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Access and Use

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Ken Kobus in October 2014.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Custodial History:

The actual lineage of the photographs is difficult to trace. They have been held by multiple people prior to them being donated to the ASC by Ken Kobus in October 2014. Kobus received them from railroad fan Joe Jack, who received them from Vince McDonaugh, who received them from his father, Frank McDonaugh. Both McDonaughs worked for J&L at Aliquippa and are not known to have an assoication with the PRR. The collection images were in envelopes addressed to Donald B. Horner, a railroad fan and/or rail photographer. Envelopes originally housing the negatives in the collection contain notes as to which images were included and which images of his were being requested. It is very difficult to verify if he was the photographer of all of the images.

Horner and his family have been traced in the cenus records in 1910 and 1940 verifying that he lived at the address listed on the envelopes. Donald Horner does not seem to have had any employment with the railroad. The 1940 census lists his employment as timekeeper in a steel mill when he was 33 years old. His father, Howard Horner, did work for the PRR as a fireman at the time of the 1910 census and by 1940 he was listed as locomotive engineer. Donald Horner was in his 20s when the postal marks are dated reflected the bulk of his image sharing. One of the envelopes in this collection also has a note that reads, “5 of mine returned- for which I am in his debt.” This seems to indicate that he was a photographer of some of the images. It is also possible that his father took the photographs for him given his job in the railroad and the access he would have had to the locations.

Related Material:

Pennsylvania Railroad Glass Plate Negative Collection, 1907-1917, AIS.2012.03, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Preferred Citation:

Pennsylvania Railroad Locomotive Negative Collection, ca. 1935-1940, AIS.2014.03, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh