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George M. Foster Timetable Collection

 Collection
Identifier: TL024

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The George M. Foster Timetable Collection is a companion to the Transportation Library Menu Collection. It provides contextual depth for that collection, as many of the timetables include Foster's notes as to flight date and time, and can be matched to his annotated menus.

The collection consists of 1766 timetables issued between 1929 and 1991. There are 1695 airline, 56 railroad, and 15 ship and ferry timetables. The collection is international in scope, reflecting the scope of Foster's many years of travel. Languages represented in the collection include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Irish, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Afrikaans, and Indonesian. Each company record includes the ICAO code if available, as well as a reference to any predecessor or successor company name. Each item record includes the timetable's title and effective date(s), and a transcription of any notes Dr. Foster made on it.

Dates

  • Published timetables issued between 1929 and 1991.

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Irish, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Afrikaans, and Indonesian.

Physical Description

1766 timetables (1695 airline, 56 railroad, and 15 ship and ferry) issued between 1929 and 1991.

Access

Restricted. By appointment only.

Restrictions on use

Researchers wishing to review physical collection must contact the Transportation Library at (847) 491-5273 or transportationlibrary@northwestern.edu for appointment.

Extent

13 Boxes

Overview

The George M. Foster Timetable Collection, consisting of 1766 timetables issued between 1929 and 1991, is a companion to the Transportation Library Menu Collection (collection number TL017). It provides contextual depth for that collection, as many of the timetables include Foster's notes as to travel date and time.

Biographical note

Pioneering anthropologist and Northwestern alumnus George M. Foster took his first commercial flight in 1935. In the seven decades that followed, he would fly hundreds of times as well as traveling by rail and boat for his anthropological research and as a consultant for such agencies as the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Foster not only collected remembrances of his travels in the form of in-flight or on-board menus, which he donated to the Transportation Library in 1997, but also in the form of the timetables and other ephemera associated with his travels. As with the menus, he annotated many of the timetables as to when and where he traveled.

Organization of the collection

The collection is organized by company name. Within each company, the individual timetables are arranged in chronological order, with undated timetables at the end of their respective company.

Physical Location

Northwestern University Transportation Library, Evanston, Ill., Room 5346

Provenance

Gift of George M. Foster in 1997.

Separated Materials

Other documents, primarily airline advertising and guides, have been removed for processing as a separate collection. 1 bankers box.

Physical Description

1766 timetables (1695 airline, 56 railroad, and 15 ship and ferry) issued between 1929 and 1991.

Processor

Elizabeth Kahakulani Blaisdell
Title
Guide to the George M. Foster Timetable Collection
Status
completed
Author
Elizabeth Kahakulani Blaisdell, Jordan Ellison, Lisa Currie, Gary Strawn
Date
2018-05-24
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