EDWARD BOLLINGER PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Edward Bollinger papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings along with originals and copies of documents from Western railroad companies. The collection is the result of Bollinger's extensive research for his books on the Western railroads. Although the material spans the years 1900-1978, it was generated between 1952-1979 when Bollinger wrote his books. Numerous railroad photographs also form part of the collection.
The series contains copies of the previous edition with handwritten revisions and notes for Rails that Climb. The correspondence Bollinger received from numerous railroad enthusiasts either praising his books, Rails that Climb or The Moffat Road, or providing additional information or requesting a copy is included along with numerous newspaper clippings of reviews.
The series consists of the extensive research Bollinger conducted on Western railroads. Material includes original documents, such as letters, blueprints, memos and passenger tariffs, from the Denver and Salt Lake Railway, Denver and the Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railroad. Additional papers consist of notes, copies of railroad documents and articles.
A transcript from a lecture Bollinger presented on
Colorado's Last Great Railroad Construction Project, 1902-1947 and signatures of those who attended the
60th Anniversary of the First Train to Rollins Pass comprise the series.
This series contains an audio cassette made by Bollinger regarding his research on David Moffat's railroad. It details how he went about collecting material for his book.
The series comprises photographs collected by Bollinger during the course of his research. Although most subjects and locations are identified, the bulk of the photographs are not dated. Photographs primarily depict railroad operations. Included are photographs of passenger and freight trains, construction and maintenance of way activities, and numerous accidents and train wrecks. Additional photographs document the construction and operation of the Moffat Tunnel.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Biographical / Historical
Edward T. Bollinger was born in Manlius, Illinois during 1907. As a child, he lived in Nebraska and Kansas. In 1930, he graduated with a B.A. from Susquehanna University, located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. In 1933, he earned a B.D. from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. During WW II, Bollinger worked on the construction of the Moffat Tunnel and the Fraser section of the Denver and Salt Lake Railway.
He served as a Lutheran Minister at UCLA, Quicksburg Parish in Virginia and St. Marks Church in Davenport, Iowa. In Colorado, he served as a Presbyterian Minister in Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake, Minturn, Redcliff, Kiowa, Crook, Sedgwick and Leadville. In Kremmling and Hot Sulphur Springs, he served as a Congregational Minister.
Bollinger was active in numerous Colorado organizations. He served as President of the Battlemountain Kiwanis Club, Chairman of Sedgwick County Democratic Party, Chairman of the effort to incorporate the City of Northglenn. He also worked as a curator at Fort Vasquez. Due to his interest in railroads, the Colorado State Historical Society gave him the responsibility of overseeing the Railroad Collection. Bollinger wrote articles on railroads for several publications including Rail Road Magazine and The Colorado Magazine.
Edward Bollinger died on February 26, 1988.
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Edward Bollinger, 1977-1978.
Ellen Zazzarino, February 2001. Railroad collections processed with funding provided by Marilyn Hodges Wilmerding in memory of William Van Derveer Hodges and William Van Derveer Hodges, Jr.
REVISED AND ENCODED BY:
Merrie Jo Schroeder, November 2004. Dennis Hagen, August 2009.
- Audiocassettes. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Bollinger, Edward Taylor, 1907- -- Archives.
- Correspondence. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Historians -- West (U.S.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Manuscripts for publication. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Moffat Tunnel (Colo.) -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Railroads -- West (U.S.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Research (document genres). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
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