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Railroad Photographs at the Pennsylvania State Archives

Most of the photograph collections at the Archives have been thoroughly described in our published Guide to Photographs at the Pennsylvania State Archives by Linda A. Ries. If you are looking for photos of a specific person, place or thing (e.g. Cecil Fulton, Jr., Coatesville or the Rockville Bridge) you may first want to try looking up that specific name in the index in the back of this publication.

Popular series containing rail-related photographs include:

MG-286, Penn Central Collection

  • PRR / Secretary / Board of Directors' Inspection Trip Book, 1937. (.1 cu. ft.) {#286m.74}
  • PRR / Secretary / Motive Power Development on the PRR System, 1831-1924. (.04 cu. ft.) {#286m.134}
  • PRR / Secretary / Secretary's Correspondence, 1860-1966 (1905-1966). (3 cu. ft.) {#286m.159}
  • PRR / Secretary / Library / Hollyman Publicity Photographs, ca 1940-1959. (2 cu. ft.) {#286m.169}
  • PRR / Secretary / Library / Library Reference Materials, ca 1834-1963. (10 cu. ft.) {#286m.170}
  • PRR / Secretary / Library / Publicity Photographs, ca 1830-1960. (6.05 cu. ft.) {#286m.172}
  • PRR / President / Presidential Correspondence of A.J. Cassatt and James McCrea, ca 1899-1913. (59 cu. ft.) {#286m.40}
  • PRR / President / Rea / Presidential Correspondence of Samuel Rea, 1913-1925. (92 cu. ft.) {#286m.47}
  • PRR / President / Atterbury / Presidential Correspondence of W.W. Atterbury, 1925-1935. (43 cu. ft.) {#286m.50}
  • PRR / President / Clement / Presidential Correspondence of M.W. Clement, 1935-1949. (152 cu. ft.) {#286m.54}
  • PRR / V.P. of Finance/ Inspection Trip Photograph Albums, 1952. (.5 cu. ft.) {#286m.203}
  • PRR / V.P. of Law ... /Cayahoga Falls Wreck Case Files, 1940. (1 cu. ft.) {#286m.232}
  • PRR / V.P. Operation / Chief of Motive Power / Steel Freight Car Photograph Book, undated. (.02 cu. ft.) {#286m.355}
  • PRR / V.P. Operation / Mechanical Engineer / Files of the Mechanical Division of the Assoc. of American RR's, 1933-1948. (1 cu. ft.) {#286m.359}
  • PRR / V.P. of Public Affairs... / Wartime Advertising Scrapbooks, 1942-1945. (1.11 cu. ft.) {#286m.379}
  • PRR / V.P. of Purchases... / Photographs and Specifications for Employee Uniforms, 1945-1948. (1 cu. ft.) {#286m.383}
  • PRR / V.P. of Purchases... / Specifications and Proposals for Motive Power Equipment, 1946-1954. (2 cu. ft.) {#286m.384}
  • PRR / V.P. of Special Services / Water Company Files, 1905-1956. (2 cu. ft.) {#286m.403}
  • Conrail / Public Relations Office/ Historical Image File, ca. 1840-1960, undated. (42 boxes) {#286.1549}
  • New York Central Railroad / Purchasing Dept. / General Motors Trade Catalogue for GP-30 Locomotive, 1962. (.03 cu. ft.) {#286m.442}

MG-427, Baldwin-Hamilton Company Records

  • Photographs of Locomotives, [ca. 1909-1949]. (1 box) {#427m.45}

MG-393, Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company of Butler, Pennsylvania Records

  • Photographs, undated. (3 boxes and 7 folders) {#393m.21}

MG-218, General Photograph Collection

  • Transportation section

MG-219, Philadelphia Commercial Museum Collection

  • All three sections

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PA State Archives - Research Guides - Railroad Photographs

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