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Guide to the Key System Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1960, bulk 1941-1949
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Description
Newspaper clippings collected by the Key System from September 1941 to July 1960 covering San Francisco Bay Area transportation, labor union, and urban planning issues, and Key System matters. Clippings are from various Bay Area newspapers including the Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Argonaut, Richmond Independent, and others.
Background
In 1902, after having consolidated East Bay streetcar lines for almost a decade, Francis Marion "Borax" Smith formed the San Francisco, Oakland & San Jose Railway. This company provided ferry service from San Francisco to a ferry pier in Berkeley, then to points in the East Bay cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda via electric trains. The Berkeley ferry terminal was at the end of a three-mile long wooden trestle extending into the San Francisco Bay. The corporate emblem was in the shape of a key formed by the terminal, trestle, and the three East Bay cities, hence the system was called the "Key Route". The first train began running on October 26, 1903. Smith continued to create additional streetcar routes chiefly dictated by his real estate holdings in the East Bay.
Extent
Number of containers: 30 Linear feet: 15
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library 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.
Availability
Collection is open for research.