Herbert E. Copeland Railroadiana Collection
This collection houses a large assemblage of American locomotive photographs, railroad timetables, newspaper clippings, magazines, books, and such other pieces of railroadiana as engineer's coveralls, pieces of track, oil cans, spikes, pencils, and a lapel pin. The approximately 500 unusual books that were initially a part of this collection have been removed and cataloged into the Rare Books collection.
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This collection houses a large assemblage of American locomotive photographs, railroad timetables, newspaper clippings, magazines, books, and such other pieces of railroadiana as engineer's coveralls, pieces of track, oil cans, spikes, pencils, and a lapel pin.
Herbert Earl Copeland was born on March 7, 1888 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee between 1907 and 1913, graduating with a BS in Mining Engineering and a BS in Metallurgical Engineering on May 28, 1913. He worked as a plant superintendent for the US Stove Company in South Pittsburg, Tennessee for many years. He died on January 9, 1968 in South Pittsburg.
Copeland married Lynn Russell (1900-1973) on November 28, 1925, and the couple's only child, Herbert Earl Copeland Jr., was born on September 12, 1926.
Collection consists of six boxes divided into three series:
- Series I: Photographs, Negatives, Clippings, and Scrapbooks
- Series II: Railroad Timetables
- Series III: Other
Mrs. Lynn Copeland donated these papers in April of 1968 in memory of Herbert E. Copeland's father, Edward Scott Copeland, who worked as a railroad engineer.