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William R. Hough Timetable Collection

 Collection
Identifier: TL020

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The William R. Hough Timetables Collection consists of 812 timetables issued between 1907 and 2016. There are 753 railroad, 20 ship, 9 bus, and 3 airline timetables. The collection is primarily North American in scope, while also including some European and Australian content. Along with the more commonly available public timetables, the collection includes 142 employee timetables, primarily from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the Norfolk Southern Railway, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Union Pacific Railroad Company.

The Hough collections were acquired gradually over two lifetimes. This finding aid covers the timetables only, primarily railroad timetables, most published between the 1930s and 1990s with a few outliers from 1907 through 2016. Several of the oldest timetables are reprints issued more recently by railroad historical groups. It includes both employee and public timetables published by railroads from North America and overseas. Materials held separately from the timetables are promotional publications, menus, and route maps, many dating from the time when railroads were promoting their reequipped passenger trains against air and auto competition. Finally, the collections include monographs, periodicals, annual reports, photographs, postcards, and realia. The collection has been split among several organizations, besides Northwestern, major parts are located at the SFO Museum Aviation Collection, the California State Railroad Museum Library and other institutions.

Dates

  • Published timetables issued between 1907 and 2016.

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Austrian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

Physical Description

812 timetables (753 railroad, 20 ship, 9 bus, and 3 airline) issued between 1907 and 2016.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

10 Boxes

Abstract

The William R. Hough Timetables Collection consists of 812 timetables issued between 1907 and 2016. There are 753 railroad, 20 ship, 9 bus, and 3 air timetables. The collection is primarily North American in scope, while also including some European and Australian content. Along with the more commonly available public timetables, the collection includes 142 employee timetables, primarily from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the Norfolk Southern Railway, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Union Pacific Railroad Company.

Organization of the collection

The collection is organized by company name. Within each company, the individual timetables are arranged in title and chronological order, with undated timetables at the end of their respective company. Oversized material is housed in boxes 9 and 10, separate from other material issued by the same companies.

Physical Location

Northwestern University Transportation Library, Evanston, Ill., Room 5370.

Provenance

Gifts of William R. Hough, received 2011-2018.

Separated Materials

Monographs and periodicals have been separated and cataloged as part of the Transportation Library's general collection. Their records include a note identifying William R. Hough as the donor. Guide books, maps, menus, posters, promotional items, signs, and realia are separated as inventoried but otherwise unprocessed archival material in the Transportation Library, room 5370. 11 bankers boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 36 loose-shelved oversize flats and realia.

Physical Description

812 timetables (753 railroad, 20 ship, 9 bus, and 3 airline) issued between 1907 and 2016.

Processors

Lisa Currie, Jordan Ellison

Creator

Title
William R. Hough Timetable Collection
Status
in_progress
Author
Lisa Currie, Jordan Ellison, Gary Strawn
Date
5/21/2019
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