Center for Rail Photography & Art acquires Steinheimer works

Center for Rail Photography & Art acquires Steinheimer works

A well known Richard Steinheimer graphic of a Milwaukee Road Tiny Joe electric locomotive, taken

A well known Richard Steinheimer graphic of a Milwaukee Road Tiny Joe electric locomotive, taken by moonlight. The Heart for Railroad Photography & Artwork has acquired the the greater part of the Steinheimer collection. (Richard Steinheimer courtesy CRP&A).

MADISON, Wis. — The Middle for Railroad Pictures & Art has obtained the the greater part of the images assortment of the famous Richard Steinheimer, whose perform normally graced the web pages of Trains Magazine and who blazed a resourceful trail across California and the West for 6 decades.

Cover of August 1977 Trains Magazine with Santa Fe piggyback train
The include graphic from one particular of Richard Steinheimer’s lots of Trains Magazine options. (Richard Steinheimer)

The collection includes almost all of Steinheimer’s shade photography, a vast collection of his black-and-white prints, furthermore black-and-white negatives and scans, exhibition prints, and far more.

“This is definitely a monumental function in the Center’s historical past,” Scott Lothes, government director of the Centre, reported in a push launch. “From the working day I joined the personnel in 2008, I have hoped the Middle could be the steward for Stein’s pictures, and I know our founder, John Gruber, also held that hope. We now have the potential to preserve and share his do the job thanks to the trust of Shirley Burman Steinheimer, Stein’s widow, husband or wife, soulmate, and keeper of his remarkable visual legacy. We’re grateful for the amazing generosity of our board of administrators and donors – foremost Bon French and Rich Tower, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Have faith in, and all people who has ever supported our attempts.”

Black-and-white image of man walking down railroad tracks in fog
A Southern Pacific monitor employee walks down the observe at San Francisco’s Bayshore Property in January 1950. (Richard Steinheimer courtesy Centre for Railroad Photography & Art)

The coloration portion of the selection includes about 30,000 slides the Heart will also obtain black-and-white negatives circa 1975 and later, and a considerable variety of black-and-white prints and scans. Supplemental elements will be included at a afterwards day.

Steinheimer was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Chicago, and died from Alzheimer’s Ailment on May 4, 2011, in Sacramento, Calif., where his spouse and images associate Shirley still resides. A crew from the Center led by archivist Adrienne Evans gathered at the Sacramento property in early June and organized the collection for transportation to the Center’s archive in Madison. It has now arrived safely.

Heather Sonntag, Ph.D., associate archivist, will acquire the direct on processing the Steinheimer Selection supported by Elrond Lawrence and Ken Rehor, lifelong Stein devotees who were aspect of the selection staff in Sacramento.

“With this milestone achievement, mixed with the Ronald C. Hill Assortment in 2020 and recent agreements to get collections from California pictures legends Tom Gildersleeve, Gordon Glattenberg, and Stan Kistler, the Heart has assembled a world-course collection of western North American railroad pictures,” claimed Lothes.

Much more details about the Steinheimer Collection, his legacy, and upcoming image requests will be shared at the Center’s web site.

Four people with boxes in truck
The Steinheimer selection is ready for its go by the Center’s Elrond Lawrence and Adrienne Evans (left), together with Shirley Burman Steinheimer and Ken Rehor. (Center for Railroad Images & Artwork)