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Partial Guide to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company Records, 1895-1991
Special Collections M1010  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Appendix

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Southern Pacific Railroad Company Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1895-1991
    Collection number: Special Collections M1010
    Creator: Southern Pacific Railroad Company
    Extent: ca. 2829 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: This collection comprises the Board Minutes of the Southern Pacific Railroad and its subsidiaries, Mechanical Department plans and specifications of the rolling stock of the Southern Pacific and its subsidiaries, the Valuation Department records documenting financial transactions and value of the rolling stock of the company.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    A portion of the Mechanical Division drawings are stored off-site; access to these materials may require as much as two weeks. All other materials described in this finding aid are available for use without restriction.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Southern Pacific Railroad Company Records, M1010, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Union Pacific Railroad, 1998.

    Historical Note

    The Southern Pacific Railroad was founded in 1865 and was purchased in 1869 by Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, better known as the Big Four. It was the first railroad to connect Los Angeles to the rest of California and its lines extended as far as New Orleans. In 1901, the Union Pacific Railroad bought 38% of Southern Pacific stock and took control of the company, but the Union Pacific was ultimately forced to divest these shares in 1912 by the U.S. Supreme Court in an anti-trust case. During World War II, the Southern Pacific Co. played a major role in military transportation in the US, transporting personal, and equipment along the west coast. In 1983, Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads announced their intentions to merge and organize company into the Santa Fe Southern Pacific Corporation, but the merger was rejected in 1987. In 1996, the Union Pacific acquired Southern Pacific, making Union Pacific the largest railroad in the United States.

    Scope and Content

    Contains board minutes, ledgers, engineering report books, mechanical car books, maps, mechanical specifications, valuation maps, leases, and cash receipts for the Southern Pacific Company and more than 500 other companies acquired by the Southern Pacific Company between 1895 and 1991.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Central Pacific Railway Company.
    Ferrocarril Sud Pacífico de Mexico.
    Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company.
    San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company.
    Southern Pacific Company.
    Southern Pacific Transportation Company.
    Sunset Magazine (Firm)
    Railroads--Mexico.
    Railroads--United States.

    Appendix

    Common Acronyms

    AP
    Atlantic Pacific Railroad
    AS
    Alton Southern Railroad
    ALCO
    American Locomotive Company
    ALCOA
    Aluminum Company of America
    ATSF
    Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe
    ATT
    American Telephone & Telegraph Company
    BMR
    Burlington Missouri River
    BBBamp;C
    Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, Colorado Railway
    BN
    Burlington Northern
    BTR
    Bureau of Transportation
    Burlington
    Chicago, Burlington, Quincy Railroad
    CEI
    Chicago Eastern Illinois Railroad
    CNW
    Chicago North Western System
    CBQ
    Chicago, Burlington, Quincy Railroad
    CMStP
    Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul
    COFC
    Container on Flat Car
    Cotton Belt
    St. Louis Southwestern Railway
    CP
    Central Pacific Railroad
    CRIP
    Chicago, Rock Island, Pacific Railroad
    CTC
    Centralized Traffic Control
    DRGW
    Denver Rio Grande Western Railroad
    EMD
    Electro Motive Division of General Motors
    EPSW
    El Paso & Southwestern Railway
    Frisco
    St. Louis San Francisco Railroad ; St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
    GE
    General Electric Company
    GHSA
    Galveston, Harrisburg, San Antonio Railway
    GM
    General Motors Corporation
    GN
    Great Northern Railway
    GTE
    General Telephone & Electronic Corporation
    GWTP
    Gulf, Western Texas, & Pacific Railway
    HTC
    Houston Texas Central Railroad
    HEWT
    Houston, East West Texas Railway
    IBM
    International Business Machines
    IC
    Illinois Central Railroad
    ICC
    Interstate Commerce Commission
    Katy
    Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
    KCS
    Kansas City Southern
    LN
    Louisiana Nashville
    LCL
    Less-than-Carload
    MStL
    Minneapolis St. Louis Railroad
    MCI
    Microwave Communications Incorporated
    Milwaukee
    Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul Railroad; Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Pacific Railroad
    M-K-T
    Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railraod
    MLT
    Morgan's Louisiana Texas Railroad Steamship Co.
    MoPac
    Missouri Pacific Railroad
    Morgan Lines
    Southern Pacific Steamship Lines
    NCO
    Nevada-California-Oregon Railway
    NP
    Northern Pacific Railroad
    NS
    Norfolk Southern
    NWP
    Northwestern Pacific Railroad
    NYC
    New York Central System
    ORN
    Oregon Railroad Navigation Company
    OW
    Oregon Washington
    PE
    Phoenix Eastern Railroad
    PE
    Pacific Electric Railways
    PFE
    Pacific Fruit Express Company
    PMT
    Pacific Motor Trucking Company
    PRR
    Pennsylvania Railroad
    Rio Grande
    Denver Rio Grande Railroad ; Denver Rio Grande Western Railroad
    Rock Island
    Chicago, Rock Island, Pacific Railroad
    RPO
    Rail Post Office
    Santa Fe
    Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe
    SAP
    San Antonio Aransas Pass Railway
    SCL
    Seaboard Coast Line
    SDA
    San Diego Arizona Railway
    SDAE
    San Diego Arizona Eastern Railway
    Seaboard
    Seaboard Coast LineSan Diego Arizona Railway
    SFSP
    Santa Fe Southern Pacific
    SP
    Southern Pacific
    SPS
    Spokane, Portland Seattle
    SPCC
    Southern Pacific Communications Company
    SPID
    Southern Pacific Island Development Company
    SPdeMex
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company of Mexico
    SPPL
    Southern Pacific Pipe Line Company
    SPTCo
    Southern Pacific Transportation Company
    SSW
    St. Louis Southwestern Railway
    TL
    Texas Louisiana Lines
    TNO
    Texas New Orleans Railway
    TP
    Texas Pacific Railway
    TOFC
    Trailer on Flat Car
    TOPS
    Total Operations Processing
    TRRA
    Terminal Railraod Association of St. Louis
    UP
    Union Pacific Railroad
    VT
    Virginia Truckee Railroad
    WP
    Western Pacific Railroad

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