Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records - Photographs, Artwork, and Audiovisual
Scope and Content of the Collection
Primarily photographs, but also some original cartoons, drawings, and paintings, and two boxes of audio media of oral histories, interviews, Burlington Route chapter readings by its author, and radio programs. Photographs depict the railroad company in a variety of ways: as documentary shots showing life along the railroad; as records of the men and women who worked for the railroad; and as images used by the railroad’s advertising department to promote the railroad to the public. The artwork is mostly original editorial cartoons collected by the company, although there is some original artwork used to design the Burlington Zephyr brochures, and other miscellaneous paintings. Audio recordings consist of blue transcription discs created by R.C. Overton, historian for the CB&Q, and transcripts of radio programs promoting the Burlington Zephyr.
Forms part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records.
This finding aid describes additions to the original deposit of records inventoried in the Guide to the Burlington Archives in the Newberry Library, 1851-1901 (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1949).
- Creation: approximately 1852-1975
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (Organization)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
51 Linear Feet (93.5 boxes, 13 oversize boxes, and 1 flat file folder)
Photographs, cartoons, drawings, and paintings, and two boxes of audio media of oral histories, interviews, Burlington Route chapter readings by its author, and radio programs. Forms part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records.
Papers are organized in the following series
- Series A-5-1: Granger Country Photographs, 1947-1948
- Boxes 1-39
- Series A-5-2: Executives / Employees Photographs, 1852-1970
- Boxes 40-48; +1-+2; Flat File Drawer 3
- Series A-5-3: Advertising Photographs, 1850s-1972
- Boxes 49-92; +3-+11
- Series A-5-4: Aurora Laboratory Photographs, 1898-1905
- Box 93
- Series A-5-5: Miscellaneous Photographs, 1898-1965
- Boxes 94
- Series A-5-6: Artwork, 1888-1975
- Boxes 94; +12
- Series A-5-7: Audiovisual, 1934-1961
- Boxes 94; +13
Collection Stack Location
4a 37 2-4, 4a 21 3, 4a flat files
Deposit of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Company, 1943, with subsequent additions, 1948-onward. Ownership transferred to Newberry Library by Burlington Northern Company, 1975.
Martha Briggs, Alison Hinderliter, Lisa Janssen, Kelly Kress, Emma Martin, Andrew Olofsson, and Pamela Olson, 2014.
Genre / Form
- Editorial cartoons -- 1851-1900
- Editorial cartoons -- 1901-1950
- Photographs -- 1851-1900
- Photographs -- 1901-1950
- Photographs -- 1951-2000
- Sound recordings -- 1901-1950
- Sound recordings -- 1951-2000
- Middle West -- Description and travel
- Mississippi River Valley
- West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
- Advertising -- Railroads -- United States
- Burlington Zephyr (Express train)
- Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)
- Dude ranches
- Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
- National parks and reserves
- Photographers -- West (U.S.)
- Railroad travel -- West (U.S.)
- Tourism -- West (U.S.)
- Inventory of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records - Photographs, Artwork, and Audiovisual, ca. 1852-1975
- Alison Hinderliter and Kelly Kress
- Language of description
- Script of description