The Alton Railroad Community Band was established to boost ticket sales during the Great Depression. The Band performed in and around the Bloomington area for roughly two years, from its creation in 1932 to 1934. As band manager, Alton Shop Superintendent Joseph Schneeberger coordinated the transportation and venues for the Band, including performances on WMBD radio in Peoria, and the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

The collection includes documents pertaining to concerts, band members, and travel expenses, 1932-1934. Included are numerous letters to and from the Band's manager, Joe Schneeberger, and newspaper articles and programs for upcoming performances in and around the Bloomington area. Also included is information on the Band's performances on WMBD in Peoria, in St. Louis, and at the World's Fair in Chicago during 1933.