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Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Corporate Ephemera Collection
MS 892  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Corporate History
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives
    Title: Railway & Locomotive Historical Society corporate ephemera collection
    source: Railway & Locomotive Historical Society
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 892
    Physical Description: 107.2 Linear Feet (162 manuscript boxes)
    Date (bulk): Circa 1843-1965
    Abstract: The Railway & Locomotive Society Corporate Ephemera Collection focuses on corporate memorabilia from various railroad companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico from the 1840s through the 1960s.
    Physical Location: Big Four Building
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment. Contact Library Staff for details.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    On loan from the Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society.


    Arranged alphabetically by railroad, then by subject.

    Corporate History

    The Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) was founded in 1921 by railroad enthusiasts Charles Fisher, Arthur Curran, Warren Jacobs, and Roy Carlson. It is the oldest organization in North America entirely devoted to railroad history and emphasizes the preservation and documentation of business history and industrial technology. The first chapter of the R&LHS was established in New York City in 1934. Originally centered on the East Coast of the United States, the society currently has ten local/regional chapters in the United States, including one in California. While the majority of members are nonprofessional railroading enthusiasts, the society counts amongst its ranks archivists, historians, preservationists, curators, and museum directors.
    The Society has received multiple awards for its efforts in writing and photography. It has made its photograph and other collections available to researchers since 1927, when the Harvard Business School made two rooms available in its Baker Library. In 1983, the R&LHS collections were transferred to California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Since then, the National chapter of the R&LHS has partnered with the CSRM to house their extensive collection of corporate documents and locomotive related memorabilia.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Corporate Ephemera Collection, MS 892, California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives, Sacramento, California

    Scope and Contents

    The Railway & Locomotive Society Corporate Ephemera Collection focuses on corporate memorabilia from various railroad companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico from the 1840s through the 1960s. Contents range from travel brochures, advertisements, corporate publications, maps, and newspaper clippings containing articles about the latest railroad developments.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the CSRM Library & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Related Materials

    The California State Railroad Museum's Corporate Miscellany (MS 861) is an assembled collection of miscellaneous material pertaining to various railroads and railroad-related companies. The collection contains documents, publications, and ephemera that are arranged in alphabetical order by subjects.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Railroads--United States
    Railroads -- Advertising and publications
    Railway & Locomotive Historical Society