The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical &
PRR Railroad Document Locations
Large collection of original
PRR documents, drawings and some valuation sections at
There are no employee or personnel records at this location.
See Research at the PRRT&HS Archives, Instructions for Research to arrange a visit. Volunteers are needed to assist in further cataloging.
For additional information about volunteering only contact Charlie Woodward at: firstname.lastname@example.org
information on performing research at the Lewistown archives see:
Reproductions (from microfilm) of PRR
Freight Car Arrangement and Lettering Drawings are available.
For information on performing research, online catalog and contacts see: www.hagley.org/library/
Very large collection of original PRR documents
with a comprehensive multi-volume document finding aid. Also a good collection
of PRR photographs. Researchers wishing to use the
collections are encouraged to discuss their research projects with a staff
member prior to visiting.
Manuscripts and Archives DepartmentVoice 302-658-2400, fax 302-658-0545
Imprints DepartmentVoice 302-658-2400, fax 302-658-3690
Pictorial Collections DepartmentVoice 302-658-2400, fax 302-658-3690 J. Stevenson Picture Archivist email@example.com
Large collection of PRR documents and drawings as well as a large body of Volunteer Relief Department enrollment cards, which are arranged in five series in alphabetical order. Consult their webpage on the VRD cards at:
Their general page on railroad related genealogical research might also be of interest:
Railroad Museum of
Collection of PRR documents and related information. Must have an appointment to do research.
Contact is Nick Zmijewski firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical Collections and
Large collection of PRR documents primarily from the Central Region, some photographs. Although the collection has been only preliminarily cataloged it is available for use. Ninety-seven page finding aid is useful but not comprehensive.
Rare Book & Manuscripts
Fifth Avenue and
Mostly LIRR records, PRR Legal Department files on LIRR, Pennsylvania Tunnel and Terminal Company files, Hotel Pennsylvania files, PSNY engineering and architectural drawings.
Voice 609-984-3299, search room
Camden and Amboy, Delaware and Raritan Canal,
New Jersey Railroad, Philadelphia and Trenton,
A large collection of individual files from the PRRs Voluntary Relief Department (VRD). VRD files were given sequential numbers in the order in which they were opened, rather like social security numbers. They are not arranged alphabetically, and it may be very difficult to locate files by surname. The institutions' rationale in saving the records was to have a sociological sample of railroad employee work histories that could be used for statistical purposes, not individual genealogies. Likewise, the PRR arranged the files for the purpose of keeping tabs on sick and death benefits, not genealogical research. Unless the PRR's own indexes were preserved, it would be almost impossible to search the files for an individual short of looking at every file. If you don't know where on the PRR they worked or when, that makes it even more difficult.
For information on performing research see:
Bentley Historical Library
GR&I records and legal department files pertaining to Michigan
Equipment Diagrams -- A collective effort headed by member
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society
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