Chick, A. Harry, 1877-1946. Harry Chick Collection of Railroad Photographs and Ephemera,
circa 1870-1993 (inclusive), circa 1870-1940 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Vis 27
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Alonzo Harry Chick
Title: Harry Chick collection of railroad photographs and ephemera
Date(s): 1870-1993 (inclusive)
Date(s): 1870-1940 (bulk)
Quantity: 22 linear feet (32 volumes, 25 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Harry Chick collection of railroad photographs and ephemera contains postcards,
photographs, stereographs and ephemera pertaining to locomotives and railroads. The
materials were collected by railroad enthusiast Harry Chick.
Gift of Nancy A. Chick and Richard Wells Chick, 2011.
Processed: March 2014
By: Kurt F. Vossler
This collection of railroad materials arrived semi organized by the creator, Alonzo
Harry Chick. The bulk of the material was left in its original arrangement. Where
materials did not have an obvious arrangement, the processor created one and described
Some material may be stored offsite. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cite as: Harry Chick Collection of Railroad Photographs and Ephemera. Baker Library
Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.
Alonzo Harry Chick was an avid railroad enthusiast who amassed an extremely large
collection of locomotive photographs, postcards and ephemera relating to the Boston
& Maine Railroad. Son of a freight handler, John Wells Chick (1849-1907), and Bell
L. Frye of Wells and Kennebunk, Maine, Harry Chick was born Alonzo Harry Chick on
Jan 16, 1877. He was known has Harry for his entire life. Harry's early career was
spent in vaudeville, as an actor and as a manager. It was through vaudeville that
he met Sadie Fearen, and together they managed a traveling theater company. Harry
and Sadie had two sons, Richard Wells (1907-1966) and Francis Magnus (1912-2011).
Harry left vaudeville at the age of twenty four and turned to railroading for a living.
Though he had an interest in locomotives since childhood, he did not start accumulating
this collection of photographs and postcards until his gained the position of freight
house clerical worker for the Boston and Maine Railroad. However, the collection had
already grown to approximately one hundred thousand photographs of approximately thirty
thousand unique locomotive engines. Harry retired from the Boston & Maine Railroad
in May of 1946, and died in November of that year.
Harry Chick corresponded with many other collectors all over the United States and
the world, and was a member of both the Harvard Railroad Historical Society and the
Railroad Enthusiast Society. In 1946, an article about his collection was published
in the November issue of the Boston & Maine Railroad Employee's Magazine.
The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series I. Photographs, circa 1865-1940
- ___Subseries A. Glass negatives, circa 1865-1890
- ___Subseries B. Stereographs, circa 1870-1900
- ___Subseries C. Photographs, circa 1920-1940
- ___Subseries D. Negatives
- Series II. Albums, circa 1900-1940
- ___Subseries A. Photograph Albums, 1911-1933
- ___Subseries B. Postcard Albums, circa 1900-1940
- Series III. Postcards, circa 1900-1993
- ___Subseries A. Railroads, circa 1900-1940
- ___Subseries B. Other subjects, circa 1900-1993
- Series IV. Ephemera, circa 1880-1982
- Series V. Manuscripts and Correspondence, 1916-1936
- Series VI. Scrapbooks, 1890-1927
- Series VII. Newspaper Clippings
The Harry Chick Collection of railroad photographs and ephemera contains 4700 photographs,
7300 postcards and 582 stereographs views of locomotives, railroad scenery, stations
and depots. Even the non-railroad images within the collection reflect an interest
in travel and tourism, with an emphasis on ships and vehicles of all kinds, as well
as historic and landmark buildings. The majority of images, however, reinforce his
close relationship with railroads, reflecting his employment with the Boston and Maine Railroad, as well as his collecting habits, which included buying and trading for images of
locomotives and railroads, as well as collecting magazines and other publications
related to railroading. While the majority of images are of American and Canadian
railroads, particularly railroads in New England, the collection also includes materials
and images from all over the world, including time tables and souvenir photographs
from India and Japan.
While the forefront of the collection are the images, the supporting material in
the collection also reflects Harry Chick's relationships with railroading, including
his employment with Boston and Maine, communication with other enthusiasts, his magazine
collection, and membership with the Railroad Enthusiasts and the Railway and Locomotive
Historical Society. His own notes and ledgers often describe trains and locomotives
in detail, and include meticulous records of his collections, as well as hasty notes
on the back of Boston and Maine shipping receipts, which record the details of locomotives
later entered alongside photographs in one of the 22 albums within the collection.
Chick also kept materials on railroad tours and excursions, particularly those sponsored
by the Railroad Enthusiasts society, as well as the 1939 and 1940 World's Fair, particularly
their railroad exhibits.
- Series I. Photographs
Scope and Contents: As the focal point of the collection, this series contains 582 stereographs and 1314
photographs, most of which relate to locomotives, railroads or some aspects of the
railroading industry. The collection came arranged by Harry Chick into subject based
"bundles". These bundles form the subseries and the titles of the subseries were kept
to reflect the creator's original arrangement and description.
- Subseries IA. Glass negatives
Scope and Contents: This series contains 52 glass negatives and 2 film stills of railroad locomotives
collected by Harry Chick. Most of the glass negatives were still in their original
envelopes that were annotated with dark room developing instructions by Chick. Many
of the locomotives rode on New England railroads including the Boston & Maine, Boston
& Lowell, Fitchburg, New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. The glass plate negatives
are located in boxes 26 and 27. The numbering system was created to give each item
a unique identifier. The first number in the sequence, 27, is the collection number,
followed by photograph type, in this instance 1 for glass negatives, and then consecutive
numbers after that.
Digitized materials: The materials in this series have all been digitized and are available in VIA. Please
follow "click here to open image in a new window" to see the digitized version of
- Vis 27.1.48. #18, 24, 104, 13, Maine Central Railroad, 1890
#18, 24, 104, 13, Maine Central Railroad, 1890 Digital Object
- Subseries IB. Stereographs
Scope and Contents: The 582 black and white stereographs form a striking and significant part of the Harry
Chick Collection, and the order, groupings and names of the bundles of cards were
left intact. Most of the cards are products of published series, and many contain
titles and listings of the full stereograph series, but they are often not complete
or even grouped together. The primary focus of the stereographs are railroads, locomotives
and scenic views of both, but other types of transportation are grouped into their
own bundles, as are select areas of New England. Some cards throughout the subseries
have annotations on the back, and when such annotations appear, they generally include
the names and numbers of the pictured trains. The majority of the stereographs likely
date between 1870 and 1900. Most of the stereographs are images of America railroads,
but European and Canadian stations and depots are also included. The collector created
the group titles in this series.
