Inventory of the Sydney W. Bone Collection, 1936-1977

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Inventory of the Sydney W. Bone Collection, 1936-1977

Collection number: MS 44

California State Railroad Museum Library

Sacramento, California

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  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Sydney W. Bone Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1936-1977
Collection number: MS 44
Creator: Bone, Sydney W.
Extent: 2 document boxes
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Gift of Brad Lomazzi, 1997

Publication Rights

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 Senior Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sydney W. Bone Collection, MS 44, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Collection Description

The collection includes correspondence with many members of the retail and railroad industries, including John Barrigar, president of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, and James Farley, Chairman of Coca-Cola. The correspondence is primarily incoming and relates largely to Mr. Bone's retirement. Items relating to Mr. Bone's professional activities include memos, letterhead, telephone directories, and press releases from New York Central Railroad, business cards, notebooks, photographs, and materials from meetings, such as name tags, presentations, and handwritten notes. Personal items in the collection include letterhead, and biographical information. Financial information includes materials relating to retirement, estate planning, Social Security, and state taxes. Also included are clippings and periodicals.
The collection is arranged into five series: Correspondence, Corporate Materials, Photographs, Clippings, and Miscellany. A complete listing of correspondents is included at the end of the inventory. The Correspondence, Corporate Materials and Miscellany series are organized alphabetically by name and subject. The Photographs, Clippings series are organized chronologically.

Historical Background

Sidney Bone (born Aug. 27, 1901 - ) became involved in the railroad industry in 1917 as a telegrapher for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, moving to the New York Central in 1929. As the Passenger Sales Manager of the New York Central Railroad for 25 years, he invented the family fare plan and several other railroad passenger travel innovations. He served as president of the American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers, and was a member of the Chicago Traffic Club, the Chicago Chapter of SKAL Clubs of North America, and the Chicago Passenger Club. Mr. Bone retired in 1966.

List of Correspondents


  • Alexander, Frances
  • Armstrong, Walter (American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago)
  • Askew, Hiram
  • Baird, Frederick
  • Barrett, John A. (Vice President, Norfolk and Western Railway Co.)
  • Barrigar, John W. (President, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Co.)
  • Bickley, John L. (Passenger Traffic Manager, Grand Trunk Western Railroad)
  • Brown, Harry A. B.
  • Buckingham, Ralph C. (Secretary-Treasurer, AAPTO)
  • Burke, W.F.
  • Campbell, Douglas
  • Carroll, Robert W. (Secretary, New York Central)
  • Chess, T. Louis (Chairman, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors)
  • Clark, William (Financial Editor, Chicago Tribune)
  • Collins, Mac G.
  • Cone, Fairfax M.
  • Cramer, Ralph N. (Assistant Vice President, Freight Sales & Service, New York Central)
  • Crapser, Merlin T.
  • Del Valle, U. F. "Frank" (Division Passenger Agent, AT&SF)
  • DiCarlo, Joseph B.
  • Divney, J.J. (New York Central)
  • Dixon, Harvey E.
  • Dubin, Arthur
  • Eno, Harold F.
  • Erwin, Harold J. (Research Analyst, New York Central)
  • Farley, James A. (Postmaster-General; Chairman, Coca-Cola)
  • Feeley, William P. (Chairman, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.)
  • Finn, Joseph John
  • Flint, Sam H. (Vice President, Quaker Oats Co.)
  • Florance, John D.
  • Fox, Bonham (Area Vice President, Sales, Trans World Airlines)
  • Ganzert, Phil (New York Central)
  • Gardner, C. Gil (American President Lines)
  • [Gonsalves, Robert E.] (Passenger Sales Manager, Western Pacific)
  • Greco, Alfred (Public Relations, Association of Western Railways)
  • Gurney, Bill
  • Hahn, Max W. (Assistant Vice President, Advertising & Sales, Avis)
  • Hanson, Harold F.
  • Hardin, Paul R.
  • Harrison, Art
  • Haverkemp, Wilbur S. (Coal Sales Manager, Coal & Ore Dept, New York Central)
  • Heissenbuttel, E.V. (Chairman, Docket Committee, AAPTO; Passenger Sales Manager, Long Island Railroad)
  • Hillman, W.A. (District Freight Sales Manager, New York Central)
  • Hoffman, Wayne M.
  • Horley, Roy
  • Justus, Robert R.
  • Keeshin, Jack L. (President, Railroad Transfer Service)
  • Kent, Harold W. (President Emeritus, The Kamehameha Schools)
  • Knempel, Stasia
  • Kropp, Jeannette and Art
  • Laskoske, A.W. (Vice President, Operation, New York Central)
  • Lewis, Robert G. (Publisher, Railway Age Weekly)
  • Loeber, Charles (Executive Assistant, New York Central)
  • Main, William R.
  • Malone, Frank (New York Central)
  • McNally, Andrew III (President, Rand McNally & Co.)
  • Meuse, Bill
  • Mitts, Neil A. (General Passenger Agent, Erie Lackawanna Railroad)
  • Nerland, Tom
  • Nordgren, Paul E. (Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee)
  • Norwood, Jack E. (Assistant Vice President, Freight Sales Dept, New York Central)
  • Ogier, Felix L.
  • Ogilvie, William E. (Secretary-General Manager, International Live Stock Exposition)
  • Oldenquist, A.G. (General Passenger Traffic Manager, Erie Lackawanna)
  • Pappione, Val (New York Central)
  • Rodger, John H. (Union Carbide Corp.)
  • Rotchford, Howard
  • Rudolph, Martin A. (Assistant Vice President, Harris Trust & Savings Bank)
  • Schmick, Franklin Bush
  • Shantz, M. Irene
  • Sihler, Florence
  • Soen, Frank P. (President, Bulk Transfer Utilization, Inc.)
  • Sorensen, Ruby
  • Spurrier, Harry B. (District Director of Public Relations, New York Central)
  • Steinhardt, O.J. (Assistant Passenger Sales Manager, New York Central)
  • Tallo, Paul Jr.
  • Thornton, William L.
  • Van Auken, Paul S.
  • Van Wyck, K.C. / Scott, F.G. (Passenger Traffic Managers, Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railroads)
  • Werner, Gerald J. (Director of Traffic & Transportation, Motorola)
  • White, Paul
  • White, W.H. (New England, Freight Sales Manager, New York Central)
  • White, William
  • Zaug, Catherine
  • staff (various full names)


