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Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926. Papers, 1881-1940. SC 0493. Four folders. Collection guide online. A native of Terre Haute, Debs became active in the local and national Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen as a young man. In 1885, he served one term in the Indiana legislature. In 1893, Debs helped to form the American Railway Union, and in 1897. transformed the union into the Social Democratic (Socialist) Party of America. He ran for president on the party’s ticket several times without success and continued his activities as a leader in the labor movement. The collection contains some of Debs’ correspondence, 1885 to 1925, and traces his career as union activist, labor leader and politician. Topics include the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen.

Dickman, Charles. Letter, 1870. SC 2430. One folder. Collection guide online. Dickman was a locomotive engineer. Between 1862 and 1870, he worked for the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad and the Jeffersonville, Madison & Indianapolis Railroad. In 1870, he was looking for a job with the Union Pacific Railroad. The collection contains one letter from W.T. Clark of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis Railroad, recommending Dickman to Gov. Oliver P. Morton. It is endorsed by Gov. Morton and J.W. Benson.

Dougherty, Russell. The Inclined Plane at Madison, Indiana, 1985. SC 1968. One folder. The collection contains a photocopy of a paper by Russell Dougherty, The Inclined Plane at Madison, Indiana. The paper discusses the rack and adhesion railroad necessary to climb the inclined plane at Madison, and the several railroad companies that used it. It also discusses the locomotive “Reuben Wells,” now housed at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.  The inclined plane at Madison is the steepest grade on a line haul in the world and is one of the steepest standard gauge railroad grades ever built.

Dubin, Arthur D. Railroad collection, ca. 1847-1999. M 0818. Thirty-six manuscript boxes, six photograph boxes, one negative box, 29 artifacts. Collection guide online. Arthur Detmers Dubin, who originally assembled the materials in this collection, had a lifelong interest in passenger trains and collected items for more than 40 years. He collected Pullman and passenger train memorabilia, and served on numerous advisory boards and commissions in passenger transportation. He wrote three books based on his collections: Some Classic Trains, More Classic Trains and Pullman Paint and Lettering Notebook: A Guide to the Colors used on Pullman Cars from 1933 to 1969. Dubin worked as an architect at the Chicago firm of Dubin, Dubin & Moutoussamy. The collection consists of articles, brochures, timetables, menus, correspondence and photographs documenting passenger train companies and routes throughout the world. It is separated into 24 series arranged by the country or area that the items are from, with the addition of a series of miscellaneous items from international publications and a series of negatives: United States; Africa; Australia; Austria-Benelux; Canada; Central and South America; China and Taiwan; Czechoslovakia; England, Scotland, and Ireland; France; Germany; India; Italy; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; Russia; Scandinavia; Siam and Thailand; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey; Miscellaneous International; and Negatives.

Elkhart and Western Railroad Company. Indiana Railroad Collection, 1877-1951. BV 2251, OM 0182. One bound volume, one oversized folder. Cash book of the Elkhart and Western Railroad, 1893-1898; and miscellaneous transportation and other records of various railroads running through Indiana.

Elston, Isaac C. (Isaac Compton), 1798-1867. Letters, 1833-1852. SC 2028. Five folders. Isaac C. Elston, also known as “Major,” was a storekeeper in Crawfordsville in the 1820s. He became wealthy by land speculation, banking and investment in railroads. He laid out a portion of the New Albany and Salem Railroad, and owned much of the land on which Lafayette now stands. The collection consists of about 50 letters (1833-1852) written to Isaac Elston Sr. during the time he was speculating in land. The letters discuss the buying and selling of tracts of land all over Indiana, and especially in the Michigan City, Crawfordsville and Lafayette areas.

