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Finch-Marshall Railway Collection, 1887-1999

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

Languages: English [eng]

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.

Administrative Information

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

Series I: Chicago Great Western and Chicago and North Western
Box 1
Folder 1: C.W. Finch Research Project, Correspondence and Reports, 1976-1978
Folder 2: Chicago Great Western: Agreements, 1931-1956
Folder 3: Chicago Great Western: Contracts and Lease Abstracts, 1948-1964
Folder 4: Chicago Great Western: Maps of Stations, no date
Folder 5: Chicago Great Western: Office of Superintendents, 1967
Folder 6: Chicago Great Western: Photographs, 1896-1976
Folder 7: Chicago Great Western: Right of Way Plats, no date
Folder 8: Chicago Great Western: Shipping Orders, 1959
Folder 9: Chicago Great Western: Special Permits, 1951-1952
Folder 10: Chicago Great Western: List of Freight Agents, 1887-1978
Folder 11: Chicago and North Western: Agreement Manuals (4 volumes), 1936-1947
Folder 12: Chicago and North Western: Agreement Manuals (3 volumes), 1952, 1961-1962
Folder 13-14: Chicago and North Western: Historical Society, Publication (15 volumes), 1975-1978
Folder 15-16: Chicago and North Western: Newsletter, N .W. News (108 volumes), 1976-1982
Folder 17: Chicago and North Western: Notices of Intent, 1977
Folder 18-19: Chicago and North Western: Office of Division Manager (3 volumes), 1972-1975
Folder 20: Chicago and North Western: Photo Guide, 1977
Folder 21: Chicago and North Western: Photographs, no date
Folder 22: Chicago and North Western: Retirement Plats of Track Lines, 1968-1970
Folder 23: Chicago and North Western: Rules Guide (1 volume), 1977
Folder 24: Chicago and North Western: Rules and Regulations (1 volume), 1967
Folder 25: Chicago and North Western: Railway Timetables (2 volumes), 1969
Folder 26: Chicago and North Western: Railway Orders, Chicago, St. Paul and Kansas City, 1888
Folder 27: Chicago and North Western: Western Weighing and Inspection Bureau, 1948-1968
Series II: National Publications
Box 1
Folder 28: Illinois Railway Historical Society, 1968-1972
Folder 29: National Railway Museum, 1968-1972
Folder 30: Railway Labor Organizations, General Information (7 volumes), 1954-1976
Folder 31-32: Railway Labor Organizations, Publication, Interchange (44 volumes), 1976-1982
Folder 33-34: Railway Labor Organizations, Publication, Journal (20 volumes), 1976-1979
Folder 35: Railway Labor Organizations, Newspapers, Labor (26 volumes), 1976-1979
Box 2
Folder 1-3: Modern Railroads/Rail Transit (11 volumes), 1976-1978
Folder 4-5: Progressive Railroading  (9 volumes), 1976-1977
Folder 6: Railway Age (4 volumes), 1976
Folder 7: Rail Classics (5 volumes), 1976
Box 3
Folder 1-2: Rail Classics (9 volumes), 1977-1978
Folder 3: Railfan (6 volumes), 1976-1978
Folder 4-8: Railroads (24 volumes), 1976-1978
Folder 9: Railway Gazette International (2 volumes), 1977
Box 4
Folder 1: Railway Quarterly (3 volumes), 1977-1978
Folder 2-4: Railway-Track and Structures (12 volumes), 1975-1977
Folder 5-9: Trains (24 volumes), 1976-1978
Box 5
Folder 1-2: Uncombined Railway Series (12 volumes), 1956-1978
Folder 3: Whistle Stop (3 volumes), 1978
Addendum 1
Box 5
Folder 4-7: Surveyor, 1853
Item 1: Maps: Chicago Great Western: Byron-German Valley Line, no date
Item 2: Maps: Chicago and North Western:  Winnebago-Freeport, no date
Folder 8: Correspondence, Poems, and Miscellaneous Material
Addendum 2
Box 6
Folder 1: The Chicago Great Western Railroad in JoDaviess Co., IL by C.W. Finch, no date
Folder 2: The Life and Love of the Chicago Great Western Railroad by C.W. Finch, no date
Folder 3: History of the Great Western Railway Company, no date
Folder 4: Railway Articles written by C.W. Finch, 1997-1998, no date
Folder 5: Railroad Abandonment and Other Documents, 1888, 1956-1978
Folder 6: Railroad Poems, no date
Folder 7: North Western Lines Articles with Corrections, Summer 1993
Folder 8: "The Sinking of the HMT Rohna as Remembered by a Survivor" by Chas W. Finch, no date
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
Addendum 4
Box 6
Folder 22: Chicago and North Western Power, by Patrick C. Dorin, 1972
Folder 23: Chicago and North Western, Annual Report 1994; Clippings, 1994; April 1995
Folder 24: "Chicago and North Western News", 1984-1987
Folder 25: "North Western Dispatch", 1989-1995
Box 7
Volume 1-12: "North Western Lines" (12 volumes), 1983-1986