SLA Transportation Community Collection Showcase - Northwestern University's Transportation Library

When:  Jan 25, 2024 from 01:00 to 02:00 (ET)
Associated with  Transportation: Open Community

The special and circulating collections of Northwestern University's Transportation Library number more than 500,000 items, covering all modes of transportation. Rachel Cole, the library’s Curator and Head, will provide an overview of the library’s unique collections, including governmental reports and other grey literature, photographs, and transportation ephemera like menus and timetables.

Cole will share a selection of items from across collections, including but certainly not limited to:

  • Airline and railroad menus, timetables, and annual reports designed by some of the most celebrated graphic designers of the mid-20th century 
  • A small flower hand-crocheted by Janie Brady Jones, widow of folk hero railroad engineer Casey Jones 
  • Maps, pamphlets, and photographs documenting the marketing of electric vehicles in the 1910s 
  • Great Lakes steamship passenger ephemera, dating from the 1890s – 1970s 

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