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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XI. Trains

Accession 20100108.ZTV.XI

Published Collections Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Emily Cottle, Laura Muskavitch, Robin Valencia, Nicole Watts, Kenton Jaehnig, Alison Kreitzer, Annalise Berdini, and Vicki Wasserman in 2013.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XI. Trains (Accession 20100108.ZTV.XI), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XI. Trains
Dates: 1865-2008, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.XI
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 5 linear feet
Language of Material: Materials are in mostly in English, but also include items in German, French, Dutch, Czech, and Thai.
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series documents railroads and railroad equipment.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Z. Taylor Vinson Estate, 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

The collection is housed in off-site storage. Please allow 24 hours notice to view the materials. Advance notice is not required for books and periodicals.

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Biographical Note

For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Vinson was a 1955 graduate of Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, then moved to New York City to work in advertising until he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961. Vinson practiced law with O’Melveney & Meyers in Los Angeles, California and the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he began working as a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Vinson played a significant role in the drafting of federal safety regulations governing tires and those requiring high-mounted brake lights in the rear window of automobiles, which began with the 1986 model year.

At the age of four, Vinson was introduced to automobile literature when he was given a 1938 Ford trade catalog. Vinson began attending automobile shows to actively collect by the time he turned seven. He would ask that his parents drive him to Huntington’s “Automobile Row,” where Vinson would collect literature from the dealerships located there. By the age of fourteen, Vinson was writing to the British, French, Italian, and Czech embassies in Washington, D.C. to request the addresses of automakers in those countries from whom he could obtain literature.

As he grew older, Vinson collected trade literature from additional sources, including, but not limited to, automobile manufacturers, fellow collectors, memorabilia dealers, auto shows, and auctions. He eventually amassed so much material that he built an addition to his Virginia home to store it all, which he referred to as his “Autotorium.”

In addition to collecting, Vinson was an active member of automobile organizations. He was president of the Society of Automotive Historians from 1993 to 1995 and served as the editor of Automotive History Review from 1995 to 2009. Z. Taylor Vinson passed away at the age of 76 on October 25, 2009.

