James C. Mattson Collection on Northwest Railroads, 1877-2006  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Mattson, James C.
Title
James C. Mattson Collection on Northwest Railroads
Dates
1877-2006 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.17 cubic feet
Collection Number
1985.52
Summary
Materials related to Northwest railroads, including timetables, annual reports and photograph albums.
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James C. Mattson is a historian of railroad lines of the Northwest, especially of the Great Northern Railway. A resident of Seattle, Mattson was an employee of the Great Northern Railway and later of the Burlington Northern Railway. Over a period of many years he amassed a large personal collection of railroad materials, including items salvaged from materials which would otherwise have been discarded by Burlington Northern Railroad.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Annual reports, expense authorization registers, public timetables, official station and agent lists, and documentary photograph albums from Northwest railroads, particularly the Great Northern Railway.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

James C. Mattson Collection on Northwest Railroads, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

accession no. 1985.52:  Great Northern Railway photograph albums,  circa 1931, 1934Return to Top

2 albums containing 131 photographs, (.21 cubic feet)
13a.3.4

Two photograph albums which were created by the Great Northern Railway to be presented to the Interstate Commerce Commission in support of Great Northern's request to abandon rail lines in Washington State.

Gift of James C. Mattson, May 17, 1985

These albums were salvaged from material being discarded by Burlington Northern Railroad and were given to Mattson by Kim Forman of the Burlington Northern Public Relations Department.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
1985.52.1: Rail line between Molson and Curlew
Simmer, Alfred G. (photographer)
78 photographs
Album of 78 linen backed photographs, all taken on August 29, 1934. The photographs were part of a presentation to the Interstate Commerce Commission asking to abandon the rail line between Molson, Washington and Curlew, Washington. (The line was abandoned in 1935). The first 35 photographs in the album depict various parts of the railroad; the rest are views of the surrounding countryside between Curlew and Tonasket. Each photograph is inscribed with a detailed label, giving location, viewpoint and distance from nearby towns.
1934 August 29
1
1985.52.2: Rail line between Molson and Oroville
Simmer, Alfred G. (photographer)
53 photographs
Album of 53 linen backed photographs, undated but probably taken in 1930 or 1931. The photographs were part of the Interstate Commerce Commission docket #8280 (Exhibit 17) asking to abandon the rail line between Molson, Washington and Oroville, Washington. (The line was abandoned in 1931). The first 31 photographs in the album depict the railroad; the rest are views of the surrounding countryside. Each photograph is inscribed with a detailed label, giving location, viewpoint and distance from nearby towns.
circa 1931

accession no. 1989.8:  Railroad public timetables, 1887-1984,   (bulk 1930-1970) Return to Top

2 boxes, (.84 cubic feet)
13a.2.10

Public timetables for various Northwest railroads, 1887-1984 (bulk 1930-1970)

Gift of James C. Mattson, May 8, 1989

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Amtrak - System
1974, 1983
1
Amtrak - West Coast
1984
1
Burlington Northern
1 system timetable, 1 North Coast Limited timetable
1970
1
Northern Pacific Railway
1902, 1926, 1935-1954, 1968
1
Canadian National Railways
1930-1931, 1948
1
Canadian Pacific Railway
1911, 1924, 1931, 1961
1
Milwaukee Road
1905, 1915, 1926, 1930-1955, 1960-1970
2
St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba
1887
2
Great Northern Railway
1903, 1912-1913, 1917, 1925-1926, 1934, 1941, 1946-1960, 1969
2
Union Pacific Railroad
1897, 1900, 1909, 1927, 1947, 1959, 1964, 1968
2
Southern Pacific Railroad
1909, 1942, 1944, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1968
2
Burlington Route
1916
2
British Columbia Electric Railway
1950 August 1
2
Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway
1951 September 30
2
Pacific Great Eastern Railway Co.
1946, 1950, 1953
2
Great Northern-Union Pacific-Northern Pacific Joint Seattle-Portland timetable
1951

accession no. 1989.14:  Great Northern Railway Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations booklets, 1891-1910Return to Top

1 box, (.42 cubic feet)
13a.3.4

22 booklets (3.75" x 6") from the Great Northern Railway Company containing lists of officers of various departments, of station agents, and of stations, including station numbers, class of stations, telegraph calls, population of station towns, and miles of line operated.

Gift of James C. Mattson, June 19, 1989

accession no. 1995.47:  Northern Pacific Railway AFE register copies, circa 1930-1970Return to Top

1 box, (.42 cubic feet)
13a.3.10

2 bound volumes of photocopies of Northern Pacific Railway AFE (authority for expenditure) registers, circa 1930-1970. These requisitions document expenses approved for projects, both large and small, on the various divisions of the Northern Pacific Railway.

Gift of James C. Mattson, July 31, 1995

Acquired by Mattson from Burlington Northern Railroad

accession no. 1990.60:  Great Northern Railway Company Annual Reports, 1882-1927Return to Top

22 annual reports, (1 box)
13a.2.5

22 annual reports for the Great Northern Railway Company for years: 1882, 1889, 1891, 1893-1895, 1897-1899, 1901, 1909, 1912-1915, 1917, 1919-1921, 1923-1925, 1927

Gift of James C. Mattson, September 2, 1990

Boxed together with Accession No. 2000.2

accession no. 2000.2:  Railroad company annual reports, 1877-1895Return to Top

14 annual reports, (1 box)
13a.2.5

14 annual reports for the Northern Pacific Railroad for years 1877, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1888 and 1889; for the Lake Superior Terminal & Transfer Railway for years 1889-1895.

Gift of James C. Mattson, January 6, 2000.

Boxed together with 1990.60

accession no. 2007.48:  Railroad company annual reports, 1901-1912, 1940-2006Return to Top

1 box, (1 cubic foot)
13a.3.10

Gift of James C. Mattson

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Burlington Northern, Inc./ Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. annual reports
No annual report for 1988. Includes Reports to Employees, 1977-1980. Name changed to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation in 1995.
1969-2006
1
Great Northern Railway annual reports
Includes Statistical Supplement for years 1953-1962, 1964,1966-1967Includes Annual Report to Employees for years 1940-1942,1952, 1955-1956, 1958-1961, 1963
1940-1968
1
Northern Pacific Railroad Company annual reports
Bound volume
1901-1912
1
Union Pacific Corporation annual reports
1991-2006

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Railroads -- United States --Timetables
  • Railroads --United States--Records
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Burlington Northern Railroad Company (creator)
    • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (creator)
    • Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.) (creator)
    • Southern Pacific Railroad Company (creator)
    • Union Pacific Railway Company (creator)