- Box 2Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad, Crawford Notch, White Mountains 1
Scope and Contents: This group of 33 stereographs focuses on the White Mountains of New Hampshire, particularly
the Crawford notch, and the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad, which was intended to
connect Portland, Maine to Ogdensburg, New York.
- 27.2.335. 309. Gates of the Crawford Notch, and Train.
- 27.2.336. 309. Gates of the Crawford Notch, and Train.
- 27.2.337. 431. Pass of the Crawford Notch, and Train.
- 27.2.338. 431. Pass of the Crawford Notch, and Train.
- 27.2.339. 191. The Gem of Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.340. 309. Gates of the Crawford Notch, and Train.
- 27.2.341. 307. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.342. 307. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.343. 306. Mt. Washington and Railway Trains, from the Base.
- 27.2.344. 306. Mt. Washington and Railway Trains, from the Base.
- 27.2.345. 192. Wiley Brook Bridge, Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.346. 307. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.347. 310. Mt. Willard and Train, P. & O. R.R. Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.348. Frankenstein Trestle, P. & O. R.R. Crawford Notch, N.H.
- 27.2.349. 310. Mt. Willard and Train, P. & O. R.R. Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.350. 308. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.351. 191. Gem of Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.352. 308. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.353. 306. The Crown of New England, Mt. Washington.
- 27.2.354. New Series, American Scenery. 430. Fabyan House.
- 27.2.355. 310. Mt. Willard and Train, P. & O. R.R. Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.356. 191. The Gem of Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.357. 307. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.358. 308. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.359. 308. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.360. 308. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.361. 308. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.362. 308. Frankenstein Trestle and Train, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, White Mts.
- 27.2.363. 306. Mt. Washington and Railway Trains, from the Base.
- 27.2.364. 759. Lake Winnipiseogee, from Hotel Weirs.
- 27.2.365. 204. Fabyan House, White Mts.
- 27.2.366. 431. Pass of the Crawford Notch and Train.
- 27.2.367. 309. Gates of the Crawford Notch and Train.
- Box 3Railroad Cars, Wrecks, Etc.
Scope and Contents: Despite the group title, only a small portion of these 32 stereographs feature railroad
wrecks. Interior views of railroad cars aremore prevalent, and views of rail yards
and several scenic views are also prominent parts of this group.
- 27.2.413. Reception of President Johnson at Geneva, N.Y. 1866.
- 27.2.414. [Railyard with unknown town in distance]
- 27.2.415. The Scenery of the Pennsylvania Central Railroad. 210. Jack's Narrows.
- 27.2.416. Scenery of the Union Pacific R.R. No. 87 West End Tunnel.
- 27.2.417. R.R. accident on Hampden Road, 3/4 mile out of Bangor.
- 27.2.418. Views of Bangor and Vicinity. R.R. Disaster Aug 7, 1871
- 27.2.419. [Crowds view Railroad Disaster]
- 27.2.420. R.R. Accident on Hampden Road, 3/4 mile out of Bangor
- 27.2.421. [Railroad Accident At Creek]
- 27.2.422. 2332. View from Willey Brook Bridge, P. & O. R.R.
- 27.2.423. 26- "Switch-back" Railroad, Mauch Chunk, Pa., U.S.A.
- 27.2.424. 2116. Willey Brook Bridge and Mt. Webster, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch.
- 27.2.425. 2116. Willey Brook Bridge and Mt. Webster, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch, N.H.
- 27.2.426. [Five men on hand car in front of cave]
- 27.2.427. [Full rail yard. G.W.R train in foreground]
- 27.2.428. 1258. The Wonderful Cable Road to the Top of Mt. Lowe, California.
- 27.2.429. [Supply train along river]
- 27.2.430. Interior View of Peabody Funeral Car
- 27.2.431. L.N. No, 52. Dark Tunnel, Big Stone Gap, Va. On line of the Louisville & Nashville
- 27.2.432. Stereoscopic Views, Rocky Mountains. 20.- Interior of Pullman Palace Car.
- 27.2.433. 1967. Gates of the Notch and Mt. Webster, P. & O. R.R., Crawford Notch.
- 27.2.434. Mauch Chunk, The Switzerland of America. [Descent into the Valley]
- 27.2.435. Central Pacific Railroad. 1329. C.P. R.R. Train at Cape Horn.
- 27.2.436. Interior View of Wagner's Sleeping Car.
- 27.2.437. Views along the line of the Pacific Rail Road. No. 7107. Interior of a Silver Palace
Sleeping Car. Central Pacific Rail Road.
- 27.2.438. "City of Worcester"
- 27.2.439. Rocky Mountains Stereoscopic Views. 18. Interior of Passenger Coach, Omaha.
- 27.2.440. Virginia, Nevada. Consolidated Virginia Mine- Hoisting Works.
- 27.2.441. Edinburgh- The Calton Hill. No. 109.
- 27.2.442. City of Worcester.
- 27.2.443. 1489. Dinner Party on board the Pullman Palace Car "Cosmopolitan."
- 27.2.444. 891. Fabyan House front view.
- Box 3Fire Trucks
Scope and Contents: These 9 stereographs are of horse drawn fire trucks, primarily from the nineteenth
century, several of the cars amongst rubble or other sign of disaster, particularly
the 1872 Great Fire of Boston.
- 27.2.573. Views of the Burnt District, After the Great Fire, Nov 9th and 10th, 1872. [Number
and title unknown]
- 27.2.574. Steam Fire Engine
- 27.2.575. No. 1021. Arch Street, from Summer.
- 27.2.576. Ruins of the Great Fire in Boston, Nov. 9th and 10th, 1872. Junction of Summer and
- 27.2.577. Steam Fire Engine, Foxboro, Mass.
- 27.2.578. [Steam Fire Engine parked at smoking intersection]
- 27.2.579. Car Washington & Summer.
- 27.2.580. Somerville, Steamer , No. 1.
