- Collection ID:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company
New York Central Railroad Company
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
1914 - 1923
- Physical Description:
The collection consists of photographic negatives relating to a valuation study of the New York Central Railroad dating from 1914 to 1923.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of over 3,500 photographic negatives relating to a valuation study of the New York Central Railway. These materials include images of bridges, structures, stations, railroad cars, and other subjects. Certain negatives also capture glimpses of everyday life including families outside of company-owned housing, railroad employees at work, busy city scenes, advertisements, automobiles, and in some cases, the surveyors at work. The negatives begin with valuation survey number twenty-seven and end with 145. These negatives date from 1914 to 1923 with the bulk dating from 1916 to 1921. The negatives are arranged sequentially according to their valuation survey (VS) numbers, which denote specific geographic areas along the railway lines. Geographic locations were identified using copies of valuation survey maps from the Pennsylvania State Archives.
The collection is arranged into one series.
Collection processed by Jade D'Addario, intern 2014; Anne Jones, volunteer 2014; Eva Buchanan and Stephanie Haeg, interns 2017; Karalyn Glos, Austin Knox, and Justine Thomas, interns 2018; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Jade D'Addario, Vanessa Broussard Simmons, Justine Thomas
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company donated the collection in 1986.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is opened for research. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
New York Central Railway Valuation Negatives, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction. Smithsonian Institution owns rights. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Transferred to the Archives Center in 2007 by the Division of Work and Industry.
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012