English, William Hayden, 1822-1896. Family Papers, 1741-1928. M 0098, OMB 0002, BV 1137-BV 1148, BV 2571-BV 2572, F0595p. One hundred three manuscript boxes, three oversized boxes, 15 bound volumes, one microfilm reel, 76 photograph boxes, six graphics boxes. Collection guide online. English began a career in politics in 1840 as a delegate to the Democratic State Convention in Indianapolis. From 1850 to 1851, he was principal secretary of the Indiana Constitutional Convention and served as a legislator in 1851 and 1852. He served several terms in the national House of Representatives, beginning in 1852. English’s career as a banker began in the early 1860s, during which time he helped found the First National Bank (Indianapolis). He also held a controlling interest in the Citizens’ Street Railway Company and owned extensive tracts of real estate in Indianapolis. Business records include documents related to the Citizens’ Street Railway Company.

Evansville & Illinois Railroad. Bonds, 1850. SC 2604. One folder. Collection guide online. The railroad was chartered Jan. 2, 1849 to connect Evansville with the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Olney, Illinois. Samuel Hall was the president and builder. The collection consists of two bonds for the Evansville and Illinois Rail Road Company that were issued by Vanderburgh County, on Feb. 1, 1850. They were paid off by the county in 1875.

Ferrall, James D. Diaries, 1851-1852. BV 2484-BV 2485. Two bound volumes. Ferrall was a contractor who participated in building the first Indiana railroad. The collection contains Ferrall’s diaries for 1851 and 1852, which include brief entries and accounts.

Gary & Interurban Railroad Company. Records, 1911-1915. Three folders. Collection guide online. In 1907, the Gary & Interurban Railway Company was incorporated. In 1911, the Chicago-New York Electric Air Line Railroad began negotiations to purchase the Gary line, and in 1913, it reformed as the Gary & Interurban Railroad Company. The company failed in 1915, after attempting to raise funds by assessing its stockholders, and a receiver was appointed. Two years later, it split back into its original parts. Collection contains legal forms, correspondence and a real estate brochure. The forms deal with the consolidation of the company, from 1911 to 1913. The correspondence explains why the company is asking stockholders to pay an assessment and announces the appointment of a receiver. The brochure is for a Gary housing development, Riverside, built by Steel City builders.

Getting There: Oral Histories about Transportation in Michigan City, 1993-1994. M 0687. One manuscript box. Collection guide online. The Michigan City Public Library and the La Porte County Historical Society received an Indiana Heritage Research Grant to document the history of railroads and aviation in Michigan City. The project resulted in a series of oral histories on video and audio tape, and as typewritten transcripts. This collection consists of copies of typescripts of oral history interviews discussing the railroad and aviation history of Michigan City. Complete video, audiotape and transcript sets are available at the Michigan City Public Library, the La Porte County Historical Society, and Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest, Gary.

Gifford, Benjamin J., 1840-1913. Gifford-Kersey Correspondence, 1903­-1907. SC 2316. One folder. Collection guide online. Born in Plano, Ill., Gifford founded the Havana, Rantoul and Eastern Railroad Company in 1873, and the Chicago and Wabash Valley Railroad in 1900. The collection contains correspondence between Gifford and Charles E. Kersey, railroad foreman, regarding gifts of Chicago and Wabash Valley Railway stock and other business matters, a handwritten “History of the Gifford Railroad,” and a photograph of Gifford.

Guthrie, Joel. Papers, 1866-1867. SC 2328. One folder. Collection guide online. Joel Guthrie was a resident of Crawfordsville who seems to have been the heir of someone with substantial holdings in land and notes in Montgomery and Shelby counties. The collection contains business letters to Guthrie from his business agents, dealing mainly with the payment of notes. Two mention railroad construction in Shelby County.

Hadley, Evan, 1816-1894. Commonplace Book, 1853-1895. BV 0217. One bound volume. Collection guide online. A native of North Carolina, Hadley moved with his family to Morgan County in 1820. Hadley farmed near Monrovia, was involved with the South Western Rail Road Company, and worked as an agent for the Home Insurance Company. He was a Quaker. A commonplace book apparently kept by Evan Hadley of Monrovia includes entries pertaining to the South Western Rail Road Company (possibly a predecessor of the Indianapolis & Vincennes Railroad), its articles of association and a stockholder list.