- 27.2.581. Steam Fire Engine Parked Amongst Rubble [Great Fire, Boston]
- Subseries IC. Photographs
Scope and Contents: This subseries of photographs contains 1314 black and white railroad images, which
fall into two primary categories. The first is several small groups of published photographs,
mounted on cardstock, and generally organized by theme, and largely consist of scenic
railway views. These photographs have been kept in original order and left in their
original groupings. The second category consists of four large collections of photographs,
which are broken down within each group and organized by either railroad or geographic
location: city, state or region. Each group also contains a set of unidentified photographs.
The majority of these are photographs of locomotive engines, and many have annotations
with details, railroad companies, names and train numbers. The photographs in this
subseries are largely arranged by size or subject depending on what Harry Chick used
as a grouping title.
- Box 4, Folder 1-3Scenery of the Lehigh Valley Railroad
Scope and Contents: 14 photographs mounted on cardstock, with the series information typeset onto the
back of the card. Information includes the series name, Scenery of the Lehigh Valley
Railroad, photograph numbers and titles, and information for the photographer and
publisher. In this case, both are the same person: James Zelner, Stereoscopic Artist
of Mauch Chunk, Pa. Many of the photographs are of the railway around Mauch Chunk,
but some are focused more on the scenery and town itself. The cards categorize the
photographs into three groups: Switch-back views, Mauch Chunk Views and Glen Onoko
Views. The latter are not represented within the group, and a few of the photographs
- 27.3.1. Switch-Back Views. 2. Mauch Chunk, from Mt. Pisgah Trestle.
- 27.3.2. Switch-Back Views. 6. Mauch Chunk from Switch-Back Station.
- 27.3.3. Switch-Back Views. 2. Mauch Chunk, from Mt. Pisgah Trestle.
- 27.3.4. [Annotation: Looking North from Kittle Bridge]
- 27.3.5. Mauch Chunk Views. 17. The Narrows, from Prospect Rock.
- 27.3.6. Switch-Back Views. 4. Mt. Pisgah Trestle, Looking East.
- 27.3.7. Switch-Back Views. 8. Mt. Jefferson Plane. Length 2,070 ft, 462 ft high.
- 27.3.8. Mauch Chunk Views. 28. Bear Mountain, from Prospect Rock.
- 27.3.9. Switch-Back Views 3. View north from Mt. Pisgah Trestle.
- 27.3.10. Switch-Back Views. 6. Mauch Chunk from Switch-back station.
- 27.3.11. Switch-Back Views. 9. Car half way up Mt. Jefferson Plane, where the down track runs
under the up track.
- 27.3.12. Switch-Back Views. 8. Mt. Jefferson Plane. Length 2,0870 ft. 462 ft. high. [Note:
not the same as 27.3.7, despite the same title.
- 27.3.13. Mauch Chunk Views. 26. Homes of our Millionaires.
- 27.3.14. Mauch Chunk Views. 25. Switzerland of the Americas.
- Box 4, Folder 4-6Pictures of Railroad Subjects
Scope and Contents: 18 railroad photographs, some of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, one related
to the Canadian Pacific line, but most of which focus on the southern United States,
specifically Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Several of these cards have
photographs on both sides, represented by the item number accompanied by 'a' or 'b'.
- 27.3.15. Mt. Willard, White Mts.
- 27.3.16. Summit House, Mt. Washington
- 27.3.17. Pass of the Crawford Notch and Train.
- 27.3.18. Summit House, Mt. Washington. Locomotive Cloud, Mount Washington Railway
- 27.3.19a. [Man Outside in Snow]
- 27.3.19b. [Unidentified Locomotive Engine Car]
- 27.3.20a. Hotel at Suanee, Ga
- 27.3.20b. Nashville & Louisville R.R. & Iron Works
- 27.3.21. [Annotation: Canadian Pacific Station]
- 27.3.22a. Cumberland River Bridge. C. M. Ide.
- 27.3.22b. View taken from car in motion, Atlanta, Ga.
- 27.3.23a. R.R Station at Dawson, Ky.
- 27.3.23b. De Kalb Hotel, Fort Payne, Ala.
- 27.3.24a. [Rail cars, parked by wooden ramp]
- 27.3.24b. [Man on rock, leaning on fence]
- 27.3.25. [Distant train with billowing smokestack]
- 27.3.26a. View taken in passing. Atlanta, Ga.
- 27.3.26b. Dummy Engine & Car. Atlanta, Ga.
- Box 4, Folder 7-11Unsorted Backed Photographs 1
Scope and Contents: 25 photographs mounted on cardstock, largely of trains, stations, and rail lines.
Locations shown include Mexico, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut
- 27.3.27. 72. Altoona, Pa. From 17th St. Bridge, Looking East.
- 27.3.28. 154. Mode of Hoisting Locomotives in P.R.R. Shops, Altoona, PA. #1090 Pennsylvania
- 27.3.29. Blue Canyon, Cal.
- 27.3.30. E.E. 8334. [Pennsylvania 5698]
- 27.3.31. [Locomotive "PANCK"]
- 27.3.32. "Cog" Train Summit Pikes Peak. 2 3/4 M. Above Sea Level.
- 27.3.33. 44. Jacob's Ladder and Railway Train Mt. Washington Railway.
- 27.3.34. Summit House, Mt. Washington. ["Falcon," Mt. W. Ry.]
- 27.3.35. Train of Mexican National R.R., Mexico. [F.C.M.yL. 1008]
- 27.3.36. Colorado Springs
- 27.3.37. U.P. Depot at Boulder, Colorado.
- 27.3.38. Marshall Pass [Colorado]
- 27.3.39. Loop C.C.R.R. Georgetown, Colo.
- 27.3.40. 6062. Rotary Snow Plow. Col. Mid, Ry.
- 27.3.41. [Saint John Railway Co., #36, North & South Ends]
- 27.3.42. [Rail Line and Cruise] Depot
- 27.3.43. 101. Mt. Washington Summit House.
- 27.3.44. [Wrecked train on collapsed railway bridge]
- 27.3.45. Scenes on the Line of the Mount Lowe Railway. 100. Ye Alpine Tavern, Mount Lowe Railway.
- 27.3.46. Columbia River, Oneonta Bluffs. #3 Oregon R.R. & Navigation Co.
- 27.3.47. [The Locomotive, "Andover." Derailed train and work crew]
- 27.3.48. 839. Within the Gates. Cañon of Grand River. D & R. G. R.R.
- 27.3.49. 170. Jacob's Ladder, Mt. Washington R.R.