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Scope and Content

This series documents railroads and railroad equipment. Material formats include, but are not limited to, brochures, clippings, calendars, timetables, and company reports.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder, chronologically or alphabetically, depending on the subject.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
11-1 A-B, 1957-circa 2000s, undated [Contains materials pertaining to the following railroads and railroad equipment manufacturers: Aerotrain; American Car and Foundry Company; American High Speed Rail Corporation; Balkan Flexipass; Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; Blue Mountain & Reading Railroad; Boston and Maine Railroad; and British Railways. Items include brochures, a railroad pass, and a refund form.]
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11-1 C-D, 1937-1993, undated [Contains materials pertaining to the following railroads and railroad equipment manufacturers: Canadian National Railways; Canadian Pacific Railway Lines; České Dráhy; Chemins de fer de L'Indochine; Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad; Clark Autotram; and CP Rail (Vancouver-Vancouver Island). Items include timetables and brochures.]
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11-1 F-L, 1865-1996, undated [Contains materials pertaining to the following railroads, railroad equipment manufacturers, and government agencies: Federal Railroad Administration; Ferrovie dello Stato; the Frank Leslie Excursion from New York to the Pacific; Gettysburg Railroad; Glacier Express; Hovertrek, IC (InterCity); Kent & East Sussex Railway Steam Trains; and Lake Shore Michigan Southern Railroad Line. Items include a fact sheet, a travel guide/system map, a published narrative account, brochures, and timetables.]
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11-1 N-S, 1934-2000, undated [Contains materials pertaining to the following railroads, railroad equipment manufacturers, and winemakers: Network SouthCentral; South Eastern; New Jersey Transit (Raritan Valley Line); New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company; Night Train Express; Paris-Lyon en Automotrice Rapide; Paris-Nord a Londres; Rail Europ; Rock Island Lines; SK Automated People Mover; Southern Railway; South West Trains; State Railway of Thailand; and Strasburg Rail Road. Items include timetables, a wine bottle label, brochures, and stationary.]
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11-1 T-W, 1891-1999 [Contains materials pertaining to the following railroads and railroad equipment manufacturers: Ticino; TurboTrain; Wagons-Lits; and Washington & Southwestern Vestibuled, Limited. Items include timetables, a brochure, and a menu.]
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11-OS1 Advertisements and Clipping File, 1902-1998 [Contains miscellaneous clippings pertaining to railroads. Items include magazine advertisements, magazine articles, newspaper advertisements, and newspaper articles.]
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11-1 Aeromovel, 1988-1990 [Contains materials regarding Aeromovel rail mass-transit equipment, which was built by Sûr Coerster S.A. of Brazil. Items include a company overview, slides, postcards, and speeches.]
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11-1 Amtrak: Serials, 1990-1996 [Contains one 1990 issue and one 1991 issue of the Amtrak company magazine Amtrak's America. Also contains an April 1996 issue of the Amtrak company newsletter San Diegan News.]
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11-1 Amtrak: Timetables, 1975-2005, undated [Contains Amtrak passenger train timetables.]
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11-1 Amtrak: Travel Guides, 1983-1984, undated [Contains miscellaneous Amtrak travel guides. Items include brochures, Amtrak company overviews, and a flyer urging passenger support of Amtrak before the U.S. Congress.]
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11-1 Assorted Items, 1980-1987, undated [Contains miscellaneous materials pertaining to trains. Items include a January-April 1980 issue of Childs Gallery Print Letter; a Kleinbahn model train brochure; an L.C. model train brochure; a schematic of train designs from Popular Mechanics; a brochure for the Musée du Transport Urbain Bruxellois; a brochure for the National Railway Museum. Also includes a brochure for the Brussels, Belgium tourist tram; a swatch of train print wrapping paper; a brochure for books about trains; a pamphlet on steam engines as a hobby; a newspaper article on railroad stations, and a brochure for the Museumstoomtrein Der Twee Bruggen.]
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11-F1 Baltimore & Ohio, 1927, 1930 [Contains oversize newspaper advertisements for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's passenger service.]
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11-1 Budd, 1940-1941 [Contains magazine advertisements for Budd stainless steel passenger cars.]
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11-1 Bugatti, 1937, undated [Contains materials regarding the Bugatti Autorail motorized railcar. Items include a brochure and a magazine clipping. The brochure was printed for the Bugatti Autorail's appearance at the Exposition Internationale 1937 in Paris, France.]
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11-OS1 Bugatti, undated [Contains a magazine article about the Bugatti Autorail motorized rail car.]
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11-1 Burlington, undated [Contains materials regarding the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. Items include brochure, a magazine advertisement, and stationary.]
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11-F1 Burlington, 1933 [Contains an oversize newspaper clipping of the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr streamlined passenger train.]
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11-2 Calendars, 1984-1985 [Contains two Belgian calendars featuring photo reproductions of railroads and railroad equipment.]
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11-2 Chesapeake and Ohio: Advertisements, 1936, undated [Contains two magazine advertisements for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad's passenger service.]
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11-2 Chesapeake and Ohio: Calendars, 1994-2004 [Contains the 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, and 2004 editions of the The Chessie Calendar. The calendars feature art reproductions of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad's mascot Chessie.]
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11-2 Chesapeake and Ohio: Timetables, 1933-1968 [Contains a ticket and passenger train timetables from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.]
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11-2 Clippings, 1936, 1938, undated [Contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings of European railroad equipment.]
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11-2 DB, 1993-2006, undated [Contains DB (Deutsche Bahn) passenger train timetables.]
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11-2 EuroCity, 1988-1995 [Contains EuroCity passenger train timetables.]
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11-2 European Railroads, 1941-1992 [Contains materials regarding train travel on various European railroads. Items include passenger train timetables and travel guides.]
