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Notes on railroad accidents; by Charles Francis Adams, jr

Author:
Adams, Charles Francis 1835-1915  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 280 p. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1879
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Call number:
HE1779 .A22 1879X
HE1779.A22 1879X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_257222

Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad photographs (PCC and St. Louis)

Donor:
Merker, Walter H., Jr.  Search this
Creator:
PCC and St. L Railroad  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1925-1928
Summary:
The collection consists of photographic prints of railroad construction in Pierron, St. Jacob, and Collinsville, Illinois, from 1925-1927.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains photographs documenting the relocation of the main railroad line between Pierron and Collinsville, Illinois from 1925 to 1927. Photographs include views of stations, track and bridge and of a railroad accident. The collection is arranged sequentially by photograph number and then chronologically.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in one series by photograph number.
Biographical / Historical:
During the bustling age of railroad transportation in the late 1920s, Illinois became a focal point for railway construction. In earlier decades small corporations had built railroads connecting the state's borders, but by the late 1880s many of these companies had joined together into larger corporations. The Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad was a combination of several railroad companies that merged for financial reasons. PCC and St. Louis was later absorbed into the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Walter H. Merker, Jr., on November 1977.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Copyright held by Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restictions. Reproduction permission from Archive Center: fees for commercial use.
Topic:
Railroad construction  Search this
Railroad stations -- United States  Search this
Railroad accidents  Search this
Railroad bridges  Search this
Bridges -- Illinois  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1920-1930
Citation:
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad photographs (PCC and St. Louis), 1925-1928, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1079
See more items in:
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad photographs (PCC and St. Louis)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1079

A history of railroad accidents, safety precautions, and operating practices / by Robert B. Shaw

Author:
Shaw, Robert B  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 473 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1978
Topic:
Railroads--Accidents--History  Search this
Railroads--Safety measures--History  Search this
Call number:
HE1780.S45 1978X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_107292

Death rode the rails : American railroad accidents and safety, 1828-1965 / Mark Aldrich

Author:
Aldrich, Mark  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 446 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
Topic:
Railroads--Accidents--History  Search this
Railroads--Safety measures--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_790343

Douglass' Monthly, Vol. IV, No. VIII

Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1862-01
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Collection of Frederick Douglass materials, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Collection of Frederick Douglass' Monthly's, booklets, and other materials
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-112-ref24
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Back on track : American railroad accidents and safety, 1965-2015 / Mark Aldrich

Author:
Aldrich, Mark http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/aut http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85128752 http://viaf.org/viaf/111074467  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 284 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Railroad accidents--History  Search this
Railroad accidents--Prevention  Search this
Railroads--Safety regulations  Search this
Railroads--Safety measures  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1108252

Reports of the commissioners appointed to inquire into a series of accidents and detentions on the Great Western Railway, Canada West, by commission bearing date Nov. 3, 1854

Author:
Canada Commissioners to inquire into accidents and detentions on the Great Western Railway  Search this
Subject:
Great Western Railway Company (Canada)  Search this
Physical description:
222, [1] p. incl. illus., 2 pl., table (2 fold.) 25 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1855
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Call number:
HE1783.C2 A3
HE1783.C2A3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_154655

Down brakes; a history of railroad accidents, safety precautions and operating practices in the United States of America

Author:
Shaw, Robert B  Search this
Physical description:
487 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1961
[c1961; label: Owen Davies, distributor, Chicago]
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Railroads--Safety measures  Search this
Call number:
HE1780.S45X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_243479

Accident on the Camden and Amboy Railroad

Maker:
Collins, John  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
image: 8 in x 12 in; 20.32 cm x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
lithograph
Object Type:
Lithograph
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
1855
Subject:
Communication, telegraph  Search this
Railroads  Search this
Chronology: 1850-1859  Search this
Disasters  Search this
Related event:
Camden and Amboy Train Derailment  Search this
Related Publication:
Peters, Harry T.. America on Stone
Credit Line:
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
ID Number:
DL.60.2487
Catalog number:
60.2487
Accession number:
228146
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Art
Peters Prints
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_324806

Report of the Committee appointed to examine and report the causes of railroad accidents, the means of preventing their recurrence, &c

Author:
New York (State) Legislature Senate Committee Appointed to Examine and Report the Causes of Railroad Accidents  Search this
Physical description:
156 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
Date:
1853
1853]
Topic:
Railroads--Accidents  Search this
Call number:
HE1780.5.N7 L52 1853
HE1780.5.N7L52 1853
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_185676

