Burlington Route Historical Society - Archives

How you can help - The Archive Legacy Fund Raising Campaigns

Learn about our Archives in the Lake States Facility, Baraboo, WI

Last Updated 3/12/2022

Thank you for your support!

The Archive/Legacy Fund had an increase of $8,500 for the year 2020!

Sustaining Members and all those contributing at the Conductor’s
Club Level are over and above that. We have raised about $125,000
and incurred about $16,000 in fund raising costs with additional
donations to Lake States and C&NWHS in the last 4 years.

Policies Concerning Material
in the Archives of
Burlington Route Historical Society

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Recent Pre-Covid Archive Activities:

On February 7th, 2020, Dick Kasper, Al Kamm III, and Jim Singer set into place three flat file cabinets at the Archives. The cabinets came from Gary O.(donation), Jerry Albin (donation), and the Allen Moore collection (donation).

It took some time to allocate the final locations to place them as we needed to move over 1,500 Lbs. of Company Store Bulletins into other storage locations within the facility. Now, our only remaining task is to order, receive, and place our newly Granted (brand new) flat file cabinet to become the starting point for the Parks Collection of locomotive facility drawings. Its location has been determined and readied over the winter archive layoff.

Dick Kasper reviews BRHS member roster
and Who's Who in Railroading.

Al Kamm III Reviews a listing of the many
questions the Archives receives to attempt to answer.
They are not a simple google search.

Ken Tucek and Steve Holding at a recent work session.

New Safco flat file cabinets ready for assembly( now completed). Purchased with support from the Tom E. Dailey Foundation ($1000) and our fantastic member contributions. Now ready for placement of the Parks Collection of steam service drawings.

Our Company Store material temporarily outside the Baraboo facility for working room to assemble our new flat file cabinets for the Parks Collection at a recent work session.

Upcoming 2022 Archive Work Days

Baraboo Archive Work Dates Winter/Spring 2022

  • Wednesday, March 16th
  • Tuesday, April 19th
  • Tuesday, May 17th

Please email Archives at BurlingtonRoute dot org if you are considering attending.

All work day hours are 11am - 5pm
Location: 330 Lynn St, Baraboo, WI 53913

We do not take a lunch break.  Feel free to bring along lunch or a snack to get through the day.

The national Covid situation limited our site work in Baraboo during winter 2020 - 2021. Not to stop volunteer Steve Holding though from coming in from South Carolina, TWICE !!!
Jerry Hamsmith, Bill Hirt, Steve Holding, Al Kamm III, Jim Sandrin, Jack Schroeder, John Szwajkart, Gene Tacey, and myself had been hard at work off site posting over 500 hours off site hours. Additionally in July 2020 many of our officers and directors visited the Archives for the first time.

During early 2021 we were able to be in a financial situation to put our $1000 Tom E. Dailey Foundation grant along with our memberships additional equipment donated funds to order our 10 drawer flat file cabinet. This cabinet will provide the space to provide a home for the Parks drawing collection.
During the winter/spring period we worked on our physical plant by installing a number of small workstations throughout the facility in anticipation of more member participation in tight quarters at our work days.

During the summer of 2021 we plan to get more active participation  in data input by our membership. That means capturing and inputting information into this system about the thousands of items we have acquired. Watch for more in Zephyr 85. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Steven Fye assembles our new book shelves to store our collection of CB&Q Form A Annual Reports.

Glen Haug entering Data Input into the system.