- 27.3.50. On the way to Niantic, Ct. #62. New York and New England R.R.
- 27.3.51. Niantic, Ct. #64, New York & New England R.R.
- Unsorted Backed Photographs 2
Scope and Contents: 30 rail line and locomotive photographs, mounted on cardstock, featuring images from
Mexico, France, Montreal, North Carolina and Colorado, particularly Pike's Peak.
- 27.3.52. Box 4Tunnel et pont du Chemin de fer du rigi [Bridge and Tunnel Rigid Railway]
- 27.3.53. Box 4Brookline station from the bridge.
- 27.3.54. Box 4Chemin de fer du rigi
- 27.3.55. Box 466. Victoria Bridge, Montreal.
- 27.3.56. Box 466. Victoria Bridge, Montreal
- 27.3.57. Box 51003. Marshall Pass. Big Bend Near Shirley.
- 27.3.58. Box 5[Train on hillside tracks, town in background]
- 27.3.59. Box 56053. Approaching 'Seven Castles.'
- 27.3.60. Box 5[#772, Pittsburgh Locomotive Works]
- 27.3.61. Box 5Station, U.P. R.R. Colo.
- 27.3.62. Box 52007. Railroad from Georgetown to Silver Spring, Colorado.
- 27.3.63. Box 5[Multiple engines on the tracks]
- 27.3.64. Box 53261. Animas Cañon. D. & R. G. RY.
- 27.3.65. Box 5[Child watching train pass through rural area]
- 27.3.66. Box 5Loop C. C. R.R. Georgetown, Colo.
- 27.3.67. Box 51058. Summit, Pike's Peak. M & P. P. Ry.
- 27.3.68. Box 5839. Within the Gates. Grand River Cañon.
- 27.3.69. Box 5Pike's Peak Railroad. Lion Gulch.
- 27.3.70. Box 5315. Climbing Pike's Peak. M. & P. P. R.R.
- 27.3.71. Box 56014. Iron Bridge near Buena Vista, Col. Midland R.R.
- 27.3.72. Box 5Views of Western N.C. 445. The Bluffs.
- 27.3.73. Box 5Pikes Peak R.R. From Artist's Glen
- 27.3.74. Box 5Pikes Peak By Rail
- 27.3.75. Box 5[Donkey standing on railroad, loaded with tools and sign which reads 'I helped to
build Pikes Peak Railroad']
- 27.3.76. Box 56295. Irapuato. Waiting for the Trains.
- 27.3.77. Box 55260. The Old Aqueduct at Queretaro
- 27.3.78. Box 5"Pikes Peak" from Antlers Hotel
- 27.3.79. Box 5[Narrow view of a distant train billowing smoke]
- 27.3.80. Box 5[Group walking between tracks as train approaches]
- 27.3.81. Box 5[Steam locomotive along a river]
- Large Railroad Photographs, circa 1920-1940
Scope and Contents: These 22 photographs are mounted on soft boards, and many are accompanied by official
captions, which are used as item titles. In some cases, notes on the photograph have
been added to the back facing of the board. 27.3.98a and 27.3.98b are mounted on opposite
sides of the same board.
- 27.3.82. Box 9, Folder 1Portland Company's Works, Portland, Maine.
- 27.3.83. Box 9, Folder 2[Boston & Maine R.R. Freight Office Group Photograph]
- 27.3.84. Box 9, Folder 34963. The Rotary in the drifts at Cascade.
- 27.3.85. Box 9, Folder 42954 The Rotary in action in the cut at Cascade Station.
- 27.3.86. Box 9, Folder 54964. Flanging the track behind the Plow in the Cascade Drift.
- 27.3.87. Box 9, Folder 6[Locomotive 1314]
- 27.3.88. Box 9, Folder 7Various Railroad Depots in Boston.
- 27.3.89. Box 9, Folder 8[Car 20, Worcester & Southbridge Street Railway]
- 27.3.90. Box 9, Folder 9California Southern #10
- 27.3.91. Box 9, Folder 10Princeton, KY. DIV 10. I.G. R.R. Passenger & Freight House. Feb 12, 1898.
- 27.3.92. Box 9, Folder 11[Stacked Train Wreck]
- Box 9, Folder 14Large format photographs removed from frames
- Box 9, Folder 15Large format photographs removed from frames
- 27.3.93. Box 21, Folder 5Gen. Hancock
- 27.3.94. Box 21, Folder 6[Sailor Boy, Boston & Lowell R.R.]
- 27.3.95. Box 21, Folder 7[Susan Nipper, Boston & Providence]
- 27.3.96. Box 21, Folder 8Green Mountain Ry.
- 27.3.97. Box 21, Folder 9Deming Station, A. J. & S. J. R.R. Line
- 27.3.98a. Box 21, Folder 10[Pioneer, C. & N. W. R.
- 27.3.98b. Box 21, Folder 10[Station along a River in Winter]
- 27.3.99. Box 21, Folder 11Engine, Gov. Bradford, No. 2
- 27.3.100. Box 21, Folder 12[Green Mountain Railway, Locomotive 2]
- 27.3.101. Box 21, Folder 13[Boston & Maine, No. 965 and Crew]
- 27.3.102. Box 21, Folder 14[Stacked Train Wreck 2]
- P-1 5"x7" Photographs, circa 1920-1940
Scope and Contents: 387 photographs of locomotive engine cars, most of which are associated with specific
Railroad lines or companies. The photographs are organized into files based on railroad
company, major city, state or region, with Canada included as a region for this purpose.
The Non-geographical Railroads file includes two photographs of note. One shows Taiwanese
soldiers gathered around a locomotive, with uniforms and a drum identified as being
from the U.S. Marines 4th Regiment. The caption identifies the photograph as the funeral
of Sun Yat-sen and notes the admiration of the pictured guard regiment for the U.S.
