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Hoosier Railroad Club collection

Identifier: L716

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs, magazines, manuals, brochures, pamphlets, and advertisements from the Hoosier Railroad Club in Indiana spanning from 1868 to 1992. Items outline the evolution of railways throughout the United States and internationally. There are how-to manuals for learning about trains, learning how to operate trains, and how to tell them apart. There is also a full set of photos from the development of the Union Pacific Railroad up to and including the picture of "The Golden Spike".


  • 1868-1992

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1986 with the intention of providing historical, educational, and not-for-profit preservation of the historical materials concerning railway and interurban transportation of all kinds, to collect data on the history of transportation and issue publications relating to these subjects, to encourage rail track transportation, and to acquire items of general interest for museum purposes. They were a community group where anyone over the age of 16 who was interested in the history of trains and railways was invited to be a part of it. The group was active in gathering whatever materials they could surrounding the topic of trains and formed a rather extensive collection of historic materials both primary and secondary. John de Jung, who was the founder and president for the extent of the Club’s history as far as can be tracked, created the scrapbook found at the end of the collection kept a place for a couple different generations of Hoosiers to meet and enjoy the subject they loved. The group disbanded between 2015 and 2020.


Items in the collection


3.3 Cubic Feet (1 medium oversize box, 3 cubic foot boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Hoosier Railroad Club constitution and train photos, 1868-1992; Series 2: Magazines, 1947-1992; Series 3: Manuals, 1950-1974; Series 4: Pamphlets and brochures, 1933-1978; Series 5: Oversized materials, 1923-1975

Custodial History

This collection was recieved by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Taylor University Archives and Special Collections on 2020/02/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection was processed on 2023/06/14 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created on 2023/08/02 by A.J. Chrapliwy.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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