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Thomas Taber papers

 Collection — Box: 1 Box
Identifier: MSP 210

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Taber papers (2001-2010; .4 cubic feet) documents Thomas T. Taber III’s research on the history of railroads. The collection compiles thousands of resources and citations of publications related to railroads in the United States from approximately 1820-2000, focused primarily on the mid-19th through early 20th centuries. This collection would be useful to researchers interested in doing railroad research, particularly in and relating to the Antebellum United States. Types of materials include: bibliographies, handbooks, and indexes (reference sources).


  • 2001 - 2010
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/02/2010


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical or Historical Information

Thomas T. Taber III graduated from Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey in 1947. He later attended the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. In the late 1950s, and after a short time in the Army, Taber moved to Muncy, Pennsylvania where he worked as an engineer and eventually executive for several industrial corporations. In 1980 he left a Vice President position with the George E. Logue Company in Montoursville to pursue other work in self-employment. Since then, Taber volunteered as an editor and board member of the Muncy Historical Society, was President of the Muncy Public Library, and served on the Muncy Borough Council for twelve years. During that time, Taber also invested thousands of hours into his passion for the history of railroads and the logging industry in the United States. From 1947-2010 Taber wrote 33 books, most detailing specific histories of railroad lines and locations, though many of his later works provide resources for other scholars conducting railroad research. The Thomas T. Taber Building of the Lycoming County Historical Society was named in his honor. Source: “About Thomas T. Taber.” Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society. Accessed 14 Feb. 2017.

Note written by Stephen Horrocks


0.363 Cubic Feet (One letter-size full-width manuscript box)

Source of Acquisition

Thomas T. Taber

Method of Acquisition

Donated by Thomas T. Taber III, February 4, 2010.
Thomas Taber papers
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Stephen Horrocks and Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2017-07-03.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-28: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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