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William Wallace Atterbury photographs

circa 1880-1935
 Collection
Identifier: 1994-309

Abstract

William Wallace Atterbury (1866-1935) was a career officer on the Pennsylvania Railroad and its president from 1925 to 1935. The collection consists of photographs and other materials relating to William Wallace Atterbury. Many of the photographs are portraits and other pictures of Atterbury and his family, friends, and associates, including his Yale classmates, business leaders, and notable figures such as President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover and Charles Lindburgh.

Dates

  • circa 1880-1935

Creator

Extent

1 Linear Foot

General Physical Description

111 photographic prints : 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 22 photographic prints : 12 x 20 in. or smaller. 2 photographic prints : cabinet photographs ; 6.5 x 4.25 in. 52 negatives : glass ; 10.5 x 10.5 cm. 4 negatives : film ; 3.5 x 5.5 in. or smaller. 2 videocassettes (VHS). 5 items.

Biographical Note

William Wallace Atterbury (1866-1935) was a career officer on the Pennsylvania Railroad and its president from 1925 to 1935. He was also director-general of transportation for the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. His father, John G. Atterbury, was first a lawyer and then a Presbyterian clergyman in New York City and Detroit. His uncle and namesake, William Wallace Atterbury (1823-1911) was also a Presbyterian clergyman in Indiana.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs and other materials relating to William Wallace Atterbury. Many of the photographs are portraits and other pictures of Atterbury and his family, friends, and associates, including his Yale classmates, business leaders, and notable figures such as President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover and Charles Lindburgh. These include events such as class reunions and Atterbury's birthday celebrations. Several photographs document Atterbury's service as director-general of transportation for the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Included are photographs of Atterbury's staff and the occasion upon which General Pershing conferred the Distinguished Service Cross upon ten generals of the American Service of Supply Overseas, including W.W. Atterbury, on February 23, 1919 at Tours, France. Other photographs document Atterbury's leisure activities, particularly fishing and swordfishing, but also boating, golfing, and tennis.

The collection also includes two videocassettes of Pennsylvania Railroad promotional films from the 1920s. "Broadway Limited" promotes the comforts of modern travel by rail from New York to Chicago. "Coast to Coast in 48 hours" records a trip from New York to California by train and plane, with cameo appearances by Charles Lindburgh and Amelia Earhart.

Access Restrictions

Access restricted; please contact staff in advance of research visit at research@hagley.org for instructions on how to apply for access to material.

Published Material

Several photographs from this collection appear in The Railroad General: William Wallace Atterbury by Patricia Talbot Davis (Atlanta, GA: 1994). A copy of this book is available in Hagley Museum and Library's Imprints Department.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Separated Materials

Atterbury family papers (Accession 2053), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
William Wallace Atterbury photograph collection
Status:
Online
Author:
Laura Dietrich and encoded by Laurie Rizzo
Date:
2013
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400