On medical provision for railroad accidents, in a letter to the American medical times, with a postscript, by a country surgeon. December, 1861

Author:
Arnold, Edmund S. F (Edmund Samuel Foster) 1820-1907  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1861
[1861]
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Call number:
HE1780 .A753
HE1780.A753
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_153906

Steamboat disasters and railroad accidents in the United States. To which is appended accounts of recent shipwrecks, fires at sea, thrilling incidents

Author:
Howland, S. A  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 408 p. illus. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1840
Topic:
Steamboat disasters  Search this
Railroads--Accidents  Search this
Shipwrecks  Search this
Call number:
G525 .H86 1840
G525.H86 1840
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_329690

Report of the committee appointed to examine and report the causes of railroad accidents, the means of preventing their recurrence, &c. / transmitted to the Legislature January 14, 1853

Physical description:
1 v
Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_533909

Steamboat disasters and railroad accidents in the United States. To which is appended accounts of recent shipwrecks, fires at sea, thrilling incidents, &c. By S. A. Howland

Author:
Howland, S. A  Search this
Physical description:
408 p. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1840
Topic:
Steamboat disasters  Search this
Railroads--Accidents  Search this
Shipwrecks  Search this
Call number:
G525 .H86 1840
G525.H86 1840
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_330761

Railroad accidents: their causes and the means of preventing them. By Émile With ... With an introduction by Auguste Perdonnet ... Tr. from the French, with an appendix, by G. Forrester Barstow ..

Author:
With, Émile  Search this
Perdonnet, Auguste i.e. Jean Albert Vincent Auguste 1801-1867  Search this
Physical description:
xi, [1], 152 p. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1856
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Railroads--Safety appliances  Search this
Call number:
TF 610
HE1780.W82
TF610.W57rE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_170320

Twisted rails, sunken ships : the rhetoric of nineteenth century steamboat and railroad accident investigation reports, 1833-1879 / R. John Brockmann

Author:
Brockmann, R. John  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 273 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
C2005
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Steamboats--Accidents  Search this
Accident investigation  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_790057

Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company Records

Collector:
Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Creator:
Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Co.  Search this
Names:
Atlantic City Railroad  Search this
Mine Hill & Schuylkill Haven Railroad  Search this
Reading Belt Railroad  Search this
Bines, William H.  Search this
Boggs, George B.  Search this
Buckholz, Charles W.  Search this
Byers, Charles E.  Search this
Chamberlain, E.C.  Search this
Davis, N.M.  Search this
Gowen, Franklin B.  Search this
Jamison, Robert  Search this
Keim, George DeB  Search this
Lorenz, William  Search this
Manning, Charles P.  Search this
Nichols, Henry K.  Search this
Rice, George  Search this
Richardson, F.E.  Search this
Royers, John H.  Search this
Steele, J. Dutton  Search this
Thompson, J.W.  Search this
Whitney, E.S.  Search this
Wilson, H.T.  Search this
Wootten, John E.  Search this
Yarington, T.O.  Search this
Zacharias, H.C.  Search this
Extent:
18 Cubic feet (55 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Right of way deeds
Reports
Letterpress copybooks
Mechanical drawings
Estimates
Financial statements
Circular letters
Bills
Accident reports
Correspondence
Place:
Lackawanna County (Pa.)
Luzerne County (Pa.)
Cressona (Pa.)
Harrisburg (Pa.)
Norristown (Pa.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
New Jersey
Sumerton (Pa.)
Cheltenham (Pa.)
Sunbury (Pa.)
Reading (Pa.)
Trenton (N.J.)
Schuylkill County (Pa.)
Pennsylvania
Date:
1860-1936
Summary:
Collection of engineering reports and correspondence from the Engineering Department of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company. The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad was most used for the transportation of anthracite coal within Pennsylvania from 1833 through the early 1970s.
Scope and Contents:
Primarily outgoing correspondence from the Engineering Department of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company, the remainder being engineering reports and other miscellaneous papers.

Series 1: Letterpress Copybooks consists of 219 volumes from various engineers, each with own index (1865-1892): were generated by Chief Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer, various resident engineers, other lower-level engineers, and the Chief Road-Master. Bulk of copybooks created by William H. Bines and Henry K. Nichols during long careers with the Philadelphia & Reading. Other volumes contain letters and reports by Charles W. Buckholz, Charles E. Byers, William Lorenz, and others. Correspondence covers all aspects of the engineering operations of the railroad, much of it at highest levels, being addressed to the Presidents of the Reading. Also includes one letterbook from John E. Wooten (1865), Superintendent.

