Association of American Railroads records, 1939-1978

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Collection Overview

Title:
Association of American Railroads records
Dates (Inclusive):
1939-1978
Creator:
Association of American Railroads
Abstract:
The Association of American Railroads formed in 1934 to primarily to represent the freight railroad industry.
Abstract:
The collection of Association of American Railroads (AAR) records includes its published reports and 8 safety posters as well as 19 photographs illustrating the East Broad Top Railroad in Orbisonia, Pennsylvania.
Collection Number:
1421
Size:
2.4 Cubic feet
Size:
27 items (8 posters, 19 photographs)
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Library  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

The Association of American Railroads, formed in 1934, has represented the major freight railroads of the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a principal function to report on freight operations. The first association of railroad companies organized in 1867; the Master Car Builders Association was formed to conduct experiments aimed at standardizing freight cars. By the early 1930s, railroad organizations included the Association of Railway Executives, the American Railway Association, the Bureau of Railway Economics, the Railway Treasury Officers Association, the Railway Accounting Officers Association and the Bureau for the Safe Transportation of Explosives and other Dangerous Articles. These and others were folded into the Association of American Railroads, established on October 12, 1934 in response to President Franklin D. Roosevelt interest in forming one organization that could speak for the railroad industry. The East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company was a short-line narrow gauge railroad, chartered in 1856 and built in 1872-1874 to service the coal fields of the remote Broad Top Mountain area of south-central Pennsylvania and to haul that product to the Pennsylvania Railroad at Mount Union or to on-line iron furnaces. The East Broad Top ceased operations in 1956 but was later designated a National Historic Landmark, and the steam-powered railroad was revitalized as a tourist attraction.

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Collection Overview

The collection contains publications, speeches, and posters on national and international aspects of freight transport, and 19 photographs illustrating the East Broad Top Railroad in Orbisonia, Pennsylvania, together with a few newspaper clippings on that railroad line. Among topics covered in AAR reports are government expenditures; railroad mileage; employment, payroll, and taxes, by state; revenue of freight loaded, by commodities; class 1 railroad statistics; and news and trends.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Association of American Railroads records (1421), Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Association of American Railroads

Genre(s)

  • Photographic
  • Graphic

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Collection Inventory

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