John P. Vander Maas Railroadiana Collection
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Scope and Contents
This collection is comprised of scrapbooks, nearly 19,000 photographs, postcards, timetables, railway forms, tickets, and other railroad-related items.
- Creation: 1850-1990
- Vander Maas, John P. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.
Biographical / Historical
John Vander Maas grew up loving railroads. The tracks for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q) railroad ran behind the cottage on the Mississippi River at Sandusky, Iowa, where he spent his summers, and he had fond memories of receiving items and gifts sent by rail freight. Though he worked as a special agent for the CB&Q during World War II, Vander Maas spent most of his adult life working in agribusiness. He nourished his love of trains by collecting railroad memorabilia. Beginning in 1985 he gave his extensive collection to the University of Iowa Libraries.
512.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Railroadiana collection. Time tables, train registers, train orders, menus, tickets, etc.
Method of Acquisition
These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by John P. Vander Mass beginning in 1985.
This finding aid is currently in process. Please refer to the link under "External Documents" for a complete listing of available materials.
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