Series 2: Reports of Chief Engineer to Auditor, 1908-1910; structural design calculation notebooks, 1901-1935; right of way deeds, 1903; and tracings of assorted machine parts.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into two series.

Series 1: Letterpress Copybooks

Series 2: Reports and Miscellaneous papers
Biographical / Historical:
This railroad was chartered in 1833 to provide low-cost transportation from the Schuylkill and Mahanoy anthracite coal fields in eastern Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. Main line from Philadelphia to Pottsville opened 1842. Reading expanded by acquiring other railroads, and by 1869 had monopoly of coal traffic from Schuylkill anthracite region.

Expansion accelerated when Franklin B. Gowen became president (1869) and attempted to dominate entire anthracite trade. Purchased Schuylkill Canal (1870) to eliminate competition for coal trade; then organized the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company in 1871 to purchase and operate coal mines; secured over 40 percent of U.S. anthracite reserves, but debt incurred led railroad to bankruptcy and receivership (1880). Gowen's reckless style drove the Reading into second receivership (1886), and he was forced to resign.

Gowen's Successor, Archibald A. McLeod, tried to increase company control over anthracite trade (1892-1893), then control of several New England railroads. The Reading went bankrupt again and McLeod was ousted. In a reorganization (1896), the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad and the Coal & Iron Company became properties of the Reading Company, a holding company. Later additions to system were infrequent and largely confined to short branches and improvements inalignment. Due to anti-trust proceedings, company divested mining subsidiary (1923) and merged wholly owned railroad companies into an operating company. Acquired Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad 1963, went bankrupt in early 1970s, and conveyed portions of its lines to Conrail (1976). The reorganized Reading Company retains real estate and other non-rail holdings.
Related Materials:
Hagley Museum & Library, Manuscripts & Archives Department, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, Delaware 19807.
Provenance:
Collection donated by the Reading Company, Philadelphia, Pa., 1960s.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Railroad engineering  Search this
Railroads -- New Jersey  Search this
Railroads -- Buildings and structures  Search this
Coal mines and mining -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Coal -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Railroad companies -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Engineering  Search this
Engineers  Search this
Railroad engineers  Search this
Coal -- Transportation  Search this
Anthracite coal industry  Search this
Railroads -- Surveying  Search this
Railroad tracks  Search this
Railroads -- Maintenance and repair  Search this
Railroads -- Signalling  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Railroads -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Genre/Form:
Right of way deeds
Reports
Letterpress copybooks
Mechanical drawings
Estimates
Financial statements
Circular letters
Bills
Accident reports
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Citation:
Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0208
See more items in:
Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0208

Prevention of railroad accidents; or, Safety in railroading; a heart to heart talk with employes ... An address (with considerable new matter) delivered at various division headquarters to employes of the New York central and Hudson River railroad, by Geo. Bradshaw; illustrated with engravings from original photographs

Author:
Bradshaw, George 1873-  Search this
Physical description:
5-173 p. incl. illus., plates. 17 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1912
Topic:
Railroad accidents  Search this
Railroads--Safety appliances  Search this
Call number:
HE1780 .B7X
HE1780.B7X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_125031

Street railroad accident law; a complete treatise on the principles and rules of law applied by the courts of the states and territories of the United States and Canada in determining the liability of street railroads, for injuries to the person and property, by accidents to passengers, employees and travelers on the public streets and highways, and on the pleading and practice in the various jurisdictions in street railroad accident litigation

Author:
Nellis, Andrew J. 1852-  Search this
Physical description:
cxii, 711 p. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1904
Topic:
Street-railroads--Law and legislation  Search this
Accident law  Search this
Call number:
KF1290.S7N4X 1904
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_269073

Thomas Norrell Railroad Photographs Collection

Creator:
Norrell, Thomas, 1899-1985  Search this
Extent:
18 Cubic feet (84 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Photograph albums
Ephemera
Date:
circa 1840-circa 1960
bulk 1870-1940
Summary:
Approximately 11,000 images collected by Thomas Norrell consisting of original photographic prints and photographic postcards, original film and glass plate negatives, and duplicate/copy photographic prints and negatives. The majority 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.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains material related primarily, but not exclusively, to early North American railroad locomotives. Photographs and negatives comprise the bulk of the material in the collection, with the number of individual images well exceeding 10,000. While the collection is particularly valuable for its images of locomotives from smaller or relatively obscure railroad lines and industrial concerns (such as mining and lumber companies), it also includes a substantial number of images from the leaders of the railroad industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (such as the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad).

