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Robert A. Nelson papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2184

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains primarily government reports related to various topics within the subject of high speed ground transporation including development plans, statistics, studies, and designs dating from the 1962 through 1975.

Dates

  • 1962-1975

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

Robert A. Nelson (d. March 10, 2009) was a teacher and transportation authority. He promoted high-speed rail in the Northeast corridor and is often known as "the father of the metroliner." In 1963, The Kennedy administration recurited Nelson to head the Northeast Corridor Project. This project was first managed by the Commerce Department and then as part of the newly created Transporation Department. Nelson also served as a member of Lyndon Johnson's White House Task Force on Transporation Policy. In 1965, the Johnson White House created the Office of High Speed Ground Transporation. Nelson lead that office for four years. Due to his work to push railroad and manufacturer's of new railway cars, the first Metroliner demonstration trains began running in 1968. The Metroliner evolved into Amtrak's Acela.

After retiring from government service in 1969, Nelson worked as a transporation consultant. He also volunteered his expertise to many Northern Virginia transporation issues including the construction of Interstate 66 within the Beltway.

Nelson was born in Bridgewater Massachusetts. He received degrees his bachelor's degree and doctorate in economics from Clark University, and a master's degree in business from Boston University.

Extent

25.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Robert A. Nelson (d. March 10, 2009) was a teacher and transportation authority. He promoted high-speed rail in the Northeast corridor and is often known as "the father of the metroliner." In 1963, The Kennedy administration recurited Nelson to head the Northeast Corridor Project. This collection has material related to transportation. The collection includes studies, reports both internal and technical and, memorandum. The material dates from 1962-1975.

Arrangement

Organized into 3 series: Geographic location, Companies, Reports, studies, and papers.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert A. Nelson, April 25, 1984.

Creator

Title
Preliminary Guide to the Robert A. Nelson papers, 1962-1975
Status
Box Inventory
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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