The Streeter B. Flynn Collection
Story originally ran in Spring 1992 Perspectives
In January 1977, Streeter B. Flynn, Jr., Oklahoma A&M class of 1953, presented the library of his Alma Mater with the nucleus of the present day railroad collection of more than 1,000 titles. Initial interest in building the collection started with his grandfather and father and at the time it was donated contained over 300 items. The collection has been added to each year by Mr. Flynn and is very popular with a wide variety of users: historians, sociologists, and rail-fans.
Many of the titles are limited editions, several are autographed. The gift includes illustrated histories of many famous railroad lines as well as rail-fan magazines and many specialty items privately printed. There are some books on model railroads railroading and on foreign rail travel. Due to Mr. Flynn's continuing interest the collection has become a unique resource for this region and is one of the better railroad collections in the United States.
Among the gift books received are such intriguing titles as Railway Ghosts, Logging Railroads of the West, Alaska's Wilderness Rails, and A Baggage Car with Lace Curtains (the autobiographical story of a wife who lived in a railroad camp car with her husband). China by Rail contains a fascinating and colorful pictorial record of a journey across one of the world's most diverse countries.
Mr. Flynn was a history major while at Oklahoma A&M and is now retired from the First National Bank of Oklahoma. Both his grandfather and father we instrumental in the development of the Santa Fe Railroad in Oklahoma. His father was a director of the Santa Fe and solicitor for the AT&SF.
Some Local Resources:
View the items in The Streeter B. Flynn Collection
View items held in the OSU Libraries about Railroads
For information on the H. Louise & H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series presented by the Friends of the OSU Library, contact Debbie Clemons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-744-7273.