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Article: http://www.galesburg.com/news/x737342399/College-digitizes-railroad-photos-documents
Knox College Collection Online: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm4/index_knx_rail.php?CISOROOT=/knx_rail
Thanks to Bernie Wagenblast on the Railroad Station Historical Society email list for the heads up.
College digitizes railroad photos, documents
Online collection includes variety of early railroad info
By Chris Z. Mouzakitis
The Register-Mail
Posted Jun 24, 2009 @ 04:45 PM
Just in time for Railroad Days, Knox College’s Seymour Library has launched “Railroads in the Midwest,” an on-line digital collection of early documents and images.
The collection contains everything from high quality scans of 19th century photographs to PDFs of annual reports for long-defunct railroads, and is comprised of documents previously available in the library’s archives.
As this marks the first time they will be in a centralized location, putting the collection online saves railroad fans a trip to the archives and the archivists a lot of legwork, said archivist Carley Robison, who along with Information Technologies Librarian Laurie Sauer put together the collection.  
“Railroads” is the library’s first digital project and uses technology available from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.  
The railroad was chosen as the subject for a variety of reasons, some obvious, others not so.
“It was a group decision. (Library Director) Jeff Douglas originally suggested the railroad because of the number of documents the college has on the railroad owing to our location,” Sauer said.
However, in the end, the subject also was ideal for the librarians to learn the software’s capability.
“All of the different formats the library had collected on the railroad allowed us to figure out the process to digitize old photographs, printed text and other kinds of documents,” Sauer said. “It acted as a sort of workflow learning experience for future digital projects.”
When it came time to choose a subject, the enthusiasm the railroad garners from its fans didn’t hurt either.  
“Interest in the different facets of the railroad are just so vast and varied — everybody has their own project. Some railfans want to know about the actual locomotives, while others study the buttons the conductors wore,” Robison said. He added that the 179-item collection likely has something for every railfan’s taste.
Robison’s personal favorites are the Allen Green photos. Sauer prefers the old maps.
Green, a 1903 Knox College graduate, was for a time, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad’s official photographer. He pioneered the use of a trigger mechanism to photograph trains in motion. Green has many such photos in the section entitled “The Fast Mail Trails.”  
Looking at a map of a small Minnesota town, Sauer said, “What’s amazing in looking at the detail of the maps in these little towns, you get really good sense of local history and the importance of the railroad.”
The collection has been up since the end of May and the library has yet to hear any feedback, which isn’t surprising since the CARLI software isn’t exactly interactive, Sauer said. She figures Railroad Days and the library’s involvement will help generate some comments. As part of the festivities, Douglas will provide an introduction to the collection following the National Railroad Hall of Fame’s first local induction ceremony. That ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Knox’s Seymour Library.
On the Net:
Railroads in the Midwest: Early Documents and Images
Knox College Digital Collection accessible at
or by typing “Railroads in the Midwest Knox collection” into Google.

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