Ronald J. Sullivan Photograph Collection
Scope and Contents
The Ronald J. Sullivan Photograph Collection is an extensive collection of photographs and slides of public and commercial buses and public transit and commuter trains, dating from 1946-2000. The bulk of the collection comprises photographs taken by Ronald J. Sullivan, an amateur photographer and rail and bus enthusiast; also included are historic images of Chicago-area transit that were part of Sullivan’s personal collection, and which supplement the photographer’s original material. The majority of the photographs were taken in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding area, with a few in other cities and international locations. Sullivan documented nearly all of the photographs and slides in this collection in detail with bus or train numbers, route numbers, street intersections or stations, and dates. For the sake of consistency and ease of searching for specific items the City of Chicago Street Guide abbreviations and a list of common abbreviations found in the collection will be used. See the following:
Abbreviations & Symbols in Description (geographic; http://www.chicagocop.com/resources/city-of-chicago-street-guide/): Arc. = Arc Street Ave. = Avenue Blvd. = Boulevard Cir. = Circle Ct. = Court Diag. = Diagonal Street Dr. = Drive Ln. = Lane (P) = Private Street Pk. = Park Pkwy. = Parkway Plc. = Place Plza. = Plaza Rd. = Road Sq. = Square St. = Street Terr. = Terrace * = Not Continuous
Common Abbreviations Found in the Ronald J. Sullivan Photographic Collection Finding Aid (lines and manufacturers):
BIV - Kawasaki-built subway car model; BN - Burlington Northern Railroad; C.M.C. Co. - Chicago Motor Coach Company; C.S.I. - Corporate Services International charter bus company (?); C.T.U. - ; CATCO - Charter bus operator; CIE - Córas Iompair Éireann, Ireland's national public transport provider; Cioses - ; CNW - Chicago and North Western Railroad; CRT/CTA - Chicago Rapid Transit Company/Chicago Transit Authority; Crusader - Bus model manufacturer by Champion; CSL/CTA - Chicago Surface Lines/Chicago Transit Authority; CTA - Chicago Transit Authority; FLXF - Flxible bus model- GT - Grand Trunk Railway; HMS - His/Her Majesty’s Ship; IC or I.C. - Illinois Central Railroad; Keeshin - Charter bus operator; M.A.N. - MAN Truck & Bus Company; N.S. - Norfolk Southern Railway; NOPSI - New Orleans Public Service Incorporated; O.N.U. - ; RTA/CNW - Regional Transportation Authority/Chicago and North Western Railroad; S.P. - Southern Pacific Railway; Soo - Soo Line Railroad; TDH - General Motors bus model; UP - Union Pacific North (Metra line); Wiersema - Charter bus operator;
The title for each image contains the individual bus or train number, route number, street and/or intersection names, date and make of the bus or train, in that order.
The collection consists of three series; Slides; Photographs; and Artifacts.
Boxes 1-2 include slides taken from 1940-2000. Each slide has detailed information regarding the bus or train identifying number, route number and street intersection or station where the photograph was taken and the date. Slides are primarily of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) public buses and "L" trains, though the collection also includes charter bus coaches, working buses and working trains, freight trains, and two ships.
Box 3 includes photographs of buses and trains, again including identifying and route numbers, locations and dates.
Box 4 contains the metal slide box that held the majority of the collection, along with a photograph indicating how the slides were originally organized.
- Sullivan, Ronald J. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
To inquire about access to this collection, please contact the Transportation Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 491-5273.
Language of Materials
The Ronald J. Sullivan Photograph Collection spans the years 1940-2000. The extensive collection is comprised of photographs and slides of primarily public bus and train transportation, chiefly in the Chicago, Illinois area.
The Ronald J. Sullivan Photograph Collection is organized into: slides; photographs; and artifacts. Slides and photographs are further arranged by type of transportation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was received as a gift to the Transportation Library from James Wallrabenstein of Spokane, Washington, on December 19, 2016.
- Guide to the Ronald J. Sullivan Photograph Collection
- Emily Head
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