Norrell's organization of the collection reflects his technical knowledge of railroad engines and his familiarity with various railroad companies. His use of Whyte notation as an organizational schema gives evidence to this. Whyte notation is broadly utilized by the railroad industry as a way to classify locomotives based on their wheel configuration. A count of leading (non-driving) wheels, middle driving wheels, and trailing wheels (non-driving) is represented by a three-digit hyphenated number. For example, a locomotive with four leading wheels, four driving wheels, and two trailing wheels would be classified as a 4-4-2. Norrell utilized this convention when subdividing railroad companies for which he had collected many images, such as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Central Railroad of New Jersey, Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad, and the Lehigh Valley Railroad, among others. Norrell subdivided portions of his collection of Pennsylvania Railroad images based on that company's distinct classification system, where letters of the alphabet corresponded to different Whyte notations.

Norrell used other criteria to help subdivide larger assemblages of single-company railroad images, and these have been maintained. In some instances, he used the company number designation found on the locomotive itself (as in the case of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad). Other times, subject designations were used to distinguish rail yards, passenger cars, and special or prominent locomotives. Because the Pennsylvania Railroad comprised such a large segment of images, Norrell organized it according to a number of subdivision types (including year, Whyte notation, and subject) rather than any single one.

The collection is arranged into three series: Series 1, Negatives, 1831-1967, undated, Series 2, Photographic Prints, circa 1850-1960, and Series 3, Ephemera, undated.

Series 1, Negatives, 1831-1967, undated,contains photographic negatives and is divided into two subseries: Subseries 1, Film Negatives, 1831-1967, undated, and Subseries 2, Glass Plate Negatives, 1831-1967, undated.

The series contains original negative images, copy negatives of other printed images, and copy negatives of printed material, such as book illustrations. The inclusive dates for the series reflect the subject of the material photographed (as in the case of copy negatives) rather than the date the negative was created.

The negatives primarily depict views of single locomotive engines from various North American and international mainline and short line railroads. Interspersed among these are views of company-owned locomotives representing such North American industries as mining (coal, iron, limestone, copper, gold, quartz, zinc), lumber (timber, pulp, paper), metallurgical production (coke, iron, steel), stone/brick production (masonry, cement, gravel), utilities (power, light, telephone), chemical production, leather production, automotive production, and food service. A number of military railroad locomotives as well as early metropolitan transit systems are also represented among the negatives. Most of the images depict steam locomotives, though some diesel engines, diesel-electric hybrid engines, passenger and freight cars, and assorted repair/service vehicles are also spread throughout.

Subseries 1, Film Negatives, 1831-1967, undated consists of polyester film negatives ranging in size from 2 1/4" x 4 1/4" to 5" x 7". Additional larger polyester film negatives are interfiled with the glass plate negatives of Subseries 2 and range in size from 5" x 7" to 8" x 10".

The negatives are physically arranged by size, then by the negative series number originally assigned to them by the United States National Museum, Division of Transportation. This numbering system generally, but not always, follows an alphabetical order by name of railroad company (North American and international) or industrial company. The majority of the film negatives are 5" x 7" or smaller, and the number series for this size of negative begins with 85-20939 and ends with 85-31126.

Film negatives larger than 5" x 7" are separated and interfiled with the glass plate negatives of Subseries 2. As such, the negative series number range for these larger film negatives is not always consecutive. The first series number range begins at 82-4189 and ends at 82-4429. The second range begins at 82-13786 and ends at 82-13795. A printed, item-level index of the negatives containing an alphabetical list of railroad and industrial company names and associated negative numbers is available for consultation in the Archives Center.

The envelope enclosures for all negatives generally include the name of the railroad or industrial company, the engine/locomotive number, the engine/locomotive builder, the Whyte classification (wheel arrangement), the year of the engine/locomotive's construction, a brief description of the image, the size of the negative, and the negative series number.