  • Betty & Ray
  • Bill
  • Buck
  • Frank (Penn Central)
  • Howard
  • [J]ess
  • John
  • Mike (New York Central)
  • Paul
  • Walter

Key to Arrangement



Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence. Incoming. A-E.

Folder 2

Correspondence. Incoming. F-I.

Folder 3

Correspondence. Incoming. J-P.

Folder 4

Correspondence. Incoming. Q-Z.

Folder 5

Correspondence. Incoming. Unidentified.

Folder 6

Correspondence. Outgoing. Jul. 1966-Jan. 1977.



Box 1, Folder 7

American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers. Annual Meeting. 1965.

Additional Note

Includes registration forms, programs, color photos, credit card receipts, reports, biographies of panelists, and transportation and accommodation arrangements.
Folder 8

American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers. Annual Meeting. 1966.

Additional Note

Includes address by Edwin Wisner, Vice President of Railway Division of the Budd Company.
Folder 9

American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers. Membership. Retirement information.

Folder 10

American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers. Membership Lists (Retired).

Folder 11

American Association of Railroad Ticket Agents. Annual Meeting. 1953.

Additional Note

Presentation by Sidney W. Bone, "Value of Passenger Service from Public Relations Viewpoint."
Folder 12

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. Includes the Telegraph Department's Cipher Book No. 19 dated Jul. 1, 1938, and a list of steam locomotives donated by the company to communities and organizations.

Folder 13

Hollywood Athletic Club. Menu. Dated Christmas Day, 1937.

Folder 14

Long Island Railroad. Includes promotional materials.

Folder 15

New York Central. Includes a booklet entitled "Tact," and an announcement for a retirement testimonial for Leonard Rose, 1966.

Folder 16

New York Central. Memos.

Folder 17

New York Central. Press Release. Relates to Mr. Bone's retirement.

Folder 18

New York Central. Telephone Directories. 1961-1965.

Folder 19

New York Central / Pennsylvania Railroad Joint Committee. Report. Draft, 1953. "Summary of Work of Joint Committee Appraising Possible Pooling

Additional Note

Arrangement for Consideration by the ICC. Chicago-Ohio River Area."
Box 2, Folder 1

Railway Systems and Management Association. Meetings. 1964-1965.

Additional Note

Meeting folder includes registration lists, seminar information, reports, graphs, membership information, pamphlets, and handwritten notes.
Folder 2

Rotary Club. Includes luncheon announcement and listing of committee appointments.

Folder 3

United Airlines. Includes brochure "Holidays on Broadway" dated 1975.



Box 2, Folder 4

Photographs. Ca. 1963-1966.



Box 2, Folder 5

Clippings. Not dated.

Folder 6

Clippings. Ca. 1936-1965.

Folder 7

Clippings. 1966-1969. These relate to Mr. Bone's retirement.

Folder 8

Clippings. 1970. These are multiple copies of a newspaper containing an article about folk singer Tom Bone.

Folder 9

Clippings. 1971-1976.



Box 2, Folder 10

Biographical Information.

Additional Note

Includes documentation for Selective Service, "SantaFe Sid", a poem by "Horatio Inez Alger Bone" (Mrs. Bone), miscellaneous handwritten notes, and some retirement notices.
Folder 11

Letterhead. Personal.

Folder 12

Letterhead. Professional. New York Central.

Folder 13

Periodicals. Trains. Aug. 1962. Article by Arthur Dubin, inscribed to Mr. Bone.

Folder 14

Personal Information. Financial.

Folder 15

Professional activities. Includes notebooks, handwritten notes, phone messages, and business cards.

Folder 16

Promotional Materials.

Additional Note

Includes a visitor's guide to New York and a booklet for a machine to reproduce tickets, which lists Sidney Bone as the person to contact for more information.