Marine Corps. The second notable photograph is of the "Onward," a locomotive built
for the Swinterton Locomotive Driving Wheel Co. as a test for their non-circular drive
- Box 5, Folder 7, New England Railroads 12 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 8, Mid-Atlantic Railroads 13 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 9, Southern Railroads 7 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 10, Midwestern Railroads 11 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 11, Western Railroads. 7 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 12, Canadian Railroads 8 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 13, Maine Railroads 10 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 14, New Hampshire Railroads 12 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 15, Rhode Island Railroads 4 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 16-17, Vermont Railroads 16 photographs
- Box 5, Folder 18, Boston Railroads 9 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 1-2, Chicago Railroads 12 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 3, New York City Railroads 12 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 4, Non-geographical Railroads 3 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 5-6, Boston & Lowell Railroad 19 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 7-21, Boston & Maine Railroad 154 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 22-23, Boston & Providence Railroad 23 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 24, Fitchburg Railroad 9 photographs
- Box 6, Folder 25-26, Maine Central Railroad 14 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 1, New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad 8 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 2-5, Unidentified Railroads 41 photographs
- P-2 2.5" x 4" Photographs, 1927-1938
Scope and Contents: The 274 photographs in this collection of locomotive engine images are primarily of
Boston & Maine Railroad trains. Most of the images are annotated with notes on the
back, detailing the engine number, rail line, photographer and some notes on the location
and context of the train. There is often a number for an associated negative, and
Harry Chick was the photographer for a significant number of images. Many of the photographs
are also dated. The collection is divided into file units based on railroad or geographic
- Box 8Boston & Maine Railroad
- Box 8Maine Central Railroad
- Box 8Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad
- Box 8New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
- Box 8Boston & Albany Railroad
- Box 8New England Railroads
- Box 8Mid-Atlantic Railroads
- Box 8Unidentified Railroads
- P-3 3"x5" Photographs, circa 1920-1940
Scope and Contents: 318 Photographs and photographic postcards, primarily of locomotive engines, though
there are also some scenic views and images of railroad stations and other buildings.
Other images which are not postcards are also included in the subseries. The photographs
are arranged by geographic railroads. Many images also note the train number, name
and manufacturer. One of the photographs in the Southern Railroads group is "The General,"
the train captured by Andrews' Raiders during the U.S. Civil War as part of the 'Great
Locomotive Chase.' Western Railroads includes an electric car from the Southern Pacific
line and a train of the Oahu Railroad at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Corporate Railroads
group includes photographs associated with Union Carbide and the Manatee Crate Company.
- Box 8, New England Railroads 56 photographs
- Box 8, Mid-Atlantic Railroads 14 photographs
- Box 8, Southern Railroads 10 photographs
- Box 8, Midwestern Railroads 15 photographs
- Box 8, Western Railroads 16 photographs
- Box 8, Massachusetts Railroads 21 photographs
- Box 8, Maine Railroads 16 photographs
- Box 8, Vermont Railroads 14 photographs
- Box 8, New Hampshire Railroads 4 photographs
- Box 8, Canadian Railroads 17 photographs
- Box 8, Boston and Maine Railroad 55 photographs
- Box 8, Railway scenery, stations and people 20 photographs
- Box 8, Corporate Railroads 3 photographs
- Box 8, Unknown railroad locomotives and locations 57 photographs
- P-4 3"x5" Photographs, 1933-1939
Scope and Contents: This group includes 232 photographs and 16 railroad related items. The photographs
are primarily of locomotive engines, primarily from the Boston & Maine Railroad. The
photographs are arranged by railroad, region or event. In the case of the latter,
the photographs are from a variety of locomotive exhibits at the 1939 World's Fair
in New York.
- Box 7, Folder 6-7, New England 16 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 8, Mid Atlantic 7 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 9, Southern U.S.A. 2 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 10, Canada 1 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 11-13, 1939 World's Fair 26 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 14-30, Boston & Maine Railroad (170 photographs, 2 items)
- Box 7, Folder 31, Unidentified Railroads 10 photographs
- Box 7, Folder 32Notes and Shipping Receipts
- Series III. Postcards
Scope and Contents: This series contains 5822 postcards and 7 illustrated items, split into railroad and
non-railroad materials. Approximately a quarter to a third of the cards are filled
out and postmarked, but the majority of cards are blank. The postcards were organized
into groups by Harry Chick or his children, and that organization was kept during
processing of the collection. Most of the postmarked cards date from 1900 to 1940.
Dates within this series vary by individual card and by groups and the majority are
- Subseries IIIA. Railroad Postcards
Scope and Contents: This subseries contains 2907 postcards and 6 items with railroad images and illustrations,
primarily from the United States and Canada. The majority of the cards are blank,
but some were sent through the mail and postmarked, largely in the 1910s, though the
full date range extends from the 1900s to the 1930s. The railroad station postcards
are arranged alphabetically.
- Box 10, Railroad Stations A-D (352 postcards)
- Box 10, Railroad Stations E-L (244 postcards and 3 items)
- Box 10-11, Railroad Stations M-O (274 postcards)
- Box 11, Railroad Stations P-S (275 postcards and 2 items)
- Box 11, Railroad Stations T-W (117 postcards)
- Box 11, Railroad Stations 1 (54 postcards)
Scope and Contents: NOTE: 54 postcards, primarily from the United States and Canada though some international
stations are pictured: London, England and Algiers, though the latter is postmarked
from Malta. Some locations are unidentified.
- Box 11, Railroad Stations 2 (53 postcards)
- Box 11, Railroad Stations 3 (51 postcards)
- Box 11, Railroad Stations 4 (52 postcards)
- Box 11, Railroad Stations 5 (52 postcards)
- Box 12, Unsorted Railroad Stations 1 (297 postcards and 1 item)
Scope and Contents: Unsorted postcards and item featuring railroad stations throughout the United States
and Canada, particularly New England. Of note in this file are embossed leather postcards
featuring the Grand Trunk Railroad Station in Portland, Maine and the North Union
Station in Boston. The backs feature space for stamps and for writing, but were never
used. There are a few international postcards within this group: the stations in Constantinople;
Cairo, Egypt; Gatun and Culebra, Panama; Paris, France; Oviedo, Spain; Sundbyberg
and Karlshamn, Sweden; Abo [Turku], Finland; Bantry, Ireland; Berlin and Coblenz [Koblenz],
Germany; the central station in Dresden, Germany; the Baker Street Station and East
Ham, London, and two postcards of Strassburg [Strasbourg], France. Another postcard
features the image of a milk seller in Cuba, mounted on a horse, with a rail station
labeled 'Minas' in the background. One item is not a postcard, but a double sided
illustration of the Ogden, Utah train station and the grave of Brigham Young.
