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EBT Hires Archivist to Sort Through Records

June 24, 2021

Pennsylvania-based East Broad Top Railroad has hired an archivist who will begin the process of organizing and cataloging hundreds of cubic feet of company records.

Julie K. Rockwell of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, is overseeing the archiving process, including sorting through the records that document operations between 1873 and 1956.

The archivist position is jointly funded by $10,000 each from the 1,500-member Friends of the East Broad Top volunteer organization and an anonymous donor.

Rockwell holds a master’s degree program in museum studies and digital archiving from Johns Hopkins University.

She has worked on programs to interpret and curate displays on the history of canals and the Pennsylvania Railroad photography of William H. Rau.

She is being assisted by an intern, Sammy Bellin, who is a history major at Juniata College in Huntingdon.

Rockwell said most of the material is well-kept because it was stored in controlled conditions.

The records are being stored in three brick-lined fireproof vaults that are at least 12 feet tall.

The records include right-of-way maps, building and rolling-stock blueprints and linen drawings, deeds, photos, board of directors minute ledgers, mortgage documents, correspondence, train orders, clearance cards, daily locomotive inspection reports, purchase orders, payroll time-slip records, shop invoices, tax records and news clippings.

However, Bellin said the EBT may have been meticulous in keeping records but was less conscientious about organizing them.