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R. Ramsey Smith drawings

 Collection — Folder: S2523
Identifier: S2523

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of R. Ramsey Smith's pen and ink drawings of historic Indiana train stations of Northwestern Indiana. The drawings were completed between 1996 and 1998 and depict stations that served the following railway lines: C&O - Chesapeake & Ohio; CA&S - Chicago, Attica & Southern; CI&S - Chicago, Indiana & Southern; CI&L - Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville (Monon); CSS&SB - Chicago, South Shore & South Bend (South Shore Line); ERIE - Erie Railroad; GT - Grand Trunk; LE&W - Lake Erie & Western; LS&MS - Lake Shore & Michigan Southern; MC - Michigan Central; NKP - New York, Chicago & St. Louis; NYC - New York Central; PCC&SL - Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis; PM - Pere Marquette Railway; PRR - Pennsylvania Railroad; and the WAB - Wabash. The collection also includes copies of a drawing of the South Shore Line station at Hegewisch in Chicago and two drawings of Union Station in Indianapolis completed in 1998 and 1999.


  • 1996-1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Northern Indiana artist R. Ramsey Smith’s passion for trains and train stations led him to begin creating pen and ink drawings of historic train stations in 1996. To create his artwork, he used old photographs and drawings as reference and also his own photos if a station was still standing. In a 1999 interview he noted that the newer train stations didn't have the architectural style of the old stations and was only interested in drawing the older ones because they "were works of art, not constructed simply for practicality's sake."


Davich, Jerry. "Artist Combines Love of Trains with Creativity. Rushville Republican (IN), May 24, 1999.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged alphabetically by railroad line and then location.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Robert R. Smith on February 18, 1999.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/12/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/12/10 by Laura Eliason.
R. Ramsey Smith drawings
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.