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William Wallace Atterbury photographs

Accession 1994.309

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, William Wallace Atterbury photographs (Accession 1994.309), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Wallace Atterbury photographs
Dates: circa 1880-1935
Accession Number: 1994.309
Creator: Atterbury, William Wallace, 1866-1935
Extent: 1.0 linear foot
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.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
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.
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Administrative Information


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.

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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.

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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.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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1 William Wallace Atterbury - Portraits
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1 W. W. Atterbury - Family
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1 W. W. Atterbury - Early photographs, 1880s-1890s
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1 W. W. Atterbury - Military service during World War I
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1 W. W. Atterbury - World War I, 1919 February 23 [General Pershing at Tours, France conferring Distinguished Service Cross upon 10 generals of the American Service of Supply Overseas]
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1 W. W. Atterbury - President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover; business leaders; associates
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1 W. W. Atterbury - Leisure activities: fishing, boating, golfing
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1 W. W. Atterbury - Group portraits
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1 Old Presbyterian Church, Parsonage - Second Presbyterian Church, Hutchinson Memorial Presbyterian Church. New Albany, Ind. [church where John Guest Atterbury was pastor]
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1 Miscellaneous [photograph of an etching of the Old Broad Street Train Shed, "Steam and Power," by J. Pennell; program from W. W. Atterbury's 50th birthday party]
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1 W. W. Atterbury - Prints from glass negatives [Subjects include family photos, a view of Altoona, PA, and locomotive in a repair shop]
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1 "Broadway Limited," [promoting comforts of modern travel by rail from New York to Chicago (11 min.)] ; VHS
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1 "Coast to Coast in 48 hours," ["…presents a complete record of your trip from New York to California by train and plane." Cameo appearances by Charles Lindburgh and Amelia Earhart] ; VHS, 35 min.
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2 Glass negatives [Subjects include family photos, tennis matches, interiors, a view of Altoona, PA, and locomotive in a repair shop.] ; 48.0 items
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DF 1008 Chi Phi Fraternity [Yale University] Waldorf-Astoria, 1911 May 6; 1 photographic print: b&w : 11.5 x 17.5 in.
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DF 1008 86S Reunion New Haven Lawn Club, 1916 June 20; 1 photographic print : b&w
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DF 1008 France and America Society Dinner to General G.A.L. Dumont, Union Club, 1928 July 31; 1 photographic print : b&w : 12 x 20 in.
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DF 1008 Print showing portraits of "Brigadier-General W.W. Atterbury, Director-General of Transportation, American Expeditionary Forces, and officers of his personal staff,"
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DF 1008 Portrait of W. W. Atterbury
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DF 1008 Group portrait at table, PRR, Yale, 1884, 1885, 1886