Illinois Central Railroad Collection
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
ca. 1,000 cubic feet
The bulk of the Illinois Central records at the Newberry (ca. 1,000 cubic ft.) date from 1851 to 1906, but there are also important groupings of twentieth-century material. The archives include practically complete correspondence files of company presidents, one of the largest series being the In-letters of Stuyvesant Fish (president 1887-1906). This series contains not only correspondence, but also a number of printed and manuscript maps, broadsides, brochures, etc., many of which document Fish's involvement in the wider cultural and business life of Chicago. There is a good deal of information on buildings, structures, and right-of-way, including many large-scale "track books" with maps of the lines, sidings, and wayside structures. Other files contain reports of construction and materials, information about the day-to-day operation of the railroad, and about finance, securities, and employees. Although most of the Land Department files remain in IC custody, there are important materials here on immigration, colonization, and land sales. Dozens of timetables, both "public" and "employee," provide detailed information about the day-to-day operations. Several hundred maps document regions, states, cities, and towns along the IC lines. There are also records of a number of subsidiary lines and other railroads incorporated into the IC systems, in the southern states and the upper Midwest.