Finch-Marshall Railway Collection, 1887-1999
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Brief Description:

The railway collection falls into two logical series of record groups assembled by Mr. C.W. Finch and Mrs. James B. Marshall.  The first series, Chicago Great Western and Chicago and North Western Railroads, reflects the collecting interests of Finch and Marshall as it contains the specific information originating from these particular railroad companies.  Included in this series are research papers and correspondence, railway agreements, contract and lease abstracts, manuals, newsletters, and photographs dating from 1888 to 1982.  An addition of seven Surveyor’s Transit Books dating 1853 are found in box 5, folders 4-7.

The second series, National Publications, contains general information generated from national railway publications dating from 1954 to 1982.  The contents of each publication are carefully balanced with articles on modern and historical railroad subjects including photographs and illustrations on steam, diesel, and electric locomotion.  Also included are newsletters, annual reports, and catalogues issued by railway labor unions and historical organizations.

This collection provides a unique complement to the W.W. Embree Collection which contains 34,000 railway photographs and excellent source material on the evolution of railroads during the first half of the twentieth century.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/054
Volume: 3.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1976.
Arrangement: The railway collection falls into two logical series of record groups assembled by Mr. C.W. Finch and Mrs. James B. Marshall.  The first series, Chicago Great Western and Chicago and North Western Railroads and the second series, National Publications.  All railway publications are arranged in alphabetical order.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Chicago and North Western Railway Company.
Chicago Great Western Railroad Company
Finch, Charles W.
Finch-Marshall Railway Collection
Marshall, Florence
Northwestern Lines
Railroads
Railroad stations
Sycamore (Ill.)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; such literary rights as the donors possessed in the collection are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mr. C.W. Finch and Mrs. James B. Marshall  The records on the National Railway System came to the Northern Illinois University Archives in 1976.  Mr. C.W. Finch and Mrs. James B. Marshall assembled these materials from a variety of sources.  In 1978, the University Archives transferred the collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center.  Addenda were added to collection at later dates.
Related Materials: Researchers using the collection may also find supplementary material in the Chicago and North Western Society Collection on deposit in the Regional History Center.