- Box 12, Unsorted Railroad Stations 2 (116 postcards)
- Box 12, Unsorted Railroad Scenes and Stations (163 postcards)
- Box 12, Railroad Scenes with Trains (51 postcards)
- Box 12, Railroad Scenes with Trains or Engines 1 (50 postcards)
- Box 12, Railroad Scenes with Trains or Engines 2 (50 postcards)
- Box 13, Railroad Scenes with Trains or Engines 3 (50 postcards)
- Box 13, Railroad Scenery (52 postcards)
- Box 13, Tunnels, Bridges, Viaducts and Railroad Scenery (52 postcards)
- Box 13, Railroad Scenery and Speciality Train Cars (50 postcards)
- Box 13, Odds and Ends of Railroad Scenes (46 postcards)
- Box 13, Railroad Postcards 1 (50 postcards)
- Box 13, Railroad Postcards 2 (56 postcards)
- Box 13, Railroad Carload of' Advertisements (9 postcards)
- Box 13, Unsorted Railroad Postcards (21 postcards)
- Subseries IIIB. Non Railroad Subjects (2915 postcards and 1 item)
Scope and Contents: This subseries contains postcards with images of non railroad subjects dating from
the 1900s to 1940s. There is one postcard from 1993. The majority of the files were
organized by Harry Chick, and kept in their original order, with the exception being
the Assorted Non-railroad, most of which were loose in the box, rather than bundled
together. While the majority of postcards are blank, some were filled out and mailed
to a wide variety of individuals, and the postmarks generally range from 1900-1940.
The titles were devised by Harry Chick and the postcards in the bundles reflect the
- Box 13, Ships, Steam & Sail 2 (71 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards involving ship images, primarily from the United States and Canada, though
some are of ships at sea. The set also includes a sailboat illustration from Puerto
Rico, a harbor scene in Amsterdam, an illustration of a ship of the White Star Line
in Palermo, Sicily, and two postcards of Dordrecht, Netherlands. Also includes a heavily
worn postcard of the Titanic, describing its fatal maiden trip. Several postcards
show ships washed and wrecked ashore in storms, often in ruined harbor and beachfront
- Box 13, Ships, Steam & Sail, Small & Large 1 (55 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards of ships, primarily in the United States, Canada or at sea, and harbor scenes.
One postcard is of the Maine Central Railroad steamship 'Norumbega,' unloading passengers
after running aground. Mix of illustrations and photographic images.
- Box 13, Ships, Steam & Sail, Small & Large 2 (54 postcards)
Scope and Contents: 54 postcards of ships ranging from rowboats and motorboats to large cargo and cruise
ships. Many of the images are of ships in and around Maine. Several images of beached
steamships, one of a small dugout crewed by a Seminole Indian, and a postcard featuring
recreations of Columbus' fleet.
- Box 14, Ships 1 (328 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This file is a large gathering of postcards featuring ships of all kinds, including
steamships, ocean liners, harbor images, rowboats, ferries and a few wrecks. International
images include a junk from Shanghai, and six images of Stockholm, four images of the
'Nordesutscher Lloyd' line out of Bremen, Germany, one of an unidentified German port,
an image of the "S.S. Mongolia" near Manila, and an intact copy of the postcard describing
the Titanic disaster (see Ships, Steam & Sail 2 for damaged copy). Other images include
the Tower Bridge in London, and the Panama Canal, and a liner of the Holland-Amerika
Linie, from Rotterdam to New York. However, the majority of the labeled images are
from the United States and Canada, particularly Massachusetts and Maine, and significant
images from North America include an illustration of the Mayflower, Hudson's 'Half
Moon' and the whaling ships docked at Merrill's Wharf, New Bedford, MA.
- Box 14, Ships 2 (402 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This file is a large group of postcards, illustrated and photographic, consisting
of many different types of ships and ship related images, including steamships, ocean
liners, sailing ships, ferries, waterfronts, harbors, docks, bridges and wrecks. The
majority of the images are from the United States and Canada, particularly New England,
or ships of unidentified origin at sea, but international images are also present
within the group, including ships out of Havana, Stockholm and Bremen, the Danish
Det Bergenske Dampskibselskab (Bergen Steamship Company) and a Chinese river sampan.
An illustrated postcard shows the Italian Bark "Castagna," which wrecked ashore in
Massachusetts in 1914. One postcard advertises the "Olympic" and "Titanic" as the
'largest and finest steamers in the world.' The Lusitania also features on several
postcards. Also included is an illustrated postcard of whaling ships out of New Bedford,
MA, entitled "Hoisting in the Head with the Whalebone," which shows a trio of whaling
ships hoisting the head of a whale out of the sea.
- Box 15, Ships 3 (319 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Illustrated and photographic postcards of ships, steamers, ocean liners, sailboats
and rowboats, as well as waterfronts, landings, wharves and beaches . The majority
of postcards are from the United States and Canada, but international ships and locations
are also collected within the group. One postcard shows the arrival of the Prince
of Monaco in the Azores, complete with honor guard. German shipping lines out of Hamburg
and Bremen are relatively common, as are images of the Lusitania, including an illustrated
postcard showing the Lusitania laid across the stadium of the Franco British Exposition
as a comparison of size. Also present are several images of the construction of the
White Star Line's "Olympic," sister-ship to the "Titanic." Another famous ship in
the set is shown on a postcard image of Richard Byrd's South Pole Sailing Ship. Whaling
ships out of New Bedford, MA are a popular theme within the set, and rare ships like
a dredging ship occupied with drainage duties in the Everglades forms an interesting
counterpoint to more traditional nautical images.
- Box 15, Warships & Ships (233 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This group forms a bundle of postcards focused primarily on military vessels of the
United States and Canada, but also includes warships of other nations as well as naval
yards, docks and ports of various nations. The ships pictured range from classic sailing
vessels and steamships to early twentieth century submarines, cruisers and ocean liners.
The bundle is dotted with postcards featuring civilian ships and scenes, but military
ships form a clear majority. Several illustrated postcards show scenes involving the
"U.S.S. Constitution" during the War of 1812. The majority of the shipyards and docks
depicted are located in New England, New York, or in Norfolk, Va.
- Box 15, Lighthouses 1 (56 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This bundle of postcards of lighthouses, the majority of which are from Maine, Massachusetts
and New Hampshire, with Maine forming a clear majority. A handful of lighthouses from
other locations are also present, notably other parts of New England, Virginia and
Florida. A portion of the cards are water damaged and flaking.
