February 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Daily Life Along the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad

In 1955, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad hired Newberry President and Librarian Stanley Pargellis and newspaperman and historian Lloyd Lewis to edit a book documenting the social and economic impact of the railroad. This resulting book named Granger Country: A Pictorial Social History of the Burlington Railroad contained historical materials and photographs taken by Esther Bubley and Russell Lee.

Three thousand negative images shot by Bubley and Lee were discovered in the Newberry Library’s unprocessed 20th century CB&Q archives about ten years ago.

This collection now available online contains a selection of these black and white photographs, showing the Illinois scenes, the railroad, its workers, the travelers and stations.

View the entire collection at the Newberry Library.

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