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Additional Resources

Burlington Route Historical Society
P.O. Box 456
LaGrange, IL 60525

California State Railroad Museum Library
Big Four Building
111 "I" St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-323-8073
Ellen Halteman, librarian

Santa Fe donated a boxcar filled with rolling stock (passenger and freight car) diagrams and related materials to the library, along with other assorted documents and materials. The library has Santa Fe employee timetables covering California operations from the turn of the century forward on microfilm. There is also a substantial volume of other Santa Fe material the library has acquired.

DeGolyer Library
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750396
Dallas, Texas 75275-0396
Information: 214-768-2012
Fax: 214-768-1565
After-hours: 214-768-2253

Everett Lee DeGolyer, Jr. railroad photographs encompass 15 filing cabinets of photographs and film negatives on U.S. and foreign railroads. The collection is arranged alphabetically by name of railroad and further subdivided by locomotive number or car type. The extent of the collection for each railroad line varies, from a single photograph to hundreds of images. The library also includes a number of historical records and documents representing BNSF predecessor railroads.

Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad
P.O. Box 271
West Bend, WI 53095-0271

Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad (FOBNR) was formed to gather, preserve and share information about the history of the Burlington Northern Railroad and the history and current operation of BNSF. It follows the BN from 1970 to 1995 and the BNSF from 1995 to the present. Members of the FOBNR receive four issues of The BN Expediter, a 20-page, glossy paper publication containing information and photos of railroad history and current events.

Frisco Railroad Library

Great Northern Railway Historical Society
193 Pennsylvania Ave. East
St. Paul, MN 55130

Collection of personal and business related material from James J. Hill, the legendary "Empire Builder." This collection contains letters, documents and photographs relating to the Great Northern Railway, and Hill's interest and involvement in the development of the Pacific Northwest. The library also contains the papers of Louis W. Hill, former president and chief executive officer, of the Great Northern and son of James J. Hill.

Kansas State Historical Society
6425 Southwest 6th St.
Topeka, KS 66615
785-272-8681
Research Center Reference Desk, documents
Darrell Garwood, photographs

Santa Fe donated thousands of photographs and hundreds of thousands of documents to this organization, including maps, station diagrams, printed materials and a collection of bound issues of Santa Fe Magazine.

Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd. West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
651-259-3000
Dennis E. Meissner, director

This collection of Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway includes records, photographs, maps, diagrams and drawings. The collection also includes records from Great Northern and Northern Pacific affiliates such as steamship lines, hotels and land companies. The bulk of this material was donated following the 1970 merger that created Burlington Northern from Great Northern, Northern Pacific, SP&S and CB&Q. A collection of papers from James J. Hill was also donated by the James J. Hill Reference Library.

Montana Historical Society
225 North Roberts St.
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-2694

The Montana Historical Society has a large collection of material on the state's railroads. The material includes operating records of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads and their hotels and riverboat companies. The society also has the photographic work of F. J. Haynes, who was the Northern Pacific's official photographer. A catalog of available books is provided by the museum store by calling 800-243-9900.

Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-0040
406-994-2251
Steven B. Jackson, curator of art and photographs

The museum contains a collection of photographs by Ron Nixon, covering the Northern Pacific Railway between the 1930s and 1960s. This collection of motive power, trains, parks and scenery is considered to be one of the best.

Nebraska State Historical Society
15th and R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

This collection is comprised of material from the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company and its predecessor companies operating in the state. The collection has material covering the early operation of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad and the later operations of the CB&Q. Records and photographs of land settlement and early farming, taken by Colonization Agent Val Kuska, for CB&Q, are part of this collection. Call 402-471-4761.

Newberry Library
60 West Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
312-255-3511

In April 1943, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company deposited the bulk of its 19th century records (1850-1901) with the Newberry Library. More than 1 million letters, 1,500 bundles of miscellaneous materials and approximately 2,000 bound volumes of ledgers and operating books comprise the collection. The collection is named the Burlington Special Collections.

Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association
13044 87th Place Northeast
Kirkland, WA 98034

Railroad & Heritage Museum
315 West Ave. B
Temple, Texas 76501
254-298-5172

Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society, Inc.
1205 South Air Depot #101
Midwest City, OK 73110-4807

SP&S Historical Society
The Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway Historical Society was founded in 1981 to preserve the history of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway and disseminate information to its membership about the railway and its affiliate lines including the Oregon Trunk, the Oregon Electric, United Railways, Astoria & Columbia River and the Gales Creek & Wilson River.

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