Robert A. Nelson papers
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.
- Nelson, Robert, A. (Donor, Person)
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This collection is open for research.
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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.
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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.
Organized into 3 series: Geographic location, Companies, Reports, studies, and papers.
Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Gift of Robert A. Nelson, April 25, 1984.
- Preliminary Guide to the Robert A. Nelson papers, 1962-1975
- Box Inventory
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Finding aid written in English