Hugh Lee Railroad Photograph Collection

Identifier: UNRS-P1987-23

Scope and Contents

The Hugh Lee Railroad Photograph collection contains photographic materials documenting activity on a number of national, regional, and local railroads throughout the first half of the 20th century, with a large focus on the 1940s and 1950s.


  • circa 1930s-1950s
  • Majority of material found within 1940s

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Physical materials, such as those not available through UNR Libraries' Digital Collections or other online portals must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives for more information.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh W. Lee, Jr. was a collector of railroad memorabilia.


3783 Items

Language of Materials



Hugh W. Lee Jr. was a collector of railroad memorabilia. The collection contains railroad photographs collected by Lee and documents activities on a number of railroads and networks throughout the United States throughout the first half of the 20th century, primarily the 1940s.


Arranged primarily in alphabetical order by railroad name or location.

Custodial History

Collection originally existed as NC881, the Hugh Lee Railroad Collection. A portion of the materials were transferred to the Nevada Railroad Museum. The materials remaining in NC 881 were re-designated as this photo collection, UNRS-P1987-23.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Hugh W. Lee, Jr. prior to 1987.

Processing Information

In 2022, as part of a larger project, the information for this photographic collection was moved from a PastPerfect photo database to ArchivesSpace. Due to some technical limitations, some of the existing descriptive information was changed to be more concise. All original descriptive information can be found in the scope and content note for each individual item. The original descriptions can be found in their respective scope and contents notes.

Guide to the Hugh Lee Railroad Photograph Collection
In Progress
Ian McGlory
May 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)