Transportation Libraries and Information Centers

NAME:John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library


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Name of library or information center:
John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library

Name of parent organization (if applicable):
University of Missouri

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Is your information center a member of a Transportation Knowledge Network?:
Not a TKN Member

Do you provide access to your information collection to the general public (either on-site or on-line, with or without a fee)?:

Describe any special conditions for accessing your resources or services (e.g. by appointment, affiliations required):

Provide a description of your information collection:
Established in 1984 as a special collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library stands today as one of North America’s largest and finest railroad history collections. Named after the noted twentieth century railroad executive, John W. Barriger, III (1899-1976), whose collection forms its heart, the Library has grown to become a major resource for the history of railroad business and technology as well as for the study of railroading’s multidimensional influence on the American economy, society and culture.

What are the particular subject strengths of your collection?:
The Bureau of Railway Economics Collection, New Maps of Missouri & Kansas (1868), Chauncey Barnard, Jr. 19th Century Civil Engineering Correspondence, John W. Barriger III Papers, Charles Rupp Railroad Timetable Collection, The ACF Industries Archival Collection, Association of American Railroads-Bureau of Railway Economics Historical Collection, Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Historical Society Collections, Milwaukee Road Archives, Isabel H. Benham Papers, Hamill-Louisville and Nashville Railroad Collection, Maury Klein Collection, Railroad Executive Oral History Program, William Rapp Photograph Collection, Gregory Ames Collection of Children’s Railroad Literature, Amtrak Corridor Development Studies Collection and more.

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Contact Information

Name of Primary Contact:
Gregg Ames


Thomas Jefferson Library Building , One University Boulevard

St. Louis




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Do you provide online training courses?: No

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Do you maintain a knowledge base of lessons learned or best practices?: No

Do you maintain a directory of experts or provide referrals to experts as part of your services?:No

Are any of your training materials catalogued into OCLC?: No

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Organization Type:Rail Road

Detailed Collection Information:

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Library Services and Affiliations

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Library Resources and Facilities

What is your library’s approximate annual budget – excluding staffing and facilities costs?:
Under $100,000

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Special Collections

Please list any special collections that you maintain

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General Integrated Library System (ILS)

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Full or Part Time:
Full Time