State and Federal Government Publications
- Ohio Railway Report
Published annually by the Commissioner of Railroads and
Telegraphs of Ohio from 1868 to 1911. It included detailed statistics
for each railroad doing business in the state compiled from reports
by each railroad. In the earlier years the submitted reports were published.
In later years the commission ruled on rate and safety issues and these
decisions were included. It is now part of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. (courtesy Cleveland Public Library
and State Library of Ohio)
- Interstate Commerce Commission
- Geological Survey of Ohio
Railroad publicity departments published materials for the general
public, investors and their employees. Most of these materials were never
copyrighted. The railroads sometimes explicitly encouraged their duplication.
- Annual Reports
- Route Guides - descriptions of towns, industries and attractions along
a railroad line.
Trade Associations promote a particular industry and lobby
the government. Most of these materials were never copyrighted.
There are many books and other publications that include transportation
history. Although most were copyrighted, many early texts are now in the
public domain and can be shared via the web.
Links to other sites with online texts