- Box 15, Lighthouses 2 (207 postcards)
Scope and Contents: A larger and less organized bundle of lighthouse postcards. Locations include the
United States, with an emphasis on New England, particularly Massachusetts, as well
as Canada, Gibraltar, Bermuda, Cuba, Ireland, England, Philippines, and Sweden. The
postcards are a mix of illustrations and photographic representations of lighthouses.
- Box 16, Forts & Life Saving Stations (146 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This group consists of postcards of military buildings in the United States and Canada,
particularly forts, block houses, garrison houses and Life Saving Stations. The Life-Saving
Service was one of two forerunner organizations that were combined into the U.S. Coast
Guard in 1915, and the primary mission of the Service was saving shipwreck survivors.
Forts in New England, New York, Florida, appear more often than any others in this
collection, and a few international locations appear, including Dublin, Canada, Cuba,
and Puerto Rico. Several postcards of Fort Sumter stand out amongst this bundle, as
it is one of the few forts related to either the U.S. Civil War or a southern state
other than Florida. Another postcard depicts the Funeral of King Edward VII of England
in 1910, and this postcard is glued back to back with a postcard of Fort William Henry
- Box 16, Capital Buildings (84 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This group of postcards primarily consists of photographic and illustrated postcards
of U.S. state Capital buildings, but also includes other government buildings, including
courthouses, city halls, post offices, civic centers and federal buildings throughout
the United States. The U.S. Capital Building in Washington, D.C. is also included
in this group. Many of the postcards also include the state shields.
- Box 16, Boston & other Mass. Buildings (25 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This group of postcards features a variety of buildings in Boston and other Massachusetts
towns, including government, businesses and cultural landmarks. An early aerial view
of Boston is also included, shot from an early 'aeroplane,' though it lacks a specific
- Box 16, Hotels (16 postcards)
Scope and Contents: A group of postcards primarily featuring hotels from all over the United States, though
the majority of images are from New York City and Boston, MA. The Paramount Building
in New York is also included in the file, despite not being a hotel.
- Box 16, Churches (34 postcards)
Scope and Contents: A group of postcards featuring exterior and interior views of a variety of churches,
primarily in New York and New England, but also featuring several in Florida, California,
Hawaii, Canada and England.
- Box 16, Fire Houses & Fire Trucks 1 (50 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards featuring a mix of fire stations and horse-drawn fire engines, with a few
automobiles with fire crews. The majority of images are from New England, but Tennessee,
Washington, Cincinnati, New York, Oklahoma, and Canada also feature within the group.
- Box 16, Fire Houses & Fire Trucks 2 (51 postcards)
Scope and Contents: 51 postcards featuring a mix of fire stations, horse drawn fire engines and automobiles
with fire crews. The majority of images are from Massachusetts, but other images are
of New England, New York, California, Florida and Canada. Several of the cards are
water damaged and torn.
- Box 16, Fire Houses & Fire Trucks 3 (41 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards of fire stations, horse drawn and automobile fire engines and fire crews.
Locations featured include New England, Canada, Virginia, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania,
Indiana, New York, and California, with a fire scene from New York, and a leather
postcard from Middletown, New York in poor condition. Several of the postcards are
- Box 16, Fire Trucks & Fire Scenes 1 (52 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards of fire scenes and fire engines, both horse drawn and automobile. Many of
the images feature a scene of a fire truck in motion, whether photographed or illustrated.
Also included are several embossed postcards of fire engines and crew, and several
fire-fighting scenes, arrival shots and aftermath of fires. The postcards feature
a variety of locations in the United States.
- Box 16, Fire Trucks & Fire Scenes 2 (29 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards of fire scenes and fire engines, as well as ruins of fire engines destroyed
in the Chelsea Fire in 1908. Other postcards feature images from New England, New
York, and California.
- Box 16, Coaches (38 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards featuring a variety of horse-drawn coaches and cattle and ox-drawn wagons
from all over the United States and Canada. There are a few international postcards
as well, featuring several images of French royal coaches in Versailles, and a hay
wagon in England. Another postcard features a horse-drawn sleigh from Montreal. None
of the postcards were mailed, but three are dated 1910.
- Box 16, Tramways & Cars (27 postcards)
- Box 16, Trolleys (116 postcards and 1 photograph)
Scope and Contents: This file contains postcards and one photograph of trolleys throughout the United
States. The photograph is a sepia-toned image of an elevated rail with a trolley car,
along an unidentified urban street. The postcards include New England, California
and Colorado, as well as other areas of the United States and Canada and show a variety
of street trolley lines and inclined tracks up hills and mountains. In many cases,
the focus of the image is the rail line or landscape as much, or more, than the trolley
car itself. Several images from Amsterdam, as well as postcards from Plein in the
Netherlands, and Naples, Italy are also part of this group. The trolleys themselves
vary between electric driven motors, steam or gasoline powered motorized engines and
- Box 17, Horse Cars & Trolley Cars (47 postcards)
- Box 17, Horse & Animal Wagons (30 postcards)
- Box 17, Mixture 1 (101 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards featuring a variety of scenic locations in the United States. Of particularly
interest are the many postcards featuring Lake George, north of Albany, the Tarrytown
area, north of New York City and the Adirondack Mountains. Most of the remaining images
feature a variety of locales in New England, though other regions of the United States
also appear within the group, as do images of buildings associated with notable families
and individuals across the country, including Maud Adams, and the Rockefellers.
- Box 17, Mixture 2 (83 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This group of non-railroad postcards features a variety of scenic images, primarily
of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States. Other image types include city
streets and town squares, farms and other rural images.
- Box 17, Mixture 3 (103 postcards)
Scope and Contents: Postcards with a variety of images, that feature scenic views of New England towns
and the Adirondack mountains. Other images are also present in the group, including
images of orchards in Oregon, buildings in Boston, and an assortment of other images
featuring a wide variety of subjects from the United States and Canada, and the odd
international image. Subjects include urban and rural scenes, ships, and scenic views,
as well as several illustrations of rural Irish women.
- Box 17, Assorted Non-railroad (61 postcards)
Scope and Contents: This group features postcards covering a variety of subjects, including bridges, forts,
lighthouses, ships, buildings and a variety of automobiles.
