Guide to the Norfolk and Western Railroad Photographs and Postcards, 1908-circa 1965

Summary Information

Title: Norfolk and Western Railroad Photographs and Postcards, 1908-circa 1965
Collection: AC.267
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The Norfolk and Western Railroad Photographs and Postcards collection includes three black and white photographs of railroad employees, and twenty-nine postcards of railroad trains or scenes, some postmarked.

Creator: Norfolk and Western Railway Company

Biographical/Historical Note

The Norfolk and Western Railroad formed as the Atlantic, Mississippi, & Ohio Railroad (AM & O) during a 1870 merger between Southside Railroad Company (1846), Norfolk & Petersburg (1849), Virginia & Tennessee Railroad (1849), and the proposed Virginia & Kentucky Railroad, which was never built. AM & O was sold at auction to C.H. Clark in 1881 and became Norfolk & Western. The Norfolk & Western Railroad acquired Shenandoah Valley Railroad (1870) in 1890 and the Virginia Carolina, which was nicknamed the "Virginia Creeper," in 1917. Norfolk & Western merged with Southern Railroad to form Norfolk Southern in the 1980s.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 29 postcards of trains and railroad scenes, along with three 8"x10" black and white group photographs of railroad workers and a lady perhaps sharing a sermon. Writing on the inside photograph indicates it was taken at the West End Shops, Roanoke, Virginia on August 8, 1925. There are two copies of the other outdoors group picture.

Arrangement

This collection is housed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased these items from Bookworm and Silverfish between 2003 and 2011. Three accessions were combined in this collection: AC.2003.025, AC.2011.015 and AC.2011.037.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, October, 2005; Reprocessed with additions by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.267: Norfolk and Western Railroad Photographs and Postcards, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  ACSC_Box

Group Photograph (black and white), taken inside West End Shops, Roanoke, Virginia, August 8, 1925 

8

Group Photograph (black and white), taken outside West End Shops, Roanoke, Virginia (2 copies), August 8, 1925 

8

Railroad Postcards (29), 1908-circa 1965 

8