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Chicago Area Transportation: Historical Information

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Annual Reports

The Transportation Library’s collection of annual reports documents the financial and operational history of transportation companies around the world from the 1820s to the present. Originally compiled for the companies’ investors, the reports contain a wealth of primary source information for researchers in the history of transportation as well as those researching transportation in the current day. Industries represented include pipeline, infrastructure, trucking, automobile, and bus companies, railroads, transit corporations, cruise ships, airlines, and federal agencies, with a particular strength in 19th century U.S. railroads.

The collection is international in scope and includes reports from such airlines as American Airlines, East African Airways, and Alitalia, among many others.

To search for a specific company, enter that company's name, together with "annual report" into the search box in the library's catalog. For example: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy "Annual Report"

 

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