MsC 468

Collection Dates: @1850 -- @1990

 496 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Arizona desert scene with train

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

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.

Copyright: Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on "Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials"

Use of Collections: The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors, and it may not be  possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing, or accessing non-paper based materials. Please read our "Use of Manuscripts Statement."

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.)

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of scrapbooks, nearly 19,000 photographs, postcards, timetables, railway forms, tickets, and other railroad-related items.

Photographs: Throughout

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

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by John P. Vander Mass beginning in 1985.

Guide posted to the Internet: Beginning in October 2006.

Box Contents List

Series I: Employee time tables

Boxes 1 -- 20 & Oversized Boxes 1 -- 3

Series II: Public time tables

Boxes 21 -- 23

Series III: Train Registers

Boxes 24 -- 28

Series IV: Administrative and Miscellaneous

Box 29

Series V: Train orders

Boxes 30 -- 35

Series VI: Menus

Box 36

Series VII: Street Car Transfers

Box 37 

Series VIII: Railroad tickets

Boxes 38 -- 40 

Series IX: Annual and trip passes

Box 41

Series X: Forms

Series XI: Railroad Scrapbooks

Series XIA: Depot Photograph Books

          Scrapbooks for Railroad depots of the 48 lower-United States: photographs and postcards, arranged by state; county; town; and then 

          railroad. Images of depots in the state of Iowa have been digitized and can be found at the Iowa Heritage Digital site.

Series XII: Postcards. Scenes and trains. Color and black and white.

Series XIII: Photographs. Engines, railroad cars.

           Series XIIIA: Photograph Scrapbooks

           Scrapbooks of photographs of railroad engines, cars, and other equipment, arranged alphabetically by name of railroad.


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