experimental locomotives, miniature trains, and locomotives at the 1933 and 1939 World's Fairs.
Thomas Norrell Railroad Photographs Collection, 1899-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
266009 (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270