Guide to the Joseph Earl Broyles Eastern Washington Railroad Photographs 1880-1954
PC 47

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Broyles, Joseph Earl, 1905-1979.
Title
Joseph Earl Broyles Eastern Washington Railroad Photographs
ID
PC 47
Date [inclusive]
1880-1954
Extent
300.0 items
General Physical Description note
.5 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
330 black and white photographs, with brief descriptions, primarily documenting the trains and railways of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company (OR&N) in south-eastern Washington and north-eastern Oregon.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Joseph Earl Broyles Eastern Washington Railroad Photographs, 1880-1954 (PC 47)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Joseph Earl Broyles, 1905-1979, was a mechanical foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad, working out of Moscow, Idaho. He was a third generation rail worker, as his father, James Broyles, had been an OWRN railroad engineer himself, apparently working out of Colfax, WA, and his grandfather had worked for the railroads as well.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company (O&N) began in 1896 as a consolidation of several smaller railways. It was purchased by the Union Pacific in 1898 and ran for them as a subsidiary, the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company (OWRN). It was formally absorbed into the Union Pacific in 1936.

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Scope and Contents note

Approximately 330 black and white photographs documenting railroad life in the inland northwest. The bulk of the collections covers the 1890s to the 1920s. Each photograph comes with a one paragraph description about its significance to the region's rail history.

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Arrangement note

The materials appear to be in their original order, with page numbers penciled in at the upper right to retain that order. However, as of May, 2017 there are no pages 1, 3, 9, 45, 47, or 49, and it is unclear if those pages were blank or have been lost. The photographs originally came in three binders but no information was retained on where each binder began and ended. The materials are retained in four folders for ease of storage, but that foldering is solely for convenience in handling and bears no relation to the original binders.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) by Margaret Whitehall Broyles (wife of Joseph Earl Broyles) of Moscow, ID on August 29, 1980, and retained as MS1980-37.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in December, 1981 by Robert Arnett. Though received as three binders, the materials were unbound and it is no longer possible to determined what was in each binder.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Photographs
  • Railroad stations -- Idaho.
  • Railroad stations -- Oregon.
  • Railroad stations -- Washington (State), Eastern.
  • Railroads
  • Railroads -- Idaho.
  • Railroads -- Oregon.
  • Railroads -- Washington (State), Eastern.
  • Washington (State)

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