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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records - Historical and Printed Materials

 Record Group
Identifier: CB&Q-32

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of the Collection

Materials summarizing the history of the CB&Q and its branches, including official documents such as annual reports and minutes of Board meetings, contracts, memoranda, and official publications (such as printed letters from the president, and in-house newsletters for CB&Q employees). Secondary histories about the railroad and affiliated topics are also filed here. Also includes materials printed by and for the railroad meant to be disseminated either in-house or out to the public. These include printed circulars, scrapbooks of printed and collected material, pamphlets, timetables, tickets, and miscellaneous printed ephemera. In addition, the record group contains the research files of Richard C. Overton, historian for the CB&Q and author of the definitive history of the road, Burlington Route (University of Nebraska Press, 1965).

Forms part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records.

This finding aid supersedes the Guide to the Burlington Archives in the Newberry Library, 1851-1901 (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1949), and incorporates subsequent additions to the company records. Certain materials have been deaccessioned and donated to the Burlington Route Historical Society; see curator for details.

Original title for this Record Group, in the 1949 printed guide, is "General."


  • Creation: 1849-1999



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.


132 Linear Feet (172 boxes, 89 volumes, 8 record cartons, 7 oversize boxes, 2 flat file folders, and 4 index card boxes)


Official and unofficial histories of the company, annual reports, in-house newsletters, circulars, scrapbooks, timetables, pamphlets, and research files produced by the CB&Q and its historians. Forms part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 32.1: Corporate Histories, 1872-1940s
Boxes 1-2; +1
Series 32.12: Annual Reports to the Board of Directors and Stockholders (printed and typescript), 1854-1968
Volumes 1-17; Boxes 3-5
Series 32.13: Annual Reports (manuscript), 1878-1909
Boxes 6-13
Series 32.15: H.C. Murphy - Monthly letters to Directors, 1954-1965
Box 14
Series 32.16: Miscellaneous Reports to the Board of Directors, 1935-1966
Box 15
Series 32.2: Records, Minute Books, 1849-1902
Volumes +1-5; Boxes 16-27; +1
Series 32.3: Contracts, 1852-1900
Boxes 28-37
Series 32.32: Records of Leases of Railroads and Bridges and Trackage Contracts, 1868-1895
Box 37
Series 32.4: License Book, 1860-1905
Box 38
Series 32.5: Record Book of Trust Mortgages and Agreements, Covering the Years 1858-1882
Box 38
Series 32.6: Daily Journals, 1869, 1876-1919
Volumes 1-61
Series 32.61: Daily Log Books, Private Car 200, 1887-1903
Box 39
Series 32.7: Memoranda: President's office, 1862-1918
Volumes +1-2; Boxes 40-60; Box +2
Series 32.8: Circulars, 1857-1968
Boxes 61-92; +3-6
Series 32.81: Scrapbooks, 1862-1963
Volumes +1-6; Boxes 93-112; Box +6
Series 32.82: Employee Newsletters, 1913, 1935-1967
Boxes 113-115
Series 32.9: Pamphlets and Printed Ephemera, 1850s-1999
Boxes 116-135; +7
Series 32.91: Artifacts and Realia, ca. 1880s-1950s
Boxes 136-137; +8; flat file drawer 1
Series 32.92: Posters / Broadsides, 1856-1999
Boxes 137; +8-11; flat file drawer 1
Series 32.93: Timetables, 1854-1970
Boxes 138-178
Series 32.94: Overton, ca. 1880-1978
Boxes 179-213
Series 32.95: Reminiscences and Historical Works, 1903-1983
Boxes 214-219

Collection Stack Location

4a 34 8-14; 4a 37 1; 4a 38 1; 4a flat files


Deposit of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Company, 1943, with subsequent additions, 1948-onward. Ownership transferred to Newberry Library by Burlington Northern Company, 1975.

Processed by

Martha Briggs, Alison Hinderliter, Lisa Janssen, Kelly Kress, Emma Martin, Andrew Olofsson, and Pamela Olson, 2014.

Inventory of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records - Historical and Printed Materials, 1849-1999
Alison Hinderliter and Kelly Kress
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States