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Elmer Griffith Sulzer railroad collection

Identifier: 1978_091-UA

Elmer Griffith Sulzer had a distinguished career as a college professor at the University of Kentucky and Indiana University. Over time his writing more and more reflected his life-long love of trains and their history. Sulzer collected railroad material everywhere he went, both domestically and internationally, and wrote five books and more than fifty articles on rail topics for railroad specialized journals. He was a leading expert on abandoned rail lines. This collection consists of both the reference library on the subject of American and foreign railroads he assembled and work he himself generated. The collection contains correspondence, literary productions, photographs and illustrations, railroad business records including paybooks, ledgers, rule books, reports, timetables, maps, diagrams, surveys and other operating records, books, railroad periodicals, reprints of articles and excerpts from books, pamphlets and brochures' newspaper clippings' and memorabilia. Some of the railroads included are Monon; Illinois Central; Louisville and Nashville; Louisville Railway Company; Southern Railway; Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis; Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific; Penn Central; Pennsylvania; and the Cheasapeake and Ohio.


  • 1839-1978


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests have not been transferred to the University of Louisville.


110 linear feet (73 records center boxes, 13 manuscript boxes, 22 half-manuscript boxes, 2 flat boxes and numerous volumes)


Elmer Griffith Sulzer Railroad Collection
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752