This digital archive of fifteen artifacts display the California History Research Seminar (History 279) class research with the John Lloyd-Butler Railroadiana Collection during the spring of 2008. Their research demonstrates an ideal of railroad transportation as a “spatial concept.” More specifically, this “spatial concept” perceives the railcar not only as a means of transportation but a cultural space unto itself. Visit the companion online exhibit.
John Lloyd-Butler Railroadiana Collection
Lloyd-Butler, a California rancher, had a passionate interest in American railroading. His collection covers the history and development of American railroads from 1846 to the early 1970s. There are over 1,000 books, plus railroad periodicals, scrapbooks, and 45 document boxes of ephemera, such as timetables, advertising brochures and tickets. For more information, contact Special Collections, firstname.lastname@example.org.