This section of the guide includes books, serials, etc. which are of a more general nature or are helpful with specific issues that are not addressed in other sections of the guide. While this guide does not focus on specific companies and lines, the Library of Congress does have many items relating to individual companies. These can be individual titles written by non-affiliated authors or items the company has produced itself. This guide is not limited to current material only—older books and articles have been included as a way to look at the history of railroads using material written at the time they were being built.
We do not have many company records—one exception is the records for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway System Records from 1849-1909—however, many of the titles below can still be used to research individual companies and lines. Also, there are many prints and photographs in the Library's collection and on the Library website, including those from The World's Transportation Commission, 1894-1896 collection that may be of interest..
While we have don't have company records or manuscript collections of railroad companies, there are other manuscript collections that often contain great information on the railroads. For example, the W.W. Corcoran papers have information on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company, Little Miami Railroad Company, the Philadelphia, Wilmington, & Baltimore Rail Road Company, and the Jay Cooke papers contain information on the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Library also has the papers for the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters 1920-1968).