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John Vander Maas Railroadiana Collection

Series XIA: Depot Photograph Books
MsC 468

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: John Vander Mass began donating his vast collection of railroadiana to the University of Iowa in 1985.

Photographs: The entire collection consists of photographs, most mounted in scrapbooks.









Scope and Contents

This series consists of a number of scrapbooks containing photographs, dates various, of railroad depots and stations from across the United States, as well as a number of foreign countries. The scrapbooks are organized alphabetically by state, thereunder by county, by town, and by railroad.

Depots from other countries were placed in the series under "F" (for "Foreign", one assumes), and thereunder by country. Most of the shots of foreign depots and other railroad views are actually postcards rather than traditional photographs.The one exception is Canada, which is placed under "C" and consists of photographs, not postcards. Some of the images of American depots are postcards as well.

Biographical Note

John Vander Maas grew up loving railroads. The tracks for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy  (CB&Q) railroad ran behind the cottage on the Mississippi River at Sandusky, Iowa, where he spent his summers, and he had fond memories of receiving items and gifts sent by rail freight. Though he worked as a special agent for the CB&Q during World War II, Vander Maas spent most of his adult life working in agribusiness. He nourished his love of trains by collecting railroad memorabilia. Beginning in 1985 he gave his extensive collection to the University of Iowa Libraries. (See his experiences in his own words at Early Reminiscences of Railroads.)

Related Materials

See our subject guide on Railroadiana

See Iowa Depots at the Iowa Heritage Digital Project

Grant, H. Roger. The Railroad Timetable: A Neglected Research Source

Hofsommer, Don L. Of Buffs and Professionals: Iowa's Expanded Transportation Archives.

Vander Maas, John P. Early Reminiscences of Railroads


Box Contents List

Box 1

Book 1: Alabama (Autauga County - Green County)

Book 2: Alabama (Hale County - Tuscaloosa County)

Book 3: Alabama (Walker County) - Arkansas (Chicot County)

Book 4: Arkansas (Clark County - Lafayette County)

Book 5: Arkansas (Lawrence County - Scott County)

Book 6: Arkansas (Searcy County) - California (Kern County)

Book 7: California (Kings County - San Bernadino County)

Box 2

Book 1: California (San Diego County - Yuba County)

Book 2: Canada (Alberta - British Columbia)

Book 3: Canada (British Columbia - Nova Scotia)

Book 4: Canada (Nova Scotia - Ontario)

Book 5: Canada (Saskatchuwan) - Colorado (Elbert County)

Box 3

Book 1: Colorado (El Paso County - Park County)

Book 2: Colorado (Prowers County) - Connecticut (New Haven County)

Book 3: Connecticut (New London County) - Florida (Gilcrist County)

Book 4: Florida (Glades County - Pinellas County)

Book 5: Florida (Polk County - Washington County);

                Foreign: Alaska, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria

Book 6: Foreign: Austria, Belgian Congo, Belgium, Borneo, Brazil, Canal Zone, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, 

               Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, England

Box 4

Book 1: Foreign: England, Finland, France, Germany

Book 2: Foreign: Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel

Book 3: Foreign: Italy, Japan, Java, Jugoslavia, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaya, Manchuria, Mexico, Morocco, New South Wales, New

                Zealand, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rhodesia, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Senegal

Book 4: Foreign: Serbia, Sicily, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Wales

                Georgia (Appling County - Berrien County)

Book 5: Georgia (Bibb County - Dade County)

Book 6: Georgia (Decatur County - Harris County)

Box 5

Book 1: Georgia (Hart County - Newton County)

Book 2: Georgia (Oconee County - Toombs County)

Book 3: Georgia (Treutlen County) - Idaho (Camas County)

Book 4: Idaho (Canyon County - Valley County)

Book 5: Idaho (Washington County) - Illinois (Cook County)

Book 6: Illinois (Cook County - Ford County)

Book 7: Illinois (Franklin County - Kankakee County)

Box 6

Book 1: Illinois (Kankakee County - Madison County)

Book 2: Illinois (Madison County - Ogle County)

Book 3: Illinois (Ogle County - Stephenson County)

Book 4: Illinois (Tazewell County) - Indiana (Bartholomew County)

Book 5: Indiana (Blackford County - Henry County)

Book 6: Indiana (Howard County - Newton County)

Book 7: Indiana (Noble County - Warren County)

Box 7

Book 1: Indiana (Warwick County) - Iowa (Butler County)

Book 2: Iowa (Butler County - Dallas County)

Book 3: Iowa (Dallas County - Guthrie County)

Book 4: Iowa (Hamilton County - Keokuk County)

Book 5: Iowa (Keokuk County - Mills County)

Book 6: Iowa (Polk County)

Book 7: Iowa (Polk County - Tama County)

Box 8

Book 1: Iowa (Tama County) - Kansas (Anderson County)

Book 2: Kansas (Anderson County - Comanche County)

Book 3: Kansas (Cowley County - Gray County)

Book 4: Kansas (Greeley County - Leavenworth County)

Book 5: Kansas (Lincoln County - Nemeha County)

Book 6: Kansas (Neosho County - Rooks County)

Box 9

Book 1: Kansas (Rush County - Wabaunsee County)

Book 2: Kansas (Wabaunsee County) - Kentucky (Clay County)

Book 3: Kentucky (Crittenden County - Larue County)

Book 4: Kentucky (Laurel County - Pike County)

Book 5: Kentucky (Powell County) - Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish)

