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John A. Swider Timetable Collection

 Collection
Identifier: TL031

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This collection consists of 919 rail and bus timetables from the United States and Canada collected by Mr. John A. Swider, of Mount Prospect, Illinois. The collection comprises timetables issued 1880 through 2006, with the majority dating from the 1930s through the 1990s. It includes timetables focused on the Chicago metropolitan area, and on travel to the San Francisco, Chicago, and New York World’s Fairs.

Dates

  • 1880 - 2006

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment only. Researchers wishing to review the physical collection must contact the Transportation Library at (847) 491-5273 for appointment.

Extent

6 Boxes

Overview

This is a collection of 919 rail and bus timetables from the United States and Canada collected by Mr. John A. Swider, of Mount Prospect, Illinois. Mr. Swider was a graduate of Northwestern University in electrical engineering. The collection comprises timetables issued 1880 through 2006, with the majority dating from the 1930s through the 1990s. It includes timetables focused on the Chicago metropolitan area, and on travel to the San Francisco, Chicago, and New York World’s Fairs.

Biographical / Historical

John Swider was a graduate of Northwestern University in electrical engineering.

Arrangement

The bulk of the collection is arranged alphabetically by issuing agency or company, with each company in a separate series. Folders with each series are arranged alphabetically by title, and by date within each title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. Swider's daughter, Ms. Jaculin Swider Dupree.

Separated Materials

Roughly a quarter box of duplicate timetables has been removed from the collection. Two boxes of other material, consisting of guides, postcards, and tickets from various World's Fairs (A Century of Progress, Chicago, 1933-1934; the Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939-1940; the New York World's Fair, 1939-1940; the Chicago Railroad Fair, 1948-1949; the New York World's Fair, 1964-1965; and Expo '67, Montreal, 1967); railroad and transit fare guides, maps, tickets, and transfers; and periodicals have been removed to be handled as a separate collection.
Title
Guide to the John A. Swider Timetable Collection
Author
Jordan A. Ellison, Haku Blaisdell, Gary L. Strawn
Date
2018-02-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Transportation Library Repository

Contact:
Northwestern University Library (Level 5, North tower)
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208- US
847-491-5273