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David H. Cope photographs

Accession 2001.242

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, David H. Cope photographs (Accession 2001.242), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: David H. Cope photographs
Dates: 1890-1988
Accession Number: 2001.242
Creator: Cope, David H., 1913-2001
Extent: 3 linear feet
Physical Description: 87 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x7.5 in. 1806 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x10 in. or smaller. 79 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. or smaller. 874 negatives : b&w ; 4x5 in. or smaller. 90 negatives : glass ; 4 x 5 in. 8 negatives : glass ; 5 x7 in. 48 negatives : b&w ; 3.5 x 5.5 in. 26 slides : lantern ; 3 x 4 in. 1080 transparencies : color ; 35 mm.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: David Harrison Cope (1913-2001) held a lifelong interest in railroads and, in particular, steam locomotives. He began collecting photographs at an early age. This collection primarily consists of black and white photographs and negatives of steam locomotives from a variety of railroads, but it includes some other rolling stock, station photos, related railroad items such as coaling stations and some street railroads, interurbans, and trolley images.
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Biographical Note

David Harrison Cope (1913-2001) held a lifelong interest in railroads and, in particular, steam locomotives. From an early age, he began a collection consisting of photographs, negatives, and eventually 35 mm slides of mostly locomotives and trains from southeastern Pennsylvania. His own photography began in the 1930s. His collection also includes images from other railfans from about 1890 to the 1960s. The David Cope collection is a permanent remembrance of locomotives and trains, which came and went within his long lifetime.

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Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of black and white photographs and negatives of steam locomotives from a variety of railroads, but it includes some other rolling stock, station photos, related railroad items such as coaling stations and some street railroads, interurbans, and trolley images. In addition, from The Baldwin Locomotive Works there are locomotive information cards with all the specifications printed on the reverse of the photo; the oldest negative number is 887 (n.d.) and the latest, negative number 12,971, was built in 1945. The earliest items in the Cope collection are 4x5 glass plate negatives generally unidentified of locomotives, many on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia.

The railroads (chiefly steam locomotives) represented the most prominantly are the Louisville & Nashville, Pennsylvania Railroad, Pennsylvania-​Reading Seashore Lines, and the Western Maryland Railway Company. An interesting inclusion is photos of the Baldwin 60000 locomotive entering the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1933. In addition to railroad related images, there are 26 lantern slides documenting the construction of the Panama Canal distributed by C. T. Milligan firm of Philadelphia.

