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Archives Overview

In pursuit of SRHA's mission, we have acquired a significant body of original material that will benefit historians, modelers, academics and other researchers in the years to come.  This material includes the Southern Railway Presidents' Files, original and microfilm copies of equipment and structure drawings, photographs, and other documents chronicling the nearly-100 years of Southern Railway's existence. 

Click Here for the latest update on the Archives and some examples of our collection.

The association's archives are in the Museum of Southern Museum of Locomotive and Civil War History in Kennesaw, GA. 

 Over the past few years, the staff at the Southern Museum have worked hard to clean up and catalog the collection.  As they have completed sections of work, they have created finding aids, which they post on their website.  These are a very useful way to search through the collection.  Click Here to go to the Southern Museum's Archives webpage.

There are still more documents that haven't been cataloged, so check in occasionally to see what's been recently added.

The SRHA archive has already benefited Southern Railway historians through articles in TIES magazine, and through reference books published by SRHA and others.  Click here to see some of the publications that are available from SRHA. 

Additional articles and books are presently in preparation.  We look forward to the day when the archive material is available more widely -- in a dedicated, climate-controlled facility.  

Click here for more information on the agreement between SRHA and the Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

For Those Interested in Donating Materials to the SRHA Archive:

Please drop our Archives Director, George Eichelberger an e-mail and discuss your options with him at  Please note that SRHA cannot assess the value of any donated materials.   This is a rule set by the IRS.  The donor will have to conduct an assessment if interested in applying for a tax deduction.

Archives Work Sessions:

SRHA conducts work sessions approximately every other month.  The schedule is posted on the SRHA home page.  Anyone is welcome to attend, member or not.  We use these sessions to clean documents for cataloging, scan drawings, maps, and photographs for publication, and sort through the unprocessed documents to prepare them for cataloging.  These sessions are generally informal.  We typically start work at 9:30 and end around 4 pm. 

A Note to persons searching for Employee Records:

SRHA does not have any Southern Railway employee records in our archives. It is recommended that you contact the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, which you can contact at 844 North Rush, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-4500, or on the web at The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board




Southern Railway Historical Association
P. O. Box 33 
Spencer, NC  28159