Subseries 2, Glass Plate Negatives, 1831-1967, undated, consists of glass plate negatives ranging in size from 5" x 7" to 10" x 12". Three broken glass plate negatives have been re-housed and are stored separately. Otherwise the plates are arranged by size, then by original negative series number as assigned by the United States National Museum, Division of Transportation. This number range is not always consecutive because the glass plate negatives are interfiled with the larger film negatives of Subseries 1. A printed, item-level index of the negatives containing an alphabetical list of railroad and industrial company names and associated negative numbers is available for consultation in the Archives Center.

The 8" x 10" glass plate negative number series begins with 82-4168 and ends with 82-4424.

The 5" x 7" glass plate negatives contain series numbers 82-13783 to 82-13785.

The 12" x 10" glass plate negatives contain series numbers 82-4430 to 82-4452.

The envelope enclosures for the negatives generally include the name of the railroad or industrial company, the engine/locomotive builder, the Whyte classification (wheel arrangement), in some cases a brief description of the image, and the negative series number.

Series 2, Photographic Prints, circa 1850-1960,consists of visual material, including photographic postcards, illustrated postcards, photographic prints (made through a variety of photographic processes), and a photograph album. It contains five subseries: Subseries 1, North American Railroad Companies; Subseries 2, International Railroad Companies; Subseries 3, Railroad Builders; Subseries 4, Subjects; and Subseries 5, Duplicate Images.

Subseries 1, North American Railroad Companies, circa 1850-1960 includes photographic and illustrated postcards and photographic prints of North American railroad companies, industrial railroads, and urban transit companies. The images range in size from 2 1/4" x 4 1/4" to 8" x 10," with the majority being silver gelatin prints. Occasional albumen prints, cyanotype prints, and salted paper prints are found in the collection. The majority of the images are views of single locomotive engines, though some images of railroad stations, roundhouses, rail yards, and passenger cars are interspersed throughout. While the majority of the photographs are 4" x 6" or smaller, there are prints larger than 4" x 6" which are arranged alphabetically by railroad or industrial company name. In some cases multiple larger images from railroad companies with names close to each other alphabetically are filed together in a single folder and identified with the first common letters of the company names.

Norrell's original alphabetical organization by railroad or industrial company name has been preserved. In some instances where a substantial number of images for a particular railroad company exist, Norrell subidivided the images either by Whyte notation (wheel arrangement) or by subject. This usually follows either an alphabetical or numerical organization, but not in every case. In many instances, hand-written notes and postage appear on the reverse of the photographic postcards. Addresses and salutations indicate that many of the postcards were not sent to Thomas Norrell directly, but were acquired by him at a later date.

Subseries 2, International Railroad Companies, circa 1850-1960, includes photographs, illustrated postcards, and a photograph album depicting international railroads and railroad locomotives. Of particular interest is the photograph album compiled by Thomas Norrell containing sixty individual photographs of steam locomotive engines from eighteen assorted British, continental European, and South American railroad companies. The images are all approximately 14" x 10," and each corresponds to an identification chart mounted in the front of the album indicating the railroad company, engine number, Whyte notation (wheel arrangement), and special notes about each engine.

Subseries 3, Railroad Builders, circa 1850-1960 consists photographic prints and photographic postcards containing images of locomotives separated by builder. Norrell's original alphabetical arrangement of the images by locomotive works or manufacturing company name has been preserved.

Subseries 4, Subjects, 1804-1940, contains photographic prints and photographic postcards organized by subject. The images are arranged chronologically by date of the subject of the images. Of particular interest are Norrell's photographs of locomotives at the 1933-1934 Chicago and 1939-1940 New York World's Fairs.

Subseries 5, Duplicate Images, circa 1850-1960, contains duplicate photographic prints and duplicate copy prints created from the either the photographs in Series 2 or from the film and glass plate negatives from Series 1. The duplicate images, including photographic postcards and photographic prints, are subdivided by first letter of the name of the railroad or industrial company. The duplicate copy prints created from the negatives are arranged numerically by a negative number recorded on the negative itself.

Series 3, Ephemera, undated,consists of an unidentified and undated piece of railroad track.

References

Staufer, Alvin F. Pennsy Power III 1847-1968. Medina, OH: Alvin F. Staufer, 1993.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in three series.

