South Texas Railroad Historical Society Records
This collection is dominated by correspondence from the South Texas Railroad Historical Society attempting to spread their sphere of influence and establish a permanent railroad car display at the Corpus Christi Museum (Now the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History). It also contains ten polaroid photos of an unidentified abandoned locomotive, meeting flyers and minutes, newspaper clippings, various records, and a ten-page type-written history from the group’s final president.
- Majority of material found within 1964 - 2004
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The South Texas Railroad Historical Society was formed sometime in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s as a way for railroad enthusiasts local to the Corpus Christi region to connect with each other and share information. The Society spent nearly two decades attempting to set up a rail exhibit with genuine full-size railcars at the Corpus Christi Museum (now the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History). After much lobbying and work by the group, it became apparent that the project was not to be, and the group disbanded.
Biographical / Historical
The South Texas Railroad Society formed around the time that steam locomotives were being replaced by diesel. The Interstate Highway System and increasing reliability of air travel had begun to drastically reduce the use of railroads for passenger service. Alarmed at the rate of change in such a short period of time, the Society set about gathering artifacts related to rail travel for preservation.
Their most audacious plan was rounding up several railcars and a locomotive, which they then arranged to be delivered a block away from the Corpus Christi Science and History Museum. The intention was to restore them, then open them to the public as part of the museum. Budget cuts at the museum however would not allow the hiring of several full-time positions needed to watch over the cars if they were to be open to patrons. After languishing two blocks from the corrosive salt of the bay for over a decade with no plan to open them in sight, the entire railcar collection was donated to the Galveston Center for Transportation and Commerce and shipped there by barge.
The South Texas Railroad Historical Society disbanded after the removal of the railcars. While the society was not successful in bringing their vision to Corpus Christi, they were able to save several notable pieces of history that otherwise would have been scrapped and lost forever. Several smaller items that they preserved did make their way into the Corpus Christi Science and History Museum.
This collection is organized by a single series with twelve folders. The folders are Historical, Historical No Dates, Member List, Meeting Flyers, Meeting Minutes, Correspondence 1967-1968, Correspondence 1969, Correspondence 1970’s, Correspondence 1980’s, Correspondence No Date, Photos, and Newspaper clippings.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi by Kenneth Leigh Anthony on 2-25-2004. The donation was assisted by Thomas H. Kreneck.
This collection was arranged by Eric Christensen, Archive Processing Librarian for Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi’s Special Collections & Archives Department.
- Aalbert Heine (1920-2003)
- B. Mills Latham (?-2018)
- Cabooses (Railroads)
- Champlin Refining
- Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
- David P. Morgan (1927-1990)
- Dining-car service (Railroads)
- Eugene (Gene) McCann (1913-2005)
- Galveston Center for Transportation and Commerce
- John Reed (1934-2012)
- Joseph L. Bart
- Missouri Pacific Lines
- Passenger trains
- Railroads -- Livestock transportation
- Representative John Young (1916-2002)
- Russel Mozeney (1908-1974)
- South Texas Railroad Historical Society
- Steam locomotives
- Texas-Mexican Railway
- Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives
- The Moody Foundation
- Trains, Railroad
- Who’s Who in Railroading
- Anthony, Kenneth Leigh (Person)
- South Texas Railroad Historical Society Records
- Eric Christensen
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- English, Spanish
- Edition statement
- Second Processing
Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
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Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States