Register of the Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Railway Locomotives MSS 438

Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
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Copyright 2012


Descriptive Summary

Title: Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Railway Locomotives
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 438
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (one archives box)
Date (inclusive): 1910 - 1948
Abstract: The Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Railway Locomotives is comprised of black & white negatives and gelatin silver prints from 1910-1948. The collection documents the San Diego & Arizona Railway and includes images of locomotive engines, railcars, rail workers, and track scenes.
Creator: Middlebrook, R. P.

Biography

R.P. Middlebrook worked as a locomotive engineer for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF). Because of his interest in trains, he photographed, wrote about, and collected materials related to locomotives and railroad history. Several of Middlebrook's articles were published in the The Journal of San Diego History.

Restrictions

Original negatives are restricted; patrons can view the images online.

Acquisition Information

Not Available

Preferred Citation

Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Locomotives, MSS 438. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The Middlebrook Photographs of San Diego & Arizona Railway Locomotives is comprised of black & white negatives and prints of locomotive engines, railcars, and track scenes in Southern California and Mexico. The images document the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A), a short line railroad founded by John D. Spreckels, later named the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway (SD&AE). The collection is arranged in two series: 1) NEGATIVES and 2) PHOTOGRAPHS.
SERIES 1: NEGATIVES
The NEGATIVES series is comprised of forty-three images scanned from original negatives taken by R.P. Middlebrook. The bulk of the negatives were nitrate film, which after scanning, were removed from the collection. Two original safety film negatives remain and are restricted. A copy of Middlebrook's list of negatives is also found in the collection and the folder list was transcribed from this list.
SERIES 2: PHOTOGRAPHS
The PHOTOGRAPHS series contains four contact prints made from the original negatives, as well as seven gelatin silver prints from negatives not located in this collection. Along with images of locomotive engines and railroad scenes, several images include engineers and yard crews posed with the trains. One additional photograph is labeled "Movie company in Carizzo Gorge," and shows a group posed with two locomotive engines.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company -- Photographs.
San Diego & Arizona Railway -- Photographs.
Locomotives -- Arizona -- Photographs
Locomotives -- California -- San Diego -- Photographs
Locomotives -- Mexico -- Photographs

 

NEGATIVES

 

1-A10/09 46689. New at 26th & Main Sts. 1910

 

2-S 1893 4138. 8th St. yard. Former SP 1046 1935

 

2-Porter. 8th St. yard. Former SD&SE 2 1913

 

10-S/87 2470. Calexico. Former SD&SE 21-SP 2125 1942

 

11-R/81 2883. 10th St. Former SD&SE 22-SP 2112 1919

 

12-A 2/13 52884. Roundhouse SD. Former SD&SE 23 1945

 

20-B/06 29727. Roundhouse SD. Former Bullfrog-Goldfield 12 1948

 

23-A 2/13 52844. 10th St. Former SD&SE 23 1917

 

24-B 6/07 31093. Roundhouse. Former LV&T 1926

 

26-B 11/07 32251. Salt Lake City. Former LV&T 10 1935

 

27-B 12/07 32360 Roundhouse. Former LV&T 11 1942

 

41-GE-Sch 3766. 12th St. Former MN&S-SD&SE 1945

 

42-GE-Sch 3767. Santa Fe Station. Former MN&S-SD&SE 1935

 

43-GE-Sch 3707. 13th St. Former BR&P 1935

 

50-B 1/11 35953. National City Troop train from Tijuana 1916

 

50 - In Sweetwater River during 1916 flood 1916

 

50 - In Sweetwater River 1916

 

50 - 10th St. Bought new 1935

 

101-A 12/14 54664. Santa Fe Station. Bought new 1935

 

103-S/07 31453. Roundhouse. Former SP 2523 1934

 

104-B/04 23899. Roundhouse. Former SP 2712 1935

 

105-SP Shop, LA, 1918. Roundhouse. Former SP 2843 1936

 

208 - Coach, bought new. 10th St. 1930

Box 1, Folder 1

1175 - Former Parlor-cafe. Bought from SP 1945

Restrictions

Original negative located in AN5/M438/1. Restrictions Apply.
 

Three engine train near Dos Cabasos 1946

 

SD&AE Roundhouse 1948

Box 1, Folder 1

Hipass 1947

Restrictions

Original negative located in AN5/M438/2. Restrictions Apply.
 

Coyote Wells 1922

 

Tecate, Mexico 1922

 

Bridge over highway 94, near Hipass 1943

 

Hipass 1922

 

Carrizo Gorge 1922

 

Carrizo Gorge, Big slide ca. 1922

 

Carrizo Gorge, Big slide ca. 1922

 

Carrizo Gorge, Big slide ca. 1922

 

Bridge bypass slide ca. 1922

 

Carrizo Gorge Station 1923

 

Gorge 1923

 

Gorge 1923

 

Gorge 1923

 

Gorge 1944

 

Gorge 1944

 

Near Campo 1927

Box 1, Folder 2

Copy of Middlebrook's negative list

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Box 1, Folder 3

Contact prints from negatives

Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs, not from negatives 1947 & undated

 

SD&A yard crew undated

 

SD&AE 451, near Dos Cabasos undated

 

Elks Special - Engineer: Earl Youngs; Fire: Ed Enright undated

 

SD&AE at E Street undated

 

SD&AE, Coyote Wells undated

 

SD&AE X2360, Coyote Wells, Calif. January 20, 1947

 

Movie company in Carrizo Gorge [1920s]