Book 6: Louisiana (East Carroll Parish - Saint Landry Parish)
Book 7: Louisiana (Saint Mary Parish) - Maine (Oxford County)

Box 10

Book 1: Maine (Penobscot County) - Maryland (Howard County)

Book 2: Maryland (Kent County) - Massachusetts (Norfolk County)

Book 3: Massachusetts (Plymouth County) - Michigan (Clinton County)

Book 4: Michigan (Delta County - Leelanau County)

Book 5: Michigan (Lenawee County - Roscommon County)

Book 6: Michigan (Sagniaw County) - Minnesota (Clearwater County)

Box 11

Book 1: Minnesota (Cottonwood County - Lyon County)

Book 2: Minnesota (Mahnomen County - Renville County)

Book 3: Minnesota (Rice County) - Mississippi (Benton County)

Book 4: Mississippi (Bolivar County - Lauderdale County)

Book 5: Mississippi (Lawrence County - Tallahatchie County)

Book 6: Mississippi (Tippah County) - Missouri (Boone County)

Book 7: Missouri (Boone County - Cooper County)

Accompanying Box 11 is an additional box (Box 11A) that contains photographs from the locations given in Box 11, that have been removed from their scrapbooks and placed in photo envelopes.

Box 12

Book 1: Missouri (Crawford County - Iron County)

Book 2: Missouri (Jackson County - Livingston County)

Book 3: Missouri (Livingston County - Pemiscot County)

Book 4: Missouri (Perry County - Schuyler County)

Book 5: Missouri (Scott County) - Montana (Custer County)

Book 6: Montana (Daniels County - Richland County)

Book 7: Montana (Roosevelt County) - Nebraska (Chase County)

Box 13

Book 1: Nebraska (Cherry County - Gage County)

Book 2: Nebraska (Gage County - Madison County)

Book 3: Nebraska (Madipa County - Sheridan County)

Book 4: Nebraska (Sheridan County) - Nevada (White Pine County)

Book 5: New Hampshire (Belknap County) - New Jersey (Burlington County)

Book 6: New Jersey (Burlington County - Middlesex County)

Book 7: New Jersey (Monmouth County) - New Mexico (Chaves County)

Box 14

Book 1: New Mexico (Colfax County) - New York (Albany County)

Book 2: New York (Alleghany County - Hamilton County)

Book 3: New York (Herkimer County - Ontario County)

Book 4: New York (Orange County - Suffolk County)

Book 5: New York (Suffolk County) - North Carolina (Buncombe County)

Book 6: North Carolina (Burke County - Henderson County)

Box 15

Book 1: North Carolina (Hertford County - Randolph County)

Book 2: North Carolina (Richmond County) - North Dakota (Burleigh County)

Book 3: North Dakota (Burleigh County - Mercer County)

Book 4: North Dakota (Mountrail County) - Ohio (Ashtabula County)

Book 5: Ohio (Ashtabula County - Franklin County)

Book 6: Ohio (Franklin County - Logan County)

Book 7: Ohio (Lorain County - Scioto County)

Book 8: Ohio (Seneca County) - Oklahoma (Bryan County)

Book 9: Oklahoma (Casso County - Haskell County)

Book 10: Oklahoma (Hughes County - Okfuskee County)

Book 11: Oklahoma (Oklahoma County - Washington County)

Box 16

Book 1: Oklahoma (Washita County) - Oregon (Sherman County)

Book 2: Oregon (Umatilla County) - Pennsylvania (Blair County)

Book 3: Pennsylvania (Bradford County - Delaware County)

Book 4: Pennsylvania (Delaware County - Luzerne County)

Book 5: Pennsylvania (Luzerne County - Philadelphia County)

Book 6: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County - Westmoreland County)

Book 7: Pennsylvania (York County) - South Carolina (Florence County)

Book 8: South Carolina (Greenville County) - South Dakota (Brule County)

Book 9: South Dakota (Butte County - Lawrence County)

Box 17

Book 1: South Dakota (Lincoln County) - Tennessee (Anderson County)

Book 2: Tennessee (Bedford County - Hardeman County)

Book 3: Tennessee (Hawkins County - Roane County)

Book 4: Tennessee (Roane County) - Texas (Bastrop County)

Book 5: Texas (Baylor County - Coke County)

Book 6: Texas (Coleman County - Ellis County)

Book 7: Texas (El Paso County - Harris County)

Book 8: Texas (Harrison County - Kendall County)

Book 9: Texas (Kenedy County - Mills County)

Box 18

Book 1: Texas (Mitchell County - Robertson County)

Book 2: Texas (Rockwall County - Throckmorton County)

Book 3: Texas (Titus County) - Utah (Cache County)

Book 4: Utah (Carbon County) - Vermont (Washington County)

Book 5: Vermont (Windham County) - Virginia (Elizabeth City County)

Book 6: Virginia (Fairfax County - Page County)

Book 7: Virginia (Pittsylvania County) - Washington (Columbia County)

Book 19

Book 1: Washington (Cowlitz County - Spokane County)

Book 2: Washington (Stevens County) - West Virginia (Lewis County)

Book 3: West Virginia (Logan County - Wirt County)

Book 4: West Virginia (Wood County) - Wisconsin (Green County)

Book 5: Wisconsin (Green Lake County - Oneida County)

Book 6: Wisconsin (Outagamie County - Waukesha County)

Book 7: Wisconsin (Waupaca County) - Wyoming (Weston County)