JACK RUSSELL WAGNER COLLECTION

California State Railroad Museum Library
California State Railroad Museum Library
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2014


Descriptive Summary

Title: JACK RUSSELL WAGNER COLLECTION
Dates: 1945-1980
Collection Number: MS 27
Creator/Collector: Wagner, Jack R. (1916-1988)
Extent: 7 boxes + 1 oversize box
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: The Jack R. Wagner Collection consists largely of manuscripts, letters, notes and ephemera pertaining to his publications and interest in railroad history.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

JACK RUSSELL WAGNER COLLECTION. California State Railroad Museum Library

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jack Russell Wagner, 1988.

Biography/Administrative History

A native of California, John ("Jack") Russell Wagner began his career as a radio engineer in 1937, and served as a civilian with the Army's Signal Corps and Air Corps during World War II. It was in this latter service that he became associated with the Manhattan Project. After the war he returned to the radio business in Northern California, working in that field until 1981 when he retired as Director of Broadcast Operations for San Francisco station KCBS. Mr. Wagner traveled widely and wrote articles on western topics for such publications as WESTWAYS, TRUE RAILROAD MAGAZINE, AMERICAN FORESTS and WESTERN MINING JOURNAL. In addition he wrote three books, SHORT LINE JUNCTION (1956), GOLD MINES OF CALIFORNIA (1970) and THE LAST WHISTLE [OCEAN SHORE RAILROAD] (1974). Mr. Wagner died in October, 1988 at the age of 72.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Jack R. Wagner Collection consists largely of manuscripts, letters, notes and ephemera pertaining to his publications and interest in railroad history. Also contained is some material relating to his world travels, as well as some ephemera. This collection is arranged into five series: 1 PUBLICATIONS 2 RAILROAD RESEARCH 3 FOREIGN RAILROADS 4 MISCELLANY 5 PUBLISHED MATERIALS

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