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11-2 Eurostar, 1992-2001, undated [Contains materials regarding Eurostar passenger trains. Items include brochures, a timetable, menus, and magazine clippings.]
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11-2 French Railroads, 1978-1991, undated [Contains materials regarding railroads in France. Items include a brochure, booklets, and a menu.]
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11-OS1 General Motors, 1941, undated [Contains two magazine advertisements for railroad equipment built by General Motors Corporation.]
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11-2 German Railroads, 1936, undated [Contains materials regarding railroads in Germany. Items include the publication Germany, A Century of German Railways and a transportation map of northern Germany.]
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11-2 London Midland and Scottish Railway, 1937-1940, undated [Contains materials regarding the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Items include a Floyd Clymer reprint of the publication The Coronation Scot, London Midland & Scottish Railway, and two brochures for the London Midland and Scottish Railway's Coronation Scot luxury passenger train.]
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11-2 Milwaukee Road, 1939, undated [Contains materials regarding the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, which was popularly known as the Milwaukee Road. Items include publications for the Milwaukee Road's 1939 Hiawatha and Olympian Hiawatha passenger trains.]
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11-2 New York Central, undated [Contains brochures for the New York Central Railroad's 20 th Century Limited and Mercury passenger trains.]
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11-OS1 New York Central, undated [Contains oversize magazine advertisements for the New York Central Railroad's passenger and freight service.]
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11-3 Norfolk Southern, 2004-2005 [Contains Norfolk Southern Corporation's 2004 and 2005 annual reports.]
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11-3 Norfolk Southern, 2006-2008 [Contain Norfolk Southern Corporation's 2006, 2007, and 2008 annual reports.]
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11-3 Norfolk and Western, undated [Contains materials regarding the Norfolk and Western Railway. Items include a blotter of the Norfolk and Western's Class J steam locomotive, an information card of the Norfolk and Western's Class J steam locomotive, and the company publication "Night Trick" on the Norfolk and Western Railway.]
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11-3 Northern Pacific, 1930 [Contains two magazine advertisements for the Northern Pacific Railroad's North Coast Limited passenger train.]
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11-3 Orient Express, 1982-2003, undated [Contains materials regarding the Orient Express luxury passenger train. Items include a menu, a 1987 issue of Orient-Express Magazine, passenger guides, brochures, magazine articles, and a pop-up card of an Orient Express train.]
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11-3 Pennsylvania Railroad, 1910-1965 [Contains materials regarding the Pennsylvania railroad. Items include magazine advertisements for the Pennsylvania Railroad's passenger service, the company publication Modern Locomotives and Cars 1939, Pennsylvania Railroad, and a brochure for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited passenger train.]
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11-OS1 Pennsylvania Railroad, 1938, 1941 [Contains oversize magazine advertisements for the Pennsylvania Railroad's passenger service.]
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11-3 Pullman, 1929-1948, undated [Contains materials regarding Pullman. Items includes booklets and brochures for Pullman sleeping cars and passenger cars. Also includes magazine advertisements for Pullman passenger cars.]
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11-OS1 Pullman, 1938-1951, undated [Contains oversize materials regarding Pullman. Items include a brochure for Pullman sleeping cars, a blueprint of a Pullman sleeping car used by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, and magazine advertisements for Pullman sleeping cars and passenger cars.]
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11-3 Santa Fe, 1901-1965 [Contains materials regarding the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway, which was popularly known as the Santa Fe. Items include magazine advertisements for the Santa Fe's passenger service, a menu from the Santa Fe's Chief passenger train, and brochures for the Santa Fe's Scout and El Capitan passenger trains.]
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11-OS1 Santa Fe, 1937-circa 1956 [Contains oversize materials regarding the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway, which was popularly known as the Santa Fe. Items include a magazine article about the Santa Fe's Super Chief passenger train and magazine advertisements for the Santa Fe's passenger service.]
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11-3 Siemens, 1989-1992 [Contains materials regarding Siemens AG, a German manufacturer of railroad equipment. Items include publications for locomotives built by Siemens for Amtrak and Intercity Express (ICE).]
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11-3 SNCF, 1945-2000, undated [Contains materials regarding SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Franḉais). Items include SNCF passenger train timetables and a SNCF route map.]
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11-4 Southern Pacific, 1901, 1912, undated [Contains magazine advertisements for the Southern Pacific Railroad's passenger service.]
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11-OS1 Southern Pacific, 1937-1941, undated [Contains oversize magazine advertisements for the Southern Pacific Railroad's passenger service.]
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11-4 TGV, 1989-1996 [Contains materials regarding TGV (Train à Grand Vitesse) high-speed trains. Items include November 1989 and January 1990 issues of the High Speed Rail Association newsletter Speedlines, a Federal Railroad Administration report on TGV high-speed trains, and a publication regarding the use of TGV high-speed trains in Belgium.]
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11-4 Thalys, 1997-2007 [Contains materials regarding Thalys. Items include a Thalyspassenger train timetable and a Thalys company overview that includes route information.]
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11-4 Transrapid, 1989, undated [Contain materials regarding Transrapid International, a German manufacturer of maglev mass-transit equipment. Items include a brochure for the Transrapid 07 maglev and a brochure for Transrapid's maglev test facility in Emsland, Germany.]
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11-4 Union Pacific, 1934-1939, undated [Contains materials regarding the Union Pacific Railroad. Items include brochures for the Union Pacific's streamlined passenger trains. Also includes timetables for the Union Pacific's streamlined passenger trains.]
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11-OS2 Union Pacific, 1941-1955 [Contains oversize magazine advertisements for the Union Pacific Railroad's passenger service.]
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11-4 Washington Metro, 1983 [Contains a guide to visiting Washington, D.C. via the Washington Metro rail mass-transit system.]