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Finch-Marshall Railway Collection

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Chicago Great Western and Chicago and North Western

National Publications

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Addendum 3

Addendum 4



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Collection Overview

Title: Finch-Marshall Railway Collection, 1887-1999

ID: RHC/RC/054

Extent: 3.75 Linear Feet

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.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1976

Subjects: 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: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

The Chicago and North Western Railway Company was organized on June 7, 1859, serving the region west and northwest of Chicago.  In 1864, the Galena and Chicago Union Railway Company directors decided to consolidate their interests with the Chicago and North Western resulting in a railroad of 900 miles of track.  Following the consolidation, the new Chicago and North Western Railway Company spread rapidly to the west, north and northwest through new construction and additional mergers.

The Chicago Great Western Railway Company obtained a charter from the State of Illinois in January 1892, purchasing the Chicago, St. Paul and Kansas City Railroad.  This line retained the name Chicago Great Western until July 1, 1968 when it was sold to the Chicago and Northern Western.

Subject/Index Terms

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.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

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 Source: Mr. C.W. Finch and Mrs. James B. Marshall

Acquisition Method: 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.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Chicago Great Western and Chicago and North Western],
[Series II: National Publications],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[All]

Addendum 3
Box 6
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1983, 1999, no date
Folder 10: The Depot Agent by C.W. Finch, no date
Folder 11: List of Books Written by Finch, 1997-1998
Folder 12: Research: Casey Jones Wreck, no date
Folder 13: Research: Chicago Great Western Steam Locomotive Roster, 1994
Folder 14: Research: Crossing of Trains of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Over the Dunleith and Dubuque Bridge, September 1947
Folder 15: Research: Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, Book of Rules Examination, 1992
Folder 16: Research: Investigations of Train Accidents, 1901-1943
Folder 17: Research: Newspaper Articles, no date
Folder 18: Research: Railroad Switch Keys, no date
Folder 19: Research: Stockton, Illinois during Mississippi River Flood, no date
Folder 20: Research: Timetable, Chicago Great Western, Eastern Division, 1953
Folder 21: Research: Western Weighing and Inspections Bureau, Table of Storage Rates and Charges, 1978

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Chicago Great Western and Chicago and North Western],
[Series II: National Publications],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[All]


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