Charles J. Kennedy, Railroad
Title: Charles J. Kennedy,
Creator: Kennedy, Charles J.
Quantity: 290 boxes (291 linear
Collection Number: MS 0081
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Preferred Citation: Charles J. Kennedy Railroad Collection (MS 0081). Archives & Special
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After earning a B.A. from Hastings College, an M.A. from the University of Nebraska,
and a Ph.D. from Wisconsin, Charles J. Kennedy taught at Iowa Wesleyan College and
served as a specialist officer in naval aviation. He then joined the faculty of the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1946 and retired as professor emeritus of
economics in 1981. Kennedy's teaching interests were focused on economic and
business history with a concentration on railroad history and management. Much of
his work centered on the history of the Boston and Maine Railroad and its
Scope and Contents
The Charles J. Kennedy Railroad Collection is made up of three parts, Interstate
Commerce Commission Freight Tariff Files, Annual Reports of American Railroads, and
Freight and passenger tariffs of 172 railroads and their predecessors for 1887-1891,
which the National Archives had saved before destroying the tariffs of the other
railroads, and the full set of the tariffs of the Boston & Maine and its
predecessors from 1887 to 1945. These tariffs were donated by the U.S. National
Archives to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A portion of the Annual Reports were formerly part of the library of the Railroad
Economics Bureau in Washington, these pamphlets were given to the University
Libraries in the 1960s with a large quantity of other material through the efforts
of Professor Kennedy.