Series 1, Negatives, 1831-1967, undated

Subseries 1, Film Negatives, 1831-1967, undated

Subseries 2, Glass Plate Negatives, 1831-1967, undated

Series 2, Photographic Prints, circa 1850-1960

Subseries 1, North American Railroad Companies, circa 1850-1960

Subseries 2, International Railroad Companies, circa 1850-1960

Subseries 3, Railroad Builders, circa 1850-1960

Subseries 4, Subjects, 1804-1940

Subseries 5, Duplicate Images, circa 1850-1960

Series 3, Ephemera, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Norrell was born in West Ham (Essex County) England on November 11, 1899. He emigrated to the United States as a young man and became a naturalized citizen in 1911. He took an apprenticeship at the Baldwin Locomotive Works around 1920. Although the Baldwin works benefited from a boom in the export of steam locomotives meant to replenish foreign rail systems impacted by use during the First World War, the upswing was short-lived. Business at Baldwin slowed considerably in the 1920s as diesel engines began replacing steam locomotives. Recognizing that opportunities for advancement within Baldwin were scarce, Norrell moved out of railroad work completely and into the paper box industry. He married his wife Wilhelmina in 1929, and they resided in Cranston, Rhode Island and later Silver Spring, Maryland.

Despite his shift away from railroads as a vocation, Norrell maintained a life-long interest in trains and was a collector of photographic and print material related to locomotive engines, train cars, and industrial railroads. He contributed a number of articles to various railroad periodicals and was generous in providing images from his collection to other authors for reproduction in their publications. Norrell also influenced and supported a number of prominent railroad historians, including John H. White Jr., curator of the Division of Transportation in the Smithsonian National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History). It was through White's efforts that Norrell's collection became part of the Smithsonian Institution.

In 1942 Norrell gained some degree of notoriety for having rediscovered the famed Brady Civil War negatives in the vault of the Phelps Publishing Company in Springfield, Massachusetts while searching for an unrelated daguerreotype of an early Massachusetts locomotive. The locomotive had been identified from a wood-engraving made by an artist for a Phelps subsidiary publication, and Norrell secured permission to search the Phelps Company's vault for the image. During his search, Norrell stumbled upon and recognized the famed Civil War collection from earlier printed publications of the images. He brought the collection to the attention of the National Archives, which deferred to the Library of Congress. The storage fees for the images had been unpaid for many years by their owner, and the Phelps Company, interested only in recovering compensation for the use of the space, seized the images and sold them at cost to the Library of Congress in 1944.

Norrell later lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia, close to his daughter Elise Mann. He died there on February 1, 1985.

References

Bell, Kurt R. "On the Shoulders of a Giant: A Profile of John H. White, Jr.," Railroad History, 204 (Spring-Summer 2011): 6-23.

Hodge, Robert, comp. An Index to the Death Notices in the Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia), 1981-1991. Fredericksburg, VA: Robert A. Hodge (1992).

Norrell, Thomas. "The Norris Construction Record," Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin, 150 (1983): 57-XX.

Norrell, Thomas. "Uriah Wells, Locomotive Builder of Petersburg," Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin, 124 (1969): 40-XX.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930: Population Schedule. Massachusetts Enumeration District 9-169, Supervisor's District 10, Sheet 4-1, 1930.

Vanderbilt, Paul, comp. Guide to the Special Collections of Prints and Photographs in the Library of Congress. Washington D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1955.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Baldwin Locomotive Works Collection (Engine Registers and Order Books), 1833-1956, (AC0157)

Baldwin Locomotive Works Drawings, 1870-1890, (AC0353)

John H. White, Jr. Railroad Reference Collection, 1880s-1990, (AC0523)

Materials Held by the National Museum of American History, Division of Work and Industry

Three images from the collection, including an 1848 daguerreotype image of the locomotive "Tioga", an 1855 daguerreotype image of a locomotive on the Niagara Falls, and a circa 1870 daguerreotype image of a Rome, Watertown, and Ogdensburgh locomotive.

Materials Held by Other Institutions

Thomas Norrell photographic album, and other views of rail transportation in Canada and the United States, circa 1920-1979, R5500-27-4-E, Andrew Audubon Merrilees fonds. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the United States National Museum, Division of Transportation (now known as the National Museum of American History, Division of Work and Industry) by Thomas Norrell on April 19, 1966.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270. The collection is stored off-site with the exception of the negatives. Some glass plate negatives are broken and may require special handling care.
Rights:
Copyright status unknown, though most images are in the public domain.
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Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass -- 19th-20th century
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Ephemera
Citation:
Thomas Norrell Railroad Collection, XXXX-XXXX, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1174
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