Hedstrom, C. Edward. Six Decades of Service on the South Shore Line. Oral History Interviews, 1990. BV 2639-2640, CT 0572-0580. Two bound volumes, nine audiotapes. Collection guide online. Hedstrom grew up in Michigan City. He was employed on the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad, mainly as a motorman, from 1939 until 1982. By 1939, the South Shore Line was the only commuter rail line between South Bend and Chicago. The collection consists of tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews done by John D. Horachek with C. Edward Hedstrom. Topics include Hedstrom’s family history as Swedish-Americans in Michigan City and Hedstrom’s experiences as a railroad man for the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad commuter line in the Calumet region.

Hehman, Donald T. Collection, 1883-1982. M 0598. Six manuscript boxes, three photograph boxes. Collection guide online. Hehman was a railroad dispatcher for several different companies in Terre Haute from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was also a collector and researcher in railroad history. Records from Hehman’s railroad work, particularly with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, Terre Haute division, including manuals, dispatch information, schedules and accident reports. Also included are general railroad records and historic research compiled by Hehman that deal with accidents, employee safety and benefits, timetables, and railroad publications. Scrapbooks, centered on Terre Haute, contain news clippings, correspondence and photographs and include as topics routes, interurbans and accidents. Photograph topics include engines, interurbans, track, stations, bridges and accidents. There is also a sound recording honoring the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company.

Henry, Charles L. (Charles Lewis), 1849-1927. Recollections, ca. 1915. SC 2120. One folder. Charles Henry was born in Hancock County and attended Indiana Asbury College and Indiana Law School. He moved to Madison County in 1852 and to Indianapolis in 1903. He was active as a lawyer, a railroad executive, a promoter of interurban railroads and a developer of natural gas. He served in the Indiana Senate in 1881 and 1883, and in the U.S. Congress from 1895 to 1899. The collection consists of a typescript and carbon of Charles Henry’s “Recollections” of his business activities from 1889 to 1900, during which time he was mainly occupied with developing electric streetcar and interurban railroads in Anderson, Indianapolis and Missouri. The recollections were written sometime between 1900 and his death in 1927. The collection includes a typewritten transcript and carbon.

Hoback, Thomas Railroad Collection, 1903-1989. M 0887. One manuscript box, one oversized folder, one OVA acetate negative folder. Collection guide online. Thomas Hoback is a native of Peoria, Illinois. He attended Golden Gate University in San Fransisco where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in transportation and economics. In 1986 he founded the Indiana Rail Road Company, an Indianapolis-based regional railroad serving south central Indiana and eastern Illinois. The collection contains printed reports and historical sketches of railroads in Indiana. A folder of stock certificates that were never issued also resides in the collection. Correspondence of Willis A. McCaleb, the company photographer for the Nickel Plate Railroad during the transition from steam to diesel in the 1950s, is also present. The oversized manuscript folder contains time tables for the Indiana Railroad, Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co., and Ohio Electric Railway. There are also two blueprints of cars.

Holloway, W. R. (William Robeson), 1836-1911. Papers, 1795-1903. M 0145, BV 1478-BV 1495, BV 1865-BV 1871, F 0227-F 0229. Eleven manuscript boxes, 23 bound volumes, four reels of microfilm, four photograph folders. Collection guide online. Holloway ran the Indianapolis Times from 1880 to 1886 and became involved with the Indianapolis Cable Street Railway Company in 1887. He worked for the Republican party in the 1890s. The collection includes correspondence related to Holloway’s personal and business dealings. Business records concern Holloway’s activities with Indianapolis newspapers and the Indianapolis Cable Street Railway Company.

Horachek, John. Index to the Street Railway Journal and Electric Railway Journal, 1985. SC 1969. Seven folders. The collection consists of an index to the Street Railway Journal, vols. 9-26, 1893-1905 (missing vols. 12, 13, 14), and the Electric Railway Journal, vols. 27-36, 1906-1910. Included are subjects (usually state, city or railroad line), page number and item.