Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad scrapbook, circa 1950s

Guide to Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad scrapbook C0331


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Title Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad scrapbook
Date circa 1950s
Physical Characteristics .25 Linear Feet
Abstract Scrapbook that documents the Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad in New York state, created circa 1950s.
Collection Number C0331
Language English

Historical Note

The Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad, also known as JW&NW, was an American railroad in far western New York State. Its main route was along the northern shore of Chautauqua Lake, and as a result it was also known as the "Chautauqua Lake Route." The route began in Jamestown, New York and ended in Westfield, New York, near Lake Erie. The railroad began in 1914 and went defunct in 1950. Passenger operations lasted until 1947.

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Scope and Content

Scrapbook that documents the Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad in far western New York State. The album mainly consists of photographs of trolley cars at various places around the line, including Bemus Point, Mayville, Westfield, Dewittville, and Midway Park. It includes small and large black and white photos of different kinds of rail and trolley cars that served the line. The scrapbooks also includes ephemera, such as tickets, timetables, and a traction system diagram, cumulatively dating from 1914 - 1947. The photos seem to date from the mid - 1930s, with one photograph labeled 1935. Based on the design of the cover, the scrapbook itself was likely compiled in the 1950s.

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Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds many other transportation collections, as well as scrapbook collections.

The Manuscripts and Archives Repository at Hagley Museum and Library holds the Edward H. Weber collection of railroad timetables, which has materials on the Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Railroad travel
Railroad travel -- United States
Railroads

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jamestown, Westfield, and Northwestern Railroad scrapbook, C0331, Special Collections Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Yvonne Carignan from Thomas Cullen in 2015. Formerly cataloged as Sp. Col. TF 724.N6 N49 1900Z.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Brent in February 2022. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in February 2022.

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Bibliography.

"The Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railroad[.]" Abandoned Rails, accessed February 15, 2022. https://www.abandonedrails.com/jamestown-westfield-and-northwestern-railroad.

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