Railroad Patronage of American Artists


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Other Resource Library articles and essays regarding railroad-related art:


TFAO references:

As of 3/10/14 TFAO Digital Library contained 439 pages referencing the word "railroad" and 94 pages referencing the word "railway."


From other web sites:



The Art of Railroading, by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Publisher: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, 19 pages.

Travel by Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870-1950, by Michael E. Zega and John E. Gruber. Publisher: Indiana University Press (October 2002). From Libraey Journal: "...Five chronologically arranged chapters interweave information about the artists and how the characteristics of their commissioned designs serve the advertising purposes of the railroad lines they worked for. A large number of artists, both well known (N.C. Wyeth, John Held Jr.) and not so well known (Maurice Logan, Leslie Ragan), are included in the discussion, with reproductions of their designs." (right: front cover of Travel by Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870-1950, by Michael E. Zega and John E. Gruber)

Visions & Visionaries: The Art & Artists of the Santa Fe Railway, by Sandra D'Emilio and Suzan Campbell. Publisher: Peregrine Smith Books, (1991), 147 pages


Magazine article:

"Santa Fe: The Chief Way," by Robert Strein, John Vaughan and C. Fenton Richards, Jr. New Mexico Magazine, 2001


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