Railroad Special Collections

Railroad Collections at Lake Forest College


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Lake Forest College’s railroad collections date from 1976 when the late Elliott Donnelley’s family donated his collection of books and ephemera relating to trains to the College library.  It has grown—sometimes with family assistance—to include, in owned and on deposit collections, thousands of books, approaching a hundred thousand photographs, over five thousand timetables, manuscripts, and over a thousand brochures and ephemeral items (lanterns, china, tickets, fabric and paint samples, etc.).  Linked are digitized images, finding aids, and documents from and relating to this significant library within a library.  

Digitized Railroad Collection

  • Arthur D. Dubin Collection Images
  • Paddock Images
    • Key to Digitized Paddock Postcard-scaled Images in the Railroad Images collection.
    • View list of photographers
      Corn Studio, Portland, ME.
      D.H. Kirkwood
      D.L. Joslyn
      D.O. McKellips (also credited as “D.O. McKelips”)
      Fred Jukes
      Freeman W. Smith (also credited as “Freeman W. Smith, Maine” and “Feeman W. Smith”)
      G.M. Best
      Gorn Studio (also credited as “Gorn Studio, W. Smith” and “Gorn Stutio, Portland, ME”)
      J.W. Barnes (also credited as “J. Wm. Barnes” and “J. W. M. Barnes”)
      K. E. Schlachter (also credited as “K. E. Schachter”)
      Railroad Photographs
      Railroad Pictures, C.C. Buskirk, Big Rapids, Michigan
      Railway Photographs
      Weiss Studio
      WM. Bissinger
  • North Shore Line Collection