Cope also photographed and collected 35 mm color slides of his subjects. The color slides are an important component of the collection and date predominantly from the 1970s. Subjects include views from Cope's trips to Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Canada, Denmark, Sweden; views of Amtrak, Conrail, Penn Central, Septa lines mostly in S.E. Pennsylvania; locomotives, railroad cars, stations, towers and trestles, railroad bridges; Paoli and Wilmington shops; some street railroads, interurbans and trolleys; Octoraro Railway images.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
1 Miscellaneous railroad stations and yards
Box
1 Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line
Box
1 Pennsylvania Railroad cars
Box
1 Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives
Box
1 Pennsylvania Railroad, Octoraro Branch
Box
1 Pennsylvania Railroad miscellaneous images
Box
1 Prints from glass negatives, mostly PRR, Circa 1900
Box
1 Reading Railroad locomotives
Box
1 Reading Railroad - Central RR of NJ
Box
1 Unidentified locomotives
Box
2 Amtrak
Box
2 Conrail
Box
2 Octoraro Railway
Box
2 Penn Central
Box
2 Septa
Box
2 Trolleys and interurbans
Box
2 MP 54 and MU cars
Box
2 Miscellaneous railroad subjects
Box
2 Miscellaneous locomotives and trains
Box
2 Miscellaneous railroad bridges
Box
2 Media - West Chester line
Box
2 Paoli Shops and station
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2 Wilmington Shops
Box
2 Towers and trestles
Box
2 Delaware stations
Box
2 Maryland stations
Box
2 Pennsylvania stations
Box
2 GG1 (electric locomotive)
Box
2 Wilmington and Western trip?
Box
2 Colorado, 1975
Box
2 Thomas Edison winter home, Ft. Myers, FL (commercial slides)
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2 NRHS convention, 1978
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2 PRR
Box
2 Trains: Falun - Stockholm - Copenhagen - Degerfors
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2 Trains: Stockholm and Oslo
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2 Trains: Copenhagen
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2 Telluride to Silverton via bus and on to Durango
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2 On Denver Zephyr to Grand Junction & bus to Telluride & part way to Silverton
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2 On train from Durango to Silverton
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2 Ed Sholl (modelmaker?)
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2 Maine and New Hampshire
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2 On BCR (British Columbia RR) to Pemberton
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2 Reading Terminal just before abandonment, 1984
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2 Strasburg, PA and miscellaneous Amtrak and Conrail, 1984
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2 Miscellaneous Rail and Lit Bros. Store, 1984
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2 Amtrak and PRSL also Sandy Cove, 1984 August
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2 Miscellaneous rail, Philadelphia and suburbs, 1988
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2 Unidentified
Box
3 Atlantic Coastline Railroad
Box
3 B & O
Box
3 Bessemer & Lake Erie RR (US Steel)
Box
3 Boston & Maine RR
Box
3 C & PA RR (Coudersport & Port Allegheny)
Box
3 Central RR of NJ
Box
3 Central Vermont RR
Box
3 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR
Box
3 Chesapeake & Ohio RR
Box
3 Chicago Great Western
Box
3 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Pacific
Box
4 Chicago & Northwestern
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4 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific RR
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4 Cornwall RR (Bethlehem Mines RR)
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4 Delaware & Hudson
Box
4 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western
Box
4 D & RGW (Denver & Rio Grande Western)
Box
4 East Broad Top RR (narrow gauge)
Box
4 Edaville RR
Box
4 Erie RR
Box
4 Grand Trunk Railway (Maine)
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4 Great Northern Railway
Box
4 Illinois Central
Box
4 Ironton Railroad
Box
4 Jersey Central
Box
4 Kansas City Southern
Box
4 Kishacoquillas Valley RR
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4 Lackawanna RR
Box
4 Lehigh & New England RR
Box
4 Lehigh Valley RR
Box
4 Ligonier Valley RR
Box
4 Long Island RR
Box
5 Louisville & Nashville RR
Box
5 Ma and Pa RR
Box
5 NRHS Trips
Box
5 New York Central
Box
5 New York, New Haven and Hartford
Box
5 New York, Ontario and Western
Box
5 New York World's Fair, 1939
Box
5 Norfolk and Southern
Box
5 Norfolk and Western
Box
5 Oahu RR and Waianae RR
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5 PRR Excursions: "Off the Beaten Track,," 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1947
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5 Penn Central
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5 Pennsylvania Railroad includes Horseshoe Curve, trains, cars, stations and Octoraro Branch
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5 Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives
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6 Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line includes locomotives, cars, stations
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6 Philadelphia Wilmington & Baltimore
Box
6 Pikes Peak, Colorado
Box
6 Reading Railroad
Box
6 Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac
Box
6 Rutland RR
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6 St. Louis, San Francisco Railway
Box
6 Skaneateles RR
Box
6 Southern New Jersey RR (Tuckertown RR)
Box
6 Southern Pacific
Box
6 Southern Railway
Box
6 Stewartson RR
Box
6 Strasburg RR
Box
6 Union Transportation Company (P & H RR)
Box
6 Western Maryland RR
Box
7 AAR Show, Atlantic City, 1947
Box
7 David Cope's daughters
Box
7 Ben Franklin Bridge, Philadelphia, construction views, 1920s
Box
7 Chicago, Aurora & Elgin
Box
7 Chicago interurbans
Box
7 Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee
Box
7 Chicago South Shore and South Bend
Box
7 Chicago Railroad Fair, 1948-1949
Box
7 Franklin Institute: moving #60,000 locomotive inside, 1933 and People's Railway #3 locomotive
Box
7 New York harbor, 1932
Box
7 New Haven Model Club, 1955
Box
7 Unidentified locomotives
Box
7 Trolleys
Box
7 Miscellaneous
Box
8 Lantern slides: steam locomotives and Panama Canal construction
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8 Glass: includes unidentifed images; steam locomotives; Whitford and Glen Loch, PA and Main Line trains
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9 PRR and Reading locomotives
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9 "Altoona" (original envelope caption)
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9 Steam locomotives including Southern Pacific "Prosperity Special,"
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9 Unidentified trains and locomotives
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9 Pechot locomotive
Box
9 Oneonta, Cooperstown & Richfield Springs Railway
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9 Oneonta & Mohawk Valley RR
Box
10 Baldwin Locomotive Company specification cards with printed data on reverse
Box
10 Locomotives and trains
Box
10 Trolleys and interurbans
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10 Miscellaneous bridges and tunnels