EIU Teaching with Primary Sources

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Other Resources

More resources to learn and teach about railway post office clerks and the railway mail service.

Smithsonian Institute National Postal Museum

Railway Mail Service Site - History of the Service, Day in the Life, Danger on the Rail, Oral Histories

- Mail by Rail

Illinois Railway Museum 

Railway Mail Service Library

United States Postal Service Postal History Photo Gallery: Railroads  and Moving the Mail- Mail by Rail

Catskill Archive - Sorting Mail in a Railway  Post Office Car

The National Archives - A Typical Day as Train No. 8 Speeds Eastward

The National Archives - Prologue Magazine, The "Fast Mail": A History of the U.S. Railway Mail Service

Galesburg Railroad Museum - The Railway Post Office (RPO)

The Library of Congress - Prints and Photographs  Using the search tools, look for "railway mail car".

The Library of Congress - American Memory, Railroad Maps 1828- 1900 Using the search tools, look for "Galbraith". Frank Galbraith created study maps for railway post office clerks.

California State Railroad Museum - Great Northern Railway Post Office Car No. 42

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum - Postal History of the First Transcontinental Railroad