- Series IV. Ephemera
Scope and Contents: This series contains ephemera collected by Harry Chick including pamphlet materials
from the 1939 World's Fair. The majority of the material is duplicated in with two
to three copies of each pamphlet, and much of the travel information comes from the
New Haven Railroad. The featured material is the exhibit of the "Coronation Scot,"
a British Luxury train, on tour of the United States in 1940 prior to its exhibition
at the World's Fair, from the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Material related
to tours and excursions contains pamphlets, brochures and advertisements, which covers
the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, 1933, the Fair of the Iron Horse in
Baltimore, 1927, the Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland, 1936, as well as rail excursions
sponsored by the Boston & Maine Railroad, New York Central Railroad, the Boston &
Albany Railroad, the Railroad Enthusiasts, Railroad Magazine, and the Railway and
Locomotive Historical Society. The time tables and schedules include an assortment
of New York and New England Railroads, from 1928-1955. Two oversized train schedules
from India have been separated from the other material into oversized folders. They
show the stops and times for the Great Indian Peninsula Railway and the Hardwar-Dehra
Railway for 1919. An assortment of tickets, war tax receipts and train check cards
from American, Canadian and Japanese Rail lines. One ticket is dated 1911, several
are dated between 1920 and 1927, however, the majority are undated. Employee materials
contain small bound booklets that provide information about employees, guidelines,
officials, and codes. The many of the materials deal specifically with the Boston
& Maine Railroad, and date from 1907 to 1929. The cover of the 'Pocket List of Railroad
Officials is badly damaged and fragmented.
- Box 18, Folder 8-9World's Fair, 1939-1940
- Box 18, Folder 10-11Tours and Excursions, 1927-1936, 1981-1982
- Box 18, Folder 12-15Time Tables & Schedules, 1928-1955
- Box 19, Folder 1-5Time Tables & Schedules, 1928-1955
- MapcaseTime Tables & Schedules from India, 1919
- Box 19, Folder 6-7Railroad Tickets, 1911-1927
- Box 19, Folder 8-10Sales Materials, 1924-1925
- Box 19, Folder 11-12Photograph & Book Catalogs, 1941-1972
- Box 20, Folder 1-2Railroad Advertising, 1915-1946
- Box 20, Folder 3-7Employee Materials, 1907-1929
- Box 21, Folder 1Souvenir Albums, 1880-1883
- Box 21, Folder 2Maps & Diagrams, 1907-19361944
- Box 9, Folder 12-13Maps & Diagrams, 1907-1944
- MapcaseMaps & Diagrams, 1907-1944
- Box 21, Folder 3Christmas Cards, 1934-1936
- Series V. Manuscripts & Correspondence
Scope and Contents
: This series contains personal and train accounts in 13 notebooks, calenders and memo
books, some produced as advertisements for particular companies which contain an array
of financial, railroad and personal information recorded by Harry Chick. Some volumes
contain daily financial notes, details of picture and magazine collections, and tidy
tables of locomotives numbers, others contain a more disorganized selection of notes
on trains or finances. The notebooks are accompanied by a single loose page detailing
the engines owned by the Woodstock Railway. Also located here is a recordbook handwritten
by a Freeman W. Smith presented to Harry Chick, detailing all 628 locomotives built
by the Portland Co. from 1848 to 1907. Volume 31 contains a great variety of information
relating to Harry Chick, his life and his family, including birth records, gifts received,
finances, details on theaters, automobiles, medical recipes and other information.
Volume 32 is an indexed volume of train and locomotive numbers, names and assorted
details, organized by railroad line.
This correspondence addressed to Harry Chick covers several topics, notably responses
to trades of and for railroad and locomotive photographs, responses from Magazines
regarding subscriptions and occasionally submissions, and offers to sell photographic
prints. Correspondence from the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society covers a
variety of topics, including excursions, photographs, yearly dues, and condolences
on the death of Sadie Chick. Frequent correspondents include Charles Fisher of the
Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, A.R. Corinth of Savannah, GA, W.A. Anderson
of Miami, Florida, Walter Fogg of Boston, G.F. Starbuck of Waltham, MA, and H.P. Yeaton
of the Southern Railway Company in Washington, D.C. Correspondence dates from 1916
- Box 22, Folder 1-5Personal & Train Accounts
- Box 22, Folder 6Portland Co. Record of Locomotives Built.
- Volume 31Chick Family Records
- Volume 32Locomotive & Car Names
- Box 21, Folder 4Correspondence, 1916-1936
- Series VI. Scrapbooks
Scope and Contents
: Harry Chick's collection of scrapbooks includes articles and images clipped from a
variety of catalogs, newspapers and magazines, including Brown Hoisting Machinery
Company, Browning Engineering Company, the Boston Globe, Boston Post, Boston Herald, Portland Sunday Telegram, Railroad Trainman,
Railroad Man's Magazine,
and R.R. Employee's Magazine.
These materials include images of locomotive and locomotive trains, as well as articles
on significant railroading individuals, editorials, and articles on railroad topics,
including wrecks, miniature locomotives, comparisons between contemporary and early
locomotives, accounts of and obituaries for veteran railroad men, and articles on
famous train robbers.
Several volumes have more individualized material: Scrapbooks S-1 and S-2 are filled
with images of locomotives clipped from an assortment of newspapers and magazine,
and organized by railroad company. S-3 is significant in its origin: the volume was
originally a Boston and Maine Railroad record book of train card orders, later converted
into a scrapbook. Many of the pages are not covered by articles or pictures, so the
details of many orders are still quite visible and apparent. S-6 contains published
poetry from unnamed newspapers, largely on death and loss, and ends with clippings
from a cooking advice and recipe column from the Boston Globe The majority of images and articles date from 1908 to 1927.
S-7 diverges significantly from the other scrapbooks, as it contains Special Rate
shipping notices from the Fitchburg Railroad, listing shipping rates for a variety
of materials to and from Boston. The papers are numbered and dated from 1898 to 1901.
Later records cancel certain special rates, and a few Boston and Maine items included
at the end of the volume. Interesting information on freight shipments at the end
of the 19th century, as well as movement of building material and stone waste from
the Hoosac tunnel.
- Volume 30Unnumbered Scrapbook
Ledgers (account books)
Chick, A. Harry (Alonzo Harry), 1877-1946
Boston and Maine Railroad
Boston and Lowell Railroad
Boston and Providence Railroad
Maine Central Railroad
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad
Boston and Albany Railroad